Mountrail County Health Center Drive Through Testing Draws A Crowd

13 May 2020 Events, News

Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley hosted a Drive Through COVID-19 testing event on Friday, Apr. 24. Testing started at 10:00 a.m. and ran through 2:00 p.m. although the lineup of vehicles of those waiting to be tested started more than an hour before.

Testing was organized through staging using the Stanley High School parking lot. Those looking to be tested were asked to report to the High School where they were assigned a number to their car. Mountrail County Sheriff Corey Bristol and several of the department officers, Mountrail County Emergency Manager Warren Bogert along with the Highway Patrol were at the school to coordinate that portion of the event.

When told by Health Center staff, they would then send a set number of vehicles down 8th Avenue towards the hospital. Along the way, intersections were being controlled by members of the Stanley Public Works and Stanley Police Department to assure smooth movement of not only those who were waiting to be tested, but also those cars that were just trying to go from one area of the city to another.

At the Health Center, they were met by staff with the information forms prior to testing. They then moved along the driveway area on the east side of the complex for testing. Tests were administered by staff and then brought back into the “command center” where they were documented and packaged for transport to the State Lab for testing.

The Health Center was grateful to all that helped make the testing a success, saying they could not have successfully done this test without coordination and manpower from the Stanley Police Department, Mountrail County Sheriff’s office, Stanley Public Works, and the Highway Patrol. They kept everything moving as smoothly as possible, without clogging up city streets with traffic, and that was no small feat. People participating were in awe of the teamwork as they drove from the staging area and down 8th Avenue to MCHC.

Additional thanks went to Marilyn Gaebe, who provided a delicious lunch for staff and kept them energized for the entire day. They appreciated Estvold Oilfield Services, specifically Jake and Kelsey, for allowing them to use their coolers to safely transport tests from Stanley to Bismarck testing labs and the “best COVID-19 courier in the state” Rodney Essler.

They also expressed their thanks to the community saying, “We would not try to offer these testing services if we did not think that people would show up to be tested, and our community SHOWED UP! It was a steady stream of cars the entire four hours.”

Last but not least, they expressed a personal thank you to the staff of the Mountrail County Health Center. From traffic control, to gathering information from each test subject, to registering each test subject, and properly marking each test to the Providers performing the swabs, and then our lab processing each test from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and to everyone inside the building allowing business to proceed as usual. This was pointed out as teamwork at its ultimate finest.

In the span of a little over 4 hours, the Mountrail County Health Center staff were able to test 189 vehicles, totaling 357 tests that included residents from throughout the county and a few out of county residents. “Thank you to everyone who came to get tested so we can gather more data about how this virus is impacting our community and to start working on getting North Dakota open again,” they said.

The drive through testing helped support Governor Doug Burgum’s goal of increasing testing to start the work on smartly reopening the state.

This testing clinic was a group effort between administration and providers.

Additionally, per direction of the state, the facility is also testing all of their residents and employees starting last week and continuing on Monday.

As of Monday morning, tests completed in Mountrail County had increased from 524 on Friday to 892 on Monday. One new positive was recorded on Monday, up from the cumulative 33 since the first tests administered in the county. That new positive is part of the testing done on Friday and is a case from New Town. Of the 892 tests recorded in the county thus far, 858 have returned negative. Not all of Friday’s test results were included in Monday’s numbers.

This article has been republished by the gracious consent of the Mountrail County Promoter.

Women’s Health Expo Held

13 May 2020 Events, News

Mountrail County Medical Center and the Mountrail County Health Foundation held their third annual Healthy Women’s Expo at Rosen Place on 8th in Stanley on Monday, March 9th.  The even had focused on healthy heart the past two years, but focused on “Healthy Mind for a Healthy You” this year.  There were several booths set up to coincide with the theme of achieving health from the inside out, a variety of salads catered by Marilyn Gaebe and desserts from Cookies for You and Little Heifer Bakery.  Booths included information from the Ina Mae Ruse Aquatic Center, nursing staff performing blood pressure and A1C testing, information on mammograms, healthy eating, BMI testing, and mental health checks.

