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There are still openings for the next session of Annie's Project, a program developed to help farm and ranch women become better business partners. The session in Dickinson begins on Wednesday, Jan.
The St. Cecelia Music Club is hosting its annual serenade in honor of the late Dorothy Johnson, longtime director of the St. John Lutheran Handbell Choir. The annual fundraising event is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in Dickinson's Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 641 11th St. E., Dickinson. "It's for the general public. It's for parents and grandparents and anyone who enjoys music and is willing to support musical activities in the area," said St. Cecelia President Carma Kulish. Johnson is remembered for fostering her love of music.
Jay Urlacher's interest in the outdoors and the western way of life has led him to pursue antler art, etched glass and custom-crafted knives, bits and spurs. He works as a welder at at Dickinson's Fisher Industries by day and pursues his art by night. He recently purchased a farmstead near Lefor where he winters several horses and works on the art projects. "Basically, it's a second income. I've been drawing since I was a little kid," he said. Urlacher grew up in Dickinson and graduated from Dickinson High School.
The Dickinson High School Concert Chorale under the direction of Michael R. Stevenson is the new Governor's Official State Chorus. "I kind of puffed up three times my normal size," said Stevenson when he was notified of the honor. The announcement came in a press release from the office of Gov. John Hoeven.
The Dickinson St. Benedict's Health Center is presenting its 16th annual candelight dinner with this year's theme "Land of the Spirits." The event is Sunday, Feb. 24, at Dickinson's Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge.
Scranton's Tiffany Krinke, 21, has the opportunity to showcase her singing talent as one of eight finalists in the 2008 Marketplace Talent Search on Jan. 15 in Grand Forks. She qualified to compete after finishing in first place at Bismarck's regional competition. "I've been singing since I probably was 4 years old," said Krinke from her home south of Scranton. "I've always sung for the Bowman County Fair, at football games, funerals and weddings.
Dickinson's Meghan Bartz takes the reader along on her train trip and vacation to Florida in a newly published 51-page book. The book printed by Publish America is titled "A Conquest of Knowledge: St. Augustine by Train." "I wrote it as my senior (writing) project," said Bartz. "It's a daily log of everything that happened." Bartz grew up in Dickinson and had never traveled alone before. "I wanted to find out more about myself. I wanted to become less ignorant about the world," she wrote.
The Best Friends Mentoring Program looks to expand its services in southwestern North Dakota after receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year grant is valued at $188,739 the first year, followed by $185,171 for each of the second and third years. "We received the grant to expand our mentoring services," said Executive Director Kris Fehr. "We're the only one in North Dakota to receive the grant. It is highly competitive. At a grant meeting in Washington, I learned they had over 1,700 applications.
Heather Nelson appreciates the care she receives as a resident of Dickinson's St. Luke's Home. But as a 21-year-old woman, the days can be long and lonely. Heather was born with congenital myopathy. The condition causes loss of muscle tone and muscle weakness. Doctors suggested she could possibly die as a child. But she proved them wrong. She graduated from Richardton-Taylor High School and lived independently in Dickinson until last March. "I needed extra help," she said. "I can use my hands, but I can't walk." Since she arrived at St. Luke's, the disorder has progressed.