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W I L L IS T O N, N O R TH DA KO TA | SU M M ER 2018 | V OL U M E 2 | ISSUE 4

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THE HOUSE ERIN BUILT Bill and Karen Maisey give us an inside look at their customized, accessible home they have built to ensure their injured daughter, Erin, can be part of everyday family life.


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SUMMER 2018 | Volume 2, Issue 4 Published by the Williston Herald and Wick Communications

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Moscato Strawberry Lemonade Do houseplants really help clean the air in your home? The House Erin Built Summer Outdoor Revival On the Scene Photos Bras for a Cause To Marinate or not to Marinate Why I love the Bakken


FROM T HE PUBLI S H E R Thank God for short memories of winter Welcome to summer time, the best time of the year! Fortunately God has blessed us with short memories of how long and cold winter can be. Especially given the fact that we had a couple of blizzards in April. Once the warm weather hits the Bakken all kinds of good things start happening. Boats and campers start coming out of the woodwork, school lets out for the summer and area activity goes from 5 to a hundred miles per hour. The days grow long providing plenty of time to spend with family and friends enjoying the outdoors. As the temperatures rise so does our enthusiasm and passion for summertime activities like fishing, camping, hunting, softball, soccer, volleyball, golf and swimming just to name a few. There is not a lot to not like about summer other than the fifth season, which is road construction season. Seems like state, county and city officials are always trying to make our roads better. Kind of like this magazine that we at the Williston Herald are always trying to make better. In this issue we are featuring the cutting edge accessible home of Bill and Karen Maisey of Williston. We are also featuring Bra’s for a Cause and what a great fundraising event it is for the Williston area. Angela Skogen of Cooks on Main is writing about when to marinate and when to not marinate and be sure to check out the latest in gardening tips from Dawn Sass of Country Floral. Deanna Senior and Karen Kuehl of Elements of Design have a great feature on summer outdoor revival. Sheila Goehring of 26th St. Liquors has a recipe for strawberry mojito lemonade and Williston State College President, John Miller, is writing about why he loves living in the Bakken. Don’t forget “On the Scene” look for people you know who attended events in the surrounding area during the last three months or so. As always we are thankful for all our readers and we promise to keep good things coming. The support for this magazine in our community is overwhelming and we are forever grateful. This publication would not be possible without our contributors and advertisers of which we cannot thank enough. Please support our advertisers by visiting their shops and places of business and please tell them you saw their ad in Bakken Living. ◊

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Do houseplants really help clean the air in your home? BY DAWN SASS Country Floral & Greenhouse

Human life depends on the plants that surround us. We depend plants to feed us, to convert the carbon dioxide we exhale to oxygen through photosynthesis and also remove toxins from the air we breathe. In 1989, NASA conducted an experiment with houseplants and found that they can clean the air of cancer causing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. According to the study, the most effective plants are the ones with larger leaf surfaces. It’s impossible to know exactly how many plants may be needed to clean a room, but it is usually recommended that at least two good sized plants per 100 square feet of space. The Boston fern is one of the most effective but is a bit difficult to grow indoors. The second choice and much easier to grow is the golden pothos. There is no question that plants can remove volatile toxins from the air under laboratory conditions but

in our homes the notion that plants can accomplish that is questionable. When NASA conducted their studies, it was done in sealed environments, but those studies do not apply in our homes. The air in our homes turns over every hour and has a greater effect on our air quality than plants. The plants in the studies were also grown in ideal conditions to provide optimal photosynthesis, most homes do not have light conditions that promote that. Many people will be disappointed with these finding but there are other benefits to having plants in our homes. Studies have shown that plants can have a calming effect on the nervous system and make you feel happier. Other research shows that spending time around nature has a positive effect on a person’s mood and energy. There are pluses to having plants in your home, but at this time is doesn’t look like they are going to be a major factor in purifying the air in your home. ◊


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Erin Brostuen, a graduate of Williston High School, in her senior picture. Brostuen, who won the title of Miss Williams County nearly 20 years ago, was severely injured months later in a car crash in Montana. Elizabeth Hackenburg

