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This undated photo, courtesy of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, shows a 'walking' rig near Killdeer.
This undated photo, courtesy of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, shows a 'walking' rig near Killdeer.

Public outreach and service take center stage at NDPC annual meeting

Bismarck, N.D. – Public service and outreach took center stage on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson, MHA Nation Councilman Ken Hall, Chief of Staff to the Governor Ron Rauschenberger, and Wyoming Casing Service President Steve Halvorson were recognized for their work on behalf of both the public and the energy industry.

“These four individuals have dedicated their time, resources and passion in helping safely and responsibly develop our resources while building a stronger economy for our communities and state,” said NDPC President Ron Ness. “We extend our greatest appreciation to each for their service to our state and industry.”

This year year’s honorees are:

NDPC Hall of Fame – Al Anderson, Commissioner, North Dakota Department of Commerce

This year’s inductee into the NDPC Hall of Fame is Al Anderson. Anderson currently serves as the Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce where he oversees the lead agency responsible for attracting, retaining and expanding wealth in North Dakota. Prior to that, he spent 30 years as a leader in the oil and gas industry, serving on the management team for the Tesoro Corporation and as a board member and chairman of the board for the NDPC.

“For more than three decades, Al has been a stalwart of our state and the industry,” said Kathy Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service and the 2015 Hall of Fame inductee. “Throughout those years, he has demonstrated a commitment to education and responsible development of our resources to help the state meet its economic, environmental and energy security priorities. Today, he continues to dedicate his time and resources to further developing our economy.”

Recipients of this honor must have contributed significantly to the functions and activities representing oil and gas in North Dakota, working on behalf of NDPC membership and be committed to the industry and organization’s well-being. For more information on the NDPC Hall of Fame and other inductees, visit www.ndoil.org. 

Outstanding Service Award – Wyoming Casing President Steve Halvorson

Steve Halvorson is being honored for Outstanding Service by an industry leader. Halvorson is the president of Wyoming Casing, a service company that has been providing crews and equipment to meet the needs of oil and gas customers in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 35 years. Wyoming Casing employs more than 550 people and is among the most involved companies in Bakken communities, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours to charitable causes and public service.

“Steve has been a dedicated servant and representative for the industry for decades, helping build relationships within the community through his leadership with the Dickinson API Chapter and participation with the NDPC Oil Can! events and Teacher Seminar,” said Ness. “He is exemplary of the dedication to and passion for the community that this industry seeks in every one of its employees.”

Outstanding Public Service Award – MHA Nation Councilman Ken Hall

Councilman L. Kenneth Hall was elected to the MHA Nation Tribal Business Council in 2012 and represents the largest population segment, the North Segment.  Hall has chosen not to seek re-election to another term on the Tribal Council.

With the Tribal Council support, he has re-established the North Segment Community Development Corporation to oversee all development in the North Segment.  His office publishes a monthly Newsletter and uses social media to keep members informed and to give them access through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

“Ken has worked extremely hard the past two legislative sessions and stood side-by-side with industry to deliver better laws related to oil and gas on the MHA Nation,” said Ness. “Ken has been a respected voice for his segment and the people of the MHA Nation and he will be missed. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Councilman Hall is married to his wife Cara Currie Hall and they live in the North Segment in New Town with their daughter Faith.

Outstanding Public Service Award – Ron Rauschenberger, Chief of Staff to the Governor

Ron Rauschenberger has served the state of North Dakota for more than 16 years serving first as Chief of Staff for then-Governor John Hoeven, as well as current Governor Jack Dalrymple. In this capacity, he has helped advise both governors and advance policies that have helped create a positive business climate, leading to dramatic economic growth. This, in turn, has allowed the state to invest in its priorities, including education, infrastructure and individual and property tax relief.

“There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, and much of that work often goes unseen,” said Ness. “Very few have put in as many hours and energy into helping advance our great state than Ron Rauschenberger.”

Prior to serving in the Governor’s office, Rauschenberger was a small business owner in Kenmare where he and his wife Laurie raised his two daughters, Pam and Kate, and his son Ryan, who is currently serving as North Dakota’s Tax Commissioner.

“The success of business is extremely dependent upon many things but one important factor is the business climate within the state where we live and operate our businesses,” said NDPC President Ron Ness. “Both Ken and Ron have displayed their excellence in public service and ability to improve the business climate in the state while ensuring that all parties are treated fairly and rules and policies are followed.”

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