Construction Underway On Ambulance Building Addition
Work on the addition to the Stanley Ambulance Service building is already underway, having started right on the heels of the demolition of the former Springan Furniture warehouse that sat on the location.
To the west of the current building, the new footings and foundation are in place with the goal to have the structure enclosed by November so that interior finishing can continue throughout the winter. After a construction meeting set for August 17, they should have a better idea of the full construction timeline. The block needed for construction is almost a month ahead of schedule which should help assure that the building is enclosed before winter sets in.
With an initial estimate of $840,000 for construction, the service anticipated costs could run over $1 million for the 40x60 addition. When bids came in, however, they found that more than one was well under the estimate. 24 different contractors submitted bids including 10 general contractor bids. The bid was awarded to DLC Construction of Minot as a single prime general contractor in the amount of $687,500. They are the same contractor that is working for Pinnacle as they expand the C-Store in Stanley.
To cover the costs, the Ambulance Service received a $560,000 oil impact grant. The balance of the funding will come from CDís, savings and the Sinking Fund as they began setting aside funds. 10% of the budget goes into that sinking fund which can be used for capital improvement projects. The grant received and the lower bids has eliminated the need for the Ambulance Service to do fundraising for this expansion although donations are always welcome.
The expansion will include a third ambulance bay, a training/meeting room, two offices, a storage room and a public use half bath.
The service has had a need for a third bay for more than a year. When they purchased a new ambulance, the trade-in value was so low that they decided to keep the unit as a backup. Based on the number of calls, they felt that a backup was needed. In fact, for a while they had used an ambulance from Crosby as a backup. While waiting for the third bay, the third ambulance has been housed in Parshall as they had space Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Learning From Some Of The Best
For the fourth year, Jed and Jodi Bohmbach and their family played host to a breakaway roping clinic at their home south of Stanley last week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 22 participants were able to learn from some of the best as they hosted world champion and well known ropers Lari Dee Guy and Hope Thompson. Originally planned for May, Hope broke her leg while calf roping and the class needed to be rescheduled. While it would have been around the start of the rodeo season, Jodi says that with many going into junior high and high school rodeos and the fall rodeo season this timing also worked well.
Participants came from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to attend. About a third of the kids participating were from the immediate area. For some they were just starting out and others were advanced riders with some rodeo experience under their belts. They ranged in age from 9 to 50. Jodi says that since this is their fourth year, people know they will be hosting the clinic and they contact them to get on the list. Many have returned multiple years just for the experience. For Bohmbachs, they say that putting on the clinic is easy because the parents of the young riders are always willing to jump in and help. Everyone brings their trailers and spend the two days at Bohmbachs. Jodi smiles when she says the kids are exhausted when they leave.
As for why, it started as a way to get training for their own kids. Even with parents with the kind of experience and winning skills like Jed and Jodi have honed over the years, she says kids donít learn as well from their parents. She says they look at Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
BBQ Serves As Way To Connect Communities
Development group has revived a program designed to bring together communities in the region as they work together to bring about positive change. Connecting Communities came to Stanley on Thursday, Aug. 11 with a free barbecue lunch open to the public in Wilson Park. 660 KEYZ/Cherry Creek Radio was on hand to do a live broadcast. MDU brought the grill and helped to serve the lunch. Also on hand were representatives from the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and Williston State College. CHI St Alexius Health/Williston Medical Center has also been a supporter of the program.
The program started many years ago when KEYZ Radio would do their donut tours offering a 66 cent breakfast. When Tom Rolfstad was still with the economic development group, he recommended they hold events in the Fall as the good neighbor events.
That process continued for several years but trailed off during the early years of the oil boom.
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Flickertail Village Receives Grant From MDU Resources
lickertail Village Museum received a $2,500 grant from the MDU Resources Foundation. Pictured above, Neil Faber of MDU presented Gerry Nelson-Henin with a check last week. The museum applied for the grant to assist with the window replacement in the Village Church.
The Foundation has been supporting qualified organizations since it was incorporated in 1983. Grant applicants must provide a copy of an IRS determination letter indicating their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or evidence of their eligibility under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRC. The application will include the purpose of the grant and any other information that will be helpful in understanding the request. Applications can be made by qualifying organizations as well as political subdivisions including counties, cities, schools and park districts as contributions are allowable if they are used exclusively for public purposes.
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Classes Start In Stanley On Wednesday, August 23
Classes are back in session at the Stanley Schools on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Welcome Back Students! Drivers, please be aware of children as they make their way back and forth to school. Slow down in school zones and drive carefully. Little ones often forget to look in the excitement as they make their way to and from school!
Open house at the elementary school will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. Login or Subscribe to view full stories.