Five Buckles


Scott Ressler
Environmental Services Director


I was given a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity last month, when I had the privilege, along with 19 other individuals representing the state’s beef industry, to attend the president of the United States’ speech on tax reform in Mandan. The chance to see any sitting president is exciting in and of itself, but to have President Donald Trump mention North Dakota cattle industry priorities in his remarks made this experience even more exciting.
My thoughts keep drifting to how fortunate I was to be one of the 700 people who got to see the leader of the free world at this historic event in our state and to be no more than 50 feet away from him. There are nearly 324 million people in the country and more than 700,000 people in North Dakota, and I was one of the lucky few to be there in person. It is a memory that I won’t soon forget.
A while back, NDSA President Warren Zenker went over to his son Brooks’ neighboring ranch after supper only to find Brooks lying on the couch. Warren asked Brooks, “What have you been doing all day?” Brooks replied, “Well, considering that Earth moves 106 million miles per day, I didn’t just lay around and watch television all day, I spent the day traveling!”
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