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City of Williston receives $5,000 from Cardon Global for Air Rescue Fire Fighting training

Development group Cardon Global has given a helping hand to make sure Williston’s firefighters are prepared to handle any emergency at the new Williston Basin International Airport.

At the Tuesday, July 9 meeting of the Williston City Commission, Rick Skumavc, Vice President of Construction Services for Cardon Global, presented Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone with a check for $5,000 to go towards specialized training for several firefighting personnel. The fire department has 25 staff that took part in an Air Rescue Fire Fighting class that certified them to meet the necessary standards for the FAA as well as the National Professional Qualifications Standards Board.

Catrambone said the training specializes in teaching the fire fighters about aircraft rescue and firefighting. The 40 hour class gave comprehensive training on how to handle aircraft emergencies, such as a fuel fire or a crashed aircraft. Such specialized training can be quite costly, so Catrambone said he’s thankful for Cardon Global’s donation.

“Training is always expensive, especially when we bring people in to do it,” he told the Williston Herald. “Their donation helped get it up here, helped put our people through it, and with their connection to the airport, it’s greatly appreciated. They’re doing so much work on that project, and then to have them help us get ready for it also, we can’t thank them enough.”

“We are pleased to present the City of Williston’s Fire Department with this check, to assist in this significant training opportunity.” Cardon Global CEO Don Cardon said in a letter to the commission.

Also at the meeting:

A public hearing was held regarding a new brewer taproom license for the Busted Knuckle Brewery. Shawn Wenko, Executive Director of Economic Development, said the brewery, which will be located in the old county building across from Cash Wise, will be doing extensive remodeling of the facility to add on-site brewing and that it will have an “old garage type atmosphere.” There were no comments during the public hearing, and Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl, seconded by Tate Cymbaluk, made a motion to approve the Busted Knuckle Brewery application for a Brewer Taproom License, contingent on meeting all Building and Fire Department inspection requirements and providing the Auditor’s Office with Final Documents of State Business Registration.

Mayor Howard Klug presented that Rick Tangedal submitted a letter of resignation from the Parking Authority Board, effective June 12, 2019. The Board suggested Abbey McNamee be appointed as his replacement and McNamee agreed to the position. A motion was made by Cymbaluk and seconded by Bekkedahl to approve McNamee to the Parking Authority Board for a five-year term. McNamee is the co-owner of the Grand Cinemas in Williston.

Herbicide-resistant weeds invading MonDak

A field that didn’t get a spring burn down set the stage for an important discussion about a rapidly advancing invasion. Herbicide-resistant weeds in the MonDak.

“Weeds are an issue,” said Tyler Tjelde, irrigation agronomist and manager of the Nesson Valley Research Farm. He was speaking during the irrigation farm’s annual field day in a chickpea field where just a couple of resistant hawksbeard had appeared last fall.

The interlopers were hand-pulled, Tjelde said, in hopes of keeping herbicide-resistant hawksbeard away for another year. But the sunny, yellow flowers that resemble dandelions nonetheless dotted a chickpea field now crowded with invaders like horseweed or mare’s tail and kochia.

Enough weed seeds, Tjelde suggested, to outlast a career.

Some of the weeds, like Roundup-resistant kochia, might be managed with tillage. That has the Nesson Valley research farm’s manager questioning whether some tillage needs to be worked back into land management practices, even though he likes what no-till has done for the farm.

It’s a question for another day, one that Tjelde said he will be exploring further this year.

The chickpea field served as a backdrop for discussion about herbicide-resistant weeds with extension specialist Dr. Joe Ikely and weed scientist Dr. Brian Jenks.

Ikely has been researching glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth and waterhemp for the last four years, and horseweed for a decade or more.

He had some thoughts on management strategies going forward.

“Weeds don’t happen in a vacuum,” he said. “I’m standing in a no-till field. The weeds are influenced by that no-till environment.”

Resistant horseweed is celebrating a 20-year anniversary in some states, and has by now become a global problem. Control strategies for it have to be considered before anything is planted, Ikely said.

