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The upcoming resignation of Jerry Mayer as Civil Air Patrol commander has placed the future of the Roughrider Composite Squadron in question. "Within the next two weeks, I'm resigning as commander of the squadron. I think it's time for somebody else to step up to the plate. I think change is good," he said. "Unless somebody volunteers, it may be closing. We cannot find anybody. I've been looking," he added. "The squadron will deactivate until somebody would be responsible. Being commander, a person is willing to be responsible for the equipment, aircraft and vans.
Rye Forrester rides into a dusty Texas town to meet the widow of the man whose death he'd caused. Passing by the cemetery, he sees a young woman and daughter standing beside the fresh grave of the woman's father. He learns it's Dulcie McDaniel, the woman he is seeking. After finding directions to her farm, the former soldier is greeted by Dulcie with a shotgun.
Gardening from farm to market, new flower varieties and tips to discourage wildlife pests are among the featured topics during the third annual Yardening Tour and Clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.
The students at Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary School have new opportunities to become physically fit, thanks to an Extreme Equipment Room Makeover promotion. Physical education instructor Carlean Jundt applied for and received a $5,000 award from Gopher, which is a mail-order company for sports and exercise equipment. Sixteen schools out of 700 applicants won a total of $60,000. The grand prize winner received $25,000, and the 15 runners-up either received $5,000 or $1,000 makeovers. She said the promotion was done to celebrate Gopher's 60th anniversary.
Soccer balls fly across the field into the nets as local Special Olympics athletes and volunteer partners prepare for the state games in Grand Forks Sept. 8-9. Older athletes play games of boccie, which is less physical but requires skill to win. Practices are held on Thursdays and Sundays near Dickinson's Optimist Park. Special Olympics North Dakota provides year-around physical fitness, sports training and competition in 15 sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All activities are offered free of cost to participants.
Ken Stockert, Dickinson, is looking forward to representing the United States as an assistant bowling coach during the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China. Over 4,000 athletes from 150 countries are expected to participate in the games from Oct. 2-11. "I'm very excited to see the different cultures and see what it's like over there," he said. This is Stockert's second trip abroad for Special Olympics. He was an assistant bowling coach during the 2003 games in Ireland. Stockert is among America's team of 41 bowlers and 10 bowling coaches.
The Roughrider District Boy Scouts of America is sponsoring its annual roundup, barbecue and social on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Dickinson. Dr. Lee and Deanna Vickers are hosting the event from 5:30-8 p.m. at their home at 1071 Fifth St. West. "The reason we have this is to insure future scouting in southwestern North Dakota and to benefit the Heart Butte Scout Reservation located at Lake Tschida," said District Executive Bill Anderson. The roundup theme is "A Boy Scout Salute to Dr.
Lutheran churches throughout southwestern North Dakota are getting ready for the 27th annual Badlands Ministries Fall Event on Sunday, Sept. 16. "This is a major fundraiser for this ministry and is a day filled with fun and fellowship for all," said event chairman Peggy Myers. The fall event is held at the Medora Community Center.