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Badlands rancher and cowboy poet Bill Lowman had the opportunity to celebrate the Western way of life during the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held Jan. 23-31 at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev. He participated in five performances and was invited to teach a four-hour class on visual art during the week-long event. A charter member of the Western Folklife Center, Lowman also was asked to write an essay about what cowboy poetry means to him. "I am proud to defend the fact that cowboy poetry is not a competition. It is a sharing of a tradition," he said.
The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its second annual Fat Tuesday -- an evening of Creole food, jazz music and games -- on Tuesday, Feb.
People waited patiently outside the community room at the Dickinson Area Public Library on Tuesday for an opportunity to consult with an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer. By the end of the afternoon, several of the clients were asked to come back because the Tax-Aide volunteers couldn't keep up with the demand. "They waited yesterday, I'll tell you," said local program coordinator Ben Frank. The Tax-Aide program was launched on Tuesday for the season and continues through April 14. It takes up to 45 minutes to complete the tax-filing process. "We want to do it correctly, that's the main thing.
The community of Medora is hosting an afternoon and evening of entertainment for Valentine's Day with its "Romance in the Badlands." The Chateau de Mores State Historic Site Interpretive Center is featuring several events as part of the celebration. Chocolate and more Karen Nelson is presenting the PowerPoint program titled "Torn From the Tabloids: The Life and Loves of the de Mores Boys" at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the interpretive center.
The Cabin Fever Benefit has become known for featuring unique auction items. This year is no exception. The benefit for the Bismarck Ronald McDonald House is Saturday at the Dickinson Eagles Club. It starts at 4 p.m. with a social and silent auction, beef barbecue and music by Midnight Ride. The Dickinson Roughrider Commission is sponsoring the benefit for the 18th year. Bidding for the larger items is held throughout the evening.
With $300,000 on the line, student Talon Staudinger and his partner, Kenneth Knudson crossed their fingers that their answer was correct. The question from the TV game show, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" was: "There are 31 days in December -- true or false?" The answer was true and the group at Dickinson's St. Luke's Home continued on its winning roll. The residents played the game with the Butch Hrouda's fifth graders from Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday. St. Luke's Activities Director Joyce Decker initiated the game several months ago.
The Dickinson Catholic Schools are following the theme of "Celebrate Service" as they prepare to observe Catholic Schools Week 2009. The week is celebrated nationally the last week in January, this year Jan.
The 2009 Trinity Mardi Gras offers entertainment for all ages -- from magic of the mind and comic ventriloquism to local family music. Entertainment Chairman Allen Klein has secured the Mystical Minds and ventriloquist David Malmberg as the premiere performers of the show on Friday. Mystical Minds features Dickinson's Ron Rhoades and Greg Wilkins. Their presentation is filled with comedy and astonishment. Rhoades has been a disc jockey for mobile entertainment companies, while Wilkinson is a DJ and owner of a mobile DJ company.
One of southwestern North Dakota's biggest winter celebrations is about to begin. The 45th annual Trinity Mardi Gras takes place Friday through next Sunday at Dickinson's Trinity High School. General Chairman Kevin Weiler credits the many volunteers who make the annual event possible. "It's all about volunteering," he said. "It takes all the parents and all the kids. The students are asked to give up their time for the weekend. They help set up the kitchen. They're there helping in booths with their parents.