Mandan News

Local teachers explore lignite plants

Submitted photo Mandan area teachers (l-r) Thai Haggin, Seth Peterson, Brent Schafer, Sherilyn Johnson and Jamie Wenstrom toured the Milton R. Young Station, BNI Coal’s Center Mine and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant as part of the recent Lignite Energy Council Teachers’ Seminar.  (Submitted photo)

Submitted photo
Mandan area teachers (l-r) Thai Haggin, Seth Peterson, Brent Schafer, Sherilyn Johnson and Jamie Wenstrom toured the Milton R. Young Station, BNI Coal’s Center Mine and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant as part of the recent Lignite Energy Council Teachers’ Seminar. (Submitted photo)

Area teachers learn about lignite industry at 29th annual lignite education seminar

More than 120 elementary and secondary teachers experienced a role reversal in June, as they became the students at an educational seminar conducted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar, held June 16 – 19, at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The seminar, titled “2014 Lignite Education Seminar: Energy, Economics and Environment,“ provided teachers with the information and educational materials they need to teach their students how lignite is mined and used to produce energy for homes, farms and businesses in the Upper Midwest. The seminar covered lignite’s economic impact on the region, as well as important environmental issues affecting the lignite industry.


As part of the seminar, the teachers toured the Center Mine, Milton R. Young Station, Falkirk Mine, Coal Creek Station, the Freedom Mine, Antelope Valley Station and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

Teachers who attended the seminar and completed a lesson plan could choose from three North Dakota universities from which to receive their graduate credits: University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and Minot State University.