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Melanie Kathrein was recognized by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee as "Educator of the Year" for the Dickinson Public Schools. She received the award during the Chamber's annual banquet on Oct. 28 in Dickinson. "This is my 23rd year in education," said Kathrein, who is the public schools' director of professional development and curriculum. Kathrein said her first career choice was to become a medical laboratory technician. "While I was a college student, I tutored other students.
American Education Week is being celebrated in Dickinson schools starting on Monday.
How do you put a face on homelessness in southwestern North Dakota? "The average person would say there isn't a problem, but they'd be wrong," said Gloria Fichter-Rau, co-chairperson of the Southwest Homeless Coalition. "Homelessness doesn't look the same in southwestern North Dakota as it does in the urban areas." She said a homeless individual may have been evicted from his apartment, is couch-surfing with family and friends or was just released from institutional care. "It might be young adults who are evicted from their family's home or aged out of foster care," she said.
Elder Care bus driver Joe Berger opened the door forLeona Schiwal and Angeline Jablonsky at Dickinson's Pioneer Haven. "You're late!" was the standing joke as the women boarded his 2007 Chevy van for a ride to the Prairie Hills Mall. The women use the transportation service to run errands, get to medical appointments or go shopping. Handing her $6 round-trip fare to Berger, Jablonsky joked that pretty soon she could buy a van of her own. "I can't drive so it wouldn't make any difference," she added. Berger's next stop was at St.
Recipes from the kitchens of southwestern North Dakota are featured in a new cookbook titled "Cooking with RSVP Volunteers." The cookbook is a fundraiser for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program -- Dakota West chapter. Project Coordinator Beverly Hafele said the cookbook is unique in that a picture of the cook is printed beside each recipe that she submitted. "We had a good variety from our volunteers of southwestern North Dakota," she said. The Dakota West chapter represents 250 volunteers from the counties of Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark.
American Red Cross volunteer Melissa Sheppard of Dickinson has a renewed appreciation for volunteers who offer a helping hand in the event of a natural disaster. As a special services volunteer for the American Red Cross, Sheppard drove one of the emergency response vehicles to feed people impacted by Hurricane Ike in Texas this summer. "Wow, there's a lot of good people in the world and you don't always realize it. We had volunteers from all over.
The fight to build the Badlands Activities Center ended Tuesday night as ballots swung in favor of the measure. With all precincts counted, nearly 59 percent of citizens voted yes on Dickinson Measure No.
A bowl of soup and a bite of bread is all that some people in the world may have for dinner today. To create an awareness of hunger and homelessness, the second annual Empty Bowls event is being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The kitchen of St. Patrick's Garvin Hall was filled with the aroma of simmering meatballs and gravy while food preparations were under way for the weekly Welcome Table soup kitchen in Dickinson. Welcome Table serves a hot, nutritious meal at 6 p.m. every Thursday. "It hasn't changed much from previous years. We started in 1993," said meal coordinator Darlyne Brudvig. "We call it the Welcome Table ministry to homeless or transient people, but the majority of peple are alone, disadvantaged or elderly.