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Special Occasions owner Rosie Decker and her employees have launched a celebration of the shop's 40th anniversary as a downtown business in Dickinson. While six different owners have managed the shop since 1977, their philosophy to shop locally, to give back and support the community has not. Decker felt it was fitting to invite all the previous owners for an afternoon of reflection on Wednesday, June 1. Everyone attended with stories to share.
The North Dakota Rodeo Association will kick off its rodeo season in the Ranch-O-Rama rodeo arena on the east side of Medora, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2 and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Rodeo was established in Medora during the early 1900s, when the Medora Round-up Rodeo was created to be a regular event. It lasted for several decades; then, for whatever reason, rodeo fell by the wayside in Medora and was revived, five years ago, by the NDRA.
Cowboys and cowgirls will be escorting more than 30 bronc mares, colts and other horses through downtown Medora at 3 p.m. and 10 a.m., on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, prior to the Medora NDRA Badlands Rodeo. Performances are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m.. on Saturday.
The Dickinson High School speech team placed second at the 65th annual Class A speech tournament held recently at Jamestown High School. The tournament is sponsored by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. Valley City captured first with 90 points, followed by Dickinson with 76 points. West Fargo Sheyenne took third while fourth was a tie between West Fargo and Bismarck St. Mary's. "We sent 24 kids to state who qualified in 35 events," speech team advisor Nathan Amberg said.
Mike Herauf, Elizabeth Yoder and Rachel Andrus will talk about their high school experiences when they speak at Dickinson High School's commencement ceremony. Graduation starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, in the high school gymnasium. Mike Herauf "I'm doing the humorous speech," said Mike Herauf. "Basically it's about my experiences at the high school. A lot of people can relate to some of the stuff I did. It's to pay respect to the many great relationships I've made throughout the year, but put into a humorous way."
Trinity High School seniors Zoe Fath and Abigayle Jones will reflect on how the school has prepared them for the future when the speak during commencement ceremonies. Trinity's graduation starts with a Rose Mass at 2 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church. The commencement ceremonies start at 3:30 p.m. in the THS Auditorium on Sunday, May 28. Zoe Fath
The Artistic Exchange Dance Studio is celebrating the arrival of summer with its recital, “Summer Time Madness.” “All of our dances will have something to do with summer,” studio owner Megan VanSon said. “We have kids dancing with beach balls or surf boards, and every year we have a decorated stage.” The recital is 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Stickney Auditorium at Dickinson State University. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for students ages 5-18.
Joe Herold fills boxes of groceries for the needy at the AMEN Food Pantry. Jerry Schneider loads up furniture for families in need at the House of Manna. Nancy Callahan helps customers at the ARC Aid Thrift Store. They are the faces of the RSVP+ volunteers who work behind the scenes in Dickinson. While they may stay on as volunteers, the program they represent -- RSVP+ -- may be terminated unless a new sponsor is awarded a federal grant, said outgoing RSVP+ Dickinson regional specialist Rick Gordon.
Barb Binstock treasures her remaining days as a first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. She is keeping the days as normal as possible for her students -- teaching subjects such as reading, math or science. Her students are looking forward to the class picnic and a barbecue on the day of school, but the countdown is relentless. She plans to retire May 25 after 40 years of education. “It’s bittersweet -- it really is. It will be a very sad last day,” she said.
The Crossing pastry chef Michelle Kauffman takes her time when she builds a Tiramisu Budino—a decadent dessert featuring custard, a brandy savoiardi, mocha cream, dark chocolate and chocolate-drizzled ladyfingers. Her job calls for creativity and artistry, along with a willingness to try new desserts. "We try a new dessert menu every quarter at The Crossing," she said. Many of her recipes have a touch of chocolate, but not all. Last quarter she made a lemon tart and a 11-layer cake.