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Dickinson-area schools are celebrating Music in Our Schools Month with the theme "Music Touches Lives." