July 3, 2024

Area Teachers Learn About Lignite At 38th Annual Teacher’s Seminar

Area Teachers Learn About Lignite At 38th Annual Teacher’s Seminar

More than 70 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in mid-June as they became students at an educational seminar conducted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar was held June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, and included educators from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana.

Two area schoolteachers attended the seminar. Donna Reese, who teaches music and math to grades K-12 at New Town Public schools was there along with Wayne Reese, who teaches business topics to grades K-12 at Parshall Public School. Both can be seen in the picture at Falkirk Mine.
The seminar titled, “2024 Lignite Education Seminar: Energy, Economics and Environment,” provided teachers with the information and educational materials they need to teach their students how lignite is mined and used to produce energy for homes, farms and businesses in the Upper Midwest. The seminar covered lignite’s economic impact on the region, as well as important environmental issues affecting the lignite industry.
Retha Mattern, the Lignite Energy Council Director of Education and Membership, coordinated and facilitated the event. Mattern said, “The teacher’s seminar is a way for the Lignite Council to make sure that educators can teach facts and accurate information about lignite coal and its impact in our state and our region. Through this seminar, teachers are provided with the information and educational materials they can use in their classroom to teach their students about the region’s lignite industry.”

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