The oil and natural gas industry are one big family, and families are nothing without a support system. That’s where Dickinson’s American Petroleum Institute, or API as it is often called, comes in.
Tiffany Steiner, board member and public relations officer at API, said the oil industry loves to give back and Dickinson API and the industry as a whole jump at nearly any opportunity in the community.
“The oil and gas industry, the people are the greatest people you will ever meet. They’re the kindest people, they would do anything for you and they’re just, truly family,” she said.
Near the end of last year, Dickinson API President Mark Tangen teamed up with Gravity Oilfield Service in Dickinson, and with Trevor Waddell provided pallets of snacks to all of the local schools.
API also helps local high school seniors have the prom night of their dreams.
“We always sponsor the high school prom. If any high school does a prom after-party, they normally reach out to us and that’s one thing we always like to help out with just because it’s a safe way for high schoolers to all be together and celebrate prom,” Steiner said.
API serves local students after high school by awarding scholarships to those who apply. In the past year, the organization gave away $24,000 in local scholarships, according to Steiner.
Applicants were not required to attend college within the Dickinson area or the state of North Dakota, a uniqueness among most scholarship opportunities. Some of the 2020 recipients are attending colleges in Minnesota and South Dakota, API said.
Last year’s COVID-19 restrictions left nearly everyone stuck at home with few opportunities for outdoor activities. That did not stop API from hosting outdoor events on the Western Edge.
“(COVID) didn’t affect API too much...we were able to have a couple of our summer events because we were able to space and wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) if someone was wanting to,” Steiner said.
Dickinson API will also be hosting both a Trap Shoot on July 7 at registration beginning at 12:45 p.m. and Bakken at the Ballpark event in the coming weeks and months.
Baaken at the Ballpark will take place at Dakota Community Bank and Trust Ballpark in Dickinson, beginning at 5 p.m. on July 7.
The $40 ticket will cover an all-you-can-eat ballpark buffet, as well as all of the non-alcoholic drinks one could desire through the third inning.
According to Dickinson API’s website, the game opens at 5 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m. MST.
API also hosts a variety of other events such as the Gumbo Cookoff which entered its third year in 2021.
On Mar. 18 booths filled with various companies such as Thru Tubing; KLX Energy Services; Midas Muffler; Ironworks, Inc; King Pinn Energy Service; Twin Falls Oil Service, LLC and more.
A drilling technology company, Helmerich and Payne, Inc., took home first place in the Gumbo Cookoff.
In addition to these events, API continues to host monthly meetings at the Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson, with each meeting beginning with a 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by a 7 p.m. meeting with a guest speaker.
The organization hosts a variety of high-profile speakers such as Marathon Oil’s VP of Operations and even U.S. Congressman Kelly Armstrong.
These meetings are open to anyone willing to become a member of the organization. Becoming a member of the organization can be done online or at the meeting for $30 per year.
A full course meal for each meeting costs $20, this covers a large plate of food, dessert and drinks.
During the months of June, July and August, the organization will be taking a “summer break” from meetings, something Dickinson API also does in December.