Edgeley woman named Mrs. N.D.After Mrs. LaMoure County was named Mrs. North Dakota Sunday in the Jamestown Civic Center, she plucked a few bright red carnations from her winner’s bouquet and handed them to Betsy Huber, 3.
By: Kari Lucin, The Jamestown Sun
After Mrs. LaMoure County was named Mrs. North Dakota Sunday in the Jamestown Civic Center, she plucked a few bright red carnations from her winner’s bouquet and handed them to Betsy Huber, 3.
Children are important to the state’s newest Mrs. North Dakota, Amanda Brumfield of Edgeley, who is a registered nurse with the Kedish House Domestic Violence Center in Ellendale, N.D.
Though she can serve as a sexual assault nurse examiner who collects evidence from victims of sexual assault to be turned over to law enforcement, if the victims choose, Brumfield’s real passion is prevention.
Her job involves traveling to different schools and educating children about domestic violence issues. In elementary schools, Brumfield talks about good touch-bad touch and respect in the home. To older students, she speaks about positive relationships and date rape.
“I understand the challenges that families face when it comes to domestic violence on a very personal level,” Brumfield said. “When I go into schools, I look into every pair of eyes and tell them there is help.”
Some children, she said, just need to be told someone cares whether they are in school. Some students feel they can’t possibly go to college because of their situations at home.
“I make eye contact with kids, and let them know they are loved,” Brumfield said.
Part of children’s problems in domestic abuse situations stem from the fact that still love their abusive family members.
“They just want them to get better. They just want someone to say ‘This isn’t your fault, this isn’t necessarily your future,’” Brumfield said.
As Mrs. North Dakota, she will be able to take that message across the state and even beyond, as she participates in the national competition in West Virginia.
“My heart’s desire is to be able to speak to people about healthy families,” Brumfield said.
She and the other contestants started the competition Sunday with a song and dance introduction, moved on to the bathing suit competition and then the evening gown contest. She also had to answer a question about the North Dakota Tourism Board.
The first runner-up for the Mrs. North Dakota position was Hope Adam, of Fargo.
The winner of the Miss North Dakota Collegiate America competition was Codi Ann Miller of Amidon, N.D., who is attending Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
Brumfield found the most difficult part of Sunday’s contest to be the bathing suit portion, but she and the other contestants did get to wear a sarong for the majority of that part.
“It was very modest and respectful to my husband,” Brumfield said.
Her three children, Sam, 8, Noah, 6, and Anna, 4, were all at the contest cheering her on, along with Brumfield’s husband, Tracy.
Brumfield was surprised to have won.
“Every one of those women is so accomplished… they are bright and articulate and successful and beautiful,” Brumfield said. “I’ll just treasure their friendships forever.”
Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at email@example.com