Longmuir Receives Provider Of The Year Award

Stanley’s Dr. Mark Longmuir was presented with the 2017 Outstanding Rural Health Provider award at a banquet on Wednesday, June 14 at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot. The award, sponsored by the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, is presented to a healthcare clinician whose practice is in rural North Dakota and who has unselfishly made an important contribution to their community and area. The award can be thought of as a lifetime service award for a rural healthcare provider. In April when UND Rural Health representatives were in Stanley to record interviews with several of those that had been part of the nomination for Longmuir as well as Longmuir’s acceptance speech, they said that Longmuir was selected because of his passion and commitment to health care in a rural area. They said that he cares deeply and gives of his time to share that passion to help the community become more healthy, often going that extra mile. They reflected on his involvement in so many activities outside of the clinic and hospital, saying that dedication to going above and beyond is part of what made him such a worthy candidate for the award. Longmuir’s nomination was completed by Rocky Zastoupil, MCMC Administrator/CEO with letters of support from Brent Rodenhizer, Heath Hetzel and Tammie Braaflat. Zastoupil said Longmuir’s work ethic is unmatched. “I believe that Dr. Longmuir is probably one of the most competent and personable physicians that I’ve met in rural America,” Zastoupil said. “He has the youth that we need in this part of the country to take care of those that do not live in urban areas and he has the wonderful skills that are needed for all of the issues that arise in a small town rural hospital.” In the awards banquet description, they described Dr. Longmuir in ways that many of those patients he serves would agree. The program read, “Mark Longmuir began working for Mountrail  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Township Officers Hold Spring Meeting

Mountrail County’s Township Officers Association held their spring meeting at the Mountrail County South Complex on the morning of Tuesday, June 13. The meeting opened with guest speaker Julie Ellingson of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. Her presentation, however, focused on a much more personal story as she shared her family and community’s impacts during the DAPL protests. She says she believes that with all the information that was on social media and in the news during the protests, the stories of the ranchers and people living on the land who were caught in the crossfire went largely untold. She calls her presentation “Collateral Damage”, a title she says is the best way to describe those living there during that time. In her job with the Stockmen’s Association, her job is to represent cattle producers across the state. Morton County is one of the largest cattle producing counties in the state and it was at the heart of this battle. The pipeline crosses just four miles away from her home near St. Anthony. This small community of about 50 people rarely makes the news, that is until they became the epicenter of the DAPL protests. In the early days of the pipeline, people in that area felt it would be much like in the 1980s. Nearly all the line ran on private property and the rest on federal property with all the easements signed in 2015. Work began on the pipeline in 2016 and for the most part it was quiet until July when the first knock came on their door at home with someone asking them to sign a petition to stop the pipeline. They were surprised to see someone this late in the game trying to stop a pipeline that was nearly complete. They were more surprised to find out this person’s job was to protest across the country. They passed it off as an anomaly with no idea of the precursor of what was to come. Even when it did begin, they never dreamt it would continue so long. On Labor Day weekend, things escalated at the protest camp with clashes between workers, protestors, law enforcement and security crews. The Tuesday after Labor Day things just got worse and the protestors actually came onto their land and damaged equipment. They damaged the families corn fields and pastures. Protestors that day included presidential candidate Jill Stein. Much was made of her being there, but nothing about the damage that  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Mountrail County 4-H Open Horse Show Scheduled For June 29

The Mountrail County 4-H Open Horse Show will be held at the Mountrail County Fair Building in Stanley (8103 61st St NW) on Thursday, June 29. The Horse Show will begin at 9:00 a.m., starting with the halter class, followed by western horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, ranch horse pleasure, reining, pole bending, keyhole race, barrel racing, and goat tying. This year we are also offering English class riding! 4-H Registration is required to participate but the public is welcome and encouraged to take in all or part of the Mountrail County 4-H Open Horse Show!   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Authorities Update Information On Search For Missing Jet Skier

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson released on Monday, June 19, that search efforts are still ongoing for a missing New Town man that went missing June 11th while riding a personal watercraft on the Missouri River. Halvorson stated that the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office, the Three Affiliated Tribes Law Enforcement and Emergency Management, the North Dakota Game and Fish and family and friends of the missing man have all been involved in the search. Missing is 41 year old Chad Kanine, of New Town, ND and Michigan, who was riding a personal watercraft on the morning of June 11th, 2017, on the Missouri River, near the Four Bears Marina. Witnesses observed Kanine riding the watercraft earlier, then spotted the watercraft without a rider, floating towards the east side of the river. The witness called 911 and reported the watercraft and rescue efforts were done that day, but Chad Kanine was not found on the water. Rescue efforts turned to recovery efforts the next few days. Keith Cormican with Bruce’s  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Blue-Green Algae Identified In Stanley Pond

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for Stanley Pond, located in Mountrail County due to detectable levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. The NDDoH was notified of a blue-green algae bloom in Stanley Pond this week. In response, water tests were conducted that showed microcystin present at a concentration above the EPA’s proposed health threshold for recreation of 4 μg/L (parts per billion). The production of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, often happens in hot weather in bodies of water that are used by people, pets and livestock. Exposure from ingesting affected water can cause illness in people and animals, and can result in death. There are no known antidotes for the toxins. Blue-green algae discolor the water they live in, and can cause foam, scum or mats to appear on the surface. People and animals that swallow water containing cyanotoxins can become sick with severe diarrhea and vomiting; numb lips, tingling fingers and toes; dizziness; or rashes, hives or skin blisters. Children are at higher risk than adults for illness because their smaller size can allow them to get a relatively larger dose of toxin. Please take the following steps to avoid exposure to cyanotoxins: • Respect any advisories announced by public health authorities. If you see posted signs or hear messages to stay out of a certain body of water, respect the warning. • Do not swim, water ski or boat in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.