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News Burke County Tribune Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3 News Tip? 377-2626 Bakken Briefs Locals seek more oil revenues Watford Citys transformation has been huge, and despite the slowdown in oil development it continues. ThatwasthemessagecityandcountyicialssharedwithLegis- latures Energy Development and Transmission Committee during a visit to Watford City earlier this month. With continued growth, local leaders asked the committee to con- sider recommending an increase in the local share of state in the oil and gas tax revenues. Legislators last session were asked to raise the local share 25 per- cent to 60 percent, but when the oil price decline took hold legisla- tors backed offthat plan and approved sending 30 percent back to local communities. Watford City is seeing continued progress, said Mayor Brent Sanford. Our building permit level is actually higher than its ever been. In a city that once saw only 100 permits a year, we now have over 1,000 building permits. It's nearly doubled since 2010. According to Sanford, even with the slowdown, communities like Watford City and Williston have become hubs for sustained energy activity. He says the city is building the continued growth into its long-term projections for demands on infrastructure and services. -- McKenzie County Farmer, Watford City Slowdown not like 80s bust Jim Arthaud, founder and CEO of MBI Oil and Gas and MBI En- ergy Services, has been working in the oil and gas industry his whole life. He witnessed the 1980s bust first-hand. The situation today, he said, while unfortunate, is very different, he told members of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties. In 1982, there were no rigs operating in the state, Arthaud said. We still have 70 drilling rigs running today. The biggest question everyone had is the one no one can answer with any certainty -- what is going to happen to oil prices? Director of the Department of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said they will likely remain low for the next couple of years. Helms said companies will continue to respond to that by improv- ingicienciesandcuttingcosts. He said permitting continues at the same pace the department saw in 2009 and 2010, which was not a slow time. Helms said if the price rises, it would be a boom all over again. The big question if that happens is whether or not the companies will be able to find the skilled workers needed to operate the rigs. -- Tioga Tribune Daycare gets $400,000 grant After years of attempts to get a daycare project launched in Crosby, proponents found the keys to city support, walking away with a frant of $400,000 in city sales tax money. Thank you! said 3-year-old Harper Lund at the conclusion of her mothers presentation before the city council. About a dozen daycare families, including children, were in atten- dance in support of the non-profit volunteers who run Crosby Kids Daycare. We are simply coming and asking for $400,000 over two budget years, said Traci Lund, along with an exemption from property tax for five years. Daycare board members outlined other funds available, including a $100,000 donation from an anonymous donor and a $250,000 package through the North Dakota Department of Commerce, which will require a match of $87,000 already pledged by the Divide County Economic Development Council. In addition, supporters showed a contractors rendering of the proposed facility -- a 7,200 square foot structure estimated at a total cost of $1.06 million, pared down from an originally-desired 8,400 square feet and $1.3 million price tag. Lund acknowledged the significant cost but countered by pointing out this isnt a house. This is a business, this is a facility. -- The Journal, Crosby Biggest trash compactor ever McKenzie County's Landfill can now boast of having the heaviest trash compactor on the planet. The 62-ton Al-Jon Advantage 600 Compactor, which arrived last week, is already making its huge presence felt at the landfill. The new compactor had to come in three different trucks because it was so big, said Rick Schreiber, McKenzie County Landfill Solid Waste director. Three wheels came in the first truck. The fourth wheel and the blade came in the second truck. And the machine came in the third truck. Once all the pieces arrived the compactor was assembled on site. The machine weighs 62 tons, twice as heavy as the landfill's older compactor. The blade, itself, weighs 17,000 pounds and the wheels weigh 12,000 pounds a piece. The cleats on each wheel weigh about 80 pounds each and are 10 inches wide. The cleats are what pen- etrates and breaks up the trash, says Schreiber. He said the new compactor was vital to the operation because of the amount of trash that comes into the landfill each day. -- McKenzie County Farmer, Watford City For only $150, your classified ad will appear in every North Dakota daily and weekly newspaper! Contact this newspaper for details. Obituaries McKinley Craft July 8, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2015 McKin- ley Rae Craft, daughter of Alex and Mor- fan, sister of Rylan, princess of the whole family, went to be with Jesus on September 14, 2015. Funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 19at 2:00 p.m. in American Lutheran Church, Stanley