“It’s a winter annual weed,” he said. “It generally germinates in the fall, overwinters, and then bolts in the spring.”

However, it can also emerge in the spring, which makes management much trickier. In fact, in some states, resistant horseweed is shifting toward spring emergence.

Ikely does recommend getting a good burndown in the fall.

“Dicamba and 2,4 D don’t work as well in the cold periods during spring,” he explained.

He also recommends Valor and Spartan, which both have some residual effects that can help keep horseweed from germinating in the spring. They are for fall application.

Then, in spring, he recommends another burndown, this time using a mix of Gramoxone and Sharpen, assuming these are labeled for the crop that will be planted.

The rate is an important consideration.

“Five gallons per acre is not cutting it,” he said. “It needs to be 15 gallons per acre.”

While Liberty is a useful burndown in the South, he doesn’t recommend it in North Dakota. Too many cold days.

So far there is no biocontrol for horseweed, but herbicide companies are working on new products for the horseweed arsenal. Among them, a product called Elevore by Corteva.

The product is compatible for tank-mixing with common burndown and residual partners to control glyphosate-resistant species, including marestail up to 8 inches tall.

“It’s really only good on one or two weeds,” Ikely added. “And horseweed is why it was brought to the market.”

Before, companies only wanted to develop and market herbicides that work on more than one weed, but the widespread nature of glyphosate resistant horseweed made the single-target herbicide economically feasible.

Jenks, based out of Minot, has meanwhile been looking at residual effects of herbicides, and fine-tuning management recommendations.

The weed killer 2, 4-D needs at least a month to degrade before planting certain crops, he said, and Dicamba shouldn’t be used in the fall if the field will be planted to lentils.

Jenks has used Basogran on tiny horseweed plants for as much as 80 percent suppression. For that to work, however, the weed cannot be greater than 4 inches tall.

Narrowleaf hawksbeard

Narrowleaf hawksbeard resembles a dandelion, but rather than a single stem with one flower, it has branched stems with multiple flowers — each of which will produce a legion of new seeds.

Hawksbeard, like horsetail, has a wide window of emergence. It can appear in August, the end of October, and even in spring.

Fall herbicide applications offer better control later – unless you run into the wrong kind of weather.

“Like last fall, we did not have good weather for fall herbicides,” Jenks said.

He recommends a fall burndown using Roundup tank-mixed with 2,4-D, or Panaflex, or Express.

Valor provides residual control, to prevent new emergence of hawksbeard, prickly lettuce and horseweed.

Dicamba can be used in the fall, particularly if the field is returning to wheat, Jenks added. But four months of frozen ground isn’t enough degradation time for many crops in the region.

Some care is warranted with Dicamba.

A spring burndown for control of narrowleaf hawksbeard is also recommended.

And resistant kochia

Resistant kochia has spread throughout the region, and is on both sides of the MonDak now. Kochia tends to drop all its seeds in one spot, forming a mat with hundreds of seeds in one tiny area.

Producers must use full rates to be effective against that mat, which can shelter plants beneath it, Jenks said. He recommends at least 10 to 15 gallons per acre, to get the right coverage.

Some producers are having success by going over the kochia mats twice. Jenks suggested spraying the mats with Valor in the fall, to reduce emergence.

“If there are 100 plants instead of thousands, that makes the burndown better,” he said.

Growers must use more than one mode of action to control kochia. It is continuing to develop resistances, but changing modes of action could help delay this.

“Spartan is good on kochia,” he added. “but you have to be careful with your soil characteristics. Know your soil characteristics so you apply the right rate. And some soils, it shouldn’t be applied at all.”

Help for chickpeas?

Chickpeas, Jenks added, looking at the weedy field around him that missed its spring burndown, is getting a new product soon. It’s called Tough.

“It’s not registered yet,” he said. “It will be at least next year for that for post-emergent broadleaf control in chickpeas.”

