- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The newest elementary school in the oil patch hub of Williston has been given an apt name.

The Williston Herald reports (https://bit.ly/24Oahj8 ) that the school for fifth- and sixth-graders will be known as Bakken Elementary School, with the nickname “Wildcats.”

The Bakken is the shale oil formation in western North Dakota. A wildcat is the name given to an oil or gas well drilled in an unproven area.

Community residents voted on the names. Bakken Elementary Wildcats narrowly beat out Little Muddy Elementary Meadowlarks.

The Little Muddy is a tributary of the Missouri River. The western meadowlark is North Dakota’s official state bird.

The elementary school will be in the existing high school, which is being replaced by a new high school under construction.


Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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