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Illness sidelines WHS wrestling, returns McVay to distance learning
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Illness within District 7 schools is affecting one high schools sports team, and sending students from another back home to distance learning.

Williston Basin School District 7 released a statement on Jan 12 stating that effective immediately, McVay Elementary would be transitioning to distance learning through Jan. 18, and that Williston High School wrestling practices and duals are also suspended until Jan. 18.

The District stated that at McVay, 18 staff members and 74 students are currently out due to various illnesses. Due to a lack of available substitute teachers, the school said they are implementing their Return to In-Person Learning Plan, which states:

“When teacher/staff absences cannot be covered by substitutes or in-house coverage, the superintendent will determine whether in-house or distance learning will be offered based on NDDoH guidelines.

Dependent on the risk level of student/staff exposure, buildings and/or classrooms may be closed to in-person learning at the discretion of the superintendent, with prior notification to the school board via email containing an explanation.”

The District stated this decision was made in an attempt to mitigate COVID-19 and other illnesses from spreading. At this time, no other schools appear to be affected.

“No specific schools are being monitored, rather we are in a constant state of monitoring all buildings.” Asst. Superintendent Lori Olson told the Williston Herald. “Our school nurses and administration are in constant contact throughout the district to stay informed of ever-changing situations.”

WHS Wrestling

The Coyotes will be missing out on two competitions as a result of the suspension.

However, no other district athletics or activities have been affected.

Williston was supposed to wrestle in the Custer County Tournament in Miles City, Montana on Jan. 14 through Jan. 15 and then wrestle against Sidney High School (Montana) in a Jan. 18 dual.

Robert Conley, the WHS athletic and activities director, said in a text on Jan. 12 that he can’t discuss anyone’s health status, so he could not answer whether or not the team was affected by COVID-19 or any other illness.

Also, when asked if “masking” would return to activities and athletics events, he said, “the activities department adheres to the rules set forth by the district and the school board.”

As of right now, there is no such rule in place.

“We are taking this time to try and mitigate the continuing spread of illness that we are currently facing,” according to a Facebook post regarding the wrestling suspension on the Coyotes Activities and Athletics page. “We do not like doing this, but we feel this in our best interest to keep our wrestlers healthy and allow us to participate in the Fargo Metro Duals (on Jan. 21 through Jan. 22).”

The post also said that student athletes had the opportunity to get tested on Jan. 12.

If anyone had any questions about testing they could email school nurse Lynn Douglas at lynn.douglas@willistonschools.org, according to the post.

Williston Fire Department takes part in ice rescue training at Spring Lake Park
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Williston Fire Department personnel took to the ice at Spring Lake Park this week for surface ice rescue training.

Taught by Public Safety Dive Services (PSDS) out of Grand Junction, Colorado, Surface Ice Rescue Level II is a 3-day certification course that emphasizes proper handling and care for victims that are or may be hypothermic.

Personnel will gain experience in:

• Long-range rescues (250ft+)

• Multiple victim extrication

• Advanced system set-up

• Ropes and rigging

• Dynamic In-Haul and Out-Haul operations

• Color-coded systems for the best communication practices

• Advanced equipment and rescue techniques

• Advanced care for hypothermic patients

“As a department, we are working on building a regional technical rescue team and this training is one requirement,” explained WFD Fire Chief, Matt Clark. “Two other components include swift water rescue and trench rescue.”

Personnel from both Williston Rural Fire Department and WFD first completed ice rescue training from PSDS in 2018. This week, 19 men and women from WFD will complete the training, with WRFD taking on the course next week.

While not as common in winter, the likelihood of water rescue scenarios increases in spring when the ice begins to thaw and is thinner than it may appear.

“We’ve had a few scares and swimming accidents and as a department, we recognize that this is something that we all need to know,” commented WFD’s Captain Ryan Miller, the organizer of this year’s training. “Going out on the ice, even with this specialized rescue training, is risky. If you see someone in need on the ice, call 911 immediately. If you can reach that person safely or throw something to them, those are options, but calling 911 first and avoiding becoming a victim yourself is strongly advised.”

Williston Fire Department continued the training on Wednesday with multiple victim extrication scenarios.