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH HACKENBURG

Twenty years ago, Karen and Bill Maisey were living in a comfortable home near downtown Williston. The house, built in the early 1900s, had enough space for their large family, and featured plenty of charm. But a tragic accident suddenly made the steep stairs, relatively small doorways and other details typical of older homes unsuitable for the family’s new needs. In late May 1999, Erin Brostuen, Karen Maisey’s daughter and Bill Maisey’s stepdaughter, was traveling back to Utah, where she’d recently moved. She was a passenger in a car driven by her roommate, who lost control of the vehicle in a construction zone on a Montana highway. The car rolled three times, and at least once, Brostuen’s head hit the pavement, her family says. Brostuen was 19 at the time. Less than a year earlier, she’d won the title of Miss Williams County and graduated from Williston High School. She’d briefly enrolled at Williston State College, then decided to move to Salt Lake City. At the time of the crash, she’d been returning home from Canada, where she’d gone to a family gathering with her roommate.

Immediately after the crash, doctors gave her just a week to live. The teenager had suffered massive head injuries and was in a coma, but she persevered. She eventually progressed to a Level 2 coma, which allowed her to communicate through facial expressions. Finally, doctors extended her life expectancy to 12 years from the crash date. “Through miracles upon miracles she pulled through,” Karen Maisey said. “It’s been 19 years.” After Brostuen spent about a year in hospitals and a rehabilitation home and it became plain that she was continuing to beat the odds, the Maiseys began to plan how to bring her home. The answer to that, they decided, was to build a new home. “‘We call this the house that Erin built,” Karen Maisey said. “The house has enabled us to be able to relax and enjoy Erin so much more.” Now, at age 38, Brostuen lives with her parents, and has for about 10 years. With the help of Bill Maisey’s brother, who is a contractor, the couple designed a new house almost completely around Brostuen’s needs.

Bill and Karen Maisey with Karen Maisey’s daughter, Erin Brostuen. The couple designed their Williston house around Brostuen’s needs after she was severely injured in a car crash nearly 20 years ago.

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They chose a plot west of Williston for the sprawling house, and plunged into the project. Completed in 2008, the family’s residence includes a private wing for Brostuen, and allows her to spend time in the kitchen, living room, her parents’ bedroom and a music room built specially for her. Visitors to the home walk in to find themselves in a kitchen and living area with a cathedral ceiling, but the most striking thing about the first floor is the amount of open space it encompasses. Brostuen’s wheelchair or hospital bed can easily fit in the kitchen so that she can be present while meals are being prepared, and there is plenty of room for her in the dining area as well. Although Brostuen is fed through a tube, she loves being in the midst of the activity that comes with big family meals, her parents say. “When there are family get-togethers she’s very comfortable being out where there’s just noise,” Bill Maisey said. The living area, with its large windows overlooking a roomy deck, is set up so that Brostuen can be right alongside her parents and relatives in the room as they socialize or watch movies. Doctors initially concluded that Brostuen was blind as a result of the crash, but about 10 years ago, a test revealed that she could operate a switch with her thumb. The tiny movement allows her to answer simple questions, and her parents were able to confirm something they’d felt all along — that she is still able to see. “We knew that she is very very much aware of her surroundings,” Bill Maisey said. She also kept her hearing, and with it, her love of music. A music room just outside of Brostuen’s private wing features a grand piano, which her mother, stepfather and other relatives play for her. The room features oversize French doors that accommodate Brostuen’s wheelchair or bed, and is one of her favorite places in the home, Karen Maisey says.

