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An important element of this year's "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" is the North Dakota Firefighters Cook-off on Sept. 4-5 in Dickinson. Firefighter cooking teams from across North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are invited to compete for the coveted firefighter's axe traveling trophy and $1,000 in cash prizes. Last year's traveling trophy went to the Dickinson Rural Fire Department. City of Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said his department hopes to enter a team into the competition. "The only way a department can hold on to the trophy is to compete," said Sivak.
An organizational meeting of a Dickinson garden club was held June 23 at the home of Sue Jackson. She was joined by David and Marie Anderson and Sheila Hartl. "We're forming a garden club for people who enjoy gardening," said Jackson. However, the base is broader than that. At the first meeting, the group also talked about interests such as flower plantings and tree varieties. It was the consensus of the group to have an informal garden club.
DUNN CENTER -- The Dunn Center Museum is a show place of Dunn County artifacts, but the next step is to secure volunteers who can keep the museum open to visitors. The museum was open during the summer hours in previous years, said Cathy Trampe, chairman of the Dunn County Museum Committee. Due to the economy, the Dunn County Historical Society and Dunn County Museum Committee are looking for caretakers to watch over the museum on a volunteer basis, she said. "There is a demand by people who would like to see the museum over the summer and I'd like to fulfill their wishes," she said.
The organizers of the 12th annual Stark County Relay For Life are looking to increase awareness and participation in this year's event with more cancer survivors, walkers and dollars raised. "Last year we raised $79,000 and had 35 teams. Our goal this year is $85,000 and we want 45 teams," said Terri Lien, Relay For Life event chairwoman. Relay For Life has become a signature event for the American Cancer Society throughout the United States. It was started by one doctor who wanted to make a difference.
The 20 participants in the Junior Master Garden Program headed to their garden patch with hoes to clear the weeds on Tuesday. They discovered the garden was covered in a blanket of weeds because of the abundant moisture. Comments such as, "Oh my gawd!" could be heard as they started hoeing and pulling the weeds. The vegetables were planted June 2 on a garden plot located at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center.
MEDORA -- The 45th edition of the Medora Musical opens with the Medora Coal Diggers playing "Let the Good Times Roll!" The song sets the show's tone for two hours of Western music, dance and comedy. The Burning Hills Singers are joined on stage by Dale Given as host "Buffalo Dale," Job Christenson of Grand Forks as "The City Slicker" and Jim France as Medora's Scottish visitor and Theodore Roosevelt enthusiast. After four seasons as musical host, Given considers Medora as his second home. "I truly love being here," said Given, who comes from Sidney, Iowa. He said the focus of this year's m
The Dakota Western Auto Club is sponsoring its 32nd annual Medora Car Show on Saturday on the grounds east of the Badlands Motel in Medora. The public is invited to view the cars between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses. Last year's first-place winners will be displayed at the Medora Community Center from 10 a.m.
RICHARDTON -- The Schnell Recreation Area, located 3½ miles northeast of Richardton, is spruced up and ready to go for the summer. While the area is open year around, the summer and fall seasons draw the most visitors who look for experiences in camping, picnicking, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, photography, cross-country skiing and horse-back riding. Dickinson's Tod Winter will work at the site as a Bureau of Land Management range technician/weed control specialist.
MEDORA--Medora Wychanko, 5, of Akron, Ohio, has always known she was named for the town of Medora in North Dakota.