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Students practice their social skills through an after-school program titled "Building Up Great Skills." The program, better known as BUGS, is sponsored by the Badands Human Service Center. "It's a social skills building group for children," said BUGS coordinator Karen O'Brien. The United Methodist Church provides the facilities for the after-school gatherings of students ages 6-13. Transportation is provided as needed. The program's intent is to help youth acquire emotional tools and communication skills through positive interactions.
Elementary students at the Hettinger Public School practice reading aloud with volunteers from the community. "Parents, grandparents and members of the community come in to listen to the kids. This is why our kids are so good at oral reading by the end of the year," said first grade teacher Sandy Marion. Teachers Krista Warbis, grade 2, and Gwynne Smith, grade 3, also have volunteer listeners. "They do it different days and may do it differently in each class," said Marion. The reading program was started by Celie Buckmeier back in the 1980s.
Guests are invited to a surprise birthday party for one of Broadway's biggest stars, Dan Dapper. Before the end of the evening, a murder is committed and the guests help solve the mystery. The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation and the Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge are presenting the murder mystery dinner theater titled "Broadway Babylon" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17.
The administrator of Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy is leaving at the end of his contract year on June 30. Tim Privratsky also said this week his replacement is Ron Dazell, the current principal at Richardton-Taylor High School. "I made the decision back in June this would be my final year as administrator at Hope Christian," said Privratsky. "I informed the board early enough to find a replacement and to be of assistance in the process." "It was time for me to move on. I do not have definite plans.
As a pastor's wife, Louise Wood enjoys hosting Sunday dinners and participating in social gatherings. "We entertained a lot when the girls were home. Every Sunday we'd have somebody from church," said Wood. Her husband, Gary, is pastor of two churches in Taylor. Previously, he served a church in Mott and then Dickinson's Evangelical Bible Church. Wood has collected ethnic recipes while serving at the various churches.
The Bowman Regional Public Library offers more than the latest best sellers and Internet service. The library is becoming the region's showcase of local art. Library Director Sarah Snavely describes the library as a community living room, where books and art are incorporated into one setting. A sculptor by profession, Snavely accepted the part-time director's job in May 2006. "We moved from a 1,400-square foot building into this building of over 6,000 square feet. I was the project director for that move.
The Dickinson Catholic Schools are joining in the nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 28 to Feb.
A variety of health issues are being explored during a community health fair in Belfield on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The health fair is sponsored by the Belfield FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) with Paulette Dorval as advisor. The fair is open to the public from 9-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m. at the St. Bernard's Parish Center in Belfield. "We're really hoping not just Belfield, but the whole area will come," said Dorval.
A help-wanted ad seeking a supervisor for a lace school in India opened the doors to a life of adventure and service for Dickinson's Millie Monke. Monke has written a 110-page book about her life titled "North Dakota to India: The Memoirs of a Missionary." Monke compiled her memories on a lap top computer. She received the editorial assistance of friends Carl and Esther Larson. Monke met the challenge of writing the book, despite being 94 years old and living with macular degeneration. "I enjoyed writing the book.
Poster-sized pictures of student activities are displayed throughout Dickinson's Berg Elementary School. The posters were created by Sandy Bertelsen, the Dickinson Public School's education technology support specialist. The posters were designed in the professional development technology lab, which was developed by the school district in the summer of 2005. The lab is located in a Berg classroom near the main entrance. The technology lab is being showcased during an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.