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Wally Brandt rides his bike on Dickinson city streets and goes for power walks every day. He appreciates his renewed ability to exercise. Wally recently returned home from the University of Minneapolis where he underwent a lung transplant on Sept. 6, 2006. "I was on the transplant list for three years. I didn't think I'd ever live long enough to get a lung," he said. He came home on March 15, with short visits for Thanksgiving and Christmas. He continues to need home care, which is provided by his friend and caregiver, RayeAnn Brandt. Brandt, 57, is a native of Hebron.
Alison Ficek's science project on the cognitive effects of antioxidants has earned her a third trip to the International Science Fair. She is a senior at Dickinson's Trinity High School. For her science experiment, she wanted to determine whether or not antioxidants would have a cognitive effect on Mus musculus (or common laboratory mice.) The idea for the experiment came after reading about the benefits of antioxidants in blueberries. "Researchers have reported that there is an association between antioxidants in blueberries and cognitive function.
Bowman High School is preparing to defend its state champion title at the North Dakota Class B speech competition on April 28 in Mandan. Coach Amy Getz said the top contenders for the state team title include Richardton-Taylor, Washburn, Central Cass and Glenburn. Winning the state championship has become a tradition for the Bowman team. "People don't realize the work these kids put into speech. Our first big title was in 1979," she said.
St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care Auxiliary is collecting vintage hats for a display in conjunction with its silver tea. The silver tea and old-fashioned hat display is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Dickinson Elks Lodge. The program starts at 3 p.m. with Rhonda Hecker providing the hats for the skit. The committee includes Leona Pachl, Cher Olson and Carol Luptak. All the auxiliary members are asked to bring their favorite old-fashioned hats. Many of the hats belonged to Luptak's mother-in-law, Veronica Luptak. "She was very stylish.
The students at Dickinson's Hagen Junior High School and Dickinson High School are celebrating their success at the North Dakota Technology Student Association state competition held March 26-27 at Mandan. The first-place winners are eligible to attend the national competition From June 24-28 at Nashville, Tenn. The Hagen students are advised by Erwin Vanveldhuizen and the DHS students are advised by Susan Haider. The Hagen results are as follows: Cyberspace: First, Darcie Lujan, Kali Schock, Justine Gab, Allison Roemmich and Holly Leftridge. Digital photography: Second, Holly Leftridge.
When the Easter bunny brings treats to the McCollum and Krebs homes, he's likely to encounter several of his distant cousins. Heather McCollum and Erin Krebs are keeping rabbits as 4-H projects this year. McCollum is a member of the Dakota Variety 4-H Club, and is the daughter of Verna and Brian McCollum.
Dickinson Trinity High School's speech team is preparing to compete in the regional speech competition at Richardton-Taylor High School today. Trinity's team includes 20 students with Janel Schiff as coach. She is assisted by Dickinson State University student Travis Norberg. "I have a lot of new kids. It's a nice mix from grades 7-12. Every class is represented," said Schiff. The team also includes a student from New England through the co-op program and another who is home schooled. The team meets weekly at the high school. "We listen to each other practice," she said.
Sharon Buresh shares the favorite recipes she uses when cooking for a large group of people. "I either cook for two or 200. It's hard when my family gets together. I'm always making too much," said Buresh. Buresh and her husband, Ron, own and operate the Spur Bar. As a way to say thank you for their customers' support, they host monthly birthday suppers. "They're not just customers. They're all our friends," she said. Favorite menu items include Spur Bar cheesy potatoes, barbecued beef and pasta coleslaw salad. "People ask for the cheesy potatoes every month.
Visitors to the Dickinson Public Library will notice several doors now feature stained glass panels. Two panels showcase an open book surrounded by roses while another has the outline of a cat beside a flower garden. The glass motifs were created by Mary Lovell, the library's cataloguer and head of technical services. "When we first started the building plans, I felt the library needed some stained glass. I guess the idea came from me," she said. Art is her passion, especially pottery, stained glass and jewelry.
Mary Steiner's fourth-grade students at Dickinson Trinity Elementary West recently explored concepts of astronomy and outer space with the help of a Dickinson State University class. The lesson plans were prepared by 20 DSU students who are enrolled in the science methods class for elementary education taught by Dr. Deborah M.