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Lifelong friends celebrate being Eagle Scouts

Rylee Lindemann, left, and Page Schoer, center, share a laugh over remarks made by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who attended their Eagle Scout Court of Honor celebration in Fargo on Feb. 11. Robin Huebner / The Forum

FARGO—Two boys who've been friends for almost 15 years and involved in multiple activities together are sharing one more accomplishment before they graduate high school.

Rylee Lindemann, 18, and Page Schoer, 18, both seniors at Fargo Davies High School, became Eagle Scouts and celebrated their Court of Honor together on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Among family and friends who came to celebrate at the Jon L. Wanzek Center for Scouting in southwest Fargo was a special guest.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, himself a Distinguished Eagle Scout, accepted the families' invitation to attend and perform the Eagle Charge.

Stenehjem says he occasionally speaks at events like this but they're usually closer to home.

"This is something that makes it worthwhile to put on a suit and tie and drive 400 miles to recognize the accomplishments of two Eagle Scouts," Stenehjem said.

Rylee's mother, Amy Lindemann, was thrilled Stenehjem could make it.

"For him to be here, both boys, politics and law, all wrapped up in an Eagle Scout, it's amazing, she said.

Both young men are excited and relieved to have all of the merit badges and their Eagle Scout projects behind them.

Rylee's project involved building a picnic shelter for the Fargo Park District in Silverleaf Park.

His father, Jesse Lindemann, said the project turned out to be bigger than anticipated.

"It's good to have it done and Rylee was really satisfied with the project," he said.

Page's project involved refurbishing a patio area for Recovery Worship, a south Fargo church that helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

"It's good to know that all the hard work we've had has paid off and we've really lived up to the points of the Scout law," he said.

Over the years, the boys have done almost everything together, from orchestra to Scout camping and canoe trips, to debate and speech. Both will attend a national debate competition this summer.

"We're basically attached at the hip," Rylee Lindemann said.

Both young men will attend the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the fall, to study either law or political science. However, they won't be roommates.

Page's mother, Gretchen Schoer, choked up a bit talking about the boys' friendship over the years.

"They've just watched over each other and this is just the culmination of that," she said.

Casey Schoer was never involved in Scouting growing up, but is glad his son became involved.

"I know what an Eagle Scout means going forward and what it's going to do for them throughout their lives," he said.