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In the service

Air Force Airman Austin L. Becker graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Becker is the son of John Becker and Edella Becker, both of Sheridan, Wyo., and is a 2010 graduate of Big Horn High School.

Organizations

(Photo)Gavin Butz became an Eagle Scout at an evening ceremony in the Sensory Gardens at ZooMontana. Gavin is a 15-year-old Boy Scout and a member of Troop 27 in Billings. For his Eagle Project, with the assistance of a number of sponsors and many others, he built a large shed on the grounds of Sensory Garden to support the gardeners there as well as ZooMontana. The ceremony was conducted by Scoutmaster Kevin Brooks, and roughly 80 were in attendance, including ZooMontana Director Jeff Ewelt and Mayor Tom Hanel.

(Photo-smith)The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum elected officers and executive board members for 2012-2013. Those elected are: P. J. Smith, president; Bobbie Meyers, corresponding secretary; Irene Nelson, recording secretary; Tina Standish, treasurer; Laura Joy-Brock and Gayle Breding, program coordinators; Jason Herman, Gen-Bug newsletter editor; Shawna Valentine, membership; George and Bernie Mowat, publicity; Ellen Cushing, Genealogy Room librarian; and Anita Smith, research/queries. The Forum is hosting the state genealogy conference Sept. 20-22 at the Big Horn Resort at I-90 and Zoo Drive, with nationally-known speaker D. Joshua Taylor as the main speaker. Monthly programs are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1711 Sixth St. West. For more information, contact buffalo@itstriangle.com.

In the schools

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(Photo)Marissa Cumber of Shepherd, is a Dawson Community College sophomore. She won first place for her drawing "Eyes" and third place for her "Abstract Horse" painting in the Fine Arts Exhibit at the 2012 MontanaFair in Billings.

(Photo)Jacob Zwemke of Billings, son of Knife River employee Leo Zwemke, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the MDU Resources Foundation, which has awarded scholarships to 22 children of MDU Resources Group Inc. employees. Recipients were chosen based on academic excellence, including class rank, test scores and grade-point average. Other determining factors included work experience, participation in school and community activities, and the student’s written statement of career goals.

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