Prairie Outfitters To Close April 8

After twenty years in business, Prairie Outfitters in Stanley will likely close its doors for the final time in the next few weeks. Owners Hod and Ruth Hysjulien say it has been an elusive closing date. When they first started the closeout sales in November, they thought maybe the end of February. Then it turned into the end of March and now they say they would like to be done the first week of April and have actually set a final opening date of Saturday, Apr. 8. However, there are still lots of items in the store to choose from, including a lot of ladies’ wear, some menswear, a small amount of FR clothing and a fair amount of footwear. They smile when they say, “we are just going to have to pick a date” but as long as sales days are still good they have been reluctant to close for good. There are options for what to do with might remain in the store, including liquidators, donating to charitable causes like women’s shelters and nursing homes. But they also still hold out hope that a buyer can be found. There has been interest over the time since Hod and Ruth started to talk about retiring and selling, but it has been hard for interested parties to get financing, especially for inventory. In fact, one more has expressed an interest recently and they say that buyer could walk in and take over the remaining inventory and still make a profit as they find their way into how they want the business to evolve. For Hysjuliens, they are now just ready to retire. Over the years, the business has had its ebb and flow. Hysjuliens say that with the quality line of their clothing, customers have come and gone. They say that the boom in the oil industry brought in strong support for the store. That has been true  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Blue Jays Take 7th At State

It was an exciting week for Blue Jay fans, young and old, as the Stanley Blue Jays boys basketball team returned to the State Tournament for the first time in 79 years. The week included a traditional send-off on Thursday with the band and cheerleaders celebrating the team. The dads took to the floor to “represent” their boys. Assistant Coach Seth Leupp made good on a bet allowing the boys to cut his hair before they left. Tournament action on Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw the fans pack the stands as they cheered the Blue Jays on to a seventh place finish. The team fought hard in all three games and made the community proud along the way. The Blue Jay cheerleaders were also in action at their state tournament, bringing home first place. Pictured at the top are the Blue Jays coaches, players, stats, cheerleaders and team hosts. More from the tournament on Pages 9, 11 and 18 this week.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.


Band and Cheer Team Receive Donation From OSS

An application from SHS student Kelsie Bollinger resulted in a $2,500 donation to the Stanley High School cheerleaders and band from Oilfield Support Services, Inc. In her application, she detailed the opportunities that both opportunities provide. The SHS cheer team participates in State competitions for both fall and winter seasons. They travel to support the Blue Jays. Cheerleading helps keep team spirit up and the cheerleaders are proud of their sportsmanship. They are also known for making sure the bleachers are clean as they leave an event and making sure the Blue Jays are represented in a positive manner. In her application for the cheer team, she said, “Our coaches do everything that they can to help keep the cost down on the families that   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

SKYWARN Training Sessions Start

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has started scheduling the 2017 Skywarn Training sessions. These sessions are free and open to the public and help provide information on severe weather. It also encourages the public to become involved in spotting and reporting weather from their locations. There is no need to register. Sessions this year will last about an hour and forty-five minutes. There will be interaction with the audience on thunderstorm formation and storm hazards, flash floods, lightning, tornadoes, hail and high wind. Training will tell you how to be prepared and how to stay safe. Storm structure and strength will be discussed and of course the important differences between WATCHES and WARNINGS. The NWS invites you to “Come see some neat pictures and cool video and learn how to be Weather-Ready!” The first session in the area is set for Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station in Kenmare. A   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Michael Lucy Earns Top Honor For Customer Service

Michael Lucy, an American Family Insurance agent in Stanley ND, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “Our vision is to be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance company, so we salute these agents who have earned the highest praise from customers, and received the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification,” said Tim Constien, chief customer officer of American Family Insurance. “These agents are   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.