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  • November 2014: Oil – it’s something to be thankful for this holidayNovember 29, 2014



    The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its members are partnering with Toys for Tots and area food pantries to host the first Annual Fuel Food and Fun food and toy drive. The program will offer companies, their employees, families, clients and community members an opportunity to contribute to the Toys for Tots program, which will help distribute toys to children in need within the communities in which they operate.

    Companies will also collect nonperishable food items and supplies that will be distributed to community or area food pantries. The NDPC will award $1,000 to the charity of choice to two companies – one with 50 or fewer employees and one with 51 or more employees – that collect the most food in weight. Community members are welcome to help by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or nonperishable food items at their local participating offices. Locations are listed on the link below.

    Click here for more information about the toy and food drive.


    Spartan Engineering received the 2014 Midcontinent Engineering Company of the Year Award at the annual Midcontinent Oil and Gas Awards gala ceremony on October 29 in Oklahoma City, OK. The Engineering Company of The Year Award recognizes engineering excellence and notable achievements in the region.

    The Awards gala celebrates the companies that meet the exacting specifications and technologically advanced demands of the energy sector. The judging panel rewarded proven projects spanning oilfield infrastructure projects, gathering stations, pipeline work as well as any work carried out on processing stations, distribution facilities and streamlining projects. Spartan was previously recognized as Engineering Company of the Year in 2012 by the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards for their work in the Rocky Mountain region. And last year, they were recognized as a finalist for the award in the Rocky Mountain and Midcontinent regions.

    “The tremendous depth of our team enables us to work with a wide variety of clients on a multitude of projects from cradle to grave, providing continuity that always benefits the client,” said Wayne Lagorin, president of Spartan Engineering.  “Much of our team has worked in the energy industry for decades and has a historical perspective and understanding of this industry that is hard to find in other organizations.” Continue reading.

    Spartan Engineering sponsors Goose and Gander Social at 2014 Kenmare Goosefest.

    In addition to being an award-winning engineering firm, Spartan Engineering works hard to give back to communities throughout the states in which it operates. Last month, the company sponsored the Kenmare Goosefest Goose and Gander Social, donating prizes for the annual community event. Click here to see more community photos and learn more about Spartan Engineering’s involvement in communities.

    QEP donated $1 million to support the project

    The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) is bringing affordable rental housing to the heart of the state’s energy boom. Big Mountain Development and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), administrator of the state program, celebrated the development of Arrowhead Estates in Arnegard, ND, today.

    “Our focus initially was to sell homes to families as we believed that to be the greatest need, but the mayor and city council opened our eyes to the many people who simply cannot buy and must rent,” said developer Bernie Biegler. “The nurses and teachers we have visited with inquire about renting before they will even consider relocating to take a job.”

    Big Mountain purchased the old city golf course in Arnegard, ND, in 2011 and was preparing the development for single-family housing when they were approached by Virginia Elliot, the former mayor of the community, and asked to provide affordable rental housing for essential service workers – individuals employed in education, medical and law enforcement professions.

    QEP Resources contributed $1 million to HIF last December, providing nearly 90 percent of the support the project needed and helping the NDHFA fully capitalize on its development fund.

    Click here to read more about the project.


    Future disaster response times will be improved in the Bakken region as the Mid-Dakota Chapter of the American Red Cross adds equipment and a ‘disaster trailer’ that will be stationed in Williston.

    Hess Corporation donated $20,000 to help make it happen. The trailer will be stocked with supplies to set up a 50 person shelter within an hour complete with cots, blankets and comfort kits.

    Director Allan McGeough says shelters were set up in the area for events like the McKenzie County tornado over Memorial Day weekend, or the Red River Supply fire in July.

    He says that the Red Cross has been present in Williston for years through volunteers and the regional office — but having the trailer and supplies available in Williston will tighten response time to events in the region.

    “We know throughout the last few years, even this last summer, major events can happen, so the Red Cross and our volunteers will be ready to go and we’ll have the equipment and supplies here thanks to Hess.”

    McGeough says volunteers are needed to serve the expanding population in the Williston area — for more information visit redcross.org/northdakota.


    Corval Group, an engineering and construction company with a focus on large industrialinfrastructure projects, recently announced that its employees, Foundation and vendor partners have joined together to raise nearly $22,000.00 for Spare Key.

    Spare Key is a non-profit that provides families with critically ill or seriously injured children in the hospital in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota with mortgage and rental grants.  Since 1997 the organization has served nearly 2,600 families with $2.6 million in housing grants.

    Corval Group and its participating employees and vendor partners  joined together to raise funds as a way to match an Otto Bremer Foundation Grant of $25,000 for Spare Key to be used exclusively for North Dakota families with critically ill or seriously injured children in the hospital.

    “The generosity and leadership of Corval is simply amazing,” said Erich Mische, Executive Director of Spare Key. “By reaching out to their employees and those they work with in the industry they serve they are ensuring that we will be able to serve even more North Dakota families, including those that live specifically within the Bakken Range.”

    Kurt Swenson, Executive Vice President of the Corval Group, said enthusiasm for Spare Key’s mission was critical to the success of their efforts.

    “Look, anybody who has kids, or knows someone with kids, understands the punch to the gut when they learn a child is critically ill or seriously injured,” said Swenson. “Spare Key fills an important niche for families whose children may have any type of illness or injury, and they recognize that every family – regardless of their income level – can need help in a situation like that.  We are very proud of our association with Spare Key and enormously proud of this partnership with our employees and our business partners.”

    Read more about about the donation here.


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