PSC Hears Testimony On Proposed Pipeline

North Dakota’s Public Service Commission held a public hearing at the Mountrail County South Complex in Stanley on Friday, Aug. 21 to receive testimony on a proposed pipeline that would stretch 70 miles between McKenzie and Mountrail Counties, originating near Keene and ending at Palermo. The Sacagawea Pipeline Company, a joint venture between Paradigm Energy Partners, Grey Wolf Midstream and Philipps 66, would be the owner of the pipeline with an estimated $125 million cost. As the hearing was opened Commissioners pointed out that the day’s hearing was designed to balance the process of minimizing the impact on environment and the people who live on the land while allowing for orderly development of industry. They want to make sure that standards are met but also to hear what the public thinks about the project as they share any concerns. This application carries some unique issues as it will include crossing Lake Sakakawea so they want to be sure plans are in place to protect this resource as well as for reclamation along the route of the line. Attorney Lawrence Bender represented the applicant in the hearing while Zachary Pellum represented the state. Also present was intervener Kevin Pranis, representing the construction workers union. Each would have the opportunity to present witnesses and question any witnesses. Bender first called Jason Stelzer of Paradigm Energy Partners to describe the project which calls for a 70 mile, 16 inch steel pipeline to transport crude from two and one half miles south of Keene to the Philipps 66 rail terminal at Palermo. As they looked at the route they considered topography, infrastructure and preestablished corridors while allowing for changes in the route for environmentally sensitive areas. The application came in amended as they looked at environmental and landowner concerns as well as their survey of resources. The pipeline is proposed based on the volume of crude produced and trucked from the south side of Lake Sakakawea. With limited ways to move crude from this location, they estimate the pipeline would be able to take 140,000 barrels of oil through the pipeline taking trucks off the road. They also point out that should Dakota Access Pipeline be completed along with Enbridge’s Sandpiper Pipeline they could then possibly connect to these interstate pipelines in the future. The project has been engineered to include wall thickness of .312” along the standard portion of the route, .375” in bore locations including roads, and .500” for the portion that would go under the lake. They say this would provide an extra measure of protection, strength and insulation for those areas that need it the most. As for surface facilities, there would be nine valve locations  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Take Time For Tea At The Sibyl Center

The Sibyl Center hosted their second annual “Take Time for Tea” on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event started with a luncheon including appetizers, luncheon tea plate and sweet treats, each paired with different teas designed to complement the foods. The teas including a green tea punch, Earl Gray, Lady Gray, breakfast and white teas were also chosen for their relaxation and stress reducing properties. Guests also had a chance to check out different teapots and tea sets on display courtesy of community members. After entertainment from Lauren Lumley, guest speaker Ellen Bjelland focused her talk on managing stress for better health as part of the NDSU Boomers program on nourishing your mind and body. Bjelland is an NDSU Extension Agent for Ward County. The program defined stress, helped assess factors that cause stress, the effects stress has on a person, coping techniques and making a plan to reduce your stress. Stress is physical, mental or emotional strain or tension. Many physician visits are linked to stress. Stress is also linked to six of the leading causes of death including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Nine out of ten adults have experienced serious stress in their lives. Serious stress is defined as not being able to function in your normal way of life. There are three types of stress: routine stress, stress related to changes and stress related to traumatic events or personal crisis. Not all stress is bad for you. In fact stress can keep you from being to lackadaisical and encourage you to make changes. This is called positive stress and often occurs in anticipation of an event and causes you to get things done. Symptoms of stress include difficulty sleeping, low energy, crying, tension and aches, loss of appetite, increased substance abuse, poor concentration, feeling blue, irritability and difficulty making decisions. Stress in mid-life, or those ages   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

“Flourish” Forms At River Of Life Church

If you are a woman who has moved to northwestern North Dakota over the past year or two, you may be a part of a minority who have much in common. One of the things you may be hesitant to admit as part of this minority is the fact that you weren’t necessarily thrilled to come here. Following a spouse or partner here for employment opportunities, or for a job yourself, you may have ignored your “pros and cons” list in favor of having a steady, well-paying job. Packing up kids, house and home, and moving to the unknown, including the possibility of spending a North Dakota winter in less than ideal housing conditions (i.e. a camper trailer), you may have pushed aside your concerns for the greater good (i.e. paying bills). And when you arrived, you may have wondered a few things, like: does the wind ever stop blowing, or what do people do around here for fun and entertainment? If you are an extrovert, you may have quickly made your own connections, or, perhaps you are still struggling to feel at home in this new, fairly rural environment. You may be missing the trees of Wisconsin or the warmth of Arizona, or the varied vistas of California. At one of Stanley, North Dakota’s churches, River of Life Church, there are a group of women who can relate to the gamut of feelings one experiences when moving here. One has admitted, “I have to say that I did not love North Dakota when I moved here . . . it took some time, but my feelings have changed.” These women, having lived the experience of adjusting to small town life in North Dakota, are ready now   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

New Town Main Street Lane Shift Began Monday

Traffic began being shifted to the newly paved southern portion of New Town Main Street/ (ND Highway 23) from East Avenue to the New Town Truck Reliever Route on Monday, August 24th in New Town. This shift will allow crews to begin construction work on the northern portion of the roadway. Main Street underground and concrete roadway work has been completed from ND Highway 1804 to Park Place and is open to local traffic. Access to the east side of the intersection of ND 1804 and ND Highway 23 remains closed. During construction: • An 11-foot width restriction is in place from East Avenue to the New Town Reliever Route • Motorists should expect delays • Flaggers will be in place • Speeds will be reduced The NDDOT Williston District serves the transportation needs of the communities in northwestern North Dakota, including Williston, Alexander, Watford City,   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Gold Teacher Of Teachers

Rick Vannett, of Rugby, was this year’s winner of the Gold Division Teacher of Teachers Award presented by the North Dakota Association of Agricultural Educators at their annual banquet in Bismarck on August 12th. This award is given to agriculture educators who have former high school students who obtain their degree in agriculture education and are now teaching in North Dakota. There are three categories; Gold (five or more students), Silver (three to four students), and Bronze (one or two students). Those recognized in the silver category are Lance Van Berkom and Tracey Hartwig of Minot and Jason Mongeon of Towner, and those in the bronze category were Jeff Ball (Minot), Paige Uran (Stanley), Tim Aichele (Beulah), and Craig Zimprich (ND State College of Science, Wahpeton). CHS Foundation is the sponsor of these awards.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.