Farm Credit Services Awards Parshall 2000 Inc. $12,200 Grant

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that is has awarded Parshall 2000 Inc. $12,200 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grant Fund (RCGF). The grant funds will help with renovations to improve the heating and cooling system of the RockView Housing facility in Parshall. Kenton Onstad, Parshall 2000 Inc. President, is pleased to accept the check and utilize the grant funds towards the heating and cooling system. Parshall 2000 Inc. plays a huge role in meeting the community needs of Parshall and surrounding communities. The RockView Housing facility was converted from a nursing home to housing during the oil boom and has an old HVAC system that has not been replaced since 1974. “We are pleased to provide funds to help them upgrade the heating and cooling units for the housing facility,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. With this upgrade, the entire facility’s sustainability will be improved due to greater energy efficiency and quality of life. “This is a much needed improvement for the facility,” Sem adds. Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and AgriBank, established the Rural Community Grant Fund to assist in the implementation and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota which have been impacted by mineral exploration. The Rural Community Grant Fund is currently accepting applications for future funding requests. Interested parties can apply at   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Pepper Stick And Jerky Class Held

Long one of the most popular offerings in the area, Mountrail County Ag Agent Jim Hennessy continued this round of sausage, jerky and pepper stick and summer sausage classes at the Mountrail County South Complex on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Despite winter weather conditions all day long, most of the registered attendees braved the weather to try their hand at the jerky and pepper stick making class. Hennessy starts the classes with discussion on the processes and ingredients needed. He gives the classes the choice of a number of seasoning options and add in ingredients as they begin. Classes traditionally start with the meat handling by part of the group. In this class, it included not just cutting and grinding, but also whole muscle slicing for the jerky. The other part of the group oversees the seasonings. After the necessary seasonings are used to ensure safe handling, this is open to interpretation and personal taste. Hennessy will also give suggestions as to what might or might not be a good add in depending on what type of meat processing they are doing. Some things that lend well to sausage may not be as welcome in a pepper stick. The inverse is also true when considering what might work best with a jerky and not with a sausage. As the classes have continued to grow in popularity, attendees are able to learn not only from Hennessy’s own experiences, but also those of past participants. Many of the attendees come back time and again, learning something new each time. They bring their own unique tastes and skills to the process, especially when discussing what makes a good add in or provides a different   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Commercial Club Holds Annual Meeting

The Stanley Commercial Club held their annual banquet and meeting at the Mountrail County Fair Building on Friday, Jan. 12. The evening included a catered dinner and several door prizes given out over the course of the evening. They also hosted two guest speakers. First up was Dennis Lindahl of Dakota Public Relations giving an overview of the recent EDC sponsored Downtown Enhancement Survey. With the full results to be published in the Promoter soon, Lindahl gave an overview of the survey and what led to it. With the Post Office move complete this week, the survey was done last November as the city looks at what to do to replace the traffic lost with the move. Lindahl says the survey may cause some cognitive dissidence to those looking at the results as it will bring sometimes unexpected results and challenge the preconceptions of those reading those results. He compared different strategies for addressing change and challenge, saying that the idea of taking a “magic eight ball” approach no longer works. He compares it to coming up with an idea and then seeing if it magically is a great idea and then using a hammer to “hammer” those around you into submission. He used a Rubik’s Cube to take steps to get positive results. All of that leads to the desire to use research rather than guessing moving forward. Research allows you to move forward without personal bias. Good leaders adapt to change and embrace change even when knowing it disrupts the routine. There is a natural instinct to resist change to the status quo even if it improves the quality of life. With an estimated drop in over 5,000 visits based on trips to the post office, it is time to take a proactive approach to address the changes to downtown. That includes the distressed buildings and vacant lots. As the oil industry has changed and brought less than the originally projected jobs to western North Dakota, communities need to maximize  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Two Blue Jays Hit A Career Milestone

Every high school basketball player dreams of hitting that elusive 1,000 career point mark. The goal is reached by very few. Being able to accomplish it on their home court makes it that much sweeter. Last week, two Stanley Blue Jay players hit that mark on back to back nights in the Stanley High School gym. On Monday, Jan. 8, Abby Iverson hit that goal early in the game against Ray. Iverson joins a select few of recorded girls’ players to hit that mark for the Blue Jays. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Kaedyn Hanson hit the goal early in the second half of the game against Berthold. For Kaedyn, he joins cousin Wyatt, who hit that goal as a sophomore for the Blue Jays two years ago during the Region Tournament, as two players on the current Blue Jay varsity squad to have hit that mark in their careers. Iverson is the daughter of Christi and Jason Iverson and is a senior at Stanley High School. Hanson is the son of Kyle and Marianne Hanson and is a senior at Stanley High School.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Rib Cook-off Proceeds Donated

The Mountrail County Rib Cook-off proceeds were donated to the S.A.C.K. (Stanley Area Cares for Kids) program last week. A total of $3,000 was given to the program that helps to serve students throughout the Stanley School district in need. Pictured above, Kelly Jones, representing the rib cook-off committee, presents Steph Everett, representing S.A.C.K., with a check. The 6th Annual Cook-off was held on Saturday, Sept. 30 with fifteen cook teams participating. The cook-off is sponsored by the Stanley Commercial Club, Mountrail County Farm Bureau and Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department. The event raises money through entry fees, donations and ticket sales as well as sponsorship from the Stanley Commercial Club and the Visitor’s Committee Fund.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.