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Local groups plant trees outside Westside Elementary

Students plant trees outside Westside Elementary. Submitted photo.

Local Modern Woodmen of America members gave a lasting gift to the community on May 24, when members of the West Fargo Modern Woodmen Youth Service Camp and Westside Student Council gathered at Westside Elementary to plant seven Hot Wings Maple and Spring Snow Flowering Crabapple trees.

The project was part of a Plant a Tree Program, a nationwide effort introduced by Modern Woodmen for its members in 2004. "This program ties Modern Woodmen members to the roots of our organization," said Margie Braaten, leader of the local Modern Woodmen Youth Service Club.

"The name Modern Woodmen honors the pioneer woodmen who cleared the forests to build homes and secure futures for their families. Modern Woodmen offers financial services to help clear away members' financial burdens. And today planting trees is an important way to secure future for futures, communities and the environment," Braaten said.

Through the Plant A Tree Program and the help of its members, Modern Woodman has planted thousands of trees across the United States.

For more information, contact Braaten at 277-0846.

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, camps provide opportunities to take part in social activities and community service projects in their communities. Youth service clubs provide young Modern Woodmen members with opportunities to volunteer, be patriotic, learn new skills, make friends and have fun.

For more information about the local camp or club and how you can get involved, contact Patrice Koerselman at 282-6427.

Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States. Visit for additional information.