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Twelve students from the Dickinson Hagen Junior High School chapter of the Technology Student Association have qualified to participate in the national TSA competition. They became eligible for nationals after placing first in competitions held during the state TSA convention in Mandan. "They were excellent. It's a a tradition, I guess," said TSA Advisor Erwin Van Veldhuizen. "I'm surprised so many qualified." Examples of the competition include a flight challenge where students study the principles of flight in order to fabricate and test fly gliders.
Dickinson State University international students from eight countries are sharing their culture with Dickinson-area sixth graders through the fourth annual "World Voices -- Ambassadors for Understanding." "It's a premier project for DSU. It only gets better as we fine-tune it," said World Voices coordinator Marty Odermann-Gardner. She serves on a World Voices Committee, which sets the direction for the program. "Really, it's a joint project between DSU and area schools," she said.
A variety of new wines and hors d'oeuvres are being served during the fifth annual Dorcas Wine Tasting. The social event is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Dickinson Elks Lodge. "People can come at any time to sample a variety of wines provided by Ponderosa," said member Sue Moore. Dorcas is providing the appetizers. "The recipes come from the members. We call it a food and wine experience," she said. Decorations are centered around a Tuscany theme. "We use all our own dishes. Everything is served on platters and trays provided by the members.
Dickinson's Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews participated in the annual Scouting for Food on Saturday in the city. "We have 5,600 pounds of food so far and more is coming in. We're very close to what we did last year," said Bill Anderson, scouting executive for the Roughrider District of the Northern Lights Council. Similar food drives were held throughout southwestern North Dakota.
The Dickinson Trinity High School senior class is observing the season of Lent with the third annual "Living Stations of the Cross." Performances are at 7 p.m. tonight, March 16, and Wednesday, March 19, in the Trinity auditorium. "It's growing more than we ever could have imagined.
Jack "Shorty" Fude's interest in wildlife conservation has inspired him to build and place several wood duck nesting boxes along the Crooked Crane Trail which encircles Patterson Lake. The trail passes near areas of cattail-filled sloughs and mature trees -- the perfect habitat for wood ducks. To erect the nesting boxes, Shorty recently called on help from his son, Joe. Using a ladder, the houses were attached to the trees with plumber's strap. The boxes were filled with several inches of sawdust as nesting material.
Forty-five students from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn., stopped in Dickinson on Saturday during the first day of its 2008 "Pay It Forward" tour through six cities in North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The students are members of the university's "Students Today Leaders Forever" chapter. It's the chapter's belief that one student can make a difference in the world. "We're helping people and seeing the country at the same time," said volunteer James Foster. "It's been amazing.
Cub Scouts were treated to a touch of spring during the annual Winter Fun Day held recently at Dickinson's West River Community Center. The event was hosted by the Roughrider District Boy Scouts of America. "I think the kids all had fun. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors," said district Executive Bill Anderson. "We didn't have to worry about the cold weather.
Dickinson High School freshman Anthony Bren wasn't making a fashion statement when he decided to shave his head. His hair was already falling out while undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing's sarcoma. Four DHS students and three faculty members are showing their support of Anthony by agreeing to shave their heads as a fundraiser for the family. The students are Ben Olin, Brady Kauk, Alex Schroeder and Katelyn Miask and the faculty are Pete Dobitz, Brian Woehl and Al Koppinger. Members of the National Honor Society are organizing the fundraising efforts.
Dickinson Trinity High School recently hosted a family nutrition night. Nearly 100 students from Trinity East and West and their families visited stations focusing on nutrition. The activity was part of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant received through the Diocese of Bismarck. "It went very well. We were amazed. We didn't know if we'd have five families or 100," said Trinity Elementary East and West Principal Sister Dorothy Zeller. "I feel the information given at nutrition night was very helpful." Everyone paused at the St.