Petersen retains reins at MCC

The Miles Community College Board of Trustees voted to retain their top officers at their monthly meeting Monday.

Mark Petersen will continue as chairman and Debbie Morford will continue as vice president. Trustee Ryan Jones was elected secretary.

Newly re-elected trustees were also officially seated at the meeting.

MCC didn’t hold an election this year because there was no competition for the three open seats. Without competition, the incumbents were voted in by acclamation, which means that the candidate is considered elected and doesn’t need to be put on the ballot.

Trustees Jones and Garrett McFarland were re-elected while local Jamie Ogolin has replaced Tad Torgerson on the board. 

Each MCC trustee serves a three-year term and there are seven trustees on the board.

During the meeting the board voted unanimously to purchase a new skid steer for the Heavy Equipment Operations program. The program’s current skid steer is being used to clean out stalls at the new Ag Advancement Center.

The new skid steer will cost $25,800, which is covered by the program’s budget, but because the cost was over $25,000 it needed to be approved by the board.

The new skid steer, purchased from a North Dakota dealer, has all the features the faculty was looking for and is 15 years newer than the old one, the board learned.

The next meeting is slated for Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 106 at MCC.

(Contact Ashley Roness at or 406-234-0450.)