As part of the Community Health Implementation Plan, a formal Response to the Needs Assessment, Mountrail County Medical Center pledged to place a high priority on mental health, and to assist community members get the help they need.  With statistics showing the number of Americans that die by suicide daily and the suicide rate in ND, the focus changed for this year’s event to mental health and suicide prevention.

Stephanie Everett, MCMC CEO and Foundation Director stated, “We can no longer allow the mental health struggles of our community to go unchecked.  We know that with mental health, each day, each moment counts, and Medical Center Staff need to get proactive and build resources to be a part of the solution.”  At MCMC, the ultimate goal is to transform the community by encouraging confident communication about mental health so residents know how, where, and when to ask for help.  They want to reach people before they enter a state of crisis mentally, and to encourage growth of coping skills as well as decrease stigma.

This year’s speakers started with Alison Traynor.  A licensed social worker, she has spent the past five years working to mobilize statewide suicide prevention efforts as the Director of Suicide Prevention and founding member of ND Suicide Prevention Coalition.  She started out with their “Swear Jar”.  Many are familiar with the premise of paying a fine to the jar.  This jar is a symbol to change the stigma one word at a time.  In their case, it is the word “committed”.  The goal is to quit using the word when it comes to suicide, much in the way efforts were underway to quit using the word “retarded”.  She says that we need to think that the word committed is used in cases like sin or crime, and that we need to change the culture with suicide, focusing instead on the person that is suffering.

She also talked about the need to work together to prevent suicide, invest in suicide together and work together to solve the complex problems.  She compared talking about the junk drawer.  We tend to shove suicide into the emotional junk drawer.  We need to open the drawer and explore and talk about the feelings and emotions that go along with suicide.

In North Dakota, the suicide rate is among the highest in the nation.  It cuts across all age groups, with the highest increase in those aged 25-34.  Relationship loss is the most common cause of suicide, followed by a crisis event.  When people are distressed, it can exceed their ability to cope.  They experience a perceived sense of isolation and their sense of being a burden increases.

To help combat suicide, she has worked to found Zero Suicide, a healthcare based system.  The belief is that with help, there is hope as they build a coalition.  It shifts from a person to a system approach.  Statistics show that 45% of suicides will have visited a primary care provider within a month.  30% will have seen a mental health professional, 40% will have had an ER visit in the year before their death.

Zero Suicide involves leadership, system wide, to create a culture change, provide training, help identify those at risk, and engage those in treatment and transitioning of care.  It also looks at policies and procedures to get the help to those that need it.

They find that statistics show that by implementing a system wide effort, fewer patients will die, there will be decreasing costs and improved morale.

Traynor says that it is important to watch out for the warning signs, including those changes in behavior, speech or mood that have you worried.  Be willing to talk about those feelings, including thoughts of killing themselves, feeling hopeless, being a burden, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.  Watch for uncharacteristic behavior changes, especially if they are related to a painful event, loss, or change.  They could include increased use of alcohol or drugs, looking for ways to end their life, withdrawing from activities, isolating from family or friends, sleeping too much or too little, visiting or calling people to say goodbye, giving away valued possessions, aggression or fatigue.

Watch for mood changes like depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, humiliation, agitation, or even a sudden relief.  If you are worried and think there is a suicide risk, act.  Everything else can wait.  Traynor discussed ways to ask or talk to someone you are concerned about.  They include finding someone comfortable to ask those questions if it is not you.  Normalize the conversation by saying something validating and then ask the question.  Express understanding that they might be struggling after a certain event.  She said to be persistent, but warm and present.  Allow them to talk freely without judgement, rather listen and be present.  Give them plenty of time to talk, and then make sure you can point them toward resources that can help.

She says that it is a five step plan: ask, keep them safe, be there, help them connect, and then follow up.

Those struggling are helped by connections, relationships, helping with coping and life skills, family, faith, and community.  With a person at risk they also discuss safety planning.  That includes walking the person at risk through the steps of coping, recognize what has set them off, validate the ways they have gotten through hard times before, and provide strategies to help.  It can include people they can reach out to for help, following up with clinicians and making sure the return place is safe. Suicide is complex.  It needs a community and system approach to find the answers.