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Brostuen’s bedroom and therapy room are down the hall in the adjacent wing of the house. The forethought that went into the house is especially evident in this area, where one of the most innovative design features is found. A track runs from the custom shower in Brostuen’s large, bright room into the therapy center across the hall. The track, attached to the ceiling, allows caregivers to easily move Brostuen from one spot to another with the use of a harness and a hook. At one end of the track, Brostuen can shower while lying down on a hospital bed, and at the other, she can be lowered into a heated therapy pool. The pool, just 4 feet at its deepest, is where Brostuen’s muscles relax the most, her parents say. “You can sway her and get the hips into such a good movement,” Karen Maisey said. She suffers from muscle tightness, one of the most common symptoms of brain injuries. In the pool, her mother and caregivers are able to loosen Brostuen’s body to the extent that she can float for short periods of time. Two therapy tables, including a tilt table that allows Brotuen to stand while strapped in, are also used almost daily to help her fight against muscular problems. Brostuen’s step grandmother, Jean Maisey, 92, lives in another wing of the house. The private section, built just for her, includes a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is painted lavender, in memory of a 13-year-old daughter who died in 1973 in a boating accident. The girl had always wanted a lavender room, Karen Maisey said. “I love it,” Jean Maisey said of her private wing of the house. “The main thing is I’m close to my family and it’s really comfortable.”


Karen Maisey loads her daughter, Erin Brostuen, into the family’s van.

A custom-built shower in Erin Brostuen’s bedroom allows her to lay down while bathing.

The open floor plan on the first floor of Bill and Karen Maisey’s Williston home is designed to allow Karen Maisey’s daughter, Erin Brostuen, to spend time with family in the living room and kitchen while in her wheelchair or hospital bed.

Karen Maisey swings her daughter, Erin Brostuen, into her wheelchair with the help of a caregiver.

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to be camouflaged. One of the most important things to remember is “Know the Rules”. Local governmental agencies and HOA’s have specific regulations that you should be very familiar with before you begin work. Next step is to draw your plan on paper. Keep in mind the relationships between spaces then draw to scale. Each individual space should flow into the next, moving people from the front of the yard to the back. When you have that completed, take a look from the inside. When designed right, the backyard becomes artwork in the windows. Fine tune each area so that it’s as aesthetically as pleasing from the inside as it is when you’re on the outside. Now backup and use your wide lens. The flowers, hardscape and even the lawn become the wallpaper of your outdoor room. When selecting your furniture, keep in mind the overall color palette and material you have decided on. Don’t forget about outside influences that effect the entire feel and ambience of your yard. Exposure is a driving force in any outdoor endeavor. If you are on a tight budget and want to do a DIY project to update you current space: Think of things like moveable outdoor draperies to help block the direct sun on a western exposure porch. A meandering walkway with rope lighting in a side yard can guide your guests to hidden cozy outdoor lounge. Need to add a fence so you don’t have to look at a a busy street? Glam it up by drilling holes and filling them with colored marbles. The sun will dance off the colored glass and cast a light show for you and your guests enjoyment. A wind chime will even drown out some of the unwanted traffic sounds. Now it is time to execute, having spent time considering how to make the inside of your home flow to the outside, and what you are looking to create. You may consider doing your project in phases as time and budget allow. At the end of the day, let it be a space you can come home to relax, unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. ◊


ON THE SCENE

The Party Crashers Brass Band during Williston’s Band Day parade. Jamie Kelly • Williston Herald

Gov. Doug Burgum, takes questions from WSC faculty, staff and students during a listening session in May. Jamie Kelly • Williston Herald

Well-wishers gather to celebrate Pat Conlin’s award as Auxilian of the Year for her work as a volunteer at CHI St. Alexius Health. Mitch Melberg • Williston Herald

Students at Hagan Elementary learn about quilting during Math Day at the school. Ken Harty • Williston Herald

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Students at Williston State College at the college’s graduation ceremony. Jamie Kelly • Williston Herald


Justin Binek, from left, leads Williston High School students Alexis Gunderson, Samantha Barrett and Paige Wold in an improvisation exercise. Jamie Kelly • Williston Herald

Rod Lassey, left, and his son, Christian, of Cartwright, with a World War I Canadian Army uniform. Lassey was at a Militaria swap meet, show and sale put on by the 6th Infantry. Roger Riveland • Special to the Herald

The cast of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee rehearses in the Old Armory Theater. Mitch Melberg • Williston Herald

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Guests look through the selection of bras up for bid at the annual Bras For A Cause auction. Melissa Krause • Williston Herald

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Like many good things, Bras For A Cause started as an idea a few friends had. About six years ago, a group of friends were talking about someone they knew who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

wouldn’t have to put our own money in again,” Vanessa Olson, the group’s treasurer, said. They had. And they’ve kept raising money ever since. The auction grew to the point where it had to move again. The third year they picked the new Armory, which has been its home ever since.

