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The Rev. Keith Streifel, 41, is keeping a busy schedule since arriving as pastor of Dickinson's St. Joseph's Parish on July 1. "One of the things about being a parish priest, I'm here to serve the needs of the people. In a given day, there are many things.... from marriage preparations to funeral preparations, worship liturgies and the sacraments.
Ann Perfett and her sister Polly Weiler don't have time to relax after working full time in Dickinson. With a change of clothes, they head outside to take care of their five garden plots located south of town. Living on the same farmstead near Antelope Creek, they are reaping a bountiful harvest.
Aspiring author Sarah Hard, Dickinson, has published her first novel titled "Teardrops on a Page." The story focuses on a young woman's journey through grief after her husband dies in a car accident. "This story flowed well. I kept imagining it was happening to me. In my mind, I was making it real," said Hard. A native of Dickinson, she is the daughter of Jim and Ellen Becker and a 2002 graduate of Dickinson High School. "Everyone in my family is very creative. My sister and I were never bored as kids. We had wild imaginations. We could make anything fun," she said.
The days and weeks leading up to the first day of school in Dickinson have been a flurry of activity. The custodians scrubbed the desks and shampooed the carpets, but the rest is up to the teachers. They decorate the bulletin boards, sort the texbooks and prepare lessons plans for the upcoming weeks. The Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Catholic Schools begin on Thursday, Aug. 21, while Hope Christian Academy starts Wednesday, Aug.
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to become storytellers through a new 10-week class being offered by storytelling coach, the Rev. Karen Dvirnak. Dvirnak, who is pastor of Dickinson's Immanuel Baptist Church, said storytelling is nationally recognized as a fun way to help students achieve. "Even students that are not star athletes or exemplary in academics can succeed at storytelling," she said.
Author Chuck Lehman opens his newly released historical novel "The Big Woods" with a scene from the Civil War and Corp. W.L. T. Meyer's efforts to return to his sweetheart in Minnesota. The novel began as a family history. Lehman learned his great-grandfather, W.L.T. Meyer, was a farmer, a soldier who participated in the Battle in the Killdeer Mountains and a Union Army survivor of the Civil War. Lehman became convinced it had the makings of a novel. "It's a true story about a 10-year period of my great-grandfather's life," said Lehman. "It's about 90 percent fact.
Dickinson is focusing on its cultural heritage during the annual Northern Plains Ethnic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. "The purpose is to celebrate our heritage -- we really are rich in different cultures," said Dorathy Schmidt, treasurer of the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation. She said the ethnic festival was started over 20 years ago by Dickinson State University professor, Dr. David Berry. "It was his idea to celebrate the different heritages," she said.
The North Dakota Rough Rider Studebaker Drivers Club is showcasing classic automobiles during its 25th Annual Studebaker and Second Annual Orphan Car Show. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in Dickinson. It's scheduled in conjunction with the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival. The club selected Dickinson for the showcase because, "we get a lot of people coming," said club member Duane Barry. The show, located in the N.D.
The Southwest Breastfeeding Network hosted a potluck at the Dickinson Lions Park on Tuesday in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. "It was great. I was impressed at turnout to support our group and support breastfeeding week," said network member Stormie Kasian.
STANTON -- The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site recently showcased activities exemplifying life among the Northern Plains tribes. With rolling hills and the Knife River as a backdrop, skilled artisans gave demonstrations during the Northern Plains Indian Culture Fest, July 26-27. Another three days of hands-on demonstrations with tribal members are planned during the "Life on the Northern Plains" program Sept.