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Rotary learns about ND energy

Brian Kalk, Ph.D, director of Energy Systems Development, was the guest speaker at the most recent Jamestown Rotary Club meeting. He was introduced by Rotarian Beth Martin. Kalk is a former U.S. Marine soldier and North Dakota public service commissioner. He works for the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), which is located at the University of North Dakota.

Kalk said North Dakota has a strong team of industry partners, state organizations and universities dedicated to a more prosperous, cleaner and brighter energy future. Goals for the EERC include reaching at least 2 million barrels of oil production per day through new technologies. Other goals include capitalizing on agricultural and energy synergies, maximizing use of natural gas, eliminating pipeline leaks, enhancing reliability and energy export opportunities, taking full advantage of North Dakota’s 25 billion tons of recoverable lignite, and informing the world on energy and environmental topics. He said energy security is national security. At present only 8 to 9 percent of the oil is being taken out of the ground.

Flaring of natural gas has been reduced to 5 percent, a big improvement, he said. In replying to a question about wind power, he said only 10 to 15 percent of electricity can be generated this way.

Erin Paulson passed out a signup sheet for the Oct. 17 Ag Luncheon. National Honor Society student guests were Emma Bennett and Samara McDermid. They were introduced by Rotarian Mark Sherfy.

Bennett is a senior at Jamestown High School, was a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards student, is involved in figure skating and choir and plans to attend the University of Jamestown next fall. McDermid is a junior at JHS and is involved in speech, drama and choir and hopes to attend college for music education.

Paulson presided over the meeting, Beth Martin gave the invocation, and Tom Boerger collected “Happy Dollars” to support Rotary projects. Gail Martin led the music with Mark Reeves on the piano.

The Tuesday, Oct. 10, meeting will be introduced by Larry Motacek. Cali Johnston is the sergeant-at-arms, Jen Bollingberg will have the invocation, and Eric Monson will be the music leader.