SHS Grad To Audition For The Voice

For 2015 SHS graduate Krystenna LaBar a trip to Chicago next week could mean the first step in the journey of a lifetime. After submitting the requirements to meet the self-choice audition, she will have her chance at a first audition for The Voice on February 7. Her love of music and gifted voice has been seen with her participation in the SHS music department and people around her encouraged her to take this first step. She says she looked up what needed to be done to have this first audition and set up the necessary Voice account, selected her audition date, time and place and submitted the necessary “Beat the Crowd” a capella video. For that video she chose to sing the same song she sang at graduation, “Nightingale” by Demi Lovato. She says that she remade the song somewhat to reflect the emotions she feels when she sings that song, hoping that others will also find that same emotional connection to the song. Auditions at Chicago’s Navy Pier will take place on February 7 and 8 with Krystenna taking her place with about 400 other people on February 7. She and her mother, Dolly, will make this a mother/daughter trip to Chicago, leaving on February 4 and being there for four days. Before leaving, she will meet with Billy Dean on February 1 and spend the next two days packing. This first audition is a self-paid trip as, like every other hopeful at this audition, she hopes for the red slip call back with a date and place telling them where to be for their next audition. If you get the call back, then the trip and stay are paid. Krystenna says that means they see something worthy of being on the show and that is her greatest hope. However, she says if she doesn’t make it past this round, it’s not too bad or the end of music for her. But if she does make it past those judges, earning a slot in the next round means that they do see something in her talent. Performance in this first round will consist of two songs. They want the performer to sing the song they used as their original audition song, so for her that will mean performing “Nightingale” again. After that, she’s not sure. It may depend on her   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Construction Reaches Next Milestone

The construction of the new law enforcement center addition at the Mountrail County Courthouse hit the next major milestone last week with the new jail cells installed. The last wall panel was scheduled to be put in place this week now that the cells are installed. The precast structure and structural steel are substantially complete and the roof is about one third done and should be complete soon, according to Adolfson and Peterson’s superintendent on site Konrad Johnson. They have started laying the block CMU walls inside and that will take about forty working schedule days, starting at the jail cells and working their way north. As the roofing completes, the majority of the work will move to the inside and weather will not be a factor in that part of the project. Johnson says that the project remains on schedule to be complete in December of this year, even with the changes that have occurred in the scheduling. As different schedules have changed, like the delay in the arrival of the jail cells, they have moved to other portions of the project. Having the cells in this past week, though, allowed the block work to start on the inside walls and Johnson says that needed to be started by February. The project also continues to be on budget with any cost savings passed back to the owner, in this case Mountrail County. Adolfson and Peterson are the Construction Management At Risk company on this project. As a CMAR, their goal is to make sure the project stays that way as once they set the gross maximum price, anything over that becomes their issue. That is the “at risk” portion of the title. The law enforcement addition at the courthouse will substantially increase the size of the jail facilities increasing the number of beds to 42 in 21 cells. The way the jail facilities will be constructed will also mean that segregation of inmate will be easier managed. The lower level will also substantially increase the space available for law enforcement offices, meeting and training spaces. It will also increase the functionality of the jail facilities. In addition, the upper level of the addition will include courtroom space improvements. There will be additional courtroom space, office spaces for the States Attorney and staff, and more that will improve the way the court system can function in Mountrail County. It will also provide significantly improved security for those working in the court offices. A recent North Dakota Association of Counties survey of all the 23 county jail facilities licensed to hold inmates revealed data that is very insightful in regards to the inmate   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.


Lions Club Donates To Story Hour

The preschool story hour every Friday morning at the Stanley Public Library continues to be popular with children and their parents. The Story Hour starts at 10:00 a.m. and is open to children ages three through five. Parents must stay with the children during that time. This Spring the schedule will be each Friday through May 20th with the exception of Friday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Mar. 25. The story hour includes some craft time and reading time and has been organized by Jennie Cornett, who is also the teacher and director at Streams of Living Water Preschool. She says that she is considering expanding the program into the summer as well. This past week, the Story Hour participants got a special treat as books for a new lending library showed up. With a generous donation from the Stanley Lions Club, Cornett was able to order a good selection of new books that kids will be able to “check out” and take   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Meiers Selected To Present At Midwest Clinic

Stanley’s music director Evan Meiers has been selected to present at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Il. in December of 2016. He will be presenting in front of between two and three thousand band directors from around the nation. The Midwest Clinic is the nation’s largest band and orchestra conference. Meiers will be presenting on how to get students, parents and administration to buy into a small town band program. He will also present on how community support and input is what drives a successful program. He was selected by his peers on a national level because of his affiliation with the North Dakota Music Educations Association and his involvement with the ND High School Activities Association music advisory board. Community members would most likely also agree that his selection would include the success of his program in Stanley. Evan and his wife Erin have also been selected as staff members for the 2017 Northern Ambassadors of Music tour. The tour will take place in Europe in 2017. It will include   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Give A Little Piece Of Your Heart In February

The holiday season might be over, but it doesn’t mean you need to stop giving. The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive co-hosted by United Blood Services and the North Dakota Petroleum Council will kick off February 1st to collect a much needed resource to help save lives. The blood drive, which pits companies operating in the Bakken against one another in a friendly competition, is an opportunity for industry employees, their friends and family and the public to positively impact their communities and state. Companies will compete by recruiting the most people to donate blood on their behalf. “We each can have such a positive impact in the community around us. It’s just a matter of saying ‘yes’ when asked to give. We are excited to partner with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to ultimately save   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.