Bakken Cookfest a big success

Bakken Oil Companies gather each year to put on a celebration encouraging everyone to take advantage of educational programs they provide, as well as to provide some of the best food in Dunn County.

Bakken Oil Companies gather each year to put on a celebration encouraging everyone to take advantage of educational programs they provide, as well as to provide some of the best food in Dunn County.
Bakken Oil Companies gather each year to put on a celebration encouraging everyone to take advantage of educational programs they provide, as well as to provide some of the best food in Dunn County.

By MAGGIE PIATZStaff Reporter

Bakken Oil Companies gather each year to put on a celebration encouraging everyone to take advantage of educational programs they provide, as well as to provide some of the best food in Dunn County.

This year marked the 6th Annual Bakken Cookfest and, with the help of County Commissioner Daryl Dukart, Dunn Center was selected to host it – quite an honor for the small community.
Marathon Oil was the front-runner to organize and plan this event. 
Tessa Sanstrom represented Marathon and met with the Dunn Center City Council and worked with Mayor Scott Lynch and City Auditor Sadie Lambert to make sure all was covered and ready for the big day. 
A lot of volunteer hours went into cleaning up the community and park; many good people in town contributed to the effort of making this day one to remember.
Joel Heitkamp, radio talk show host, was on hand to air his show from Main Street. He interviewed Lynch and asked him about how the oil impacts have affected the town. 
Cory Ravness, a local businessman with Circle H Engineering, was on hand to answer similar questions, giving his answers from a business perspective.  
N.D. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness, N.D. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchek were on hand for presentations and to answer questions during the educational sessions held at the Marathon Oil offices. They then proceeded to the city park where many displays were set up. 
Over 200 people were estimated to have attended the educational sessions. 
The day was full of sunshine with a light breeze and a lot of happy faces walked through the Dunn Center City Park to view the booths and check out the food each oil company generously shared with the guests. 
Purity Oil Field Services L.L.C. of Williston was on hand to start cooking brisket and ribs at 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The persistence paid off as they were voted in top food booth and received an award for their efforts. 
Another popular food booth was operated by Oil Field Logistic Services of New Orleans as representatives from that company served up Cajun food all afternoon, until 7 p.m. 
About 20 oil companies participated in the cookfest.
Quintana Biffert-Linseth was a real crowd pleaser during her concert in the late afternoon. She sang crowd favorites and gave her all for two hours of “down home” entertainment. 
At the end of the day, Wrigley presented Dukart with a new North Dakota License Plate commemorating North Dakota’s 125th Anniversary this year. Wrigley recognized his efforts to bring the Bakken Cookfest to Dunn Center.  
The City of Dunn Center received donations from Marathon Oil, which will fill in the area where trees were removed at the park with grass. The North Dakota Petroleum Council also gave the city’s park board $2,000 for new trashcans. 
The grants come at a welcome time in Dunn Center as they gear up for another big celebration – the city’s 100th Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sept. 13.


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