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The Dickinson Adult Learning Center will hold its GED commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday in the Dickinson High School Risser Auditorium. "It's a highlight of our year, no doubt," said Margaret Olheiser, coordinator and chief GED examiner. Fifty-three adults qualified for graduation, but several have accepted jobs or moved out of the community. An estimated 15 to 20 graduates will be in attendance, she said. Dr. Alan Church, chairman of the Dickinson State University Department of Language and Literature, is the commencement speaker.
Gene Keller, 58, Dickinson, has accomplished a goal that has eluded him for the last 40 years. He completed requirements for the Dickinson Adult Learning Center's GED program, and was selected as one of three student speakers for the GED commencement ceremonies on Thursday. A welder and machinist by trade, Keller was recently injured at work and is training for a new career path. "I didn't think I had enough smarts to get the GED, and after 40 years, it was hard to go back and sit to study," he admitted. Keller didn't drop out of high school.
Dickinson's Dakota Dinosaur Museum is featuring two new temporary exhibits for the summer season. The first exhibit features minerals and crystals carved into the shape of human skulls. The latest Indiana Jones movie, "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has made crystal skulls very popular, said curator Larry League. "I figured that a lot of people have seen the Indiana Jones movies and kids really like things like that, so I spent all winter acquiring these," he said.
When Trinity High School presented its spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz," the audience was treated to an array of sound and lighting effects. Thunder, lightning, fog and projections of a tornado, witch and the wizard added to the reality of being transported to the Land of Oz. The theatrical magic was made possible with renovations to the auditorium's lighting and sound system.
Some of the most experienced cooks around are preparing foods for a Spring Sampler and Silent Auction sponsored by the RSVP program in Dickinson. The event is from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Dickinson St.
The St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its annual spring tea on Thursday at the Dickinson Elks. Serving is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. "It's a delightful afternoon with coffee and desserts, a time to visit with your friends. Proceeds are to benefit auxiliary projects," said Mitzi Swenson, coordinator of volunteer services. Auxiliary President Lori Koppinger said the theme varies every year. "This year, it's a gardening theme," she said.
The Friends of Rachel chapter at Dickinson High School is coordinating a Suitcases for Kids fundraiser for the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. The chapter is advised by Trista Fisher and Fernanda Heppner. "It's a group based on a Rachel's Challenge presentation toward the end of last year," said Fisher. Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindess and compassion, coupled with contents of her six diaries, have become the foundation for school programs throughout America.
The State Line Ministerial Association, which includes churches in Beach, Golva and Wibaux, Mont., are presenting an Easter cantata titled "Jesus, Son of God." The performance is 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Beach High School gymnasium. The public is invited and the freewill donation will go to the local food pantry. "This is the second time we've done it," said Director Elaine Zachmann. The cantata was presented two years ago.
The Trinity High School Senior Class is presenting the Living Stations of the Cross with narration, dialogue and music. The Living Stations will be presented at 7 p.m. today and Wednesday in the THS auditorium. In addition, a spaghetti supper is being served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. "It's a way to give back to the community," said volunteer director Dana Kostelecky.