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A|2 SIDNEY HERALD.SUNDAY.JULY I4, 20|9 NEWS BY RENEE JEAN rjean@wil|istonheraldrom New pledges for a seed cleaning facility at Williston Research Extension Center tal— lied up quickly late Wednesday afternoon. More than $250,000 from various enti— ties was pledged for a plant expected to take the region’s Founda- tion Seed Program to new heights. Richland County Commissioner Duane Mitchell was first up at the mic, with a $50,000 check from Richland County in Montana. Mitchell said there had been some ques- tions about the dona~ tion for a seed clean- ing facility that is located in North Da- kota, but said the fa- cility is important to the entire region. “I’d like to challenge everyone to help make this thing happen,” he said. Tom Wheeler, a grower who has been active in efforts to get legislative fund- ing for the new seed cleaning facility, , noted that one-quar- ter to one-third of the seed produced by the Foundation Seed Pro- gram at WREC is sold Find us on Facebook RENEE JEAN - WlLLlSTON HERLD [WILLISTON HERALD Richland County, Montana, Commissioner Duane Mitchell was among those present for a groundbreaking for a seed-cleaning facility at WREC. He presented a check for $50,000. into Montana. Wheel- er is also chairman of the joint advisory committee for WREC and the Eastern Ag— ricultural Research Center. Ken Callahan, pres— ident of the Willis- ton Basin Chapter of Come Celebrate Joe Steinbeisser as he turns 20, Elks ’s Lodge 5-6 No Host Social 6—8 Dinner , with Music to follow Your Presence is Your GIFT . Follow us on Facebook for Sales, New Arrivals and more! facebook.com/CaringCornerGiftShopSHC the American Petro— leum Institute also had a challenge, this one to the oil and gas industry. He presented a $5,000 check from API, and said the or- ganization will be asking all its member 183758 oil and gas companies to match the donation. Mountrail Williams Electric Coop had a $50,000 check, which was presented by Chris Brostuen. While ‘it took some thought to settle on a dollar amount, Brost- uen said a donation was a “no-brainer.” “In the coop’s his- tory, farmers have always played a big part,” he said. “They drove the develop- ment of the coop back in the 403 and 505.” Even today, with all the oil and gas, farmers continue to be critical to the coop and to the region’s economy, Brostuen added. Daniel Stenberg, GOING THROUGH HAIL? STOP AND SEE THE DENT REPAIR SPECIALISTS AT 1ST CHOICE! m. (406) 433-2277“ "“”° ist Choice Collision Canter 615 Cambrian Lane (Hwy 16NW) Sidney, MT From Montana t0 NorthDakotas supportmlls in executive director of the McKenzie County Job Development Au- thority, did not have a check just yet, but said they had a pre- sentation on the facili- ty Tuesday night, and will be asking Coun- ty Commissioners to send a $100,000 check. Williams County Commissioners indi- cated they, too, will be making a donation, though they have not yet discussed how much to give. “Williams County is 100 percent commit- ted to making sure this project takes off,” Commissioner Beau Anderson said. A n d e r s o n h a s worked at the facility in the past. “This is a little chunk of my heart,” he said. “This is a beautiful wheat crop, and it’s a beautiful evening to be kick- ing off a project that is going to be here a long time. I hope more than 60 years.” Commissioner Corey Hanson added that it will be a great facility, and that it is exciting to see all the community members On Saturday, June .29th, 2019 our family experienced something one really following. To the gentleman who stopped so Loren could use his phone, to the first responders, Sidney Health-Center Staff, everyone who came out to help retrieve us and the boat, Cowboy Crane Service, as well as , Family and Friends. We are truly blessed and grateful for each and everyone of you! . Thank You! Loren, June and Hayden Writes coming together on it. Chad Anderson, with the North Dako- ta Crop Improvement and Seed Association, noting the close work- ing relationship with the university system, presented a check for $25,000. Mayor Howard Klug also spoke during the ceremony. Wil- liston was an early contributor, pledging $250,000 through its STAR Fund earlier in the year for the seed facility. “It is just us and us,” Klug said. “That is where it is.” Klug explained that the sales tax support- ing the STAR Fund is collected from ev- eryone, whether in the oil industry or farming sector of the economy. “It doesn’t take us long to figure out a 'project like this,” Klug said. He said the facility has probably received the largest grant from the STAR fund pro- gram. That’s because the facility will help the whole region. Part of what Williston has been working toward is developing itself as a regional resource. “Whatever we can do to make the region work, whether it is with your group, or working with the oil companies, we work with anyone,” Klug said. Don’t let varicose veins keep you from enjoying summertime activities. 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