Fire Department Responds To Call At Mountrail County Promoter
Stanley Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in the Mountrail County Promoter building at 2:15 on Monday afternoon. The fire appears to have started in the apartment areas on the upper level of the building.
Crews were on site for around four hours as they used water and foam to put out the smoldering fire.
The fire has caused extensive damage to one apartment and water used to put out the fire has caused damage to areas of the main floor that houses the Promoter offices.
Although the damage on the main floor was not extensive, the lack of power and the damage to the upper level of the structure have forced the Promoter to relocate at least temporarily. For this week’s issues, the office was moved to the home of Editor Mary Kilen. Phone calls have also been routed to the house.
Once the damage is more fully known and the length of time needed for repairs is assessed, the Promoter will determine if they will keep working out of the editor’s home or if they will find temporary office space in the Professional Building until the office can be reopened on site.
(For more on the Promoter plans see the Editor's column on Page 2 this week) Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Eagle Scout Project Creates Butterfly Garden In Stanley
Ribbon Cutting Set For Thursday
17-year-old Micah Ebsch has been working on his Eagle Scout project for roughly two years now. His goal is to create a stress free place for people to relax by creating a butterfly garden just south of the Mountrail County Fair Building along the Knife. Nestled just below the rise of the parking lot, a pathway leads you to the garden which features a large variety of flowers, herbs, plants and trees.
Working with Wanda Nelson, the pair has been assisted along the way by a number of organizations and volunteers. For Wanda the project has given her the opportunity to earn her volunteer hours as she looks to move from intern to Master Gardener. Micah has put in hundreds of hours alongside her and with others from Stanley’s Boy Scout Troop. An Eagle Scout project requires a minimum of 100 hours and he estimates they have all combined for between 400 and 500 hours.
Ebsch’s have been tasked with a number of challenges along the way as they developed this garden. It started by getting permission from the Mountrail County Fair Board to put the garden on their property nearly two years ago. Once that was approved, Micah then needed to fill out all the paperwork to get the project approved by the Boy Scout Council for his Eagle Scout Award. He chose the project in part with input from others about the need for a garden.
Then began the real work of developing the location. The first hurdle was access from the parking lot. A ditch separated the lot from the garden space. They thought they would need to put in a bridge, but working with the City and the County, they were able to instead put in a culvert and create a wide walking path. When they first started on the project, the garden was just a barren, grassy area. Micah was also tasked Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Veterans Park Partners With NDCF
With plans underway for a new statue to grace the Veteran’s Park in Stanley, the fundraising has also begun for the project. Although artist Arnie Addicott is donating his time and talents, there will be costs involved for the casting, molding and installation of the “War Mules” 65% scale statue. They have set an overall goal of $100,000 which they believe will be enough to fully complete the process.
As they looked at fundraising, the group also realized that they needed to find a way to make the donations qualify as charitable donations. Without their own 501(c)3 status, they started looking into the options. To finish all of the paperwork necessary and go through all the processes would take about 18 months to accomplish and the work can be complicated. That’s where collaboration with the North Dakota Community Foundation made sense.
They will work with the NDCF under sponsorship funds, meaning that donations made through the Foundation will qualify for the charitable tax deduction on income tax forms. Because this is a sponsorship, though, and not an endowment fund it will not qualify for the tax credit that applies when making donations to an endowment like the NDCF or Stanley Area Community Foundation. Endowments only give out a percentage of their income each year, while this project is designed to serve essentially as a pass through for the funding. NDCF collects a 3% Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
NDSU Alum Dolezal Earns Silver Medal At Pan Am Games
North Dakota State alum and current Bison volunteer assistant track & field coach Riley Dolezal recorded a season-best throw to earn a silver medal in the javelin at the 2015 Pan American Games on Friday evening.
Dolezal, who competed for NDSU from 2005-09, threw a season-best 264-9 (81.62m) to finish in second place. Reigning Olympic Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago won with a throw of 273-2 (83.27m).
Dolezal’s mark was the second-best throw of his career, behind only his lifetime-best toss of 273-11 (83.50m) that won him the 2014 USA championship.
This was Dolezal’s first international medal as a member of Team USA.
Dolezal, a native of Stanley, N.D., needs to throw 82.00 meters or better before August 10th to meet the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championship to be held in Beijing, China, at the end of August. He currently ranks-40th in the world this year in the javelin.
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Historical Fire Hydrants From Bicentennial Celebration On Display At Flickertail Village Museum
For many years, each of the fire hydrants in Stanley, ND, took on the facial features of various characters noted in American history. This special artwork was added to the hydrants in commemoration of America’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration. In the 1980’s, when the City replaced its fire hydrants, the painted ones were donated to Flickertail Village Museum. The hydrants were located near the front entrance of the Village. A few years ago, as gesture to accommodate the needs of the developers of the Annabelle Homes subdivision, the hydrants were removed.
Recently, with the volunteer help of Chancey Henin, Steve Brewer and Rory Porth, the hydrants were replanted and are once again on display. The hydrants are in need of painting, however, in order to freshen the faces of the historical characters for which they portray. Volunteers are needed to help with this project.
In addition to the hydrants, there are other painting projects at the Village for which volunteers are being sought, to include: the school bells, small farm machinery, the bandstand, and many of the buildings. Besides painting, there are other pending projects for which the assistance of volunteers would be welcome. If you as an individual or an organization are interested in adopting a project or a building at the Village, please contact one of the board members at either (701) 628-2326, (701) 628-2670, or (765) 432-8700.
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