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An ice cream sundae, a greeting card or a box of valentine candy are the simple tokens of affection shared by Jacob (Jake) and Florence Frank. Nearing their 60th wedding anniversary, the Franks spoke of their courtship with a Model A, their wedding at the Gaylord church and why their marriage has endured. The Franks live on a farm 15 miles south of Dickinson and one mile off the highway. Jake grew up on that farmstead, while Florence lived south of Belfield near the Gaylord Church. They met at a dance in the Gaylord Hall in 1948.
Oreo's Animal Rescue is hosting its annual "For the Love of a Pet" fundraiser today. The event begins with a champagne social at 5 p.m. and banquet at 6 p.m. at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson. "We always have a silent auction throughout the evening," said Debbi Wilson, Oreo's board president. "It's a wonderful event we do every year. It's always on Valentine's Day." Wilson described the banquet as Oreo's biggest fundraiser. "Every year it gets bigger," she said.
A team of health care professionals and students from the Dickinson area are preparing to take a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic. "Once you've seen those countries, it's a different kind of need. They wouldn't get the help if we didn't go," said Lisa Dolezal, a surgical nurse on the team. The team is being mobilized through Medical Ministry International, whose mission is to provide spiritual and physical health care to the world's poor. The team also includes Dr. Thomas Arnold, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Dickinson Clinic; Dr. Eric Leveen, general surgeon at St.
Marla Knaup of Dickinson is among the first women in southwestern North Dakota to participate in a pilot program created by the Pathways to Healthy Lives project. Titled "My Heart My Health," the program is designed to offer eligible women with education and screening for cardiovascular disease. "It's brand new and we're extremely excited," said Tammy Hovet, Pathways project coordinator. "My Heart My Health" will provide the following: r Heart disease risk profile -- cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood pressure, weight, height and body mass index. r Lifestyle assessment -- client's
A new business club on the Dickinson State University campus has launched a fundraiser for victims of Haiti's earthquake. Members of SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) will be placing donation jars and posters throughout Dickinson. "All of the money -- 100 percent -- is going to Haiti through the American Red Cross," said Chiedza Mazonde, an international student from Zimbabwe and vice president of the club. Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake Jan.
Janel Kolar, pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dickinson and New England, recently learned of an urgent appeal by Church World Service for hygiene and baby care kits for Haiti. Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince. She presented the appeal to her church families, and they have responded with diapers, sleepers, towels and soap. "Most of the churches in Dickinson are familiar with Church World Service. It's an interfaith organization," she said.
Students of all ages are exploring the world of art with paints, pencils, cameras and clay during four community education classes. The classes, offered through Dickinson Sate University, started in January and conclude this month. The idea for classes is credited to Marilyn Lee, associate professor of art at DSU. "I've had students as well as people in the community ask if there were any classes taught for fun that they could do without enrolling or committing to a whole semester," she said. Students didn't want to be graded.
Casey Peterson has joined the staff of the Best Friends Mentoring Program as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Best Friends matches adult volunteers with students on a one-on-one basis during the school day. Her work will support the mentoring program, special events planning and marketing. "She is looking at ways to better communicate with the variety of volunteers we have," said Best Friends Executive Director Kris Fehr. She cited examples such as texting and converting the newsletter to an electronic format to save time and money. "She's also working to update our Web page.
Milton Bobb, 76, of rural Richardton has taken on a hobby that recycles rags into rugs using an antique loom. "I've only met a couple of people who make them," said Bobb. He and his wife, Elizabeth, raised sheep for a living, but as the children left, the flock grew smaller and smaller. "I ended up with 25 ewes and I called them my pets," he said.
Not every international student attending Dickinson State University is able to return home for the holidays. Ravi Bhatari, originally from Nepal, is remaining behind. The cost of transportation is keeping Bhatari here until next Christmas, but he is comforted in knowing that he will be visiting his "friendship family" -- Allen and Pam Cote of Dickinson -- over the holidays. "I hope to meet the rest of the family at Christmas," he said. "I'm also planning to do some traveling -- I'm looking at Vegas." The Cotes have hosted international students for the last eight years.