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Posted 09/26/2022

For immediate release: 
Sept. 26, 2022
For more information, contact:

Jason Leiseth, NDSA president: (701) 586-3714 •

Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president: (701) 223-2522 •

Elizabeth Neshem, NDSA communications director: (701) 223-2522 •


North Dakota Stockmen’s Association salutes

retiring directors


Three North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) leaders’ terms ended following the NDSA’s 93rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Bismarck, N.D., last weekend.


NDSA District 1 Director Levi Rue of Sheyenne, N.D., completed two terms and was no longer eligible for re-election. Rue has served as the Feeding & Marketing Committee chairman and vice chairman and on special legislative committees. He hosted a Spring Roundup and participated in the Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day. In addition, he is a past North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation scholarship winner. Rue, together with his parents Greg and Brenda, brother Dylan and fiancé Bobbie Jo Manikowski, runs a diversified grain and livestock farm. They raise Angus and Simmental-influenced crossbred cows and background their own calves. Rues also raise corn, soybeans, barley, wheat and flax. 


NDSA District 6 Director Dennis Jacobson of Wildrose, N.D., completed two terms and was no longer eligible for re-election. Jacobson has served as vice chairman of the Animal Health Committee. He has also hosted a District 6 Spring Roundup, one of the largest in recent history. His operation is in northwestern North Dakota, 35 miles from both the Canadian and Montana borders. It is an Angus cow-calf and yearling operation with an April calving season. Jacobson and his wife Karen have three adult children, Charles, Krysta and Beret. 


The NDSA’s immediate past president, Dan Rorvig of McVille, N.D., completed his service on the NDSA Executive Committee. Rorvig assumed the vice president and president positions following eight years of service on the NDSA Board of Directors. He has served on the NDSA Budget Committee and was chairman of the NDSA Ag Policy Committee. He served as the president of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation. In addition, he hosted Spring Roundups, attended the All Breeds Cattle Tour, Beyond the Bunk Workshop, Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit, Feedlot Tour, Military Appreciation Day and annual convention. Rorvig manages a cow-calf herd, backgrounds yearlings and develops bred heifers near the Sheyenne River. He also worked as a banker for 30 years. Rorvig and his wife Teresa have two children, Amy (Taryl Smith) and Scott, and three grandchildren, Kade, Kahl and Kit Smith.