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The United Way of Dickinson is launching its 47th campaign with a football kickoff theme -- a tailgating party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Dan's Supermarket, North. "What's better than a kickoff theme," said Boyd Meduna, campaign chairperson. "We'll be selling brats, a Coke and chips for $2 and all proceeds go to the United Way. Everyone will have an opportunity to come." Agency representatives will be on hand to visit about their programs, he said. "Come and learn more about United Way. When I do make a donation, here's where my dollars are going.
The second month since a July 8 tornado swept through south Dickinson marks a time of optimism for Lora and Micheal Berger and their 1-year-old daughter, Regan. Lora Berger said that contractors are about to start reconstruction on their home destroyed by the tornado at 519 Third Ave. S.W. "They have equipment there right now.
A "Clean Start Drive" is being initiated for Dickinson's AMEN Food Pantry. The drive for cleaning and household products is coordinated by AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Chelsea Mann. She is assigned to the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP)-Plus Dakota West office. "I'm doing this project for the National Day of Service (Sept. 11), which was recently created by the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act," she added. People in the community are asked to donate cleaning products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has drastically changed the lives of the Cofer family of Dickinson. While Rocky Cofer keeps a busy schedule as principal at Trinity High School, his wife, Sheila, receives care at St. Benedict's Health Center. "She was diagnosed about 8 years ago with early onset Alzheimer's," he said. Cofer shares their experiences to raise awareness for the upcoming Alzheimer's Memory Walk and 5K Race on Saturday.
Families affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia have a place to turn for support and education. Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Center hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group that meets monthly under the guidance of Donalda Binstock, licensed certified social worker. The support group is for anyone in the community who has a loved one affected by either Alzheimer's or dementia, living in a facility or their own homes, she said. The group meets at 2 p.m. every third Wednesday in Benedict Court's family room.
A steady stream of families filed into the AMEN Food Pantry on Tuesday, seeking boxes of food to carry them through the next two weeks. Marie Castro, who recently moved to Dickinson from Montana, visited the food pantry for the first time. She found a job and apartment, but her salary doesn't cover food expenses. Joletta just returned to Dickinson and experienced the July tornado. She too, needed assistance. "It's very helpful.
The Dickinson Chapter of Youth for Christ gathered for pizza at Dickinson High School on Thursday. It was the students' first meeting of the year under the guidance of a new ministry director, Jason Starinieri. Starinieri is an ordained pastor who serves at Calvary Chapel in Dickinson. He and his wife Leah are the parents of three children, John, Hannah and Lydia. They lived in California before moving to Bismarck where he served as pastor for three years.
Barbecue enthusiasts are called to participate in the second annual "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" ribs cookoff in Dickinson. The cookoff is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, at the Dickinson Recreation Center. There is no admission for the public to attend any of the events. "If you enjoy cooking for your family, you can do it. It's a fun atmosphere.
Several area ethnic groups are coming together for the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival -- a day of food, music and fellowship -- on Saturday at Dickinson's Prairie Outpost Park.
The 26th annual North Dakota Roughrider Studebaker Drivers Club Car Show is being held in conjunction with "Bar-B-Que" from the Heart on Sept. 4-5. between 18 and 20 vehicles are expected for the event. They will be parked inside the Dickinson Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to Studebakers, the show welcomes "orphan" cars -- those not manufactured any more.