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Carol Eacret-Simmons, director of the Dickinson State University Art Gallery, is showcasing her personal collection of needlework and art collages as a tribute to women whose names have been lost to history. Titled "Anonymous Was a Woman," the show highlights examples of needlework that she has collected -- quilting, crochet, tatting and embroidery. The remainder of the show are collages she made to honor various types of women -- "The Widow," "The Maiden Aunt," "The Gardener." The collages started with photos that she purchased in an Ohio antique shop. "All the women in the old photos ar
Dickinson State University student Silvia Vigier of France flipped crepes, while Anupa Bhurtel of Nepal and Tenzin Yankeyi of India talked about their customs in recent days at Dickinson's Berg Elementary. They are among 19 students participating in the 2009 "World Voices: Ambassadors for Understanding Project." World Voices is an opportunity to bring international students into the classrooms of sixth graders, who are already studying world geography and world history. "They read about it, but by bringing international students in, we bring primary sources for students to see, feel and tou
The United Way of Dickinson celebrated the conclusion of its 2008-2009 campaign with an annual meeting and donor recognition on Tuesday at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge. A total of $237,060 was raised in the campaign, according to the annual report. Of that amount, a percentage is needed for overhead costs. Last year, the amount came to 18.1 percent, including everything from cups given to those who increased their donations to the salary of the executive director. "I was very pleased. We were $5,000 over last year's record-setting goal.
The Dickinson State University chapter of the National Association for Music Education is sponsoring its 53rd annual Hilltop Holiday -- a musical variety show featuring talent by DSU students and the community. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, in the DSU Stickney Auditorium. "This is a variety show that DSU students, faculty and community members may be involved in. It is a fun way to show off the Dickinson area's musical talent," said show Director and DSU student Sarah Hagenston. The theme of the show varies from year to year.
The Dakota Western Auto Club gave a donation of 23 auto-related books to the Dickinson Area Public Library on Feb. 18. Making the donation were members Sharon Gegelman, Anneliese Schmidt, Mark Schields, Jim Flournoy and Bud Olson. This is the 31st year the club has made a donation.
Dickinson's Bud Olson restored several vehicles before he began a quest to find a Jeepster. "The reason I was interested in Jeepsters was because a friend's brother had one. I remember that from Dickinson High," he said. Olson, who is vice president of the Dakota Western Auto Club, located a 1950 Jeepster through the Internet. He picked it up in Milliken, Colo., in 2003. "There are very few Jeepsters in existence -- only 29,000 were made. When new it was $1,200. I paid $5,500 for it," he said. Over the next three years, he worked to restore the vehicle to its original condition.
The Dakota Western Auto Club has a diverse membership, from a piano teacher and school bus driver, to a retired railroad engineer and college professor. While their professions are different, they share a common interest in vintage automobiles. The members use the winter to plan activities such as the Medora Car Show or to select books to donate to the Dickinson Area Public Library.
The Dickinson Elks Sodbuster Band likes to play "Hi Neighbor" as it welcomes the audience and sets the tone for a show. The Sodbuster Band has been a goodwill ambassador for the Dickinson Elks Lodge No 1137 and southwestern North Dakota since 1970, said charter member Gary Selle. "I feel that way basically because that's why we went to Canada and to the Southwest Night at the Legislature to represent this area.
The Badlands Chapter of Right to Life is sponsoring a seminar titled "Distorted View of Freedom" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, in the Trinity High School Auditorium. "Basically, it's a seminar on our right to privacy," said member Jon Kary. "We will be touching on the connections between abortion, assisted suicide, stem cell research and same-sex unions." The presenter is Janet E. Smith, professor of moral theology and chair of life ethics at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She also has taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Dallas.
The Dickinson Area Public Library's new bookmobile --the Page Coach -- is rolling down county roads to visit patrons in outlying areas in Stark, Billings and Slope counties. The bookmobile, which arrived in Dickinson on Jan. 8, replaces the previous Page Coach. "Actually, this is about our fourth one," said library director Cheryl Tollefson. "It has more features than the previous one -- a larger engine, cruise control." She said this bookmobile is similar in size to the previous Page Coach, but it actually has more room for shelving because the front is designed differently.