They realized that a lot of people had health insurance, which covered at least some of the medical costs. But there are many, many more expenses.

Donoven estimated that the group has helped more than 200 people over the past six years, and 40 in just the first few months of 2018. They’ve given out more than $400,000.

“Who covers the mortgage when you can’t go to work?” Cheryl Donoven, the group’s president, asked.

And it’s not just for people with breast cancer, despite the bra themed name.

One of them had heard about a fundraiser in Glendive, Montana, where decorated bras were auctioned off. By November 2012 the group was holding a bra auction of its own.

The group helps anyone in the community with a confirmed cancer diagnosis. The application is short and made to be easy.

It was in Buster’s Bar on Main Street in Williston. They weren’t sure what to expect, but the bar ended up being packed. The next year, the event moved to the Old Armory. Even after the group’s first auction was a success, the future was far from certain. There wasn’t enough money left over to fund the second auction, so committee members put in their own money to make it happen.

And the money is designed to help people with immediate needs. That might be paying for hotel rooms if someone has to travel to get treatment. It might be buying a lift chair so the patient can retain some mobility. It might mean help paying for expensive medication or covering bills like rent. “Every application is different,” Denise Gustafson, the group’s secretary said. “Every single one is a different need.”

“We hoped we’d raised enough money that we

DONOVEN ESTIMATED THAT THE GROUP HAS HELPED MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS, AND 40 IN JUST THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF 2018. THEY’VE GIVEN OUT MORE THAN $400,000.

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The group’s efforts have expanded beyond an auction. Three years ago, committee members started a gumbo cook-off that happens in March. Members volunteer at events around the community to help raise money for Bras For A Cause and they sponsor a display at the annual Festival of Trees. “The community gives so much to us, we want to give back to the community, as well,” Donoven said. To keep helping people means finding new ways to raise money. The group gets corporate sponsors to help keep costs low for its events, meaning the money raised has a bigger impact. Because the group is local, the money also stays local and helps people in the area, rather than being funneled to a state or national nonprofit and being distributed from there. A newer effort from the group is what members are calling the 10 for 10 challenge. The idea is right there in the name. Williston has a population of about 25,000 people. If 10 percent of those people — 2,500 — committed to donating $10 per month for 10 months, the group could raise $250,000. “Ten for 10 is something we’re really pushing right now,” Gustafson said. Businesses are getting in on the 10 for 10 push, as well. Topped Off Coffee, for example, had a booth at Band Day in May to promote the challenge. Community organizations are stepping up with other events, as well. Bras For A Cause received some money from last year’s Bird and Bogey event, and this year will get all the proceeds. Things keep growing, but some things don’t change. “Even as we’ve grown, we’ve still stayed true to our original mission,” Donoven said.

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BY ANGELA SKOGEN Cooks on Main

As the summer grilling season is soon upon us in Western North Dakota, Cooks on Main receives questions about marinating. How long… Why Marinate…. What to marinate with and so on. Marinating is that act of infusion flavors into meat often with oil, vinegars, spices, herbs or sugars to enhance the overall taste and to tenderize tougher meats prior to cooking. This process can last a few short hours or up to a few days depending on the product end taste profile you wish to achieve.

How much marinade should I use? I recommend to fully cover your protein with the marinade. Using a zip lock bag or a food safe container in your fridge is a great way to ensure proper coverage and minimize any food contamination in your fridge from a spill. Fish is a very light protein, so this will marinate very fast so 30 minutes is all you need.

