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Jim Ozbun, Dickinson, was among more than 500 Rotary leaders from 70 countries to attend Rotary's International Assembly held recently at San Diego, Calif. "I went because I'm district governor-elect for District 5580," he said. The district consists of 66 Rotary clubs in North Dakota, northern Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. Ozbun said it was an opportunity for him and his wife Sonja to meet district governor-elect officers from around the world. "It was primarily designed to help us prepare as district governors," he said. His term of office starts July 1.
The Badlands Reading Council is hosting the 2007 spring conference of the North Dakota Reading Association on Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, in Dickinson. The break-out sessions are at Dickinson State University, while the luncheons and banquet are at the Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge. Conference co-chairmen are Jackie Glaser and Deb Walth. "It's for all educators who want to enhance their teaching of literacy and writing for students," said Glaser. Over 300 educators have registered.
Dickinson State University is presenting Hilltop Holiday with a country western theme today and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, at Dorothy Stickney Auditorium. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. today and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, (note the corrected time). Hilltop Holiday is an annual variety show which has entertained audiences with singing, dancing, music and fun for more than 50 years. This year's theme is "Hilltop Holiday Hoedown: An American Music Theater's Love of the West." DSU junior music major Joel Walters is director and chairman of the Hilltop Committee.
Participants in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program stretch, reach and lift weights. As heart rates start rising, certified instructor Rudie Peters yells "Stampede!" Running is simulated, while everyone remains seated in their chairs. The chairs are used for support during exercises in the newest class offered at Dickinson's West River Community Center. SilverSneakers is a national exercise program designed for the health and physical needs of older adults.
The third graders in Lois Christensen's classroom at Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary recently mixed and measured ingredients for a Thunder Cake. The baking project correlated with a book titled "Thunder Cake." "Thunderstorms can be scary, but keeping busy baking a cake can calm a child's fear," said Christensen. Students took turns adding the shortening, sugar and pureed tomatoes, separating the eggs and beating the egg whites. "The tomatoes gave it a pink tone. The kids said they couldn't even taste the tomatoes.
Josette Steiner Hatter's curiosity about her heritage has evolved into a book titled "From the Banat to North Dakota: A history of the German-Hungarian Pioneers in Western North Dakota." Hatter wrote the book in collaboration with David Dryer, who is a retired research chemist living in San Mateo, Calif. Hatter learned her maternal great-grandfather Johann Braun and family struck out on a solo journey to America in the spring of 1889 from their home in the Banat region of Austria-Hungary.
Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy is hosting "Discover Christian Schools Week" on Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 20-23. Parents are invited to observe the classes during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. "This is a great opportunity to check out what Christian education has to offer your child," said Administrator Tim Privratsky. Brad and Robbyn Hanstad have three children enrolled -- in preschool, third and fifth grades. They have two more children at home. "We send them because they receive teaching that's consistent with home and church," said Robbyn Hanstad.
Several members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) have made it their life's mission to keep children warm and cozy with their homemade quilts. RSVP acting director Diane Pommerer and two volunteers recently donated the RSVP quilts to children enrolled in the Dickinson Redeemer Lutheran Preschool. While celebrating Pajama Day, the children picked out favorite quilts and soon were snuggled into the blankets. "The quilts are all donated.
Students who attend Dickinson Lincoln Elementary School race to the new playground equipment during recess time. They run up the stairs or climb the ropes to go down the slides, only to race back up again. The playground equipment was made possible through a fundraising campaign by the Lincoln Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).
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.