Dedication Held for Toni Hagener on Northern Campus

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Members of the Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club gathered in front of the Hagener Science Center on the campus of MSU-Northern Tuesday for a dedication ceremony by the sundial.

The person being honored was the late Antoinette “Toni” Hagener. She was a charter member of Bullhook Blossoms and a very active member of the community. She served in public office as a Hill County Commissioner and a member of the State Legislature.

Bullhook Blossoms President Cheryl Kuka was one of the speakers at the dedication.

“Toni was very involved in the city of Havre’s government, juvenile courts, and Hill County Commission. It was while she was chair of a group called Forum, a community development group, that she worked on the BlueBunch Wheatgrass Project,” said  fellow Bullhook Blossoms member Lela Patera, referencing Hagener’s work establishing the Wheatgrass as the state grass of Montana.

Hagener’s son, Lou, spoke with New Media Broadcasters after the meeting to discuss the importance of this occasion.

“(My parents) really appreciated the community, and the community really appreciated them. So it’s a great honor. My dad’s been gone 30 years and my mom’s been gone 5. But I just appreciate that they still remember who they were.”

Following the dedication, there was a public reception held at the Hagener Artifacts Museum at the Vande Bogart Library.

Toni Hagener was supposed to be honored at the 2020 convention for Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, but that was unable to happen due to the pandemic, according to Kuka.

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