Township Officers Hold Fall Meeting

The Mountrail County Township Officers’ Association held their fall meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Mountrail County South Complex. In addition to the regular business of the townships, the meeting also serves as an opportunity to update townships on activity in the county and on the state level. To meet that goal, many of the county officers speak at these meetings. The Township Officers and Idaho Township also presented awards to Nancy Hemstad to honor her late husband Curt Hemstad. Hemstad spent many years as part of the township officers and his wealth of knowledge and understanding of Century Code was a benefit to all in the county. Idaho Township also recognized his 44 years of loyal and dedicated service to their township. First up was Jana Heberlie to update townships on projects and programs through the County Road and Bridge Department. 2017 construction projects included a full depth reclamation on Old Highway 2 from Blaisdell to the Ward County line. This project was deemed a safety improvement as it was converted into a gravel road. County Road 9, or the White Earth Valley Road, saw eight miles of new pavement and structural improvements also considered a safety improvement. The third project, paid for using special road funds, paved the Parshall Bay Park road from the park entrance to the boat ramp. Projects planned for the 2018 season will include a similar reclamation on Old Highway 2 from Blaisdell to Palermo. Preliminary designs are underway to replace bridge eight miles west and one mile south of Lostwood. Construction on this project is expected in 2019. The Air Force will be improving inslopes on various locations throughout the county. This estimated $4.4 million project will be at no cost to the county. Reconstruction of the Tagus Road and from Tagus to the Ward County line is expected next year and there will be maintenance chip seals on paved roads throughout the county. Road and Bridge has been busy in the past year with 10,199 overweight permits sold, generating close to $2 million. 193 crossing permits, 43 approach permits, and 13 temporary right-of-way use permits were issued. The county applied nearly 516,000 gallons of dust control and 125 miles of gravel. Mowing and sign replacement has been done on county roads. Culvert replacement and subgrade repairs were done in various locations. Bridge inventory and inspections were done. Tree removal was done in various locations. Cattle guard maintenance was done.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Reality Store Teaches Life Lessons

The Reality Store returned to Stanley last week at the Mountrail County Fair Building on Wednesday, Nov. 29. This year, the cooperative effort between the schools and NDSU Extension Service extended the opportunity to students in New Town and Parshall as well as previous participating schools in Stanley and Powers Lake. The event brings community volunteers together with eighth through tenth grade students. The event is designed to teach students about the importance of staying in school, how career choices affect their financial status, and the importance and benefits of budgeting. The Reality Store welcomes them to “the real world” as they are given a glimpse of their future. It helps them develop an awareness of basic financial skills and planning, decision making and career planning. As they arrive at the Reality Store, students are given a handout with basic instructions. Before coming, students played a game to determine their future including their career, where they live, if they are married or single and the number of children they may have. With their deductions and withholdings having already been figured out along with their salary, they first go to the bank to open their accounts and get started. From there, they can proceed to any of the other stations and take care of their business at each one. They might, however, find out they need to visit another station first. For example, before they go to utilities or insurance, they will probably have to visit housing and transportation first. If they run out of money, they need to visit the S.O.S./financial assistance stop. They are   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley Downtown Development Survey Preliminary Results

While the final results of the recently conducted Stanley Downtown Development Survey are still being tabulated, the preliminary results are clear, Stanley residents want more dining experience downtown. Well over 90% of the returned surveys mention “restaurants” or “family dining” in those collected so far. The second most mentioned term for downtown development is “retail” and among those responses the most common description for this has been “cute, “modern” “contemporary” clothing choices and “unique” and “boutique” shops. “Coffee shop” tops the preliminary wish list of Stanley residents as well as downtown “convenience” and “grocery” store with grocery being the top choice of that category. Another thing the results make very clear is that Stanley residents expressed love, honor and respect of their “small town” feelings and the traditions but are very open and welcome to “progress” if their traditions are not changed. High on the list of downtown concerns is parking and the management and/or remediation of distressed buildings. The most common response received for those concerns is “torn down”, “refurbished” and “facelift”. The most common responses to which North Dakota small town   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley School PLC Update

By Alecia Pulver, Assistant Principal K-12 Each Wednesday, Stanley Public Schools releases students early to provide time for something called PLC’s, or professional learning communities. Community members may be wondering what is happening at this time and how does it benefit our students. PLC’s are groups of teachers engaging in an ongoing process achieve better results for the students they serve. Some PLC’s are formed by grade level, while others are arranged according to subject. Members work together to clarify what each student must learn, monitor learning on a timely basis, provide interventions for students who struggle, and expand learning when students have already mastered the goal. Teachers spend time reviewing state standards and national assessments to what is critical for students to master. They develop assessments designed to measure students’ knowledge. The teachers then adjust their instruction based on students’ needs. Formative assessments developed in PLC’s are used to direct the instruction in the classroom before the students are tested on material. Teachers can determine if students need more time and practice with instruction, or if they have mastered the skill and are ready to move on. Summative assessments are more traditional tests – a student receives a grade and the teacher moves on to the next chapter. A medical analogy can help distinguish between the two: A formative assessment is checkup or yearly physical – you get an understanding of your health and what you need to change to improve your quality of life, such as changing your diet to lower your cholesterol. A summative assessment is like an autopsy. It is an assessment of how a person’s health was – it’s too late   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Excellence In Agriculture Celebrated During Harvest Bowl

The success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and nine counties in Minnesota were honored during the 44th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University, on November 10. 2017 Harvest Bowl honorees included the following from our area: • Fort Berthold – Blaine and Mary Foote, New Town: Blaine and Mary Foote previously farmed 10,000 acres south of Parshall. During their 20 years of farming , they raised oats, alfalfa, 300 head of grass-fed beef cattle and 200 bucking horses with very sought-after bloodlines. Blaine received numerous awards in rodeo competitions during his youth and qualified for the Indian National Finals twice. The Footes also have received awards for their bucking stock for rodeos. They have organized the Adrian Foote Memorial Rodeo, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, in New Town for the last seven years and worked with NDSU Extension to organize the Fort Berthold Horse Fun Day and MHA National Youth Rodeo. Blaine also is quality control coordinator at 4 Bears Casino in New Town. Mary serves on local election boards and is involved in preparing food for local gatherings. They have five children. • Mountrail – Barb and Alan DeTienne, Parshall: Barb and Alan DeTienne raise commercial Red Angus cattle, spring wheat, flax, peas, soybeans, barley for hay, cover crops and alfalfa using no-tillage farming practices and rotational grazing on land near Parshall that Alan’s grandfather homesteaded. They have been farming for 24 years and received the Distinguished Service Award for Mountrail County and 4-H Distinguished Leader Award. Barb also is an active 4-H council member, club leader and youth supporter, and   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.