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“This is my song, my Dickinson song. This is my song, my Dickinson song...” And so Mexican troubadour Roman Sanchez strums his guitar and starts singing the lyrics to “My Dickinson Song” that he recently wrote to bring attention to the city that he has adopted.
Longtime Dickinson residents Albert and Ann Sevela know the reason why their marriage has endured for 70 years. “He takes care of me and I take care of him,” Ann said while talking about their marriage. The couple moved into St. Benedict’s Health Center in early April after having lived in east Dickinson.
Guests are served tea or lemonade under the shade of a cottonwood tree when Edith Roosevelt -- wife of President Theodore Roosevelt -- steps forward to greet everyone. Living history reenactor Julia Marple talks about the life of Edith Roosevelt when her husband ranched in the Badlands, led the Rough Riders volunteer cavalry in Cuba, served as governor of New York, and lived in the White House from 1901-09.
Luminaries will light the way around the Dickinson High School practice field when the Stark County Relay for Life gets underway on Friday, July 14. Each luminary (a candle in a paper bag) celebrates the life of a cancer survivor or is in memory of a loved one who has died from cancer. It's also a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society "It's to give light and hope for the families," said committee member Ninetta Wandler, who is a cancer survivor. "You're almost shocked and in awe of all the people who have had cancer, whether they have survived or passed on."
What could be any better than a trip down memory lane when teenagers cruised Main Street and carhops served root beer and burgers! Include few streetrods and customized vehicles, along with '50s and '60s music, and the picture is complete. The Prairie Cruisers Car Club, of Dickinson, is sponsoring its 34th annual car show on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, with headquarters at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
MEDORA—The Badlands of western North Dakota offer a retreat for the soul merely by their remote and rugged beauty, but include a staff of spirit-filled counselors and you've got the Badlands Ministries. Surrounded by Badlands buttes and the Little Missouri River south of Medora, the camp is filled with children each week who are looking for adventures in the outdoors, then discover their faith has been renewed.
Superheroes and Sweethearts is the theme for a charity concert featuring the music of Southern Drawl Band on Tuesday, July 11, at South Heart. The outdoor concert will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair—the Lions will serve sodas and water. Admission is a freewill offering to one of four families or to the South Heart Music Department. The public is encouraged to attend the evening of music and fundraising—100 percent of your freewill admission goes directly to the charities. The families include:
Frank Koppinger, 82, never took music lessons, but that hasn't stopped him from playing the accordion ever since he was 12 years old. He'll listen to a CD or tape, and pretty soon the music is implanted into his head—be it an old-time polka or waltz, or a current country tune.
Special Occasions owner Rosie Decker and her employees have launched a celebration of the shop's 40th anniversary as a downtown business in Dickinson. While six different owners have managed the shop since 1977, their philosophy to shop locally, to give back and support the community has not. Decker felt it was fitting to invite all the previous owners for an afternoon of reflection on Wednesday, June 1. Everyone attended with stories to share.
The North Dakota Rodeo Association will kick off its rodeo season in the Ranch-O-Rama rodeo arena on the east side of Medora, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2 and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Rodeo was established in Medora during the early 1900s, when the Medora Round-up Rodeo was created to be a regular event. It lasted for several decades; then, for whatever reason, rodeo fell by the wayside in Medora and was revived, five years ago, by the NDRA.