SHS Class of 2015 Graduates

Stanley High School Class of 2015 took to the stage at the Stanley High School for the final time in their high school career on Sunday, May 24 as the forty-one members of the class accepted their diplomas at commencement exercises in front of their family and friends. Dylan Enger gave a welcome and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Cassidy Dupay presented the Opening Prayer and Welcome before the first student address from Michael Thelen. Krystenna LaBar sang the solo "Nightingale" before the second student address from Veronica Enander. The senior class presented flowers to family members prior to the awarding of diplomas. High School Principal Jim Swegarden, Superintendent Tim Holte and School Board member David Enander presented the class with their diplomas. The closing benediction was presented by Will Thelen. Graduating with High Honors (3.50 to 3.99 GPA) were Jamie Adams, Cassidy Dupay, Tracy Edwards, Jennifer Ellis, Veronica Enander, Dylan Enger, Haley Goodall, Katheryn Halvorson, Bobbi Hennessy, Brianna Holland, Tyrel Johnson, Justin Mackay, Gaige Reep, Cassandra Thelen and Michael Thelen. Graduating with Honors (3.00 to 3.49 GPA) were Paige Aadnes, Jonathon Dick, Payton Erie, Zechariah Foster, Jayce Harstad, Tibbs Moore, Jonathan Patten, Fancy Reynolds, Kazandra Salgado, Lucas Steele, William Thelen and Leah Wallace. Shelby Anderson, Stetson Anderson, Ivette Daubenspeck, Adam Duhé, Quade Fulton, Saritha Haugsdal, Azereth Herrera, Shawn Johnson, Krystenna LaBar, Dylan McGinnity, Jayd Rice, Roberto Salgado, Jr., Mariah Serna and Steven Sundean make up the remaining members of the Class of 2015. The Class of 2015 chose “We've come a long way, but not half as far   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Memorial Day Observed In Stanley

Memorial Day Services were held in Stanley on Monday, May 25. Stanley’s Charles Hartman Post 134, with the assistance of the American Legion Auxiliary and Stanley Boy Scout Troop 357 and several veterans, started out the events with a parade that began at Wilson Park and made its way to the Stanley High School. After the advancement of colors by the Post 134 Color Guard, Post Commander Harry Braddock welcomed everyone to this service to remember those who have gone before us and then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Samuel Fisher led the opening prayer which encouraged those in attendance to be grateful and ever mindful of the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom. Stanley sixth grader Sarah Royer recited “In Flanders Field” followed by Sierra McCloskey reciting “America’s Answer”. Each year the Legion Auxiliary asks sixth graders to memorize the poems with two selected to present them as part of Memorial Day Services. Fifth graders draw poppy posters which are on display in businesses on Main Street in Stanley. Krista and Rachel Savage sang “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice. The song tells the story of a man who finds comfort remembering his brother who died serving his country while driving his truck rather than visiting his gravesite. Speakers for the days’ program were members of Stanley’s High School Speech Team. Each of the three young men told the stories of those who had served their country either by their personal story or through poem. Nic Curren’s story was of a Minot man who had served during WWII as a photographer flying recon missions in the Pacific. He soon added fighter pilot to his resume as he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star during his time of service before returning home. Keith Braddock shared  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Hundreds Of Volunteers Help “Pick Up The Patch”

If you drove along Highway 2 between Palermo and Ross on Wednesday, May 20, you most likely spotted the volunteers along the road cleaning the ditches. You might have also spotted them along the south truck route around Stanley or old Highway 2 as it heads west out of Stanley. Sponsored by Statoil, EOG, Enbridge and MBI, this “Pick Up the Patch” event brought together around 200 volunteers from the sponsoring companies and a number of the associated companies that work with them in the oilfields of western North Dakota. This is not the first time these companies have combined to make a serious attempt to clean up the trash that collects along the roads in the area as the traffic increases and the communities continue to grow. They also take the project seriously as a way to make a positive impact in the communities around them as they try to be good neighbors, recognizing the impact that the ever growing energy industry has on everyone in the area. The day started at EOG’s facility in Stanley where teams were formed and given their assigned locations. Even with less volunteers than last year the group is proud of the fact they were able to clean over 22 miles of road. Yet another group took their own initiative on Thursday to work on ditches south of Stanley along Highway 8. The crews collected an amazing amount of garbage as the trailers pulled to pick up the bags were filled, disposed of and brought back to be filled yet again repeatedly. Anyone who has driven those roads since the winter snows melted knows how large the task was to clean those ditches and medians. Unfortunately, with the prevalence of littering they will soon fill back up. These companies, however, hopefully set a great example for some of those who drive the roadways to dispose of their trash properly. After lunch in the park, some of the crews headed back out with plans to clean ditches until at least mid-afternoon. Statoil, EOG, Enbridge and MBI were joined by the following companies in their efforts on  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Film Featuring Piepkorn Barn Near Stanley To Air On Prairie Public On June 2nd

A film featuring some of North Dakota’s longest-standing and architecturally-important buildings will premiere on Prairie Public’s television at 7:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, and again at 7:00 p.m. CT on Monday, June 8, 2015. The 60-minute documentary “Hay Day” Musical Barns of North Dakota” pays tuneful tribute to a rapidly-disappearing icon of our Midwestern landscape and agricultural heritage as it explores the architecture, history, preservation, restoration, and current uses of seven barns across the state. The Piepkorn family barn near Stanley, ND—originally built in 1943 and currently owned by Evonne Piepkorn—is among the structures to be featured in the film. Evonne and her late husband Lee used the barn for various farm purposes over the years, and after his death in 2010, she decided to turn it into a gathering space known as the “Peaceful Prairie Ponderosa.” When restoration and remodeling was done, Piepkorn added unique decorating and landscaping to welcome guests, including a chandelier inside and a fountain outside. “In 2011 when we dedicated it, we had about 50 guests for a sit-down meal,” Piepkorn said. It now hosts family and community events, and an occasional dance. In many cases, new technologies have made obsolete the primary purpose of North Dakota’s original barns, such as indoor hay storage. While many historical structures no longer remain, all of the barns featured in the film have found new uses as centers for families and communities to keep coming together for events. Other barns featured in the   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Mountrail County 4-H Pet Show Is June 2nd

The Mountrail County 4-H Pet Show is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd at the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley at 2:00 p.m. The 4-H Pet Show is a non-competitive event where youth bring their pet to share with the residents. This event is open to all youth of all ages. We ask this year to please obtain from bringing any poultry or birds due to the illnesses that are being spread. In past years we’ve had rabbits, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, horses, sheep, goats, llamas and hamsters. This is a great inter-generational experience. The residents love to see the youth with their pets and they enjoy sharing their experiences with them. We would like to invite you to come join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Please Pre-register by June 1st. Register on-site (Mountrail Bethel Home Courtyard) starting at 1:30 p.m.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.