Society news and notes

MSU chem students shine at conference

Mikhail Bobylev, chemistry professor, and Minot State University students attended an annual regional Undergraduate Research in Molecular Sciences meeting Oct. 5-6 at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. They presented five original research posters, and six abstracts were published.

Kowan O’Keefe gave an oral research presentation for which he won an American Chemical Society Travel Award. The award will support his trip to the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas in March 2014. Three students, Mikayla Fick, O’Keefe and Sam Olson, received a year of free American Chemical Society membership. American Chemical Society is the largest U.S. scientific society and its national meetings gather on average 20,000 members. Bobylev plans to take four students to the Dallas meeting.

Burlington Rural Fire Dept. receives grant

BURLINGTON The Burlington Rural Fire Department received $25,000 from the Rural Community Grant Fund to help them in their purchase of a new fire truck. Grants are awarded quarterly based on applications submitted by the entities requesting the funds.

The fund was established in collaboration between Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and AgriBank. The fund is to help projects in western North Dakota rural areas impacted by oil and other mineral exploration activity.

“It’s a six-man cab engine pumper,” Fire Chief Karter Lesmann said of the new truck. The money granted to them covered about one-sixth of the cost of the new engine, “but it helped.”

The department, which has 28 volunteers to cover an area of about 97 square miles, now has seven trucks and a trailer. When they got the new engine they traded off another engine with smaller capacity from the same year.

The new truck has a Compressed Air and Foam System, or CAFS, installed. The system has Class A, for regular fires, and Class B, for fuel fires, foam installed.

“Anytime you can use foam it helps because it’s quicker,” he said of the system. “With the flip of a switch you can have one or the other.”

Flint McColgan

Local pageants to be held in Williston

WILLISTON – A local preliminary to the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Armory. Special guests will be Miss North Dakota 2013 Laura Harmon, Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen 2013 Abby Wolfe and PreTeen Miss North Dakota 2013 Sydney Helgeson.

Plans are to award the titles of Miss Williston, Miss Williams County and Miss Upper Missouri Valley. Winners will receive cash scholarships and other prizes and will compete for the title of Miss North Dakota 2014 in June. The winner of Miss North Dakota will compete for the title of Miss America. The Miss America pageant system is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the world.

In addition to the Miss titles, local Outstanding Teen titles will be awarded to contestants in grades 7-11, and a new Princess Program for grades 1-6 will be introduced. Outstanding Teen titleholders receive scholarships and other prizes and compete in the state pageant held in June in Williston. The winner of Miss ND’s Outstanding Teen will compete for additional scholarship money at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

The number of titles to be awarded will depend upon the number of contestants in each category.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. A silent auction for Children’s Miracle Network, official charity of the Miss America organization, will also take place. For more information, call 770-2241 or 770-2459.