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Selected students in Dickinson have new story books and dictionaries, thanks to the Dickinson Rotary Club's new literary initiative. "We bought dictionaries for every third-grade student in Dickinson," said Kris Fehr, a Rotary literary project committee member. The Rotary members distributed 261 dictionaries, based on the number of students the schools provided. "They were very excited. In the classes I went to, the students were looking up words," she said.
The sub-zero temperatures and icy sidewalks haven't deterred the people who participate in the AARP walking program. "The weather has hurt us a little bit, but surprisingly on the Monday when it was terribly cold, we had 8 people come. The magnificent 8 made it," said program coordinator Ben Frank. The walking program is offered from 8-9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Dickinson State University Scott Gymnasium. It's a free program and open to everyone. "We have an average of 10 to 14 walkers right now. I've got 23 signed up," he said.
Dickinson's Challis Williams is among the six North Dakotans nominated to U.S. service academies by Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. Williams was nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a principal nominee, he will be accepted by the academy provided he meets the physical, medical and scholastic requirements set forth by the school. "These outstanding young men have shown a strong commitment to serving our country and I'm pleased to nominate them for the prestigious service academies," Pomeroy said.
The United Way of Dickinson is asking citizens to open their hearts and their wallets in response to this year's campaign appeal. United Way has collected $171,000 as of Thursday, which is 61 percent of goal, said Executive Director Jill Gregoire. "We're starting to wrap it up," she said. Gregoire said the 46th annual United Way campaign was launched the end of August on behalf of 20 non-profit organizations. Based on their requests, the goal is $280,000.
The Dickinson Trinity High School junior class is presenting the "Living Nativity" -- a musical and dramatic performance that will focus on the real message of Christmas. The performance is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the THS auditorium. "There's music and acting. The choir will be singing, along with different soloists," said volunteer director Dana Kostelecky. The choir is directed by THS music specialist Jeff Dasovick. The script was written by Jesse Zyskowski, who initiated the program several years ago. The idea was for each upper class to do a religious production.
Dickinson's Trinity High School is teaming up with Trinity elementary students and community members to present its annual Christmas concert titled "O Holy Night." The concert is at 3 p.m.
Arts on the Prairie is looking for talent -- be it dancers, vocalists, musicians or even magicians. Everyone who wants to showcase their talent is encouraged to participate in the first "Dickinson's Got Talent" competition. Starting Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, contestants compete every Thursday at Dickinson's Prairie Hills Mall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the auditions follow at 7 p.m.
The Stark County Chapter of the American Red Cross has just received a new shipment of winter survival kits. The kits are a way to take care of yourself if faced with an overnight stay inside a vehicle, said Shirley Kallenbach, Stark County Chapter CEO. "I think most people don't go out prepared," she said. "Take blankets and first aid kits along. Take a winter survival kit.