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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...
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.
The Joachim Regional Museum is celebrating Dickinson's 125th anniversary with a special display of artifacts and photographs. The project is coordinated by Daniel Stuckle, executive director of the Dickinson Museum Center. The complex includes the museum, the Pioneer Machinery Building and Prairie Outpost Park buildings... everything except the Dakota Dinosaur Museum. "We're celebrating 125 years of Dickinson history.
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.
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.
Food columnist Sue Doeden debuts her "All About Food" column today in The Dickinson Press. She is a food writer, photographer and cooking instructor in Bemidji, Minn. Doeden credits her mother and grandmother for the interest in cooking. "They were excellent cooks. Both my mom's parents came over here from Hungary. Hungarians loved food and loved making people happy with food," she said. "As a little girl, I clipped recipes from newspapers and magazines and tried out recipes. My dad would be the taster.
Velocity is presenting an evening of dance titled "East of Ordinary." The performance is at 6:30 p.m. today, June 1, in the Dickinson State University Stickney Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. "It's completely, dance, dance and more dance," said Velocity Director Alysia Klein. She said it's a collection of choreography performed by Velocity students, her dancers at the Northern Plains Dance Academy in Bismarck and several dances choreographed by Audrey Hermes. "It's a compilation of choreography that the kids have learned from the beginning of school to last month.
Visitors to Dickinson's cemeteries during the Memorial Day weekend can easily find the gravestones of American veterans. Each grave is marked with a small American flag, placed there by Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh. "It needs to be done. These people cannot be forgotten," he said. "Those veterans have given in some way. Many were killed in action, many never returned home. All did something for this country." Benesh served as a helicopter combat medic in Vietnam from 1969-70. He is giving the main address during the Memorial Day services which are at 10 a.m.
The essence of a vacation is escaping from the routine of daily life. It's an opportunity to hang out with family members or explore new places. Western North Dakota offers plenty of outdoor getaways and adventures for the family who has a day, a weekend or a week to relax. The Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional beginning of the tourist season. The Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the United States Forest Service Medora Ranger District offer a wealth of information to get you started.