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Area teachers learn about lignite industry

Local teachers who attended the an educational seminar on the lignite industry (back, l-r) William Fleck, who lives and teaches in Mandan, Jody Jarding, Jordan King, Luke Mellmer, Tim Meyer and Tiffany Moos, who live in Bismarck, and teach in Mandan, (front, l-r) Jody Netzer and Shereen Schwagler, who live in Mandan, and teach in Bismarck, and Tawni Steffan and Jackie Williamson, who live and teach in Mandan. Submitted photo

Local teachers who attended the an educational seminar on the lignite industry (back, l-r) William Fleck, who lives and teaches in Mandan, Jody Jarding, Jordan King, Luke Mellmer, Tim Meyer and Tiffany Moos, who live in Bismarck, and teach in Mandan, (front, l-r) Jody Netzer and Shereen Schwagler, who live in Mandan, and teach in Bismarck, and Tawni Steffan and Jackie Williamson, who live and teach in Mandan. Submitted photo

More than 130 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 17 to 20 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa and North Dakota.

The seminar, titled “2013 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.

Since 1986, more than 3,000 teachers have attended the Lignite Energy Council’s teacher education seminar.