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The West Dakota Parent and Family Resource Center teaches parents how to put the fun back into parenting. It has resources to help children gear up for kindergarten and students to successfully emerge into adolescence. The center, located at 336 5th Street W.
Dickinson's Prairie Rose Center employee Fran Knaup calls out bingo numbers for the afternoon entertainment on Wednesday. "Bingo!" calls center volunteer Norman Thorson. "False alarm," said Knaup as he continues calling numbers. After a winner is announced, everyone wants to play one last game before the center closed for the day. Twenty people remained after lunch to relax at the center located in the basement of the Community Action Partnership building at 202 East Villard.
The United Way of Dickinson is launching its 47th campaign with a football kickoff theme -- a tailgating party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Dan's Supermarket, North. "What's better than a kickoff theme," said Boyd Meduna, campaign chairperson. "We'll be selling brats, a Coke and chips for $2 and all proceeds go to the United Way. Everyone will have an opportunity to come." Agency representatives will be on hand to visit about their programs, he said. "Come and learn more about United Way. When I do make a donation, here's where my dollars are going.
The second month since a July 8 tornado swept through south Dickinson marks a time of optimism for Lora and Micheal Berger and their 1-year-old daughter, Regan. Lora Berger said that contractors are about to start reconstruction on their home destroyed by the tornado at 519 Third Ave. S.W. "They have equipment there right now.
The Dickinson Chapter of Youth for Christ gathered for pizza at Dickinson High School on Thursday. It was the students' first meeting of the year under the guidance of a new ministry director, Jason Starinieri. Starinieri is an ordained pastor who serves at Calvary Chapel in Dickinson. He and his wife Leah are the parents of three children, John, Hannah and Lydia. They lived in California before moving to Bismarck where he served as pastor for three years.
A steady stream of families filed into the AMEN Food Pantry on Tuesday, seeking boxes of food to carry them through the next two weeks. Marie Castro, who recently moved to Dickinson from Montana, visited the food pantry for the first time. She found a job and apartment, but her salary doesn't cover food expenses. Joletta just returned to Dickinson and experienced the July tornado. She too, needed assistance. "It's very helpful.
A "Clean Start Drive" is being initiated for Dickinson's AMEN Food Pantry. The drive for cleaning and household products is coordinated by AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Chelsea Mann. She is assigned to the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP)-Plus Dakota West office. "I'm doing this project for the National Day of Service (Sept. 11), which was recently created by the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act," she added. People in the community are asked to donate cleaning products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.
Families affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia have a place to turn for support and education. Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Center hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group that meets monthly under the guidance of Donalda Binstock, licensed certified social worker. The support group is for anyone in the community who has a loved one affected by either Alzheimer's or dementia, living in a facility or their own homes, she said. The group meets at 2 p.m. every third Wednesday in Benedict Court's family room.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has drastically changed the lives of the Cofer family of Dickinson. While Rocky Cofer keeps a busy schedule as principal at Trinity High School, his wife, Sheila, receives care at St. Benedict's Health Center. "She was diagnosed about 8 years ago with early onset Alzheimer's," he said. Cofer shares their experiences to raise awareness for the upcoming Alzheimer's Memory Walk and 5K Race on Saturday.