Educators from a four state region are in Minot this week -- getting a first hand account of what is making news in the region.
The North Dakota Geographic Alliance Summer Institute kicked off today with a session at Ramstad Middle School.
'Oil, Water and the People of North Dakota' is the theme this year.
More than two dozen teachers are here -- hearing about those topics.
Minot was selected as the site this year because the area has had plenty of experience with those topics recently...so there is a great chance to learn.
(Scott Weston) "We will be taking them around the city of Minot and show them the flood damage and some of the prosperous things that have come to our town. We will also go to the Bakken and will get some tours provided by some of the oil companies out there."
Those tours will include getting onto a drilling site to see firsthand what goes into tapping the land for oil.
Weston says this week of education for the teachers will hopefully lead to discussions in classrooms next year about what is going on in the region.
(Scott Weston) "Bring back to their classrooms little lesson plans or information tidbits so when people ask what is going on out in Minot or out in Williston, hopefully they will be able to give them an idea of what is happening out here so they learn a little bit about our region."
Tomorrow, the group will tour areas of Minot that were flooded -- and Wednesday they head to the heart of the Bakken for the oil portion of the class.