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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.
Willard Beaudoin, of Dickinson, is pursuing his dream to invent and manufacture portable stages for anyone involved theater or music. The company has been named Upstage, a branch of his professional stage curtain business, Center Stage Curtain Company.
The Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3444 participated in a labor of love on Dec. 14 when members filled gift baskets for 12 veterans in the Dickinson area. The veterans were identified by the Stark County Veterans Service Officer Jessica Clifton as not having anyone living nearby to remember them at Christmas. “We want to make sure all veterans in the community know they are not alone -- that we are here for them,” she said.
The inmates at the Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehabilitation Center in New England are using their new knitting skills to give back to the community. They recently completed 40 baby caps to be donated to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson.
St. Benedict’s Health Center, of Dickinson, will sponsor its fifth annual “Crab Crack on the Prairie” on Sunday, Jan. 15. “It’s a unique event, unlike any other in Dickinson,” said Bridgett Perry, director of marketing and development. “We like to promote it as an evening to socialize or perhaps take out the company staff for a holiday event in a welcoming atmosphere.”