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Page 2 September 26th, 2013 ......... Not ces atary, Trade and i Valley News and Views When the 32nd Annual Meeting of the ND Petroleum Council in Grand Forks concluded last Wednesday, 800 leaders in the oil industry from across the state, across the country and across continents finished sharing information and telling their stories -- about the impact of technologies, ND'sstaggering growth economically, and informing the public to gain an better understanding of the challenges and the workable solutions in the Bakklen Field. Lou Holtz, famous winning coach of the Notre Dame football team set the tone of the final day. With a microphone in hand, he "walked his talk" to entertain the audience with humor and a simple philosophy for excellence - a passion to win with a willingness to sacrifice, a right attitude even when people say you can't make winning happen, do what's right and profitable for others and maybe even earn a "buck" yourself. His personalized stories about teamwork from the "game field" energized the audience with standing ovation. One of his capsules of wisdom conveyed the idea that "you become what you practice"; another "Do not live your life as a spectator." And many more. Two large viewing screens at each side of the speaker's stage showed videos and images that augmented the narration of a speaker at center stage. Detailed graphics illustrated the technologies to explain how oil is extracted using advanced technologies. Common concerns about fracturing that are often heard in public were quelled by visual understanding the process and safeguards used in today's drilling. Bill Maloney, Executive Vice President of Statoil U.S., outlined Norway's oil development and its contribution through advanced technologies in a talk "Leading the Way for Statoil's Growth." He emphasized how partnering is creating value through knowledge, resources and innovation. ND Governor Jack Dalrymple encouraged www'ndhealth'gv/ndquits 1.800.QUIT.NOW NORTH DAKOTA DPARTMNT 0 HLTH Br t ght to you by by the North Dakota C/enter'for 'lobacco Prevention and Control Policy and Pembina County Public Health. citizens to participate in ND's growth with ideas, with participation in community development and with engagement in the energy industries through supportive resources available from State agencies. He emphasized how ND's national leadership in agriculture is providing a foundation for managing the exportation of oil to distant ports, by a combination of pipelines and rail transportation from the State at the geographic center of North America. That was last week - days filled with information overload, rational facts, and the ultimate ways of transferring knowledge and promoting visual understanding. This week, a delegation of 40 Norwegian educators, researchers and scientists spent the day in Grand Forks, first to sign Memoranda of Agreements between Universities of Bergen and UND to "exchange ideas" and develop a "student exchange" and then to engage with students, faculty and administrators for a comprehensive overview of UND resources. As part of their tours of the day, the group visited the Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection at Chester Fritz Libraryin Special Collections, where they received a broader perspective of energy development. Library Director Wilber Stolt said, "We are developing, perhaps, an 'alternative energy' -- energy that comes from knowing people,  understanding cultures and heritage ... and will differentiate our work together." Founder of the collection and retired UND chair of the Language Department, Arne Brekke outlined the history of the Bygdebok Collection that over 30 years has developed into the largest and most accessible collection of over 1400 volumes of Norwegian local family farm histories and genealogies. "All of 'Norway' for as far back as records go is under one roof," he said later, "With Internet access, Norwegians in Norway contact us to learn what is available to them in Norway." He added, "Then, of course, there are the estimated 50 million Americans with one or more Norwegian ancestors ... some of whom want to be in touch with their Norwegian roots." On a day when media ink was dominated by Norwegians, the evening was capped with 51 singers of Norwegian Sarpsborg Masonic Choir and popular trumpet artist, Kai Robert, giving a concert too packed crowd. With this groundswell in the energy industry in ND and the strong Norwegian participation in the Bakken Field that is connected to UND, there likely are opportunities for "energizing" Drayton's involvement to share in this growth. Given the location of "Blessing Square" and the extensive networks of people that want to connect "with their roots," the work of the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society and Museum is, in my estimation, the key to opening the door to heritage tourism in the surrounding area that includes Drayton. The challenge is to keep pace with new ways that surrounds us for visual (digital) understanding and to invest the "ink" that we have to attract "footprints" through fiction or fact to be in touch with their roots. The grass-root philosophy of Lou Holtz rings in my ears when he brought 800 corporate leaders to their feet with a standing ovation when he suggested four "Ps" for a winning team - Players, Playbook, Performance, and Persistence. He also added a "Profit" to the equation for ;an organization or an industry, for without resources, it's hard to sustain progress. Notice By Order of the Supervisors of Lincoln Township Damage to roads in 2013 must be repaired within 30 days of a supervisors notification or the damage will be repaired and billed to the person or persons responsible. According to ND Century Code 24-06-29 Join women from across ND for 2 days of professional development, networking & fun! Oct. 14-15 Bismarck Civic Center As Congress haggles over the food stamp program, at least three major North Dakota cities are doing their best to fight hunger at home and abroad. Minot - 'Feed My Starving Children' November 23 Barring another flood, 3,000 volunteers will gather in the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot to pack 500,000 meals for starvation- impacted children on Saturday, November 23 in the "Feed My Starving Children" program. In 2010, 1600 Minot area volunteers packed 309,000 meals in one day. The Souris River flood dampened packing plans for the past couple of years but Minot is coming back this year with a vision. The co st for the ingredients for 500,000 meals will be $110,000. To raise the funds, volunteers will be encouraged to each raise $50 which would pay for the food they pack. According to Pastor Gerald Raise of the BethanyLutheran Church, project coordinator, the Minot area FMSC is an interdenominational campaign supported by a wide variety of churches, community organizations, service clubs and schools. He welcomes group and individuals from throughout the state to "share in this uplifting experience." Fargo-Moorhead - 'Fill- the-Dome' November 25-6 Another kind of metro- wide food campaign is "Fill:the-Dome" in Fargo where high school students will cover the floor of the FargoDome with nonperishable foodstuffs for the food pantries in the Fargo-Moorhead region on November 25-26. The Metro Area Student Ambassadors, thesponsoring organization, is made up of one or two representatives from each of the Fargo- Moorhead high schools. 'Fill- the-Dome' is a student-run outreach. According to Cole Bachmeier, this year's coordinator, "Fill-the-Dome" has raised $347,000 in cash donations and collected 648,000 pounds of food over the six years the project has been in operation. That averages out to around $60,000 and five tons of food each year. Grand Forks Region -'Feed My Starving Children' April 4-6, 2014 The Greater Grand Forks- Northern Red River Valley region-wide "Feed My Starving Children" campaign is now organizing and raising $88,000 to pack 400,000 meals in the Grand Forks Public Works Building on April 4-6, 2014. Under the leadership of Bruce and Jodie Storhaug of Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, the Greater Grand Forks project packed over 1,000,000 meals during its three years of operation. 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