Celebrating Women In Agriculture
The Mountrail County Ag Improvement Association, in conjunction with the Mountrail Soil Conservation District, sponsored their annual Mountrail County Women in Agriculture social and dinner on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at the Mountrail County South Complex.
The evening started with a meal catered by Marilyn Gaebe and served by the Stanley FCCLA students and the Ag Improvement Association members. During dinner, the attendees were entertained by Stanley High School music students Kelsey Hopkins, Sylvia Salazar, Krystenna LaBar and Justine Gay, and their director Evan Meiers. Each of the girls sang solos and Meiers used audience participation to create a song. Audience members were asked to write down a funny phrase they had heard from their significant other and he used those phrases to improv a song.
Guest speaker for this year’s event was retired ag journalist Al Gustin. Gustin was widely recognized as the voice of North Dakota agriculture in his decades as a television and radio ag journalist and magazine columnist.
In the two years since retiring, Gustin says he has often been asked if he’s keeping busy. He says that retirement is good and they should try it. He appreciates things more and is working as hard as he chooses, doing things he chooses.
He was first asked to do some public speaking in the 1970s and says that as he aged he declined most speaking engagement requests. But he also says that in the 1970s he talked about the good things about production agriculture. But the boom of the 1970s turned into the depression of agriculture in the 1980s. It was a difficult time and was a multifaceted time for agriculture that continued into social impacts and more.
Reporting on agriculture at that time became the same old depressing news. It made it hard for those in his position as they tried to tell the stories of those living through it, many of them with tears in their eyes and the shame they felt on their faces as they were faced with losing what they had worked so hard for throughout their lives. Many were Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Local Churches Are Huge Supporters Of Phase Three, The Bethel Home Expansion
With Phase One, the CT/ER Expansion having been completed a year ago and Phase Two, the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic open for patients, all energy is now being focused on Phase Three, the expansion of the Bethel Home. The approved expansion will include a Chapel/Multipurpose Room, a new and bigger kitchen, a remodel of the current dining rooms, relocation of shipping and receiving and a Transportation Center. The plans are at state and once approved, bids will be accepted and groundbreaking is still possible for late summer/early fall. Our sincere appreciation to all who have donated and have brought us to this point.
“The price tag for Phase Three is estimated at 4.6 million dollars,” says Foundation Director, Steph Everett. “Last October the Mountrail County Health Foundation pledged to raise 1.6 million dollars for Phase Three. We currently have raised over a million dollars of this pledge. The fact we were able to raise this amount of money since October shows how supportive the community is of this last phase.”
Some of the biggest supporters and recent donors have been the eight local Lutheran churches, who are the owners of the Bethel Home. “But the wonderful thing we are seeing,” says Everett, “is that other churches, many families and businesses within our community and surrounding areas are stepping up and supporting Phase Three. This is so encouraging, as it shows the donors recognized the need for this renovation. Just as the community saw the need for the Bethel Home in 1960, today they see the need for Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Farm Credit Services Awards Mountrail County Medical Center $15,000
Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that it has awarded the Mountrail County Medical Center $15,000 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grant Foundation (RGCF). The grant funds were used to purchase a portable ultrasound machine that will be utilized in the ER, Hospital, Clinic and Bethel Home. Grant funds from the Stanley Area Community Foundation, St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation and donations from the Hospital Auxiliary and the T.H. Reiarson Trust were also used in purchasing the $40,000 unit.
“With the changing, more frequent and increasingly serious injuries that we are seeing here at the Mountrail County Medical Center,” says Dr. Mark Longmuir, “we, as providers, requested a portable ultrasound unit to be purchased for the facility. This unit will allow us to diagnosis injuries and condition right at the patient’s bedside, without the inconvenience, delay and discomfort created by moving the patient to another area for imaging.”
“Farm Credit is excited to provide grant funds to the Mountrail County Medical Center,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. The services provided by rural medical facilities are Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Police Department Reports Scam
Stanley Chief of Police Kris Halvorson reported a scam that surfaced in Stanley last week. Residents received calls from 701-210-2550 stating they were with the Stanley Police Department and had an outstanding warrant for the person called. When returning the call, the message was similar to that used by Stanley Police Department, however the 210 is an Oakes prefix. If you have been a victim of this scam, please contact Chief of Police Halvorson at 628-2677. The number has since been disconnected. Halvorson states that the Stanley Police Department would not call on outstanding warrants and demand payment over the phone. Instead, officers would contact you directly. Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Dalrymple Extends Statewide Fire Emergency
Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently extended an executive order to protect against fire outbreaks in North Dakota.
Dalrymple’s original executive order was in effect until Wednesday, but recently he extended the statewide fire emergency until April 30th. The governor can extend the statewide fire emergency beyond April 30th if necessary.
In his executive order, Dalrymple issued a burn ban for areas in the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued for an area. Burning will be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.
Dalrymple has also activated the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Plan to make state assistance available to local and tribal officials in the event of a fire emergency. In addition, the governor has authorized the Adjutant General to activate and make available. North Dakota National Guard resources in support of local and tribal governments.
“This executive order is an important step in our ongoing work to protect against the threat of fire outbreaks in many areas of the state,” Dalrymple said. “Our state agencies Login or Subscribe to view full stories.