How long should use marinade? I recommend at least 6 full hours or overnight. However, if you are using a larger cut of meat like beef or pork tenderloin you can safely marinate up to 72 hours in your fridge. Can I reuse the marinade? No! if you would like to use the marinade for a sauce or basting, please reserve ½ There are many benefits in marinating: FLAVOR With a few common kitchen ingredients you can of the marinade in a container prior to use with your add some pop to your standard meal. Most common protein. marinades will contain an acid, oil, spices and herbs Use one of each for simple marinades of your choice. OIL/FAT Olive oil, vegetable oil, full fat yogurt MOISTURE Think dried chicken - products like oil, buttermilk and yogurt will add and hold in the ACID moisture of your protein so that it doesn’t dry out Citrus juice, vinegars, wine, buttermilk during the cooking process. TENDERIZER The acid ingredient in your marinade (lemon juice, orange juice or vinegars) will help breakdown the fibrous proteins in your meat. This is a great to save money by purchasing a less expensive cut of meat like flank steak.

L e m o n & H e rb M arin at e d C hicken From the Olivelle Kitchen Serve these zesty lemon chicken breasts as a main dish or in Mediterranean style tacos, atop salads, or tossed with pasta. Prep Time:   35 minutes - Cook Time:  15 minutes - Total Time:  50 minutes | Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS: • 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (Wild Rosemary or Tuscan Herb) • 1/3 cup Meyer Lemon Vinegar • 2 Tbsp Seasoning (Mediterranean Rub or Garlic & Herb Dipper) • 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (Rosemary or Roasted Garlic) • 1/2 tsp Pepper

SEASONINGS Dried or fresh herbs, salts, peppers, soy sauce, honey (doesn’t burn as easy as white refine sugars)

INSTRUCTIONS: • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. • To a large zip-top bag, add the olive oil, Meyer Lemon Balsamic, rub, sea salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine. • Add the chicken to the marinade bag, reseal and let st for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. ** • Using a pan that is safe to go in the oven, heat on the stove top. Add 1 additional Tbsp oil. Once warm, add the marinated chicken and saute for 5-6 minutes. Flip the chicken over and place the pan into the oven. Bake an additional 5-6 minutes. • Serve and enjoy! **Handy Tip: In the morning, add frozen chicken breasts to the marinade and let it thaw and marinate at the same time. When it’s dinner time. simply remove the chicken from the bag and cook.

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WHY I LOVE THE JOHN MILLER

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President, Williston State College

Whether you say “Velkomen” in Norwegian, “Valkommen” in Swedish, or “Wilkommen” in German, when we welcome individuals to our community it is so much more than a simple phrase. The immigrants who settled here brought distinctive values with them based on hard work, common sense, and hospitality. It is the culture of hospitality that I most appreciate about Williston and northwestern North Dakota. If new to Williston, you begin as a stranger but can quickly become a thread in the fabric of this community. As an Idaho expat three years removed, I am amazed and gratified by how fast my family was accepted at the college and in the community, and how strangers became colleagues and friends. I meet new people almost on a weekly basis now, and whether they come from a family with deep Williston Basin roots or are new to North Dakota, there is a common understanding that transcends family, career, interests, and background. Perhaps it is a shared experience instilled in each of us that is tied to nature’s beauty and power (it is hard to be neutral about Mother Nature after you live through

your first North Dakota winter!), or perhaps it is really a sense of opportunity that brings people together from so many different backgrounds in Williston.

Without a doubt, the energy industry has helped to transform Williston into an unexpectedly cosmopolitan hub in rural North Dakota. In the last decade, there has been an influx of new neighbors coming from all directions, including a growing international community from Africa and Central America. As we welcome these newcomers, we are building community capacity, future leaders, and ultimately expanding the “talent pool” and “people power” available to help Williston grow and prosper. It is often far too easy to become isolated in the “digital world” and forget or minimize the people we live, work, and worship beside every day. We must continue to embrace a sense of community and the tradition of welcoming all, because it is really the best thing we can do to ensure that Williston continues to develop as a healthy and vibrant community. When you say, “Welcome,” you help us grow! ◊

WE MUST CONTINUE TO EMBRACE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THE TRADITION OF WELCOMING ALL, BECAUSE IT IS REALLY THE BEST THING WE CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT WILLISTON CONTINUES TO DEVELOP AS A HEALTHY AND VIBRANT COMMUNITY.

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