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Event is a good fit for oil business in North Dakota

Minot, N.D. (September 8, 2014) - They're an elite bunch; independence and resilience runs through their veins. They're highly respected for what they do, and they're high profile.

No, it's not just the cowboys at the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo, but there's a new "gun" in town ... crane operators.

For the first time, the Y's Men's Rodeo will host a crane operator and rigger skills competition on the Saturday of rodeo weekend.

The crane operator's clinic, formerly called a crane rodeo, is a way for crane operators to showcase their skills in a competition with other operators.

It takes a lot of skill to be a crane operator, using machinery to transport heavy loads, like construction materials around a job site, or earth around a mine. "Crane operators are an elite group," says Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of the Crane Institute Certification. "Crane operators are an elite group, who are often the most visible link in the (work) chain."

Crane operator competitions have been going on since 2011. They've grown to nine regional competitions across the nation. The two top winners from the Minot competition will go on to the championship event, which will be held in the fall of 2015 in conjunction with a nationwide construction equipment trade show.

The crane competition was a natural fit for the Y's Men's Rodeo, says Max Weppler, committeeman with the rodeo. "There are cranes all over the state with the oil business, and it's big business in North Dakota. We're hoping the additional event for the weekend will give fans another good reason to come to the Y's Men's Rodeo."

Crane operators will compete in three events: the headache ball challenge (placing the headache ball into barrels); maneuvering 55-gallon drums of water through an obstacle course; and raising a pipe to a vertical position then placing it between a set of cones. The operator is also assessed on his knowledge of basic rigging principles.

The crane operator competition runs from 8 am to 5 pm on October 11 at the State Fair Center. Crane operators can sign up to compete by visiting www.craneinstitutecertification.com/news/regional-events/.

Admission to the crane operator competition is free. Tickets to the Y's Men's Rodeo, October 9-12, can be purchased online at www.MinotYsMensRodeo.com or at the gate. The rodeo performances begin at 6:30 pm on Oct. 9-11 and at 1:30 pm on October 12.

For more information, visit the rodeo's website at MinotYsMensRodeo.com or call 701.852.5577.

- ### - Cutline: A crane operator performs one of the tasks during a crane operator and rigger skills competition. The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo will host a competition on October 11 at the State Fair Center in Minot.


Move made for convenience of rodeo fans

Minot, N.D. (September 2, 2014) - The Minot Y's Men's Rodeo is taking another step into the electronic age.

Tickets for its annual rodeo, which is October 9-12, will be sold online.

The move was made to benefit the fans, says 2014 chairman Rob Buchholz. "Our thought is, we're attempting to make it easier for our customers, so, right from their computer or smart phone, they can purchase their tickets. They won't need to go to a separate location to buy them."

The tickets are on sale now at the rodeo website (MinotYsMensRodeo.com) and will also be available at the gate the nights of the rodeo.

Online ticket sales will also help the committee with better analytics. "With a system like we have, we'll know exactly where we're at, which tickets are sold, and it'll help us identify our customers better," Buchholz said. "We encourage fans to get their tickets online, and not wait till the days of the shows," Buchholz said. "Ticket sales have been strong, and we don't want any disappointed fans who can't purchase tickets because they're sold out."

This year's rodeo is the 60th annual event; for the past seven years, the rodeo has been home to the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals, the championship event for PRCA rodeo competition in North Dakota and South Dakota.

The rodeo will begin at 6:30 pm on October 9-11, and at 1:30 pm on October 12. Ticket prices are $30 for gold seating and $20 for silver seating (for adults) and $10 for silver seating for children ages 4-12. For more information, visit the rodeo's website and Facebook page (MinotYsMensRodeo.com and facebook.com/minotysmensrodeo) or call 701-852-5577.

- ### - Cutline: Saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere rides at the 2013 Minot Y's Men's Rodeo. For the first time, tickets for this year's rodeo, October 9-12 at the State Fair Center in Minot, will be sold online.