Livestock Field Day Draws Good Crowd

The Mountrail County Livestock Field Day was held on Wednesday, Oct. 15 starting at the Jim Enge farm south of Stanley. At this first stop, guests were able to check out Enge’s collection of vintage John Deere tractors before getting down to the business of the day. Fred Naas of the Bowman NRCS office was first on hand as he talked to producers about the value of solar watering systems. He talked about the various types of solar panels and the equipment needed to properly set up a system. He continued by talking about the benefits of these systems, especially in rural areas where power to a water source may be hard to obtain. He also compared the long-term benefits versus the costs to set them up. The program then moved to Enge’s cattle pens where they talked about the Artificial insemination programs with guest speakers Melissa Schook and John Dhuyvetter. Enge has been part of the NDSU SARE grant program that helps determine the benefit of AI in the cow herd and compares those results with the natural service conception calves. Other stops included a hands on demo of carcass composting and cattle surveillance system displays at the Alex Craft farm. Supper was served that day at the Craft farm for those attending. The program was sponsored by the Mountrail County Ag Agency along with the Mountrail County NRCS office and the Mountrail County Ag Improvement Association. All area producers were invited   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Farm Bureau Holds Annual Meeting

The Mountrail County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16. After dinner at the Tombstone Restaurant the group moved to the Stanley Fire Hall for their meeting. Opening business called for the election of directors. Doug Kinnoin and Doris Bures positions were up for election. Bures has declined to fill another term. Kinnoin was elected to serve another term, while the other seat will be filled at a later date. Other board members are president Aaron Skarsgard, vice president Kevin Craft and director Ray Schepp. The group also discussed the upcoming State Convention set for November 13 to 16 in Bismarck. They will be looking for those interested in attending as either a delegate or alternate. Although they did not have any policy recommendations at this time, the Mountrail County Farm Bureau has moved to support and endorse Doug Goehring in his bid to seek reelection as ND Ag Commissioner. Skarsgard gave the president’s report updating the group on activities in the past year. They included presenting the Farm Bureau scholarship to Colton Bruhn and the Paul Sandeen Memorial Scholarship to Kayla Lapica. The group has helped sponsor a benefit poker tournament for Justin and Leah Halvorson’s child, a meal at the Mountrail County Ag Improvement Association meeting, donations to the Food Pantry and the Girl Scouts, as well as helping to sponsor the rib cookoff benefitting the Stanley Ambulance and Fire Department. Skarsgard also reported on attendance at last year’s convention and YF&R training. He also reported they are looking for a representative for District 8. ND Farm Bureau Northwest Field Representative Seth Estenson spoke about the state organization. They are urging their members to vote no on Measure 5. Their concerns  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Phillips 66 Meets With Local Leaders

As plans continue for a potential new rail facility at Palermo, officials from Phillips 66 and Paradigm Energy Partners, LLC met with local and area leaders at the Mountrail County South Complex on Friday, Oct. 17. The meeting gave company officials a chance to update the community on their plans for development. On the flipside, it also gave local groups a chance to tell the company what they have to offer for those employees that will be calling Palermo and Stanley home. Phillips 66 is one of the largest refiners in the nation with 11 different refineries in the United States. They manage approximately 18,0000 miles of pipeline and have 14,000 employees worldwide. As they continue to grow the company, they are looking to develop more midstream solutions. That includes potential projects like the one in Palermo where they are considering building a rail rack site to serve their refineries. This project will site on the 710 acre property they purchased south and west of Palermo. Phillips 66 currently handles a significant volume of Bakken crude. They hope a potential pipeline directly into their facility will help reduce the number of trucks on the roads in western North Dakota. With operations in every major play in the country, this is Phillips 66’s first operation of this scale in the Bakken. The company’s strategy is to double its size by 2018 and this investment in the Bakken is one of the ways the company plans to meet that goal. This long-term investment in the Bakken comes with the company’s sets of values in mind: safety, honor and commitment. Safety and the environment are very important to the company. Their goal is to do what is right and be a good neighbor. The commitment is one for the long haul. Meanwhile, Paradigm Energy Partners, LLC brings their experience in the area to this project as  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Bert Anderson Appointed To Fill Vacated Seat

By: Cecile Krimm Journal Publishing Crosby Mayor Bert Anderson has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of District 2 Rep. David Rust (R-Tioga). Anderson, along with former Stanley Mayor Mike Hynek were under consideration for the appointment, having both first expressed interest, along with Rust, in the Senate seat being vacated by John Andrist. With Rust’s selection for the Senate seat made the week previous, the executive committee of the District 2 Republican Party met again Thursday to appoint someone to fill Rust’s house seat. Anderson said he may step down as District 2 party chair, but he will also continue to serve in his role as mayor. District 2 encompasses all Divide and Burke counties, along with the western portion of Mountrail County and much of rural Williams County. Anderson said Friday he hopes to have some impact in the amount of oil and gas tax revenues headed   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Cross Country Team Heads To State

Stanley’s Cross Country boys and girls team members will be in action at the State Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Souris River Golf Course in Minot. The girls race will start at 12:00 noon and the boys at 12:45 p.m. Goodie bags are set up in the teacher’s workroom at the Stanley High School. There are 13 bags there for those who wish to bring a little something to fill them up. All are welcome to bring in items to help fill the bags to help them through the bus ride and events.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.