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Yuletyme fundraiser highlights Germany

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Dickinson State University Foundation and the Alumni Association's 14th Annual Yuletyme fundraiser celebrated Germany Saturday at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.

"Every year we feature a different country as the theme," said Mark Versen, assistant director of DSU alumni and donor donations.

The event raises money for scholarships and foundation expenses, he added.

Yuletyme began with a social and silent auction. Ron and Ann Christensen, Minnesota residents whose son, Jake, is enrolled at DSU, attended the event.

"It's nice," Ann said. "They do a lot of good for the students."

The university's food service catered German dishes to 14 host homes across the city.

"It's an authentic German meal," Versen said.

Those attending the event took party busses to the homes.

Susie Lefor, a Dickinson resident, was excited to host the meal in her home. She has been involved with the event in the past and hosted for the first time Saturday.

"It's a pretty big function," Lefor said. "I think the University benefits our city and I think we need to give back to the University."

She knew some of the 14 people who came to her home for supper, but some she had never met before they entered her dining room.

Attendants took party busses back to the Ramada for a live auction Saturday evening.

The night concluded with a dance.

About $31,500 worth of items, including a signed REO Speedwagon guitar, were donated to the fundraiser and auctioned off at the event, Versen said. He expected the event to bring in about that much money.

Last year, the event raised $29,000, Versen said.