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Saturday, August 1, 2009

NCTA Conference- Thursday

Dave Cornell, Bobby Koepplin
Dave Cornell passes the gavel to Bobby Koepplin (photo by JHY)

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by JHY

The 2009 North Country Trail Conference began Thursday in Valley City, North Dakota. Many people went on hikes or took a bus tour to the western terminus of the trail. However, NCTA business is always conducted on Thursday including a meeting of the board of directors. Dave Cornell finished his two years as President, and passed the gavel to Bobby Koepplin. Bobby's custom license plate is ENER G, and that is certainly appropriate.

Koepplins do the polka
Bobby and Deb Koepplin do the polka (photo by JHY)

The evening included a barbeque, and live music. Bobby and wife Deb demonstrated some more of that energy with a lively polka.

Included in the evening's fun was a demonstration by a local Cavalry reinactment group. Not only did they show off military skills, but everyone was treated to pie, cornbread and other treats baked in dutch ovens.

Also, the National Park Service handed out volunteer awards to those people who have donated 100, 200, 500, 1000, and 2500 hours of service to the NCTA.

Cavalry reinactment
shooting demonstration by the Cavalry reinactors (photo by JHY)

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