The second speaker of the night was Kora Dockter, a nurse and ND Suicide Prevention Coalition Chair.  She is leading a statewide call for healthcare system-wide improvement.

She brings her own story of losing her adult son Steven to suicide.  She remembers the day in February of 2014.  A sunny, cold day, she was driving.  When her vehicle veered off the road and hit a curb, she says an energy went through her that scared her.  She found out later that moment was when her son died by suicide.

She says that her son was married, a great husband, dad, and medical provider.  He had a strong Christian Faith.  In September of 2013, Kora received a call from his wife, telling her Steven was struggling and had attempted to take his own life.

Kora says she was scared, paralyzed, and not sure how to help him.  He didn’t want people to know he was suffering, but looking back there were signs and symptoms.  Following his attempt, Steven was hospitalized.  After three days, he called her and said he was being discharged.  Based on how he had just been the day before, she was surprised to say the least.  She went to pick him up, expecting to talk about a discharge plan, but instead he walked out with his phone and a piece of paper.  She says she knew that was not right, but did not realize how broken the mental health system was.  She says that upon his discharge she was told “the place did him more harm than good”.  She realized that over time, they were watching him die.  He had lost weight.  He was not sleeping, and he was in a great deal of pain.  This is a silent and lonely disease.  Most people do not want to talk about mental health, unlike other health issues.  Without support, that won’t change.

A couple of years after his death, Dockter asked for her son’s medical record.  She said the red flags were everywhere once she started reading through them.  It talked about strong family support, although at the time, no one told them how to help him.  It mentioned team meetings and family conferences that did not happen and lacked a safety plan.  She says the biggest mistake was trusting someone else to care for her son.  The system needs to change.

With Zero Suicide, they are working on these changes.  They are working with insurance companies to address reimbursement.  They are talking about the facts that if things are not working right with the brain, the body is also affected.  Dockter also talked about her faith, saying that after the flood of 2011, she sought God again. Little did she know that as she was going through those difficult times, that god was actually preparing her for the time she would bury her child.  She points to that faith as well as she works to change the system.

She says that we are all being pushed to change someone’s life and make a difference.  You are more likely to come across someone that is depressed that someone that needs CPR.  Show them your light, life, and passion.  Help them realize that all life is worth living.  Suicide is a disease that does not discriminate by your race, age, or what you make.  All are at risk.  It is important to create an environment where it is okay to talk about it.  Don’t place judgement and don’t wait.  Tell someone who can make a difference to put the puzzle pieces in place before it is too late.

You can be part of the change.  You can find them on Facebook: ND Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Dockter left the group with the message, “It takes a village to raise a child, and a bigger village to save a child.  Create a village around those that are hurting.”

Those attending were given an insulated cup to take home.  In the cup was a card with the semicolon and a cross.  The message on the card read: “We use the semicolon in writing when we join together two closely related sentences.  The first part of the sentence could be a complete thought on it’s own, however, the writer decided to keep the sentence going.  In the context of mental health, the sentence is your life.  The semicolon represents the decision to continue living, and is a reminder that you have complete power over yourself and your life.  You are the author of your story.  You can choose to keep up the fight, even if there are days were you feel like giving up.  It is a symbol of strength and hope.


Get OFF the Couch and GO Summer Challenge IS BACK!!!!

13 Jun 2018 Events

Stanley, ND – The Mountrail County Health Foundation is teaming up again this year with the Stanley Rec-Stanley Park District and the Stanley Public Schools to issue a challenge to Mountrail County: Get OFF the Couch and GO Summer Challenge!!!

A punch card has been created with different events throughout the summer. All Stanley Public School system children received their punch card and rules last week, along with the flyer for the Back 2 School Bash.  Additional punch cards and rules are available at Town and Country Credit Union, BNC Bank, American Bank Center and the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic.

Rules are that for each event a child/adult completes on the punch card they will receive a stamp. Whoever has the most stamps on their punch card wins a Family ND Getaway Weekend sponsored by the MCHF.  In case of a tie, a drawing will be held for the trip.  Consolation prizes will be Scheels gift cards.  This event is open for all ages.

