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DICKINSON - Retired educator/administrator Rocky Cofer, 59, Hazen, is the choice to be the new principal at Dickinson's Trinity High School. His selection this week came from Sr. Dorothy Zeller, acting superintendent of the Dickinson Catholic Schools. Zeller is replacing Kelly Koppinger who served as THS superintendent/principal. The decision to separate the two positions was made earlier this spring. Cofer and Zeller are assuming their duties July 1. "We are really thrilled to find someone with his experience and background.
When the City Slicker steps off the train in Medora by mistake, the Burning Hills Singers teach him how to have fun in a small town. This opening sets the stage for a rousing two hours of family fun during the 44th edition of the Medora Musical on the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater. "I think people are really going to enjoy the show.
About 50 children ages 4-6 are learning how to be safe citizens in a two-week program titled "Safety City" that started June 9 at Dickinson's Heart River Elementary School. The program is operated through Community Action Partnership.
Mick Prendiville, 81, has dedicated his entire life to caring for his family. That love and caring has come full circle, as his five children now send their love through telephone calls or visits to his home at Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Care Center. "I'm in town about once a week and I always stop, sometimes it's pretty darn short. Occasionally we get a pinochle game in," said daughter Teresa Hecker. Hecker, who ranches with her husband Ike north of Belfield, added, "He loves pinochle.
The Dakota Western Auto Club of Dickinson is hosting the 31st annual Medora Car Show on Saturday, June 21, on the grounds east of the Badlands Motel in Medora. The public showing of the cars is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated to help cover expenses. "We've got cars coming from Canada, North Dakota and the surrounding states," said Chairman Carl Larson. Last year's first-place winners will be displayed in the Winners' Circle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Medora Community Center. The center exhibit car is a 1903 Haase.
Dickinson's Peace Lutheran Church is preparing to observe its 25th anniversary with a day of worship and reflection on Sunday, June 22. "It's a time to reflect back on our history and to celebrate the fact that we are still around," said the Rev. Steven Schou. The celebration begins with worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program of special music at 10:30 a.m. The program features a choir of current and former members under the direction of Roene Hulsing. "Music is probably the thing we do the best. We have some very good singers.
Russell Kovash, 42, is taking a significant step toward becoming a priest. He is being ordained a deacon during a ceremony on Sunday, June 9, in Dickinson's St. Patrick's Catholic Church. "It's a huge milestone because once this happens, there's no turning back -- you're an ordained cleric," said Kovash. The Most Rev. Paul A. Zipfel is celebrating the Mass at 2 p.m. with diocesan priests, parishioners, family and friends in attendance. "It's a parish celebration.
The Dickinson United Methodist Church is preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary with activities on Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1. The celebration has special significance to everyone in the congregation. "The word that comes to my mind, it's the importance of remembering the past, while simultaneously preparing for the future," said the Rev. Scott McKirdy, pastor of the church. The celebration The activities begin with a picnic at noon on Saturday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh walks through the three Dickinson cemeteries, looking for grave markers of veterans that may be damaged, buried in dirt or covered with weeds. He cleans the marker or takes note of the site and moves on. "My next project is to get the stones back in shape," he said. For the last five seasons, Benesh placed small American flags on the gravesites of every veteran in nearby cemeteries in observance of Memorial Day. What is the reason for his dedication? "Because it needs to be done. These people have to be recognized and these people have to be honored.