Annual Commercial Club Santa Day Is A Hit In Stanley

Santa made a visit to Stanley on Saturday, Dec. 9 for the Commercial Club’s annual Santa Day. The day started out in the morning with the Stanley Women of Today’s “Sprinkles of Holiday Fun” vendor and craft show at the Golden Age Club. Santa made his appearance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanley Ace Hardware for free pictures with Santa. Gina Footh of Lostwood Media was the photographer again this year. Children of all ages were able to get their pictures taken. In some cases, where little ones are hesitant, these also turn into great family photo moments. BNC National Bank hosted their cookie decorating from noon to 2 p.m. with kids able to come in and decorate giant sugar cookies in their own holiday theme. Allen and Debbie Lund provided another special treat as they brought in one of their Percheron pairs and offered free wagon rides while pictures were going on. The final event was a free showing of “The Flight Before Christmas” at Regis Theater. If you missed your chance to see Santa, Shopko in Stanley will also have Santa visiting on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

In The Spirit Of Giving During The Holiday Season

Christmas is a time of joy and a time of giving. For many families, however, Christmas can also be a time of stress. Financial issues or other family crises can often lead to those families struggling to find a way to provide a happy and jolly Christmas for their little ones. Over the years, a number of programs have taken root in communities across the nation to help those families at the holidays. Stanley is no different. In fact, a couple of programs, like the KHRT Horn of Plenty and Women of Today Giving Tree have been staples in the community for decades. This year, they have been joined by a few more opportunities for giving. Collections have completed for the Horn of Plenty at Prairie Ford with those items of non-perishable food and toys getting ready to go to their new homes. The Giving Tree is set up at Springan Furniture this year. This is the first time the tree has been in that location. As of last week there will still tags on the tree to be filled. These tags come with a number of gift ideas that include things a child might need or want. There will be clothing sizes and specific toys listed in many cases. There is a list to sign out your tag and gifts need to be wrapped and returned to Springans so the Women of Today can distribute before Christmas. The Ladies of the Stanley Fire Department brought back “Stuff the Truck” for the holidays. These trucks went up earlier this year to help get the S.A.C.K. program underway. This time, they will be in both American Bank Center and BNC National Bank through today, December 13. They are collecting new or gently used winter coats, snow pants, snow boots, hats and gloves. The current plan is to take the items collected to the schools. There, families in need can come and shop right before the Christmas break. This will be open to anyone within the school system that might need these winter clothing items. Items can be taken free of  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Safe Sitter Course To Be Held

The Safe Sitter course will return to Stanley on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Mountrail County Social Services in Stanley. This is the first time the classes have been offered in several years. The course is designed to prepare students in grades 6 through 8 to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. The class is filled with games and role-playing exercises. Students will get to use manikins to practice rescue skills including choking rescue. Class contact includes safety skills, life and business skills, first aid and rescue skills, and child care skills. Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers like power failures or weather emergencies. Learning the ability to screen jobs, discuss fees and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. They will practice these skills through various role plays. Learning skills such as choking rescue is often students’ favorite part of the class. They also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. Students will also learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Elementary Concert Is Next Monday

Stanley Elementary students in grades three through six will hold their Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 18. Performances will be at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school gym.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Energy Impact Grants Awarded

The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded grants to a number of airports in western North Dakota impacted by oil development and activity. These grants will help modernize and improve the facilities for a number of years to come. Four general aviation airports were awarded six energy impact grants which will complete the granting of funds appropriated by the 2015 Legislative Assembly. Stanley Municipal Airport was awarded $170,000 for taxiway expansion. Mohall will receive $100,000 in two grants to cover costs associated with a terminal building and relocation of the fuel system. Tioga was awarded $80,000 to design a general aviation terminal building. Watford City will receive two grants for land acquisition, and coordination, fees and appraisals. Two commercial airports were awarded 17 different energy impact grants. There are also federal funds   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.