Buffalo Trails Day celebration set for Friday through Sunday in Epping

If your idea of a good time is food, fun, pancakes and prizes, then Epping is the place to be this weekend for the annual Buffalo Trails Day.

The fun kicks off on Friday, July 12 with the one year anniversary celebration for the Eagles Nest from 8 p.m. to midnight. The band Valley Cash will be performing, with concessions available from Dance Expressions and the Epping City Cafe.

Put on your dancing shoes for the Epping Fireman’s Dance on Saturday, July 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Boogie the night away to local band Balderdash at the City Pavilion on Main Street. The City of Epping is sponsoring a display at dark from TNT Fireworks, and kids can enjoy train rides from Dark Acres. Tickets for the dance are available from Epping Fireman Volunteers.

The main event is Sunday, July 14 with Buffalo Trails Day, starting off with the pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., with all proceeds from the breakfast benefiting the Buffalo Trails Museum. The silent auction begins at 8 a.m., with with vendors selling an assortment of goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jump N Fun inflatables will be set up in the Epping Lutheran Church parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the kids to enjoy.

Don’t miss the parade at noon, with Grand Marshall in memory of Paul Sagasar. At 1 p.m., the Paul Sagasar Memorial Car Show begins, running until 3 p.m. The Crestwood Ice Cream Social also begins at 1 p.m., as does the live auction, which runs until 2 p.m. Bid on donated items such as quilts, cow hide and North Dakota metal art. Proceeds from the auction will assist in the maintenance of the Museum.

Summit Midstream will be providing water all day, making sure visitors stay hydrated as they enjoy the event. Dance Expressions and the Epping City Cafe will once again have food available, and Jer Bears Sno Shack will be on hand to help keep everyone chill.

For more information on the Buffalo Trails Museum, visit facebook.com/Buffalotrailsmuseum

Thomas Kvamme

Physical education summer program going strong after 2 decades

A donation from an oil production company is going to support the summer physical education program in Williston Public School District No. 1.

The program, which was started by Penny Slagle and Kim Bekkedahl more than 20 years ago, gives students entering ninth through 12th grades an opportunity to earn a physical education credit during the summer.

On Thursday, July 11, the program got a $600 donation from Bruin E&P Operating LLC. The money will be used to make sure students have safety vests and helmets so they can participate in the program.

Here are some things to know about the program.

Tremendous growth

The first year, there were 14 students enrolled in the summer program. This year, there were two sessions with a total of 150 students.

Students earn credit

The 12-week course can take the place of a semester of physical education at the high school level. Students in North Dakota have to take two semesters of physical education, so the summer program frees them up to take different courses during the school year.

Course doesn’t just stay in town

On one day of the course, students go down to the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and hike in the Badlands. After the hike, the class spends the afternoon in Medora. Students also explore different activities in Williston, ranging from biking to clay target shooting at Painted Woods shooting range.

Physical education is the core

Not only are students active throughout the day, they’re also active in between sessions and before and after the 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. class time.

Students have to have a bike, because they use that to travel between sessions. That means they also must have a helmet and safety vest. The donation from Bruin will help make sure students have access to the needed safety equipment so they can participate.

Fatal crash Wednesday in McKenzie County

A 29-year-old man was killed when his 2014 Ford Raptor pickup hit a tractor-trailer head-on late Wednesday, July 11.

The man, who police have not named, was heading east on ND 23 traveling in the wrong lane, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He crested a hill at mile marker 13 and collided with a 2014 International semi.

The pickup rolled before coming to rest on its wheels, police said. The driver, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, died from his injuries.

Oil show will feature school career fair

The Bakken Oil Product & Service Show has announced that it will add a career fair where students and parents will connect with industry and educators to discover the many different career opportunities and paths to success available in the oil and gas industry.

The fair will take place Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center.

Students and parents will receive a wide range of valuable career information and connect with the industry, their recruiters and education providers. The event is designed to provide students and parents with a broad view of industry opportunities so they can make better-informed decisions about their future.