WSC announces President's Honor Roll, Dean's List
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Of the 908 students enrolled in Fall 2021, 177 were named to Williston State College’s President’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.

Students who earned a 3.8 grade point average (GPA) or higher while enrolled in twelve or more credits for the semester are named to the President’s Honor Roll.

Students who earned a 3.5-3.79 GPA while enrolled in twelve or more credits for the semester are named to the Dean’s List.

Being on either list also makes students eligible to become part of WSC’s Alpha Rho Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), a national honor society.

To maintain eligibility, each student must enroll in a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester and keep an average of 3.30 GPA while attending WSC.

President’s Honor Roll

Emily Alton

Oskar T Arnegard

Mary G Baldwin

Terhyn Marie Barlow

Kristi Ann Bartlett

Andrew Baum

Jennifer Borgialli

Stephanie L Brackey

Joeseph James Briese

Riley E. Scott Christison

Kadyn Ciara Clack

Matthew A Danielson

Shaylee Rae Dean

Derek Brando Desario

Nash Edward Dietz

Stephanie L Dishon

Fox Thomas Dodds

Joseph Dube

Isaac Ellingson

Abby Ireland Engebretson

Jaxon Cruz Filipenko

Andrew Kevin Franson

Kyna G Frazier

Jude Louise Saguin Gabutan

Savannah L Gerling

Rachelle N Glaser

Salena Kaye Gustaveson

Taryn Lynn Hagler

Oscar Jack Hargreaves

Brayden Lee Heller

Kaylee K Herrera

Malia L Homola

Jana Marie Horob

Samantha D Houle

Jake Huska

Roy Richard Isom

Julia D Jones

Kiylee Mae Kellis Jr.

