Langdon veteran gets weed control honor

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has presented the 2012 Commissioner's Weed Control Partner Award to Leon Pederson, Langdon, Cavalier County weed officer.

“By any measure, Mr. Pederson is an extraordinary American, who also happens to be an outstanding weed officer,” Goehring said. “The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is proud to recognize him for his work and achievements.”

Goehring made the presentation Tuesday, during the Commissioner's Weed Forum in Mandan.

“Mr. Pederson actively works with landowners, cooperative groups, such as the North Dakota Weed Control Association, and other agencies toward common goals,” Goehring said. “He has effectively used state and federal funding to acquire new technology and improve Cavalier County's weed control program.”

Goehring credited Pederson with actively establishing and maintaining biological control sites and sharing those resources with land managers and with practicing early detection of and rapid response to new weed infestations

Pederson co-hosted NDDA's yellow toadflax workshop in Langdon in 2011

A Langdon native, Pederson enlisted in the U.S. Army and immediately after graduating from high school in 1990 at age 17 was sent on his first tour in Iraq during the First Gulf War. He eventually served three more tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan and one in Somalia in the Army and Navy.  

In 2003, he retired from the military due to injuries sustained from a roadside bomb on his last tour in Iraq in 2001.  After returning home and recovering from his injuries, he moved to Cooperstown and was employed by Right-Of-Way Applicators for eight years, working in 17 states. He moved back to Langdon and was appointed Cavalier County weed officer in 2010.