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Madville Times Wrong! TransCanada Gave $500 to Harding County FFA in 2011

When I'm wrong, I'll say so. Contrary to my November 8 report, TransCanada really, for truly, has given money to the Harding County FFA.

Jamie Brown, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for the Harding County School District, sends me this photo of her (on our right) accepting a check for $500 from TransCanada Stekeholder Relations Representative Kirsten Torgerson (the taller gal, on the left) in early 2011.

Kirsten Torgerson (L), TransCanada Stakeholder Relations, presents a $500 donation to Harding County FFA advisor Jamie Brown, early 2011.
Kirsten Torgerson (L), TransCanada Stakeholder Relations, presents a $500 donation to Harding County FFA advisor Jamie Brown, early 2011.

Another local TransCanada rep, Bud Anderson, lined up this $500 donation in memory of longtime FFA booster and former county commissioner Gary Tennant.

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The Harding County School District deposited this check on March 7, 2011.

I apologize the Jamie Brown, her FFA students, and the Harding County School District for creating even the hint of bad publicity for them.

I even apologize to TransCanada for questioning their largesse. We're still short a zero from the original report in Bllomberg, but TransCanada has indeed made a donation to the Harding County FFA.

And with all the dents and dings they're finding in the southern stretch of Keystone XL, TransCanada doesn't need any more bad publicity.


  1. Bree S. 2013.11.18

    So nice to know that the FFA can be bought off.

  2. Roger Cornelius 2013.11.18

    Only $500?

  3. Bree S. 2013.11.18

    Tells you how much they care about the landowning farmers and ranchers that support them.

  4. bret clanton 2013.11.18

    Thanks for the update Cory. Still appears to be about 4000$ short of their original claim.

  5. bret clanton 2013.11.18

    Correction.....4500$...that is two pictures of the same check....

  6. bret clanton 2013.11.18

    Cory, my apologies on this.....but you know 500.......5000.....whats the difference...

  7. Bree S. 2013.11.18

    I hope all they get is $500. Then they can be the laughingstock of the agricultural industry.

  8. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.11.18

    Hey, Bret, we work with the information we have. I'm glad Jamie Brown contacted me with the accurate, provable information.

    But dang, if I had $1.15 million in mad money, I could by myself all sorts of good publicity. I might even be able to run for Senate against Stace Nelson!

  9. grudznick 2013.11.18


  10. Tom Wilson 2013.11.25

    Transcanada has supported the CHIPS program in Harding County for the last 4. Yrs. They did it at the Masonic Lodge. #179's request. They did not try to buy support, they saw a program that is worth while and supported it. For those who do not know about the Chips program, we give the parents of children a video, picture ID card, dental mold, and DNA sample of their children at no cost to the parent. The parent is only one who receives and keeps this information.

  11. Jerry 2013.11.25

    I am sure that will be helpful to all the folks in South Dakota as our water is poisoned by these rascals. But, hey a few bucks scattered about is good, thanks Tom Wilson, for not much.

  12. Les 2013.11.25

    I don't quite comprehend why your rancher comrades in Harding don't want a CHIP in their livestock's ear if it's a great program for their children.

  13. Person from Harding County 2014.02.20

    Harding County is a small community so 500 was enough to support quite a bit of the local FFA program.

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