with interment in Knife River Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Stanley. McKinley was born on July 8, 2014 in Minot. She brought so much joy from the moment she took her first breath. McKinley was born with a bow on her bald head, yet she loved to get dirty! She liked to drive her brother crazy by playing with his tractors, snuggle with her momma and play with all her cousins. She had the purest blue eyes and the most beautiful smile (and adorable teeth) that could melt anyones heart; she brought joy to everyone she saw. McKinley was a rough and tumble, little sweet- heart who tried so hard to keep up with her brother and older cousins. She had no fear, loved to eat and loved her blankie. She enjoyed swimming, loved to have momma push her on the swings and had her daddy wrapped around her finger. She was spoiled by her cousins and they will miss her so much. McKinley was baptized at Knife River Lutheran Church on No- vember 2, 2014 with Chelsey and David honored as Godparents. McKinley was our angel on earth and is now the most beautiful angel at Gods side. McKinley's loving family in- cludes her parents, Alex and Mor- fan (Stewart) Craft; big brother, Rylan Michael; grandparents, Mike and Shelly Craft of Stanley and Chuck and Fran Stewart of Tioga; Uncles and Aunts, Chad and Mica Schoenborn of Minot, Randy and Jamie Conway of Minot, Aaron and Sasha Iverson of Lincoln and David and Chelsey Moore of Williston; cousins, Jordan and Jace Iverson, Reagan Reynolds, Leah, Hannah and Av- ery Conway, and Matthew Moore; great grandpa, Don Kiwimagi and freat grandma, Helen Nielsen. McKinley was welcomed into Heaven by her great grandparents, Clarence and Ruth Ann Stewart, Erven Nielsen, Harold Weidner, Lorraine Kiwimagi and Ray and Adeline Craft. Online condolences may be shared at www.springanfuneral- home.com (Springan Funeral Home, Stan- ley) Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that it has awarded Burke County Emergency Management $9,515 as a recipient of the Rural Com- munity Grant Fund (RCGF). The frant funds will help purchase gas monitors for first responders. Barry Jager of Burke County Emergency Management is pleased to accept the check and utilize the grant funds towards this equipment. Farm Credit is pleased to pro- vide grant funds to Burke County Emergency Management for this equipment, says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. The services provided by first responders are essential to the well-being of their community and Farm Credit feels strongly that its important to give back to the community. The needs in Burke County have significantly increased due to the impact oil exploration has had in the area. We are excited to help support their needs providing equipment to help them assist in saving lives, Sem adds. Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and AgriBank, estab- lished the Rural Community Grant Fund to assist in the implementa- tion and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota which have been impacted by mineral exploration. The Rural Community Grant Fund is currently accepting ap- plications for future funding requests. Interested parties can apply at www.farmcreditnd.com. Farm Credit Services Awards Burke County Emergency Management $9515 for Gas Monitors Farm Credit Services Awards Grant: Bryan Ankenbauer, BoardMember; PederColbenson,Loanicer; BarryJager, Burke County Emergency Manager; and Casey Lalum Insur- ance Specialist. CLASSIFIED ADS Get Results Call the Tribune 377-2626 It happened to.. Merlin Ekstrom , DVM, MS, DACVP, of Mt. Pleasant, MI, has been named a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus by Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. His veterinary medicine career will be celebrated at a luncheon on Nov. 20 in Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Still- water campus. Ekstrom earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1967. He served more than 24 years in the Air Force and Michigan Air National Guard retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. He spent the last 40 years at Detroits Wayne State University serving as the attending veterinar- ian and director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR). DLAR supports the university's AAALAC International accredited laboratory animal careanduseprogram,theili- ated John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. DLAR also providesresourcesandstingfor an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary technology program, which gradu- ated approximately 700 veterinary technicians during Ekstroms tenure. As a board certified veterinary pathologist, Ekstrom taught pathology in Wayne State Uni- versitys College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to approximately 7,500 pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and radiation therapy technology stu- dents. His faculty appointments were in the School of Medicine and in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has served on many state and national committees, won several peer reviewed NIH grants, been a volunteer member of the Michigan Veterinary Corps and much more throughout his career. I am forever grateful for the op- portunity Oklahoma State Univer- sity gave this North Dakota native to obtain a DVM degree, said Ekstrom. My