Mountrail Bethel Home Board Approves Change In Phase Three Vision

The highly anticipated third phase of the three phases being built at the Mountrail County Health Center, the Bethel Home expansion, has been briefly put on hold while the recently hired CEO/Administrator reworks his new vision. This vision was presented and recommended by the Administrator to the MBH Board at a recent special meeting and adopted by the Board. “I know we were to break ground in a few weeks,” says Rocky Zastoupil, MBH’s Administrator. “But with the bid coming in at a little under 4 million dollars to do just the Chapel and the Kitchen along with the recent 4 percent Medicaid budget cuts from the ND Governor, we needed to step back for a moment and make sure we are doing this properly and getting the most ‘bang for our buck’.” The new vision will be to focus on the chapel along with updated resident rooms. “With the changing times and the desire for private rooms with a private bath, we need to be proactive on giving residents what they want,” states Zastoupil. The administration at MBH will start working with architects within the next few weeks to start laying out this new plan. Zastoupil pictures this to be a two phase project. Phase one would be the Chapel along with a 24 room pod of resident rooms this pod would feature two 12 room “neighborhoods”, with a dining room in the middle. These would be built where the current employee parking lot is. The parking lot would be moved across the street to the south on property currently owned by MBH. The second phase would be the construction of another 24 room pod. “Until we start working with an architect, we won’t know exactly where the second pod will be going,” says Zastoupil. “I feel that with the  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Ag Agent Jim Hennessy Shares Experiences With Vo Ag Class

Mountrail County Ag Agent Jim Hennessy’s sausage and jerky making classes have become a popular staple with adults and 4-H youth in the area over the past couple of years. Now Stanley High School Vo Ag freshmen and sophomore students are getting a chance to experience those skills with the four classes making the trip to the Mountrail County South Complex. Starting last week and continuing through this week, the students will spend the two weeks learning to make sausage and breakfast sausage, pepper sticks, jerky sticks, whole muscle jerky and summer sausage. Vo Ag instructors Andrew Dosch and Paige Uran wanted to make this opportunity available to students, but with the school’s meats lab not in current working condition, they paired up with Hennessy for the two week class offering. Hennessy says that offering the classes means that the teachers can get the training while the school hopefully gets the meats lab ready for classes next year. He will go in and help them in their own lab next year if that is possible. Hennessy says it is a great opportunity for students to be able to participate in meats classes. He says that it is becoming a lost art with so many butcher shops going by the wayside. These ten days of hands on learning will be an experience that they can take home with them.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Curbside Clean Up Starts On Monday

Get the neighborhood kids involved! Household appliances and accepted wastes will be picked up off the curb side by the Stanley Public Works department the first week of May. Items need to be separated and rules followed to make this a successful community effort. Together we can clean up Stanley and welcome the summer months through team work and city wide participation. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated! Curbside Cleanup schedule will be as follows: May 2 and 3: South of 6th Ave May 4 and 5: North of 6th Ave May 6: John Rian Please have items neatly placed on the curb before 8:00 a.m. the first day of clean up in your neighborhood. Late items will not be picked up. The following items will be accepted at the curb: Appliances: Water heaters, microwaves, washers, dryers, stoves, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, trash compactors, garbage disposals. Fridges, Freezers, Air   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

SHS Family And Consumer Science Classes Team With Knife River Lutheran Church

Courtney Albertson’s sewing classes were looking for a meaningful project, while Knife River Lutheran Church members were contemplating how to put together “Fresh Start” kits for the Heart River Lutheran Bridges of Hope program in Mandan, ND. Knife River Lutheran members purchased twenty duffel bag kits, had the kits shipped to the school, and the students sewed the duffel bags for this project. On Sunday, April 17th, at Knife River’s monthly mission breakfast/service members gathered to assemble these “Fresh Start” kits. Heart River Bridges of Hope program works with youth from the youth correctional facility in Mandan. The youth worship with Heart River Lutheran Church, and the pastors and members assist these youth to have a sense of belonging and to  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Spring Concert Time In Stanley

Last week saw the Spring Concerts at both the Stanley High School and Elementary School. On Tuesday, Apr. 19, the high school gym was full as the sixth grade choir, junior high and senior high choirs, junior high and high school bands took to the stage. The evening featured performances from each of the groups, as well as several individual and group performances from those that starred at the Region competitions and qualified for State Music on Saturday, May 7 at Minot State University. Vocal state qualifiers include soloists Michael Francis, Krista Savage, Samantha Honrud, Sylvia Salazar, Hope Parmeter and Melody Taylor; duets Tanner Cottam and Michael Francis, Krista Savage and Sylvia Salazar, and Krista Savage and Michael Francis as well as the girls’ ensemble. Instrumental state qualifiers included one of the percussion ensembles; soloists Michael Francis on trumpet, Seth Evenson on clarinet, Kellen Enget on snare and Mallorie Dale on French Horn; sax duet Daphne Enander and Hayley Schmidt; the all sax ensemble and the trumpet ensemble. As part of the evening, Steve Beckman recognized choir members with vocal awards. Most improved vocalist awards went to Hope Parmeter, Faith Pfeiffer and Jordan Evans. Hardest working awards went to Kacey Clark, Jared Halvorson and Samantha Honrud. Outstanding  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.