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Jessica Magnuson is learning about the heritage of Dickinson through her new position as museum assistant to the Dickinson Museum Center. She is in the process of cataloguing the inventory of the museum's collection. She started with the wardrobe of coats, uniforms and dresses donated to the museum throughout the years. "Every one is important. You can't judge fashion by today's standards," she said. Items are stored in the museum attic with notes attached to them. The information is being compiled into a computer program. "It's a long process, but we're getting it right.
School was barely dismissed for the summer when teachers returned to the classroom. Educators may love to teach, but they also love to learn. Dickinson's West River Teacher Center is offering summer courses designed to help them become better teachers. To develop the curriculum, the center's staff asks teachers what they need or the subjects that interest them, said Director Marty Odermann-Gardner. The summer series started May 30 with "Understanding Poverty" by Dr. O. Raye Adkins and the K-8 Science Institute taught by Dr. Deborah DeMarey and Dr.
The Joachim Regional Museum is celebrating Dickinson's 125th anniversary with a special display of artifacts and photographs. The project is coordinated by Daniel Stuckle, executive director of the Dickinson Museum Center. The complex includes the museum, the Pioneer Machinery Building and Prairie Outpost Park buildings... everything except the Dakota Dinosaur Museum. "We're celebrating 125 years of Dickinson history.
Food columnist Sue Doeden debuts her "All About Food" column today in The Dickinson Press. She is a food writer, photographer and cooking instructor in Bemidji, Minn. Doeden credits her mother and grandmother for the interest in cooking. "They were excellent cooks. Both my mom's parents came over here from Hungary. Hungarians loved food and loved making people happy with food," she said. "As a little girl, I clipped recipes from newspapers and magazines and tried out recipes. My dad would be the taster.
Velocity is presenting an evening of dance titled "East of Ordinary." The performance is at 6:30 p.m. today, June 1, in the Dickinson State University Stickney Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. "It's completely, dance, dance and more dance," said Velocity Director Alysia Klein. She said it's a collection of choreography performed by Velocity students, her dancers at the Northern Plains Dance Academy in Bismarck and several dances choreographed by Audrey Hermes. "It's a compilation of choreography that the kids have learned from the beginning of school to last month.
The Dickinson Public Library is launching its summer reading program on Tuesday with the theme "Saddle Up and Read Bookaroo." "We wanted something more western this year," said children's librarian Tina Kuntz. "After they turn in their completed logs, they get a bag of prizes and their name is put into a drawing for the grand prize, which is given away after Labor Day." She said the program is open to children ages preschool to grade 8. The younger children are asked to read 25 books.
Visitors to Dickinson's cemeteries during the Memorial Day weekend can easily find the gravestones of American veterans. Each grave is marked with a small American flag, placed there by Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh. "It needs to be done. These people cannot be forgotten," he said. "Those veterans have given in some way. Many were killed in action, many never returned home. All did something for this country." Benesh served as a helicopter combat medic in Vietnam from 1969-70. He is giving the main address during the Memorial Day services which are at 10 a.m.
The essence of a vacation is escaping from the routine of daily life. It's an opportunity to hang out with family members or explore new places. Western North Dakota offers plenty of outdoor getaways and adventures for the family who has a day, a weekend or a week to relax. The Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional beginning of the tourist season. The Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the United States Forest Service Medora Ranger District offer a wealth of information to get you started.
A rummage sale to benefit The Dickinson Rotary Club's Guatemala school project is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in Lloyd Moldenhauer's Quonset at 1551 Villard Street East. This year's sale features hand-made cabinets, utility cupboards, dressers, shelves and birdhouses. The birdhouses are made from scrap wood by Gary and Betty Jordan, who live 18 miles north of Mott. "It's to help the kids in Guatemala," said Gary. "I envy the guys who can go and help. This is the only way we can do it." Gary created the birdhouse pattern, which resembles a little log house.