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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Christofferson named July Unsung Hero

  • For the past five years Lee Christofferson,  immediate past president of North Dakota Chautauqua, has presented the Unsung Hero Award to worthy recipients at the annual Chautauqua Old Tyme Family Picnic at Roosevelt Park.  This year the present Chautauqua Board president, Jeff Frith, has the pleasure of presenting this well deserved award to Lee.


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  • For the past five years Lee Christofferson,  immediate past president of North Dakota Chautauqua, has presented the Unsung Hero Award to worthy recipients at the annual Chautauqua Old Tyme Family Picnic at Roosevelt Park.   This year the present Chautauqua Board president, Jeff Frith,  has the pleasure of presenting this well deserved award to Lee.
    Lee has been involved in an impressive list of community volunteer activities since he and his wife Sandi came to Devils Lake in 1986 when he became District Judge for the state of North Dakota serving in Ramsey County.  Sandi and Lee are a great team.
    Lee especially enjoys involvement in activities that give young people meaningful opportunities.  
    He says, “I grew up in Bisbee, a small community where people were very kind to me. I want to do for others what they did for me.” He sees it as a way to give back.  Also he has enjoyed the fact that it has allowed him unique opportunities to be involved with his son and his daughter
    Lee worked enthusiastically with Destination Imagination, providing young people opportunities for problem solving.   Twenty years ago he established the Youth Curling program at the Lake Region Curling Club. He says with his infectious smile, “Involving young people keeps the club young.”
    Lee assisted with the establishing of the Prairie View School Amphitheater and playground. He also was a positive force during the struggle the community had while selecting the site and design for the Devils Lake Public Library
    Lee has always been involved in service clubs. He says, “I like what they do for the community.” Presently Lee is serving as President of Kiwanis for a second term. He first served as Kiwanis president twenty years ago.  This year Kiwanis was in need of a president so he agreed to serve a second term.  As the old adage states:   at such times, the cream will rises to the top!
    Lee and Sandi have an intriguing love story.  They met in college when both were majoring in Social Work. After ten years of marriage, they decided to go back to school.  Sandi received a Masters Degree in Social Work while Lee received his Law Degree.  Shortly after their graduations,  Sandi gave birth to their son Eric.  Ten years later their beloved daughter, Neslie, was born.
    In our community there have been many instances when Lee has generously volunteered his time to help out an organization in need. 
    That is how he agreed to do the role of Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” at the Fort Totten Little Theatre. They needed some one to fill in that role for a part of the season.  With his wry smile, Lee admits, “I don’t think I realized (when I accepted the role) that it takes as much time to learn a role to play it for a few performances, as it does to play it for the whole season.  It turned out to be quite a commitment.  But I’ll have to say that it was a delightful experience.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In  the recent reenactment of the infamous Sneesby Trial that was presented at the Old Post Office Museum as a part of the Mondays at the Museum series, Lee portrayed the Judge. He also wrote the script!  Lee says, “It was a journey in finding accurate information.”
    This spring Lee played Spiderman in a  Miki’s School of Dance production. While he was still in costume, Lee gave an autograph to a child, whose Mother asked Lee not reveal his true identity.  The child was convinced he had met Spiderman, a true hero. There are those who would tell you that that the child was right.  He did meet a hero!

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