wife, Ireta, and I are life members of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Associa- tion and continue to support ac- tivities in the College of Veterinary Medicine, especially the Dr. Roger Panciera Pathology fund. Ekstrom is a 1961 graduate of Bowbells High School. Amanda Corey is one of the recipients of a $7,500 Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation ND Practice scholarship. This scholarship is to support and encourage students to pursue legal employment in North Dakota with a focus on areas where there is a high need for practicing attor- neys. This is the inaugural year to award the North Dakota Practice Scholarship and with high achiev- ing and qualified recipients such as Corey, they hope to be able to expand the number of awards in the coming years. Selection criteria for the North Dakota Practice Scholarship included Academic performance in the top half of the class; Demonstrated interest in North Dakota practice, as evidenced by stated career plans, field place- ments, coursework, employment, etc. (see attached application form); Preference given to students with demonstrated interest in practice areas most critical to North Dakota, including in rural communities, in western North Dakota, in the area of family law, or with Legal Services of North Dakota; and Students who participate in the Rural Justice Program during summer 2015 are highly encour- aged to apply. Gail Gravley Jan. 9, 1939 - Aug. 28, 2015 Gail Jean Gravley, 76, passed away August 28, 2015 in Salem, MO. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church withBro.DougWaltericiating. Gail Jean was born Jan. 9, 1939 to Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Christianson. She is survived by husband, Bob Gravley; children, Robert A. (Anna) Gravley, Eddy D. (Sandy) Gravley, Kimberly (Steven) Vandagriff, Anthony Gravley, and Sherry (Danny) Hilbert; brothers, Olaf, Russell, and Elton Christian- son; 16 grandchildren and eight freat grandchildren. Elton Peterson Sept. 29, 1925 - Sept. 15, 2015 Elton Pe- terson, 89, of Bow- bells, ND, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Funeral was held Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowbells United Methodist Church. Interment was in Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells. Elton E. Peterson was born Sep- tember 29, 1925, the son of Lewis and Carrie (Holmes) Peterson, in Bowbells. He was raised and educated in Bowbells, graduat- ing from Bowbells High School in 1943. Elton married Carol G. Grendahl July 25, 1948, in Bowbells. They made their home in Bowbells, where he owned and operated Petersons Department Store from 1946 until his retirement in 2005. During this time, he also served as the Bowbells City Auditor from 1954 to 1984. Carol passed away January of 1989. Following his wifes death, Elton continued to reside in Bowbells. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bowbells, played trumpet in the Bowbells City Band, the Lions Club, and the Masonic Lodge of Bowbells and most recently of Portal. He enjoyed singing with several froups and was very musical, playing golf, working on his farm, He just enjoyed working. Surviving family includes: children, Mark (Maxine) Peterson of Bowbells, Beth (John) Went- worth of Chadron, NE, and Kathy Peterson of Bowbells; five grand- children; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Elton was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; grand- daughter, April Peterson; broth- ers, Jens and Norman Peterson; and sister, Muriel Johnson. Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries sec- tion at (www.thompsonlarson. com). (Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare) Joel Tveter March 20, 1936 - Sept. 17, 2015 Joel Eugene Tveter, 79, of Cen- ter, ND, passed away Fri- day, Sept. 17, 2015, at his home. A fraveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Joel was born March 20, 1936, at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to Jo- seph and Esther (Ugstad) Tveter. He was raised and educated in Columbus. Joel worked many years for BNI Coal, first in Noonan and later in Center. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and a member of the American Legion. Joel enjoyed the outdoors, whether it be hunting or fishing. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Laura (Dan) Peterson of Columbus; two sons, Timo- thy (Jackie) Tveter of Waconia, MN and Steven (Lisa) Tveter of Lexington, KY; brothers-in-law, Herbert Jr. (Jane) Anseth of Mo- hall and Robert (Cheryl) Anseth of Estevan, Saskatchewan; sisters-in- law, Roxy Corey of Bowbells, Paula (Patrick) O'Hair of Grand Forks, Stephanie (Mark) Trafford of Ox- bow, Saskatchewan; six grandchil- dren, Kelly (Dani) Olson and Kate Olson, Megan, Lakin, Bradon, and Ryen Peterson; granddog, Colt, special friends, Shirley Maier, and her children, Shelly (Chad), Wendy (Jason), Scott (Miranda), Shayla (Joe), and Steve Helstad, Byron Nordtvedt. Joel was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Herb and Helen Anseth; sister-in-law and her husband, Annette and Tim Gardner, and their son Deane; brother-in-law, Howard Corey III. Please sign his guestbook and share memories at www.da- wiseperry.com. (DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan)

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