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The aroma of freshly baked bread, pizza and desserts drift throughout the hallways at Dickinson High School. Baking with a state-of-the-art oven and new work stations is enjoyed by students in the family and consumer science department. The department has undergone a remodeling transformation during the past two years.
The Dickinson Midgettes dance and drill team is kicking up its heels in preparation for the dance team competition being hosted at Dickinson High School on Saturday, Jan. 6. The team's confidence to do well was heightened after winning two trophies during the Bismarck High School invitational on Dec. 16. The team placed third in jazz dance and fourth in high kick. "It was excellent for the Dickinson team. Everyone was so amazed," said director Audrey Hermes. "It's just fun to have something to feel good about." About 12 teams participated at the Bismarck competition.
Newly elected AMVETS Post 22 Commander John J. Dutchuk of Dickinson has set the goal of increasing membership in the organization during the next year. He said membership is open to any person who is serving or who has served in the United States armed forces.
New Year's Day has an extra special meaning to Beatrice Walter of Dickinson. She is celebrating her 100th birthday on Jan. 1, 2007. Walter's family celebrated her life during an open house on Dec. 26 at the Eagles Club. More than 100 members of her family and friends were in attendance. "It was wonderful. A lot of neighbors came," said granddaughter Valerie Thoennes, who lives in Minneapolis. Walter's family prepared a program about her life, telling of her birth on Jan. 1, 1907, near Sheffield.
Did you ever own a Rambler, Lincoln Continental or "Beetle?" Would you like to learn more about the Corvette, Oldsmobile, Porsche or Studebaker? Trivia about these vehicles and many more are packed into 24 books donated to the Dickinson Public Library by the Dakota Western Auto Club. The presentation was recently made by members of the club. Club President Bud Olson especially enjoyed the book about recreational vehicles, while Caroline Heidt liked reading about motorcycles dating back to 1898 and American funeral vehicles. Arlene Retzlaf liked the book about electric vehicles and bicycles
Some of the best Christmas gifts aren't wrapped with ribbons and bows. The gifts can't be opened by hand, but they can touch the heart and soul. Many people in the Dickinson community are sharing the gift of music with residents at assisted living facilities. Age doesn't matter. Little children, young adults and senior citizens find the time to entertain during the holidays. Children Jefferson Elementary School's kindergarten and sixth grade students teamed up to entertain at Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Care Center.
The students and staff of Dickinson's Trinity Elementary School celebrated Christmas with a wassail tea and Golden Mass on Thursday before dismissal for the holidays. Students donated canned goods, which were wrapped in holiday paper and displayed across the stage of the auditorium.
The Dorcas Society is helping area families celebrate Christmas with extra joy this season through donations of food, toys, scarves and gloves. Dorcas seeks to help needy families in the community, said President Sue Moore. "We target ones with children. We have so many families this year," she said. "We find them through social services, that's our main resource, and through schools and churches." Dorcas holds two fundraisers -- a fall benefit and a spring wine taster. Donations are used to help the families throughout the year.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is one way for older Americans to give a gift of time to their community. Evelyn and Richard Wehner volunteer throughout the year. During the holidays, they wrap gifts at the Prairie Hills Mall. Other days, they assist at the ARC-Aide Thrift Shop or stuff envelopes for United Way. '"You name it, we do it," said Evelyn. A favorite activity is the Park and Recreation's Halloween party. "That's a fun one. I love seeing the little kids in their outfits," she added. Leona Jilek recently moved into Dickinson from a farm located north of Belfield.
The kindergarten students at Dickinson's Roosevelt Elementary School recently entertained their families with a Christmas program written by their teacher Sue Biesiot. "It's a tradition," she said. Biesiot imagines what children are thinking about during the holiday season. "It's all the things children love at Christmas time, from baking cookies to snow coming down, to toys at the mall and ringing of bells," she said. Children become Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer or elves at the North Pole. "I like to get all the kids on stage three times, from bells to peppermint sticks to Christmas tr