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The Dickinson Chapter of Youth for Christ gathered for pizza at Dickinson High School on Thursday. It was the students' first meeting of the year under the guidance of a new ministry director, Jason Starinieri. Starinieri is an ordained pastor who serves at Calvary Chapel in Dickinson. He and his wife Leah are the parents of three children, John, Hannah and Lydia. They lived in California before moving to Bismarck where he served as pastor for three years.
Barbecue enthusiasts are called to participate in the second annual "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" ribs cookoff in Dickinson. The cookoff is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, at the Dickinson Recreation Center. There is no admission for the public to attend any of the events. "If you enjoy cooking for your family, you can do it. It's a fun atmosphere.
An important element of this year's "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" is the North Dakota Firefighters Cook-off on Sept. 4-5 in Dickinson. Firefighter cooking teams from across North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are invited to compete for the coveted firefighter's axe traveling trophy and $1,000 in cash prizes. Last year's traveling trophy went to the Dickinson Rural Fire Department. City of Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said his department hopes to enter a team into the competition. "The only way a department can hold on to the trophy is to compete," said Sivak.
The 26th annual North Dakota Roughrider Studebaker Drivers Club Car Show is being held in conjunction with "Bar-B-Que" from the Heart on Sept. 4-5. between 18 and 20 vehicles are expected for the event. They will be parked inside the Dickinson Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to Studebakers, the show welcomes "orphan" cars -- those not manufactured any more.
Several area ethnic groups are coming together for the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival -- a day of food, music and fellowship -- on Saturday at Dickinson's Prairie Outpost Park.
An organizational meeting of a Dickinson garden club was held June 23 at the home of Sue Jackson. She was joined by David and Marie Anderson and Sheila Hartl. "We're forming a garden club for people who enjoy gardening," said Jackson. However, the base is broader than that. At the first meeting, the group also talked about interests such as flower plantings and tree varieties. It was the consensus of the group to have an informal garden club.
DUNN CENTER -- The Dunn Center Museum is a show place of Dunn County artifacts, but the next step is to secure volunteers who can keep the museum open to visitors. The museum was open during the summer hours in previous years, said Cathy Trampe, chairman of the Dunn County Museum Committee. Due to the economy, the Dunn County Historical Society and Dunn County Museum Committee are looking for caretakers to watch over the museum on a volunteer basis, she said. "There is a demand by people who would like to see the museum over the summer and I'd like to fulfill their wishes," she said.
The organizers of the 12th annual Stark County Relay For Life are looking to increase awareness and participation in this year's event with more cancer survivors, walkers and dollars raised. "Last year we raised $79,000 and had 35 teams. Our goal this year is $85,000 and we want 45 teams," said Terri Lien, Relay For Life event chairwoman. Relay For Life has become a signature event for the American Cancer Society throughout the United States. It was started by one doctor who wanted to make a difference.
The 20 participants in the Junior Master Garden Program headed to their garden patch with hoes to clear the weeds on Tuesday. They discovered the garden was covered in a blanket of weeds because of the abundant moisture. Comments such as, "Oh my gawd!" could be heard as they started hoeing and pulling the weeds. The vegetables were planted June 2 on a garden plot located at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center.
The Dakota Western Auto Club is sponsoring its 32nd annual Medora Car Show on Saturday on the grounds east of the Badlands Motel in Medora. The public is invited to view the cars between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses. Last year's first-place winners will be displayed at the Medora Community Center from 10 a.m.