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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.
Badlands rancher and cowboy poet Bill Lowman had the opportunity to celebrate the Western way of life during the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held Jan. 23-31 at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev. He participated in five performances and was invited to teach a four-hour class on visual art during the week-long event. A charter member of the Western Folklife Center, Lowman also was asked to write an essay about what cowboy poetry means to him. "I am proud to defend the fact that cowboy poetry is not a competition. It is a sharing of a tradition," he said.
The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its second annual Fat Tuesday -- an evening of Creole food, jazz music and games -- on Tuesday, Feb.
People waited patiently outside the community room at the Dickinson Area Public Library on Tuesday for an opportunity to consult with an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer. By the end of the afternoon, several of the clients were asked to come back because the Tax-Aide volunteers couldn't keep up with the demand. "They waited yesterday, I'll tell you," said local program coordinator Ben Frank. The Tax-Aide program was launched on Tuesday for the season and continues through April 14. It takes up to 45 minutes to complete the tax-filing process. "We want to do it correctly, that's the main thing.