Braden J Kindopp

Malte Kuhn

Sydney E Labatte

Hannah Marie Landro

Landon Lang

Kylie P Larson

Drew Robert Lebrun

Camberly Aspen Lerbakken

Xue Li

Hayley Jayne Macdonald

Alisha L Malaterre

Logan Mathewson

Mckyla Mayer

Alissa Ann McCree

Jaxon C Meyer

Madison Ruth Miller

Rebekah L Moore

Jennifer Ann Neil

Allison Nelson

Brynn E Oppegaard

Evelyn LM Padilla

Thomas Patterer

Jellie G Perez

Frederick Benjamin Peters

Kianna Kim Pilling

Rachel Alicia Redekopp

Samuel Rodriguez

Jaydn Samuel Albert Roller

Breanna Lee Schooley

Nicole Selle

Gabriel J Simon

Alex Sims

Spencer P Sloan

Valerie Ann Snow

Olivia Marie Squires

Sasha Marie Stewart

Laiken Michelle Sundheim

Ali Swearingen

Abigail F Tennant

Joshua Paul Terrell

Cesia Mireya Torralba

Carlton John Turnquist

Krystal Villalobos

Logan Warkentin

Reyanna S Wezell

Dillon H Yoss

Dean’s List

Laney Marie Anthony

Morgan Barbara Aune

Laila Naser Badwan

Alexander L Bailey

Brandi R Barlow

Kalli A Bishop

Jacob Cole Blackledge

Peyton Grace Brown

Amelia J Burke

Audrey D Burman

Albert Campos

Jenna Ann Cikalo

Cassidy Paige Damm

Irene Maria Mariscal De Le Fuente

Jayden Elizabeth Dillon

Seth H Dodds

Brooklyn Douglas

Brandon C Edwards

Terra L Ellingson

Erin Erickson

Jordyn A Erickson

Elizabeth Hope Eslinger

John L Falcon

Faith Marie Faldalen

Lylie R Foster

Kobe Fredland

Kaleb Jackson Goff

Ulises Gonzalez

Allyson A Grote

Sophie Don Gunlikson

Amanda L Haizel

Drake Alexander Healy

Halley Michelle Henry

Keagan Donald Huravitch

Sarajane Johnson

Amberly Joe Kauffman

Jordan Kelly

Benjamin John Kleinknecht

Hailey Paige Krieger

Laiten R Lantis

Alyssa Verlene LeBaron

Paula Linn

Elena Lunca

Jasmine Shaniequa Lutes

Hallie Dawn Macklin

Luis Maria

Terrena J Martin

Colette Michelle Mattila

James Cree-L Mattson

Thaddeus James Mavity

Joseph Oliver McCullough

Greyson Andrew Mcdaniel

Trevor Lucas Melby

Hope Analyn Mettler

Ryan H Morken

Klaire E Morris

Amber L Mueller

Luke R Newman

Alisha Marie Nichols

Jace J Nickels

Megan Rae Njos

Blake Tallen Nordwick

Dalton Otis

Jessica Diane Pachel

Derek A Palmiere

Conor J Perrier

Blaine R Peterson

Ashley N Pichardo

Katie A Pierskalla

Joshua J Pitman

Tessa May Price

Tyson Collin Ray

Alexis Christine Renner

Josie Rosenquist

Layni M Schieffer

Megan Shimko

Liza K Silva Brito Sr.

Ava LaRen Smart

Harmonie Jane Smith

Rikki Jewelann Spellman

Alexia D Spencer

Rita K Squillace

Michelle Stewart

Justen Luke Tehse

Ande L Turner

Kayla G Voth

Whitney Warner

Shalan S Whigham

Marie Alice Wold

Josh Woodward

Well fire, produced water spill reported in Divide County
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The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division shared information regarding two incidents that occured in Divide County this week.

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a well site fire occurring Monday, January 10 at the Stout 2917-1BH well location, about three miles north of Grenora. Koda Resources Operating, LLC reported Monday that a fire occurred at the tank battery on location. The cause is still being investigated.

The Divide County Sheriff’s Department reported that the fire was contained on-site, and that officials let the fire burn out. The wells on location have been shut-in and secured. Local emergency response was on location and a state inspector has been to the location.

Koda has estimated 1,362 barrels of crude oil and 1,672 barrels of produced water on location. No injuries were reported.

The Oil and Gas Division was notified of a release occurring January 10 at the Sioux Trail 1 SWD disposal well location, about seven miles north of Zahl.

Prima Exploration, Inc reported Jan 11 that 500 barrels of produced water were released due to an equipment failure/malfunction. Product was contained on-site and cleanup is underway. At the time of reporting 500 barrels of produced water had been recovered.

A state inspector has been to the location and will monitor any additional cleanup required.

Federal and state laws require federal and/or state agencies be notified in the event of accidental spillage of any materials that may pollute water, air or soil.

More information about notifications and the public access tool can be found on North Dakota’s Unified Spill Reporting System page at spill.nd.gov

Grayson Mill Energy and NWND Community Foundation Announce STEM Teacher Grants
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The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation announced they are accepting applications for the 2022 Grayson Mill Energy STEM Education Fellowships teacher grants program.

Grayson Mill Energy’s STEM Education Fellowship provides educators the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. The STEM Education Fellowship may be utilized for virtually any STEM-related professional development, including extant courses or self-designed study, provided the outcome benefits STEM education in the region and results in enhanced learning environments for educators, their students, and their school communities.

“Grayson Mill Energy is excited to support the region’s educators by investing in their continuing education,” said Whitney Stephenson, Senior Landman. “This Fellowship program will pay dividends to students who are engaged and inspired to learn about STEM.”

The Fellowships provide STEM educators with resources to support their professional development, and to enhance STEM education in the region for students, educators and their school communities.

Grayson Mill Energy’s STEM Education Fellowship (administered by the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation) provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. The STEM Education Fellowship may be utilized for virtually any STEM-related professional development, including extant courses or self-designed study, so long as the outcome benefits STEM education in the region and results in enhanced learning environments for educators, their students, and their school communities.

“We are pleased to begin a relationship with Grayson Mill Energy through their leadership of this program,” commented Ward Koeser, Board President of the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation. “We have seen how beneficial investments directly in the professional development of teachers can be to curb educator burnout, inspire new ways of teaching, and enhance opportunities for students.”

Local educators will be selected through an application process to participate in the 2022 Fellowship program. Applications are now being accepted through February 15, 2022. Program details, an application, and deadline information are available at www.NWNDCommunityFoundation.org.