On Your Own activity you will need to post a photo of you completing the activity on your Facebook page and the TAG the Stanley Rec-Stanley Park District, Mountrail County Health Foundation and the Stanley Blue Jays Facebook pages or send the photo to A representative from the Park District, Foundation or the School will contact you after your fun photo is posted and instruct you how to mark that event completed!

Attend as many of the Scheduled Events below and receive a stamp by a Park District, Foundation or School representative at the event.  Different this year is that prizes sponsored by local businesses will be awarded at certain events. 

  • Swimming for the Day (either pool) – Just go to the pool, swim, show them your punch card and get a stamp.
  • Free Day of Swimming at the outdoor pool (MAY 31st, June 19th, JULY 4th) – Bring your punch card and you get a FREE DAY of swimming and a stamp. All Day Event
  • Indoor Swimming Lessons (June 4th-14th) —Schedule lessons at the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center, bring your punch card and get a stamp.
  • Base Running Competition (7:00 PM – Thursday, June 7th) – Join us at the High School Baseball field, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Event Starts at 7pm. Prizes sponsored by MRC.
  • 3 on 3 basketball Tournament—(5:00 PM – Friday, June 29th) – Join us at Wilson Park, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp Event starts at 5pm. Prizes sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance (Ron Hamers), Norman Mell and Associates, MWEC and Rudolph Electric.
  • Corn Hole Tournament—(Time to be determined – Saturday, June 30th) – Join us at Wilson Park, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. This will be in the afternoon, Keep a look out in the paper & on Facebook for the time! Prizes sponsored by Douglas Anderson, DDS, MDU and Rudolph Electric.
  • 5K SpLaSh dAsH—(8:00 AM – Saturday, June 30th) – Join us at the High School East Parking lot, bring your punch card and participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Ends at the East Parking Lot. Registration starts at 8am.
  • Outdoor Pool Lessons (July 9-19th) —Schedule lessons at the Ray Rude outdoor pool, bring your punch card and get a stamp.
  • Grand Slam Contest—(5:00 PM – Thursday, July 12th) – Join us at the Grade School baseball field, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Event starts at 5pm. Prizes sponsored by Town and Country Credit Union.
  • 5K Bike Ride—(7:00 PM – Sunday, July 15th) – Join us at the High School East Parking lot, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Event starts at 7pm. Prizes sponsored by MWEC.
  • Sand Volleyball —(Time to be Determined – Wednesday, August 1st) – Join us at Wilson Park, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Keep a look out for the time in the paper and on Facebook. Prizes sponsored by Kids Korner Daycare, Diane Hellman and Rudolph Electric.
  • Family Olympics—(7:00 PM – Thursday, August 2nd) – Join us at Wilson Park, bring your punch card, participate or cheer them on and get a stamp. Event Starts at 7pm. Prizes sponsored by MRC, MWEC and Travel Now.
  • Back 2 School Bash—(Friday, August 3rd) – Turn your cards in here! The events runs from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the East parking lot of the High School.

Any questions please contact 629.8990 or send an email to Join in the fun and remember….”You are off to Great Places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”  Dr. Seuss



13 Jun 2018 Events

On Saturday, June 9th, the Mountrail County Health Foundation (MCHF) sponsored their annual Golf Scramble at the Prairie Rose Golf Club in Stanley.  There were 16 teams registered and over $11,755.00 was raised this year. This money will be used to help purchase needed equipment for the Mountrail Bethel Home. Over the past five years, the MCHF has raised $57,910 with the help of our wonderful sponsors and our awesome golfers!!!!

The first place team winners of $400 included: Brock Borud, Brent Borud, Jim Everett and Tom Wilhelmi.  They shot 14 under, with a score of 58.  Three teams, Brian Borud’s, MDU and Brosz Engineering tied at 8 under with a score of 64.  The team of Scott Worthington, Terry Kuntz, Nate Berens and Gayle Cox from Brosz won the $200 second place prize in a coin toss.

