Spend The Holiday Season In Stanley

The Stanley merchants and Stanley Commercial Club are getting ready for the holiday season and getting ready to offer you everything you need to have a wonderful holiday. Things kick off this Saturday, Nov. 25 with the annual Parade of Lights. Before the parade kicks off, however, there are two new events designed to help you spend the entire day getting ready for the holidays. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as “Small Business Saturday” and the Commercial Club is encouraging shoppers to recognize this day by spending time enjoying not only our local businesses, but also a vendor/craft show from 1 to 7 p.m. in the former Prairie Outfitters building on Main Street. A scavenger hunt will also be held with the starting point at this vendor show. For the kids, there will be ornament making at several locations. Some local makers are also holding a “Handmade Holiday Market” at the Golden Age Club from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Parade of Lights will kick off on Main Street at 6:00 p.m. Entries for the parade are still welcome. To enter your float contact Jacob Carpenter at 628-2252 or Dale Kilen at 628-2333 or 628-3451. Entrants should be at the depot no later than 5:00 p.m. Late entries are welcome to join in the parade at that time as well. Businesses will be open extended hours for holiday shoppers, set to stay open until at least 7:00 p.m. to give everyone a chance to a get a good start on filling those gift lists. The annual Stanley Stroll will be the next Saturday, Dec. 2 starting in the afternoon. Join businesses for goodies and special savings throughout the day. Many businesses not traditionally open on Saturday will be hosting open houses on Friday, Dec. 1. Watch next week’s Promoter for more information and get ready to  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Food Pantry Gets Some Welcome Help

It is not uncommon to see volunteers show up at the Mountrail Community Food Pantry when they have a truck coming in, but the volunteers on Thursday, Nov. 16 got an extra boost from some Stanley High School students. With a large truck to be unloaded leading into the holiday season, director Mary Dennis had reached out for help, including on social media and to the school. Karen Colbenson responded that twelve to fifteen students would be coming to help. Brent Danks’ psychology class showed up and quickly jumped in. The adult volunteers were thrilled to have the energetic students grabbing the heavy bags and carting them into the food pantry “like it was nothing”. Together the group unloaded over 5000 pounds of food and got everything unpacked in 45 minutes, which Dennis says is a new record. The food pantry also took advantage of the free dog and cat food offered by the Great Plains Food Bank and had 41 bags delivered along with the other foods. Dennis says that while they would never spend their funds on these items, when it was free they happily accepted it. The food pantry also received a refrigerator and a refrigerator/freezer which the Great Plains Food Bank provided through their grant program. Dennis says it was a banner day. It was busy, even hectic, but full of fun and good will. Everyone that  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley High School Hosts Scrubs Camp

For the second year in a row, Stanley High School was able to hold a R-COOL Scrubs Camp in conjunction with National Rural Health Day. Mountrail County Medical Center again joined forces with the Center for Rural health to bring this unique look at healthcare career opportunities on Thursday, Nov. 16. Students in grades nine through twelve started their day checking in with organizers and an introduction to the programs available in rural health care. They spent the rest of the day going from room to room learning about those options. They had presenters from MCMC on hand, as well as presenters from other healthcare fields. Presenters covered the CNA program, nursing with oncology nurses, the naturopath program, providers including doctors and nurses, physical therapy, EMS programs, massage therapy, dentistry and behavioral health services. Students had a chance to learn more about each of those areas through hands-on creative activities with each of the presenters. The goal of the camp is to present students with the options for a career in healthcare, especially rural health care. One in five Americans call rural communities home. Small towns are made up of hard working community members who know each other and are always there to help with what comes at their town to benefit the greater good. At the heart of many rural communities is  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Horn Of Plenty Underway

This year marks more than 30 years of people reaching out to other people through the KHRT Horn of Plenty Program. Again this year, as they have in every year since its beginning, Prairie Ford has turned their show room into the collection and distribution center of the KHRT Horn of Plenty. The years of commitment by Prairie Ford and the generous support of the Stanley Community has given the ability to help families in need in the Stanley area annually to between 20 to 30 families in need, touching most communities in a 50 mile radius of Stanley. Totally the Horn of Plenty has averaged 350 to 400 families each year, and includes 600 to 700 children needing toys. KHRT is grateful to the residents of the Stanley area for their support and being so willing to help. Over the years providing a $40 Family Starter Bag has been accepted by a number of Stanley area businesses and individuals to purchase the perishable items to start a family, and in many cases given extra dollars when the program was short. If you know of a family in need, family registration forms are available at Prairie Ford. No family can submit their own name, so please   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

One Act Play Holds Performance

Before heading off to State Competition in Jamestown on Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21, Stanley’s one-act play group took to the stage at the Stanley High School for a public performance on Sunday, Oct. 19. The group claimed first place in region competition on November 8. Performing “…And Others” by Dennis Bush, the play focuses on a young woman, Amanda, who has experienced an extreme tragedy in her life. It focuses on the seven personas, both male and female, who struggle for control as she has dissociative identify disorder resulting from the trauma. It is not until the final moments of the nearly half-hour production that you learn the cause of the trauma. Each of the personas has a different part in her life and the play introduces you to each of them and the role they play. Cast members are Hannah Erie as Amanda; Hannah Jones, Rachel; Sariah LaBar, Katarina; Jace Ruud, Brady; Keith Braddock II, Randall; Benjamin Wing, Kade; and Travis Dean, Liam. Grace Sorenson handles stage crew duties. Carter Hill is the coach.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.