For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2016
For more information, contact:
Steve Brooks, NDSA president • (701) 523-6732 •
Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president • (701) 223-2522 •
Trevor Graff, NDSA communications director • (701) 223-2522 •
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association recognizes employees for outstanding years of service
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) recognized five employees – NDSA Administrative Assistant Mary Goeres and NDSA Brand Inspectors William “Bill” Hill, Mark Kramer, Hal Kramer and Shawn Lachenmeier – for their long-term service to the state’s livestock producers during the NDSA’s 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future,” Sept. 24 in Minot.
Goeres, the administrative assistant, was honored for 25 years of service to the NDSA. Goeres began her career at the NDSA in 1989 as the association’s secretary in charge of membership. Three years later, she moved to the administrative position. In 2002, she moved to Dickinson before returning in 2005 to serve as the Animal ID coordinator, the brand recorder, and again as the administrative assistant. She and her husband Harvey live in Bismarck, N.D.
Hill, an NDSA brand inspector, was recognized for 50 years of service to the NDSA before retiring this year. The Valley City, N.D., native was in charge of markets in Valley City, N.D.; Jamestown, N.D.; and Edgeley, N.D. He also frequently inspected at the West Fargo Stockyards in West Fargo, N.D., and at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City, N.D. Hill and his late wife Ardis have five daughters, Lynn Harper of Jamestown, N.D., Lori Hill of Fargo, N.D., Tami Kratz of Valley City, N.D., Christal Durand of Grafton, N.D., and Tracey Hill of Devils Lake, N.D. They also have 5 grandchildren.
Mark Kramer of Granville was recognized for 30 years of service to the NDSA. Kramer currently serves as the inspector-in-charge at Lake Region Livestock in Devils Lake, N.D., Kramer has served as the inspector-in-charge at the markets in Carrington, N.D., Harvey, N.D. and Rugby, N.D. in his career. He and his wife Carol have two children, son Rusty and daughter Nicole and two granddaughters.
Hal Kramer of Towner was recognized for 25 years of service to the NDSA. Kramer currently serves as the inspector-in-charge at Rugby Livestock in Rugby, N.D., Kramer has also served as inspector-in-charge of the Williston, N.D., and Devils Lake, N.D., markets. Kramer also judges rodeos and ranch rodeos throughout the state.
Lachenmeier, an NDSA brand inspector, was recognized for 15 years of service to the NDSA. The Medina native serves as the inspector-in-charge at Jamestown Livestock Auction in Jamestown, N.D. He also assists as an inspector at Napoleon Livestock Auction in Napoleon, N.D. Lachenmeier has two daughters, Aubree and Brynlee.


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