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The Dorcas Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary since its founding as the first philanthropic society in Dickinson during March of 1909. The organization's purpose was to help families in need with special emphasis on the care of children. The name of Dorcas is taken from Acts of the Apostles Chapter 9 verse 36-41: "And in Joppe there was a certain disciple named Tabitha which by interpretation is called Dorcas, a woman doing good works and alms deeds." Members of the Dorcas Society met Wednesday at the home of Sue Moore to go through scrapbooks dating back 100 years.
Bowman's Cedar Chest recently moved to a new location at 17 South Main when its merchandise outgrew the old building. "We're two doors north of where we were before," said Cedar Chest Manager Vivian Hernandez. The Cedar Chest opened during 1976 in a home owned by Dave and Carol Nygaard. It then moved into a home owned by Mabel Hanson and later to Main Street. With each move, its mission is the same -- to provide an outlet for donated clothing to be sold back to the community, she said. It is owned by the Little Missouri Arc Inc.
The Dorcas Society is hosting an evening of wine tasting as a fundraiser and as the first opportunity to observe its 100th anniversary in Dickinson. The event is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Dickinson Elks Lodge. Dorcas is limiting the event to the sale of 200 advance tickets.
Dickinson State University student Silvia Vigier of France flipped crepes, while Anupa Bhurtel of Nepal and Tenzin Yankeyi of India talked about their customs in recent days at Dickinson's Berg Elementary. They are among 19 students participating in the 2009 "World Voices: Ambassadors for Understanding Project." World Voices is an opportunity to bring international students into the classrooms of sixth graders, who are already studying world geography and world history. "They read about it, but by bringing international students in, we bring primary sources for students to see, feel and tou
Seventy-five Cub Scouts braved the bitterly cold temperatures to participate in Winter Fun Day on March 7 on the grounds of Dickinson's Hillside Baptist Church. The activity is an annual event in the Roughrider District. Boys from Dickinson, Hettinger and Bowman participated in games having the theme of "Cowboy Up." District Executive Bill Anderson said the boys participated in sledding, sack races and races around barrels. Inside, they learned to rope a steer, tie knots and play the limbo. "It was a fun event for boys to get out and enjoy the winter weather," he said.
Carol Eacret-Simmons, director of the Dickinson State University Art Gallery, is showcasing her personal collection of needlework and art collages as a tribute to women whose names have been lost to history. Titled "Anonymous Was a Woman," the show highlights examples of needlework that she has collected -- quilting, crochet, tatting and embroidery. The remainder of the show are collages she made to honor various types of women -- "The Widow," "The Maiden Aunt," "The Gardener." The collages started with photos that she purchased in an Ohio antique shop. "All the women in the old photos ar
The United Way of Dickinson celebrated the conclusion of its 2008-2009 campaign with an annual meeting and donor recognition on Tuesday at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge. A total of $237,060 was raised in the campaign, according to the annual report. Of that amount, a percentage is needed for overhead costs. Last year, the amount came to 18.1 percent, including everything from cups given to those who increased their donations to the salary of the executive director. "I was very pleased. We were $5,000 over last year's record-setting goal.
The Dickinson State University chapter of the National Association for Music Education is sponsoring its 53rd annual Hilltop Holiday -- a musical variety show featuring talent by DSU students and the community. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, in the DSU Stickney Auditorium. "This is a variety show that DSU students, faculty and community members may be involved in. It is a fun way to show off the Dickinson area's musical talent," said show Director and DSU student Sarah Hagenston. The theme of the show varies from year to year.
The Dakota Western Auto Club gave a donation of 23 auto-related books to the Dickinson Area Public Library on Feb. 18. Making the donation were members Sharon Gegelman, Anneliese Schmidt, Mark Schields, Jim Flournoy and Bud Olson. This is the 31st year the club has made a donation.
Dickinson's Bud Olson restored several vehicles before he began a quest to find a Jeepster. "The reason I was interested in Jeepsters was because a friend's brother had one. I remember that from Dickinson High," he said. Olson, who is vice president of the Dakota Western Auto Club, located a 1950 Jeepster through the Internet. He picked it up in Milliken, Colo., in 2003. "There are very few Jeepsters in existence -- only 29,000 were made. When new it was $1,200. I paid $5,500 for it," he said. Over the next three years, he worked to restore the vehicle to its original condition.