Hole prize winners included longest putt for women on Hole #1 was Dawn Evenson. She won a $50 Souris Valley gift card sponsored by Doug Kinnoin Farms.  Longest drive for men on Hole #1 was Tanner Borud. He won a $50 Scheel’s gift card sponsored by Farm Credit.  Longest drive for women on Hole #2 was Pam Nelson.  She won a $50 Scheel’s gift card sponsored by Farm Credit.  Longest putt for men on Hole #2 was Tom Wilhelmi.  He won a $50 Souris Valley gift card sponsored by Doug Kinnoin Farms.  Closest to the pin – 1st shot – on Hole #3 was Dylan Enger.  He won $50 cash sponsored by Health Care Insurance Services.  Closest to the pin – 2nd shot – on Hole #4 was Terry Kuntz.  He won a case of Titleist Pro V1’s sponsored by Trailsmen Court.  Closest to the pin – 1st shot – on Hole #6 was Todd Jorgenson.  He won a UND golf basket sponsored by WE Integrate.  Longest putt for men on Hole #7 was Brock Borud.  He won a case of Titleist Pro V1’s and a bottle of Captain Morgan sponsored by The Leader.  Longest putt for women on Hole #8 was Amy Littlecreek.  She won golf bag sponsored by Secure Energy Services.

Numerous door prizes were also awarded sponsored by Border Plains, Renae Gjellstad, Brosz Engineering, WE Integrate, Ace Hardware, Everett Chiropractic Health Center, Stanley Park District, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of ND, Ina Mae Rude Aquatic/Ann Nicole Nelson Wellness Center and Brandi Bieri of Aflac.

The MCHF wishes to express their gratitude to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors who made this day a great success. We especially want to thank all the golfers that came back out to golf the postponed date and to Cash Wise, Target Logistics, Marilyn Gaebe and the Bethel Home Auxiliary for working with us on the food two weekends in a row!!!

Check out the pictures of the day’s events. They will be located on the newly designed Foundation website at and on their Facebook page.  Mark your calendars for next year’s Scramble which is scheduled for June 1st, 2019.



2018 Golf Scramble 2nd Place Winners


Mountrail County Health Foundation Golfing “Fore” a Cause Golf Scramble – Saturday, June 2nd

16 May 2018 Events


Mountrail County Health Foundation Golfing “Fore” a Cause Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, June 2nd

The Mountrail County Health Foundation will be holding their Annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 2nd at the Prairie Rose Golf Course in Stanley. This golf scramble is sponsored by Pearl Valley Oilfield Services, Dakota Drug, Geneil Vedaa of AFLAC, Mountrail County Farm Bureau, Midstate Telephone, NAPA, Border Plains Equipment, American Bank Center, Secure Energy Services, BNC Bank, EAPC, Lynn Grabow and Springan Furniture. All proceeds raised will benefit equipment enhancements at the Mountrail Bethel Home.

Registration for the 18-Hole Best Ball Golf Scramble starts at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast sponsored by Target Logistics will be provided after registration. A dinner sponsored by Cash Wise, Marilyn Gaebe, and the Mountrail County Bethel Home Auxiliary will follow the day of golf.

Many local businesses such as We Integrate, Health Care Insurance Services, Farm Credit, The Leader, Doug Kinnoin Farms, Pinnacle, Secure Energy Services and Trailsmen Court have donated the hole prizes for longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin.

There will also be six special Hole In One Prizes. A lucky winner of a Hole in One on #3 could win a set of Callaway Irons sponsored by Prairie Ford and a Z540M John Deere lawn mower sponsored by Gooseneck Implement. Hole in One on #5 could win a 2018 Ford Escape Titanium sponsored by Prairie Ford and a $1000 Savings Bond sponsored by American Bank Center. Springan Furniture will be sponsoring a Hole in One contest on #6 with a Lazy Boy Recliner going to the winner along with a LED Flat Screen TV sponsored by Prairie Ford.

Also, there will be a raffle for a chance to win a round of golf and a food/beverage gift card at the Vardon Golf Club sponsored by the Vardon Golf Club or a Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Cooler or a Yeti Fully Loaded 5 Gallon Bucket sponsored by the Mountrail County Health Foundation and Ace Hardware. These tickets will be on sale the day of the scramble for $10.00 a piece or 3 for $20.00.

For more information on the Golf Scramble or if you would like to donate items towards the goodie bags or donate a door prize please contact Steph Everett at 682-1405 or emailing her at