Parade Of Lights Kicks Off Christmas Season

The annual Parade of Lights kicked off the Christmas Season in Stanley on Saturday, Nov. 26. With pleasant temperatures during the day, it was a pleasant evening again this year for those that turned out to enjoy the parade. There were 25 entries in this year’s parade from various businesses and organizations. Judges Bryan Fluhrer, Ken Halvorson, Skip Wing and Andrea Vroman were faced with the difficult task of selecting first through third place from all the entries. Wing continued his service as parade announcer again this year. The first place entrant gets possession of the traveling trophy. The Stanley Police Department led off the parade. First place honors went to Gooseneck Implement. Second place went to MBI and third place to Whiting Oil. Honorable mention went to the Stanley Boy Scouts. Others participating included Allen Lund with his team escorting Prairie Outfitters in their final parade as they enter their last year of business, Wade and Jordee Skaar on horseback representing Wannabe Electric, American Bank Center, Gustafson Septic Service, Stanley Ace Hardware, NAPA, Westgate Mason Lodge, Streams of Living Water Preschool, Mountrail Bethel Home/Mountrail County Medical Center, Pinnacle Convenience Store, Farmers Union Lumber, Town & Country Credit Union, Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, Prairie Ford, Dakota Drug, Mountrail County Social Services, Border Plains Equipment, Stickman Inc., Mountrail County Promoter/Mountrail County Abstract, Stanley Fire Department and Stanley Ambulance. The parade was well attended and a successful kick off to the holiday season in Stanley. The Stanley First go local shopping campaign also kicked off at the parade. Pinnacle’s staff members were passing out Stanley First! totes which had special savings in the bags. The campaign urges people to spend $10 for 10 days in the month of December, supporting local businesses. Save your receipts and turn them into BNC National Bank or American Bank Center by December 31 and be entered for a chance to win $250 in Stanley Bucks. While the Stanley First campaign is kicking off during the Christmas Season, the program will continue as it finds ways to encourage people to think local, buy local and be local. The next event will be the annual Stanley Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 3. Many businesses not traditionally open on Saturday will have open houses on Friday, Dec. 2. See page 7 in this week’s Promoter for a list of participating businesses and what they will have to offer you, their loyal customers, on this annual special event. Visit local businesses and enjoy treats along the way while you get a great start on your Christmas shopping. Upcoming events will also be   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Students Learn Life Lessons At Reality Store

Stanley Public School, along with the Powers Lake Public School and Great Northwest Education Cooperative brought The Reality Store back to the Mountrail County South Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The event brings community volunteers together with the eighth and tenth grade students. The event is geared toward teaching students about the importance of staying in school, how career choices affect their financial status, and the benefits of budgeting. The Reality Store welcomes them to “the real world” as they are given a glimpse of their future. It helps them develop an awareness of basic financial skills and planning, decision making and career planning. As they arrive at the Reality Store, students are given a handout with basic instructions. Since their deductions and withholdings have already been figured out with their salary, they first go to the bank to open their checking account and pick up a check register. They can then proceed to any of the other stores in any order and take care of their business at each one. They might, however, find out they need to visit another booth first. For example, before they go to utilities or insurance, they will probably have to visit housing and transportation first. If they run out of money, they need to visit the S.O.S./financial assistance stop. They are required to visit each store and then return their checking account register along with their form to the check out location. Stops along the way included the bank, student loans/credit, housing, transportation, insurance, groceries/personal care, utilities, communications, child care, medical/dental, entertainment, clothing, S.O.S./financial assistance, contributions and credit. There was also a stop at Life Happens. This stop is where anything could happen that impacts the student’s month. It could be a gift or an unexpected expense. The goal of the program is to help students discover that life involves decision making, problem solving and budgeting. They experience   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

4-H Awards And Fun Day Held

The annual Mountrail County 4-H Awards and Fun Day was held on Sunday, November 20, at the Mountrail County Fair Building in Stanley. 4-H members, parents and leaders gathered for the awards program in which a number of members were presented their 4-H Achievement Day and Horse Show Awards, Year-End Project Medallions and “Git R Dun” Awards in recognition for their achievements in 4-H during the recently ended 2015-2016 4-H year. Outstanding Senior 4-H Member was Ty Fladeland, a 2-year member of the Mountrail Eagles 4-H Club. He was presented with a plaque. Outstanding Junior 4-H Member Lane Underdahl of Powers Lake, a 3-year member of the Mountrail Pioneers 4-H Club. He was awarded with a plaque. Outstanding 4-H Club for 2015-2016 4-H year was the Mountrail Pioneers 4-H Club from the Plaza, Makoti and New Town areas. Members include: Claire and Hannah Braaflat of Plaza; Madilyn and MacKenna Braaflat of Plaza; Violet Braaflat of Plaza; Addison Bugbee of Plaza; Harley, Savannah and Sierra Burns of Makoti; Ashtyn and Drew Erickson of Plaza; Vanessa Fransen of Makoti; Tana and Tegan Lee of Plaza; Tucker Lee of Plaza; Aspen and Bradyn Lenning of Plaza; Emma and Henry Penland of New Town; Charlee and Jericka Schenfisch of Makoti; and Lane Underdahl of Makoti. The club was awarded a certificate and $100 to be used for the pizza party. ND 4-H Key Club Award was presented to Caityln Enger of Stanley, a 12-year member of the Mountrail Eagles 4-H Club. The Key Award is based on a member’s total 4-H record-membership, projects, activities, leadership, personal development and county 4-H and community involvement. Key Award 4-Her’s possess leadership, loyalty and a sense of responsibility to the total 4-H Program. ND 4-H Key Award is an honor that has to be worked for. Less than 10% of all ND  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Excellence In Agriculture Celebrated During Harvest Bowl

rk of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and several counties in Minnesota were honored during the 43rd annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University, on Nov. 4. *Mountrail County – Gary and Jenette Nelson. Gary and Jenette live near Stanley. Gary was owner and president of Scandia American Bank in Stanley. He retired in 2015. He also farmed for 20 years, raising small grains and alfalfa, and had a Hereford/Angus cow-calf operation. He is supportive of Extension programming in the county and 4-H through a premium auction each year. Jenette, a 1963 NDSU graduate, is a retired junior and senior high school teacher. She is active in community arts programs and works with special education students as a volunteer. The Nelsons have two children. An agribusiness award recipient also is chosen annually. This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond. David Berg, retired president and chief executive officer of American Crystal Sugar Co., was this year’s recipient.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley Women Of Today Giving Tree Set Up

The annual Giving Tree sponsored by the Stanley Women of Today is located at American Bank Center in Stanley this year. Tags are available to be picked up during bank hours. Gifts should be returned, with the tags, to American Bank Center by Wednesday, December 15th. Referrals continue to be accepted. Confidentially is maintained with this project. For more information or to make a referral contact Pat at 628-2884. The members of Stanley Women of Today appreciate the continued support of our Communities as we offer the opportunity for a Happy Christmas for all children.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.