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RICHARDTON -- Guitar music and melodies of "Kum ba yah, My Lord" filtered through the hallways of Richardton-Taylor High School on Wednesday. Classrooms were coverted into "dorms," while campers worked on crafts in another room. The first summer session of Camp ReCreation ended Thursday with 28 campers, and the second week starts on Monday with 32 campers. The purpose of Camp ReCreation is to offer a Christian-based camping experience for people with physical or mental disabilities, said Director Jackie Rebel.
Flamboyant red hats are the trademark for women who celebrate fun, friendship and freedom. The Dickinson area has several chapters of the Red Hat Society -- described as the world's largest sisterhood of active women approaching 50 and beyond. Members share a bond of affection, formed by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes them next, according to its Web site. "It's about fellowship," said Dakota Gals Chapter member Rhonda Hecker. "Women don't get together and just visit and relax with each other," she said.
Mitchell Hintz, a junior at Dickinson High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify his selection as a distinguished finalist in the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Hintz was recognized during an awards ceremony at DHS on Tuesday. He received the medallion as the third-place state winner.
The Dickinson Fire Department's technical rescue team relies on its training should it be called to rescue an individual trapped inside a confined space -- anything with limited access from the top. To train for such a scenario, team member Dustin Grosulak arranged for use of the Confined Space Training Unit provided by Oilind Safety. "It went very well. We don't get a lot of options for training like that as a team.
The Dickinson Veterans Honor Guard will join in paying tribute to America's military men and women during this year's Memorial Day service on Monday. The service is at 10 a.m. in the Dickinson State University Stickney Auditorium. The Memorial Day address is being delivered by Army veteran Dr. Richard Brauhn. While the nation pauses for a day to remember, the 22-member Honor Guard pays tribute to deceased veterans throughout the year, said Cmdr. Art Wanner. "They are a dedicated group of folks.
Excitement filled the air at the CountryHouse of Dickinson where residents danced to old-time music and sampled hors d'oeuvres during its third annual prom on Tuesday. CountryHouse is an assisted living facility for 24 residents. "We plan a year in advance," said Program Coordinator Robyn McChesney. Preparations for the party began in the morning when the staff pampered the women with hairstyles, nails and makeup. "Who doesn't like to getting dressed up and getting pampered for a day," she said. "And we made sure the men were clean-shaven.
Dickinson attorney Chuck Peterson is leading a service team to the God's Child Project in Guatemala Aug. 15-25 and there's still room for volunteers. "It's a volunteer-centered vacation that actually provides you with an opportunity to make a positive impact on people who are struggling," he said. The service team will work in various places at the project: Building simple homes, visiting at the Casa Jackson Home for Malnourished Infants and serving meals at the homeless shelter.
Gene and Sue Jackson of Dickinson were introduced to the God's Child Project in 1991, but when they visited the project, they saw the difference one person can make in the world. With headquarters located in Bismarck, the GCP is a service organization that "breaks the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation" in Antigua, Guatemala, according a press release. "Although we had been very active in the project years prior to going, it was only after we experienced true poverty with the 'poorest of the poor' that we saw the enormous need for help and felt an even greater pull to b
Music specialist Sue Stoltz, 55, is cherishing her final days at Trinity Elementary East. Special events included the spring patriotic concert and the kindergarten class graduation. She recently made the decision to retire after working in education since 1980. "I will definitely miss the children.
Jan Biederstedt, 54, is following the advice she offers to her students in the day treatment program at Hagen Junior High School: Be ready for new challenges and look forward to new adventures. With that advice, she has decided to retire at the end of this semester. "I still love what I do, but I've spent half my life at Hagen," she said. A native of Dickinson, she has worked in education for 31 years, with the last 27 spent in Hagen. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, she began teaching at Fort Yates.