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Arts on the Prairie continues its tradition of Tuesday evening band shell concerts with eight performances. "Band shell events are free to the public and as always, bring your children and your lawn chairs to settle in for superb community fun," said director Kristi Pechtl. The first concert features the local Dakota Breeze Band, which was started last year by Mississippi musician Cal Ullendorf. "We'll be doing a bit of everything...
With the North Dakota sunset as a backdrop, Medora offers an evening of outdoor dining and family-friendly entertainment. June is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the pitchfork steak fondue, a backstage tour and the Medora Musical. The professional staff and summer volunteers greet visitors at every corner, making sure they feel welcome. Medora's chef and crew prepare steaks on pitchforks on the Tjaden Terrace adjacent to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. This year, guests have the choice of a rib eye steak or the smaller New York strip steak.
Children are learning about safety concerns in their communities through the ninth annual Safety City program at Dickinson's Heart River Elementary School. "The mission is to educate the children on safety issues," said Becky Byzewski, director of Safe Communities Coalition The coalition and Kiwanis Club offer the program to children ages 4-6 during the two-week program that concludes June 14. Safety City is staffed by teachers and college students.
Kylen Miller restored a 15-mile nature trail to complete the requirements for the Eagle scout award. He is being honored during a Court of Honor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in Dickinson's Rocky Butte Park. Miller is the son of Dennis and Cindy Miller, Dickinson and a junior at Dickinson High School. Miller credits his interest in scouting to his parents and his brother, Cody, who earned the Eagle award in 2001. He enrolled in the scouting program through Pack 30.
Children in the Regional After School Program (RASP) made "volcanoes," practiced computer skills and worked with craft beads on Thursday at Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School. The summer program began on June 4 and continues through Aug. 10 at Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School. "We're filled up with 150 kids," said project coordinator Lyndi Thom. "We don't have a waiting list because nobody ever leaves." She said the program is open to all students in the community ages K-grade 6.
Sandy Beaudoin has plenty of rhubarb growing in her back yard in Dickinson, but she doesn't have many recipes. She called her mother-in-law Eleanor Beaudoin for help. They recently teamed up to make rhubarb jelly, with Eleanor doing the chopping and sharing her memories about this interesting plant. "My parents raised it and I raised it," said Eleanor. "The children loved it. Mark especially could sit down and eat a whole pie." "We have tons of it. We give it to the neighbors," said Sandy. She stores the jelly in the refrigerator. "I've made it with raspberry and it was delicious.
Jessica Magnuson is learning about the heritage of Dickinson through her new position as museum assistant to the Dickinson Museum Center. She is in the process of cataloguing the inventory of the museum's collection. She started with the wardrobe of coats, uniforms and dresses donated to the museum throughout the years. "Every one is important. You can't judge fashion by today's standards," she said. Items are stored in the museum attic with notes attached to them. The information is being compiled into a computer program. "It's a long process, but we're getting it right.
School was barely dismissed for the summer when teachers returned to the classroom. Educators may love to teach, but they also love to learn. Dickinson's West River Teacher Center is offering summer courses designed to help them become better teachers. To develop the curriculum, the center's staff asks teachers what they need or the subjects that interest them, said Director Marty Odermann-Gardner. The summer series started May 30 with "Understanding Poverty" by Dr. O. Raye Adkins and the K-8 Science Institute taught by Dr. Deborah DeMarey and Dr.