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The day begins early at the Karsky Dairy, owned and operated by Dean and LeeAnn Karsky, of rural Dickinson. By 4 a.m., Dean is milking the first of 180 cows. Not long after, his daughter, Rachel Howie, arrives from Dickinson to help milk and feed the calves. After four hours of milking, Dean still has barns to clean, straw to lay down or feed to grind and distribute. He might be tied up with a cow that is having difficulty calving. Rachel heads back home. Dean takes a break at 10 a.m. to eat, and by 3 p.m., the four-hour milking routine starts all over again.
Haley Schallmo, 14, felt like a princess when her wish was revealed during last year’s Make-A-Wish Benefit at Dickinson. Standing on the stage of a make-believe castle with pageant princesses, she learned she’d be having dinner with the Disney princesses. Excited?
Miss America Cara Mund has a passion for Make-a-Wish and it’s power to help children. She will share her experiences with the foundation when she participates in the 17th annual Make-A-Wish Benefit in Dickinson on Saturday, March 17. “Anytime it’s for North Dakota Make-A-Wish, I try to make it happen,” Mund said while on tour.
Twelve volunteers from the Northern Plains Conference -- United Church of Christ helped finish a community center, taught first aid and and led children’s Bible classes during a People-to-People mission trip to Ecuador, Feb. 8-16.
Guitar and marimba melodies can excite spirit or soothe the soul. For the first year, eighth-graders at Dickinson Middle School have the option of learning how to play the instruments, taught by music specialist Laurae Dykema.
The first-ever Brave the Shave in Dickinson -- a benefit to help kids with cancer -- will be held Saturday, April 7. Organizing the event, the Dickinson State University Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program, is looking for participants to shave or cut their hair. Paige Lillis, who is a TR scholar at Dickinson State, said the program is modeled after the Brave the Shave event in Bismarck.
WATFORD CITY—Red Rock Auto is posed to meet Watford City's need for a new-car dealership in town. Construction is underway on the showroom, and it's projected to open this summer. The family-owned business will be co-managed by the Nelson brothers—Alex and Adam. Red Rock Ford is the third dealership started by the Nelson family in western North Dakota. Alex is general manager of Red Rock Ford, which recently opened in Dickinson, and Adam manages Red Rock Ford in Williston. Watford City will be a franchise for Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram.
NEW ENGLAND -- Nine-month-old Henley Johnson doesn’t know it yet, but her health is about to greatly improve, thanks to a stranger living thousands of miles away. A bone marrow donor has been found for Henley, daughter of Jessica and Kyle Johnson of rural New England. “Basically, the bone marrow transplant will give her a new blood system -- new hemoglobin, new platelets, and white blood cells (neutrophils) that fight infection,” Jessica said.
Nine Dickinson State University athletes plan to spend their spring break in Uganda, where they will present a three-day sports camp while sharing their faith. They will represent the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a nondenominational athletic ministry for coaches and athletes. As an outreach, FCA teams go around the nation and the world to reach kids through sports camps, said Tyler Doohen, the Dickinson State FCA chaplain and leader.
A Wine and Cheesecake Shindig is an opportunity to enjoy an evening with friends, while supporting the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel. “Last year we had a phenomenal turnout,” said Kayla Messall, direct services provider. “I honestly think it's because we have such a great community -- people truly care about what we do and believe in us.”