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July 2014: Volunteers in Partnership help Lignite remodel its city parkJune 29, 2014
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2014
ENBRIDGE HELPS RESTORE LIGNITE CITY PARK
This Fourth of July, the small community of Lignite in Burke County had the perfect place to celebrate our nation’s independence: their newly renovated city park.
Thanks to the help of about 30 volunteers and a whole lot of care and devotion, the Lignite City Park, once a target of repeat vandalism, is now a source of pride for the community. The project is just one of many projects undertaken by Enbridge, Inc., which donated $10,000 in materials and supplies for the project and Enbridge employees living in the community leveraged the company’s Volunteers in Partnership program.
Trees were cut, benches were repaired, a large play set was stained, overgrown foliage was removed and replaced, and cement was poured. The park also installed new lighting and security cameras to thwart any future vandalism.
“Everyone realized that this stuff couldn’t get done on its own. People turned out asking what they could do, local contractors were donating their time, and we brought out our big BBQ grill and cooked for everyone,” says Chris Schaefer, Enbridge’s Supervisor of Area Operations in nearby Stanley, N.D. “Because so many people from the community turned out to help, we were able to do a lot more than we’d originally planned.”
HESS CORPORATION DONATES $50,000 TO WATFORD CITY DAYCARE
Hess Corporation presented a $50,000 check to Wolf Pup Daycare in Watford City for the nonprofit to purchase educational and play equipment along with furniture for the preschool and three-year-old classrooms.
“The growing populations in western regions of the state are a positive sign of the future of North Dakota” said Steve McNally, Hess General Manager, North Dakota. “By assisting the nonprofit daycare centers to provide quality preschool education and safe places for children, our entire state is benefiting today and into the future.”
The $4.5 million facility will provide educational and daycare facilities for 190 youth in the region. The facility will include a full commercial kitchen, 16 classrooms, a multi-purpose indoor playroom for cold weather play and child-sized fixtures.
“We are extremely grateful of the assistance from Hess and other energy and local companies along with private donations,” Katie Walters, Fundraising Coordinator and Business Manager of Wolf Pup Daycare said. “Our plans are to open the daycare and preschool in August with a staff of forty employees.”
Quality of life issues are fundamental to the Hess culture and integral to its business. Hess is proud to invest in high impact programs, especially in the areas of education, health, and community development.
ONEOK DONATES $1 MILLION TO NEW HEALTHCARE COMPLEX
ONEOK Partners donated $1 million to the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc., (MCHS), in June, which is the largest single private donation made for the new hospital to date. The funds will be used to build a consolidated medical campus to improve efficiencies and ensure state of the art patient care, which will include: clinic/outpatient services, hospital, long-term nursing home care, assisted living and wellness center services.
“ONEOK is committed to improving the communities where we operate and our employees live, and we hope that this contribution will help McKenzie County Healthcare Systems achieve its goal of bringing essential medical services to the expanding population of McKenzie County and western North Dakota,” said Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK.
Since ONEOK announced their investment, Hiland Partners, BakkenLink, LLC, and Halcon Resources have also committed to the project for a total of $695,000. The donations are moving the MCHS Benefit Fund toward its final fundraising goal of $15.5 million.
BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST BRINGS 1,500 PEOPLE OUT IN KENMARE & DUNN CENTER FOR MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN
Prime rib, roast chicken, pulled pork and crawfish were among a few of the items on the menu on July 15 and July 17 in Kenmare as 1,500 people passed through each of their city parks for the 6th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFest. The annual event has become one of the most popular events of the summer for many – and for obvious reasons.
“This event continues to be highly anticipated by both the residents in the host communities, their surrounding regions and by our member companies,” said Tessa Sandstrom, communications manager for the NDPC. “People are able to come out and learn more about the industry during the Bakken Basics Education Session, get to know the employees of the companies living and working in their state and enjoy some of the best BBQ in the state. It is a very fun and inviting atmosphere to build partnerships with the community.”
NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL RAISES MORE THAN $25,000 FOR WILDLIFE AND HABITAT
The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) held its 2nd Annual Energy of North Dakota Fishing Derby on July 16, raising more than $22,000 for wildlife and habitat projects. Sixty teams participated in the event, and all winnings are donated back to help with projects to enhance habitat and increase access to the outdoors.
A portion of the funds were donated to the 4 Bears Casino and Marina, which hosted the derby, and Little Beaver Bay Campground for improvements to their facilities. Other funds will be used to provide habitat development and professional grant writing assistance to wildlife chapters that wish to apply for grants available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Last year, proceeds from the derby helped fund a rangeland improvement project in western North Dakota spearheaded by the North Dakota Mule Deer Foundation.
NORTH DAKOTA CELEBRATES ONE MILLION BARRELS PER DAY PRODUCTION, SAYS THANKS
In April, North Dakota produced 1 million barrels per day for the first time, becoming one of only four other states – Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas – and only 22 other countries to ever reach the milestone. To recognize this achievement, the NDPC hosted the “One Million Barrels, One Million Thanks” Celebration in Tioga on June 25. More than 2,000 came out for the event, which included talks from Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Kathy Neset of Neset Consulting Service and Ron Ness of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, tours of the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well, a free BBQ, a mini museum, aerial tours of the Tioga area, and an airshow by the Texas Flying Legends.
“This is a significant milestone that few countries and even fewer states have ever reached, underscoring the influence North Dakota has in enhancing our national security and our state and national economies,” said Ness.
Members of the Iverson and Bakken families were on hand for the event. Deanie and Jim Iverson recognized the role the industry has played in revitalizing many small towns and creating new job and business opportunities.
“It puts North Dakota on the map in a big way,” said Deanie. “It will keep our young people in North Dakota [because] now there’s employment and there’s progress and it’s good.”