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Writers from across the country have crafted a book to honor the troops who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dickinson's Jon Fettig, 30, an Army National Guard specialist, was chosen as one of the 52 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are featured in "Faces of Freedom." The newly released book profiles one fallen service member from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It was edited by Rebecca Pepin.
The Dakota Western Auto Club is celebrating Dickinson's 125th anniversary by publishing the expanded second edition of the book titled "Dickinson and the Automobile: The Early years 1903-1929." "No other local club in North Dakota or in the country has published a similar book," said Editor Carl Larson. He said members of the club researched and published the first edition of the book in 1982 in recognition of Dickinson's centennial. "We were asking when the first car came to Dickinson, who had the first cars and dealerships.
Don and Angie Dire are the recipients of the first tree planted through a $50,000 grant received by the city of Dickinson to address 2005 storm damage. The Taylor Nursery planted three linden trees on the boulevard beside their property Thursday morning. The grant was provided by the North Dakota Forest Service through the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The grant was matched with 20 percent from the city.
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...
With the North Dakota sunset as a backdrop, Medora offers an evening of outdoor dining and family-friendly entertainment. June is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the pitchfork steak fondue, a backstage tour and the Medora Musical. The professional staff and summer volunteers greet visitors at every corner, making sure they feel welcome. Medora's chef and crew prepare steaks on pitchforks on the Tjaden Terrace adjacent to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. This year, guests have the choice of a rib eye steak or the smaller New York strip steak.
Children are learning about safety concerns in their communities through the ninth annual Safety City program at Dickinson's Heart River Elementary School. "The mission is to educate the children on safety issues," said Becky Byzewski, director of Safe Communities Coalition The coalition and Kiwanis Club offer the program to children ages 4-6 during the two-week program that concludes June 14. Safety City is staffed by teachers and college students.
Kylen Miller restored a 15-mile nature trail to complete the requirements for the Eagle scout award. He is being honored during a Court of Honor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in Dickinson's Rocky Butte Park. Miller is the son of Dennis and Cindy Miller, Dickinson and a junior at Dickinson High School. Miller credits his interest in scouting to his parents and his brother, Cody, who earned the Eagle award in 2001. He enrolled in the scouting program through Pack 30.
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.