Volunteers Help “Pick Up The Patch”
If you drove along Highway 2 between Stanley and Palermo on Tuesday, May 17 or between Stanley and Ross on Friday, May 20, you most likely spotted the volunteers along the road cleaning the ditches. If your trip took you through later in the afternoon, you probably saw the hundreds of orange and black garbage bags lining the roads as well.
Crews from EOG Resources and their associated companies met in Wilson Park on Tuesday morning to form teams and took off to clean ditches around Stanley and along Highway 2 to the other side of Palermo. Each team was given their assigned area to clean. Crews returned to the park around noon for lunch. EOG was joined in their efforts by FMC, MBI, Cameron, Richland Pump & Supply, Baylon, Newalta, Craft Electric, ND Mountain Insulation, Border States, CSW, LTR, Whiting, Chippewa, Renegade, Woodgroup PAC and MRC.
Crews from Statoil and their associated companies met at Statoil south of Ross on Friday morning. Once there, they were also divided into teams and given their two-mile stretches of road to attack, starting at 90th Ave and heading east to 84th and the Y by Stanley. After they finished up, they returned to Statoil for lunch and an afternoon safety meeting. Statoil was joined in their efforts by volunteers from Cartwright, LLC, MLB, Native Energy, MRC, Petroleum Exp., Atlas, Estvold Oilfield Services, EOS, Richland Pump, Antler and MBI.
This is not the first time all of these companies have combined efforts to make a serious attempt to clean up the trash that collects along the roads in the area as traffic has increased and communities have grown. Despite the slowdown in the oil industry, the fact that over 100 volunteers from so many companies took part in the “Pick Up The Patch” shows they take the project seriously as a way to make a positive impact in the communities around them. “Pick Up The Patch” is a way for Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Pulver Honored As Officer Of The Year
Minot’s Optimist Club honored North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Pulver of Stanley as their 2016 Law Officer of the Year. The selection comes as it recognizes officers’ devotion to public safety, commitment to community and upholding integrity among other qualities. The award was presented at the Optimist Club’s 2016 Respect for Law Enforcement Luncheon on Wednesday, May 18. The luncheon was designed to show their respect for the men and women who serve and protect communities throughout the state.
An excerpt from the Optimist creed encourages its volunteers to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. They also believe it is important to provide children with hope and instill a positive vision. Pulver’s commitment to youth and his community was part of the decision to select him as Officer of the Year.
They cited his involvement in his church and community. He is involved in coaching, hunting and fishing clubs, 4-H and the school board. Pulver has called Stanley home for 18 years and feels it is a nice place to live and raise his family. He appreciates being able to serve the community with his work and the places he volunteers.
Master of Ceremonies Al Hanson pointed out that Chris’s resume included so many community related activities. Pulver credits his department for helping him to achieve the award and allowing him to be such an active member of his community.
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Skywarn Training Held In Stanley
JP Martin of the National Weather Service brought the Skywarn Training to Stanley on Monday, May 16. The training provides basic information about severe weather safety and also encourages area residents to become a volunteer weather spotter with the program. He says that those spotters are a critical part of predicting where a storm will travel and how severe it may be. They especially look for rural area spotters because they will usually get information from local law enforcement within cities. Trained spotters can help by providing accurate information about a storm at their particular location. There are 2000 trained spotters across western and central North Dakota, but there are still gaps in the coverage areas.
Trained spotters assist with local warning decisions, helping to determine whether a storm is stronger or weaker than expected. They assist in letting the next area know what to expect as a storm moves through. Trained spotters help the support the mission of the National Weather Service to protect life and property with warnings, watches and alerts.
As the seasons transition from winter to summer, the weather focus shifts to severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding. The goal is to build a weather ready nation. Martin says we cannot be storm or weather proof, but we can be weather ready.
The NWS in Bismarck covers 36 counties in central and western North Dakota, the ninth largest forecast center in the nation in terms of land mass. That is part of the reason the proactive assistance of weather spotters is so important. For residents, it helps provide that necessary information as they determine if storms have slowed down or sped up; changed direction; or have gotten stronger or broken apart.
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Friendly Farmers Market To Start
Stanley’s Friendly Farmers Market will start this year in the park on Main by the pool. Our first day will be June 4th. We will hold the farmers market every Saturday throughout the summer from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If weather is bad, it will be moved to the fair building. Other non-food venders are welcome. Please no commercial venders. There will be a fee for food venders and for non-food venders. Please have your own tax permits for non-food items. If anyone has any questions please call SFFM at 701-595-0898 or email us at
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Library Summer Reading Program Starts June 2
You are invited to On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! in the Stanley Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. Open House to register is June 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The program is for ages 5 to 11. The program will be held Thursdays in June, beginning June 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Come explore all things sports and fitness this summer as you read. For more information contact the Stanley Public Library at 701-628-2223. Login or Subscribe to view full stories.