Melby, Young Bear to speak
at Prairie Talks
RUGBY – Todd Melby, lead producer of “Black Gold Boom,” a public media project documenting North Dakota’s oil boom, and New Town rancher Marty Young Bear, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, will be featured speakers at the Prairie Talks presentation at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Prairie Village Museum, Rugby.
According to a press release, North Dakota’s oil and gas producing counties have experienced rapid growth and industrialization, the effects of which are trickling across the state. Melby and Young Bear will share their perspectives on how the oil boom is changing the face of North Dakota.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees also may tour the museum throughout the afternoon at no cost. Gates open at noon and close at 5 p.m.
In addition to producing “Black Gold Boom,” Melby is directing a PBS television documentary on the boom. A native of Hettinger, he’s a senior producer for the public media nonprofit 2 below zero. He’s won multiple national journalism awards, including Edward R. Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards.
A rancher and saddle bronc rider, Young Bear co-operates the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation’s Horse Power Program, a holistic wellness program utilizing horse culture to help families on the Fort Berthold reservation. He’s also an environmental advocate concerned with the preservation of the land for horses, animals and people.
This Prairie Talks event is supported in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council. Treats and coffee will be served by the Friends of the Museum following the talk. Free will donations are accepted to help defray costs.
The Prairie Talks series was started to connect people in north-central North Dakota with people from around the world. Series founder Kristi Rendahl was born and raised in Benson County and graduated from Rugby High School. Prairie Talks has an advisory council composed of residents of the Rugby area.
For more information about Prairie Talks: Oil Boom, visit at (prairietalks.org) or call the museum at 776-6414, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit (prairievillagemuseum.com).
POWER?Center event at MSU this week
The POWER Center, a TRiO-Student Support Services program, is offering a pre-college enhancement course from today through Friday. The course, financed by the Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center, is designed to prepare first-year students for their university experiences.
Approximately 25 POWER-eligible students were invited to move into their residence halls and spend three nights and four days on the Minot State University campus immediately prior to the start of fall semester. Through this course, participants will learn about all the resources MSU and Minot offer. They will also connect with peers and become equipped with the tools and essential university knowledge that will lead to personal and academic success during their higher education endeavors. Presentations will discuss financial planning and include mock lectures.
“This experience, which is referred to as POWER Week, will promote engagement with the campus and community,” said Tiffany Fylling, POWER Center advising coordinator. “It will diminish students’ fears and anxieties that accompany their first weeks of university life.”
POWER Week students will have all expenses covered. They will also receive a backpack full of school supplies to help make their first semester successful.
The POWER Center is funded by a TRiO-SSS grant from the U.S. Department of Education. On Aug. 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the federal TRiO under the War on Poverty initiative. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that bold legislation designed to assist low-income and first-generation college students.
To learn more about the POWER Center, visit
For questions about POWER Week, contact the POWER Center at 858-4047.