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Forum staff reports, Published December 30 2011

Helgaas and Tool named to North Dakota Ag Hall of Fame

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct Maynard D. Helgaas of West Fargo and the late Everett Tool of Fargo to the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2012.

Helgaas is the president of Green Vision Group, a Fargo company that has been investigating and promoting the energy beet industry. He is a previous owner of the John Deere Dealership in Jamestown, which eventually grew into a business of six John Deere dealerships, one New Holland dealership, a diesel service business, an ag supply and service company, an irrigation equipment company and a lease company.

After 30 years in the family business, Helgaas retired in 1994 and spent the next six years as president of Central Dakota Growers, a seven-county greenfield potato project that developed into a frozen french fry plant in Jamestown.

Tool was employed by the North Dakota State University Seed Department for more than 20 years, eventually being appointed North Dakota state seed commissioner in 1968. He opened the Vocational Agriculture Department in Elgin, and while there developed one of the strongest FFA chapters in the state.

In the 1960s, Tool co-founded North Dakota Grain Inspection, pioneering the application of uniform federal standards in the state.

There will be a recognition ceremony at 1:45 p.m. March 10 at the Winter Show Event Center Arena in Valley City.