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The 2007 theater production "Murder and Mayhem in Medora" has evolved into dialogue between outsiders and local people, and the fences and open range of western North Dakota. The production is part of the "Footsteps into Medora's Past," which began in 2001 as a walking tour of Medora between the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and Dickinson State University.
Two residents at Dickinson's Pioneer and Peaceful Haven were recognized for the flower beds and baskets they used to decorate the yards in front of their apartments. The event was titled "The Manager's Green Thumb Competition" and it was held during the annual buffet luncheon.
Orris and Margaret Green appreciate the peace and solitude of the country living after spending much of their married life in Massachusetts. Birds flock to their shelterbelts filled with chokecherry, plum and apple trees. The sweet aroma of freshly cut hay fills the country side. "I try to tell people where I live, but they keep saying, 'Who used to live there?'" said Orris Green. He tells them it's the Eckelberg farmstead located northeast of Dunn Center. "I say it's my house now," he said. "We lived back East, but we wanted to live in the country," he said.
Richard and Loraine Selinger eased into their retirement years with an avid interest in horticulture. Their yard and garden located on Baker Avenue is a showcase of perennial flowers and raised beds of vegetables. Richard managed Slope Electric Cooperative Inc., and they owned a greenhouse in New England. Richard recently took a Master Gardener refresher course through the NDSU Extension Service. As partial payback, he answers questions related to horticulture and has spoken to several groups. Richard is seldom in the house, preferring to work in the garden or ride his 1300 Honda.
Meet Roughrider Ray, Seldom Sober and Boewawe Mamma. These characters from the Old West are organizing the Badlands Bandits, a new family Cowboy Action Shooting club. Cowboys and cowgirls, young and old, are invited to attend the club's first shooting event, either as spectators or as participants. The event opens with registration at noon on Sunday, July 22, at the Belfield Sportsman's Club gun range. The registration fee to shoot is $10. Spectators are admitted free of charge. Cowboy Action Shooting is the only shooting sport with a dress code.
The backyards in Dickinson have never been more beautiful. The spring rains have encouraged the growth of perennials and ornamental grasses. Families are using their creativity with lighting, water, walkways, ornamentation and music. The Dickinson Urban Forestry Committee is showcasing yards that feature these elements during its 2007 Tour of Yards from 1-4 p.m.
Seventy campers are learning life skills while participating in music, games, crafts and outings at the 2007 High Five Youth Camp. The camp started June 5 and continues through Aug. 9 at Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary School. "Over 200 wanted to come into the program, but we can only take 70 campers," said co-leader Faye Krebs. She is assisted by co-leader Melissa Pavlicek and camp counselors who have a background in education. The camp focuses on social and behavioral skills through supervised group activities. Campers enroll through referrals. "We work on self-esteem.
Dickinson Research Extension Center horticulture specialist Jerry Larson is sprucing up the center's gardens in preparation for the upcoming field day on Wednesday, July 11. He's deadheading the roses to encourage further growth, while other employees are watering or planting annuals. This year's horticulture section starts at 4:30 p.m., with the focus on herbs and spices.