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Janel Kolar, pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dickinson and New England, recently learned of an urgent appeal by Church World Service for hygiene and baby care kits for Haiti. Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince. She presented the appeal to her church families, and they have responded with diapers, sleepers, towels and soap. "Most of the churches in Dickinson are familiar with Church World Service. It's an interfaith organization," she said.
Students of all ages are exploring the world of art with paints, pencils, cameras and clay during four community education classes. The classes, offered through Dickinson Sate University, started in January and conclude this month. The idea for classes is credited to Marilyn Lee, associate professor of art at DSU. "I've had students as well as people in the community ask if there were any classes taught for fun that they could do without enrolling or committing to a whole semester," she said. Students didn't want to be graded.
Casey Peterson has joined the staff of the Best Friends Mentoring Program as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Best Friends matches adult volunteers with students on a one-on-one basis during the school day. Her work will support the mentoring program, special events planning and marketing. "She is looking at ways to better communicate with the variety of volunteers we have," said Best Friends Executive Director Kris Fehr. She cited examples such as texting and converting the newsletter to an electronic format to save time and money. "She's also working to update our Web page.
Milton Bobb, 76, of rural Richardton has taken on a hobby that recycles rags into rugs using an antique loom. "I've only met a couple of people who make them," said Bobb. He and his wife, Elizabeth, raised sheep for a living, but as the children left, the flock grew smaller and smaller. "I ended up with 25 ewes and I called them my pets," he said.
Not every international student attending Dickinson State University is able to return home for the holidays. Ravi Bhatari, originally from Nepal, is remaining behind. The cost of transportation is keeping Bhatari here until next Christmas, but he is comforted in knowing that he will be visiting his "friendship family" -- Allen and Pam Cote of Dickinson -- over the holidays. "I hope to meet the rest of the family at Christmas," he said. "I'm also planning to do some traveling -- I'm looking at Vegas." The Cotes have hosted international students for the last eight years.
The better version of the Dickinson State men's basketball team showed up for the second straight game. And for the second day in a row, that team claimed a win against an NCAA Division II opponent and improved to 5-8 on the season. A triple-headed onslaught by Nathan Lebsock, Josh Henry and Ryan Ernst, the Blue Hawks blew past Minnesota-Crookston 70-43 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Wendy's Classic at Scott Gymnasium. The trio scored all but 13 of the team's points, and 10 of those came after they'd left the game in the final 3 minutes. Lebsock scored 26, Henry had 18 points and
Trinity High School is hosting a new event this year, fusing the Living Nativity and Christmas concert together in one production. "Amazing Grace: The Living Nativity" -- a retelling of the Christmas story through Scripture, music and drama -- is at 3 p.m. today in the THS Auditorium. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the performance. Music specialist Jeff Dasovick said the production involves several departments within the high school.
The students of Dickinson's Heart River Elementary have been busy shopping for their families without leaving the comfort of school. "We wanted our kids to be able to give to others, and so each student comes with a shopping list of family members living in the household," said Principal Sherry Libis. "They go shopping in our store. No money is exchanged, and they find gifts for whoever is on their list." The shopping was done class-by-class on Wednesday and Thursday in the school gymnasium.
Tammy Sadowsky's Girl Scout Troop 86101 have initiated a novel way to help children entering into the foster care program. The girls are decorating hard-covered suitcases and filling them with personal supplies such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, pajamas and coloring books. "One of the parents of the girls saw the idea on the Internet," said Sadowsky. The "Suitcases for Kids" project was initiated in 1995 by 10-year-old Aubyn Brunside of North Carolina, who learned children entering foster care had nothing to carry their things in, as they moved from home to home.
Dickinson High School students practiced taking vital signs with blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and thermometers during the DHS Health Careers I class on Tuesday. "I'm introducing almost all the health careers I can think of. It's been really fun," said Lisa Dolezal, R.N., medical terminology and health careers instructor.