Before I proceed, I must declare that I am under the influence of prescription pain meds.... so please bare with me.
|I snapped this shot on the way home from the hay field one night last week. A Bakken well being 'fracked' near the Marsten (my Grandma Olga Hovet's family) homestead claim.|
From the 2011 calf crop, of the approximately 90 calves that were not AI sired, there were 13 submitted for parentage verification this past week.
In addition to haying and record keeping, I had a couple meetings last week. After dropping Kyle off at Wiggles and Giggles (he goes to day care three days a week), I headed the back roads to one of my meetings. I seldom go by the grade school, but the back road trip unveiled an interesting discovery... I knew that the grade school (K-6) was adding one section to each grade to handle the influx of students to the McKenzie County area that will be educated in the McKenzie County School District #1 in the upcoming school year.
|Brad taking a west river souvenir back to NDSU with him. After no encounters last summer (last summer was too cool for snakes), he has two rattles from this summer... this one and one that was on the road blocking his running route one evening.|
Back in January, I made a phone call. That phone call led to a formal request in April. That formal request made it possible. Made what possible you ask?
After seeing such rapid change in the area with the development of the Bakken play, I felt the need to document the history of the area as well as showcase what the area has to offer both from a business and professional standpoint and from a tourism standpoint.
The Janaury phone call? To Cody Shimek, owner of Media Men, Inc. from Minneapolis. Cody produced a documentary titled 'Small Town Soldiers' and is a Emmy Award winning videographer. Did I mention that he is a graduate of WCHS?
The April proposal? To the Watford City Roughrider Fund. The fund committee recommended funding of the project and the Watford City Council voted to fund it.
So Thursday through Sunday of this past week Cody (with some shadowing and commentary from me) researched, interviewed, videoed and scouted for his September visit to Watford City and McKenzie County.
|The Levang (my mom's dad's family) homestead (claimed in 1902) barn just east of Johnson's Corner.|
|Cody filming McKenzie County winter wheat harvest - David Hoffman's field just off of Co Rd #37. He also got to ride in the buddy seat for a round. Thanks David!|
|Cody filming the reclaimed site of the Risser oil well - the first producer in McKenzie County - spudded in 1952.|