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Ten national flags will be carried into the opening ceremony of the Northern Plains Heritage Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Dickinson. Representatives of each nationality walk in procession into the Ridgeway Lutheran Church in Prairie Outpost Park. The ceremony opens with the invocation at 9 a.m. Music is provided by Vince and Chuck Kadrmas. "It's very touching.
A display of two pioneer Czech families is featured at the Czech Town Hall located in Dickinson's Prairie Outpost Park. June Rixen, who serves on the Czech board of directors, created the museum's Family Corner to recognize Czech pioneer families. "This year, we chose the Jarolim Volesky and Frank W. Tuhy families," said Rixen. "We picked two names out of a hat, and coincidentally, they came on the same ship," she said. She said the families came from the same town of Bohemka located in the Crimea, or the southern peninsula of Ukraine. "Everybody left central Europe to the Ukraine area.
Students took the first steps toward playing an instrument during the two-week beginners' band camp at Dickinson High School. By the fourth day, they were playing simple melodies under the direction of Les Dykema. "Sit up straight, don't slouch," he said again and again. Students practiced counting by clapping their hands. He monitored how the instruments were held and where the fingers were placed. Dykema, who is the music director at Hagen Junior High School, said 33 students are enrolled at camp. "Basically, it's to get kids prepared when school starts.
The Dickinson St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center is providing numerous volunteer opportunities for students this summer. Thirty-one volunteers are helping the staff with everything from administration to X-rays. "It's for students interested in health careers, it's for students who are too young to get a job, but want an idea of the work world," said Volunteer Services Director Mitzi Swenson. "They enhance what we do. We offer the summer off for the adult volunteers," she said. The newest site is food preparation.
Andy Fiedler pours countless gallons of water, hard work and love into his country garden located southeast of Belfield. The garden rewards his efforts with a bountiful crop of vegetables for sale at the farmers' market in Dickinson. Fiedler joined the farmers' market about eight or nine years ago as a way to sell the extra vegetables. Today, the garden and a small flock of sheep keep him busy. Fiedler said the garden is 100 by 170 and is next to Bull Creek. It's located on an old feedlot, so the soil is rich and black. "I chopped off 20 to 30 feet this year.
Belfield native TSgt. Lori Hayworth is a team member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, which is presenting an air show in Minot on Saturday, Sept. 8. The performance is part of the Northern Neighbor Days. The gates open at 9 a.m. "We represent the 515,000 airmen serving their country, both at home and abroad," said Hayworth. The squadron presents precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the high performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. Hayworth serves as the Thunderbirds' aviation resource management specialist.
Misty Dschaak's summer dessert is always a hit at family barbecues or for treats at work. She makes fruit pizza that's topped with seasonal fruits such as blackberries, strawberries, bananas, apples and grapes. "We always bring it to parties," said Misty. "If I make a dessert, this is what I usually take." While attending college, she prepared fruit pizza as a speech demonstration. It was always a hit with the judges and everyone else who got a taste. "You want color in the presentation. You want different colors -- cherries, kiwi, raspberries.
Minor maintenance projects are under way in the Dickinson Catholic Schools this summer. "Basically, we're trying to get the schools up and ready for the first day of school," said Superintendent Kelly Koppinger. He said maintenance crews at Trinity High School are waxing the floors and painting as needed. "We have some minor repairs to be addressed. Some were left on the back burner which we could afford to wait with," he said. THS custodian Ryszard Roznowski is supervising repairs and filling shelves with school supplies.
Robin Hood takes a stand against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a musical filled with combat, comedy, adventure and romance. "The Legend of Robin Hood" is coming to the stage of Dickinson State University's Dorothy Stickney Auditorium, through New York's Living Room Production Company in association with the New England Community Arts Committee Inc. Performance times are at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5. New England-area native Andy Jacobs wrote the musical version of this well-known children's story about a man who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
Cub Scouts practiced shooting skills with sling shots, BB guns and archery equipment during the 2007 day camp held recently at Lake Patterson near Dickinson. "For some, this was their first exposure to scouting," said Day Camp Director Lydia Camp. "Hopefully, they'll have fun and keep going." "I got involved probably three years ago when I had a child who was in Cub Scouts," she said. She continues her participation in the scouting program because of the boys. "The first year, a little boy came over needing help.