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Nashville recording artist Lauren Alaina will celebrate the release of her latest album “Road Less Traveled” when she appears in concert at the 53rd annual Trinity Mardi Gras. The message of self-acceptance is the theme of the album, which will be released the day before the concert.
Rudy, a border collie mix pup, is all about playing, while a kitten named Blizzard is affectionate and loves to be petted. Both animals are waiting for families to adopt them through Oreo’s Animal Rescue. “Rudy is very energetic and playful,” licensed veterinary technician Chelsea Nelson said. “He definitely needs room to run and play. He’s a very hyperactive pup and needs lots of attention.” Nelson described the kitten as very sweet and loving.
Several fairy tales are intertwined when the musical “Into the Woods” is presented in the Trinity High School auditorium Jan. 20-22. “Everybody has a wish and reason for going into the woods and that’s what pushes the story forward,” said Ethan Herner, one of the characters.
Pam Stedham and Tom Bittleston, both of Dickinson, had little success in finding jobs after their previous careers ended. The challenges of being an older worker didn’t help either. Stedham, 58, had sold her dry cleaning business, but lacked computer skills. Bittleston, 56, worked for an oil service company before being laid off.
RockPile Energy Services will host its fifth annual Chili Cook-off from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Astoria Hotel and Conference Center in Dickinson. The cook-off is an opportunity to sample chili prepared by 20 teams, as well as raise funds for area fire departments. “We’re so excited,” said RockPile marketing administrator Miranda Rough. “We have one team coming from Texas -- they’re trying out their chili on the frac guys.”
The Gladstone firefighters have moved their trucks and equipment into the new fire hall, and are enjoying the amenities of a new kitchen, offices and bathrooms. Gladstone Fire Chief Joe Wanner credited the firefighters who volunteered their skills to finish the inside construction, as well as the donations received at RockPile Energy chili cook-offs. “The funding this year will probably support a few things inside, as well as finish the bathrooms,” Wanner said.
The staff of CHI Health at Home & Hospice encourages families not to wait so long before seeking end-of-life services for their loved one. “Hospice is for anybody who is terminal or with a life-limiting illness, who no longer wishes to receive treatment and has a diagnose of six months or less to live,” said Tami Christianson, social worker and bereavement and volunteer coordinator. “Don’t wait -- we can get to know the patient better, and help them on the last journey of their life,” she said.
Tammy Schuh likes to walk, jog and swim, but when it comes to strength training, she consults her personal trainer, Michelle Orton. “I want to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart, but more than anything I want a healthy lifestyle,” Schuh said. She does cardio exercises on her own, but works with Orton three times a week on the strength training.
Jennifer Wing, who lives a mile outside of Killdeer, has launched a home-based business that celebrates the western culture of North Dakota. She names the business, Winghide to reflect the family’s name and the products she sells -- rustic cowhide rugs and accessories. Jennifer launched her business in the winter of 2011. “I wanted a home-based business where I could stay home with the family and the farm and still make a decent income,” she said.
Connie Carter, of Arnegard, likes to get her hands really dirty -- it means she’s having fun with clay. Connie and her husband, Chris, have a sideline business, Shipping Crate Pottery, through which they manufacture vases, dishes and anything made out of clay. Working as an oilfield materials manager for ConocoPhillips, Connie described the pottery as a stress reliever.