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People waited patiently outside the community room at the Dickinson Area Public Library on Tuesday for an opportunity to consult with an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer. By the end of the afternoon, several of the clients were asked to come back because the Tax-Aide volunteers couldn't keep up with the demand. "They waited yesterday, I'll tell you," said local program coordinator Ben Frank. The Tax-Aide program was launched on Tuesday for the season and continues through April 14. It takes up to 45 minutes to complete the tax-filing process. "We want to do it correctly, that's the main thing.
The community of Medora is hosting an afternoon and evening of entertainment for Valentine's Day with its "Romance in the Badlands." The Chateau de Mores State Historic Site Interpretive Center is featuring several events as part of the celebration. Chocolate and more Karen Nelson is presenting the PowerPoint program titled "Torn From the Tabloids: The Life and Loves of the de Mores Boys" at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the interpretive center.
The Cabin Fever Benefit has become known for featuring unique auction items. This year is no exception. The benefit for the Bismarck Ronald McDonald House is Saturday at the Dickinson Eagles Club. It starts at 4 p.m. with a social and silent auction, beef barbecue and music by Midnight Ride. The Dickinson Roughrider Commission is sponsoring the benefit for the 18th year. Bidding for the larger items is held throughout the evening.
The Dickinson Catholic Schools are following the theme of "Celebrate Service" as they prepare to observe Catholic Schools Week 2009. The week is celebrated nationally the last week in January, this year Jan.
With the extremely cold temperatures and snow cover across North Dakota, Nancy MosBrucker of Dickinson understands the importance of feeding birds in her yard. "I really like the nature aspect of it," she said. Having fed birds for at least 35 years, she entices a variety of birds to take shelter at her home in east Dickinson. On any given day, she will spot nuthatches, rosie breasted nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, ring necked doves, mourning doves and a few pine siskins. There's even a hawk that circles the yard, looking for a meal.
A white elephant Christmas gift is credited with saving the lives of a Killdeer family. Monte and Terri Roshau's family had been confounded by unexplained illnesses before Christmas. "About two weeks prior, our youngest son, Bubba started having wicked headaches. He woke up one night with just a massive headache. He's 12 years old, and he started crying. We knew something was wrong," said Roshau.
The 2009 Trinity Mardi Gras offers entertainment for all ages -- from magic of the mind and comic ventriloquism to local family music. Entertainment Chairman Allen Klein has secured the Mystical Minds and ventriloquist David Malmberg as the premiere performers of the show on Friday. Mystical Minds features Dickinson's Ron Rhoades and Greg Wilkins. Their presentation is filled with comedy and astonishment. Rhoades has been a disc jockey for mobile entertainment companies, while Wilkinson is a DJ and owner of a mobile DJ company.
One of southwestern North Dakota's biggest winter celebrations is about to begin. The 45th annual Trinity Mardi Gras takes place Friday through next Sunday at Dickinson's Trinity High School. General Chairman Kevin Weiler credits the many volunteers who make the annual event possible. "It's all about volunteering," he said. "It takes all the parents and all the kids. The students are asked to give up their time for the weekend. They help set up the kitchen. They're there helping in booths with their parents.
Walkers and those who prefer other forms of exercise are invited to participate in an imaginary "Walk to Jerusalem." The walk is designed to increase physical activity, spiritual growth and cultural awareness, said walk coordinator Jodeen Myers. The program is coordinated through Dickinson's St. John Lutheran Church. "I read about it in a Lutheran magazine. I decided to offer it to our church, but it's not limited to St. John members. It's open to anyone interested in an imaginary walk to Jerusalem," she said. Participants may join the walk at any time in January, February or March.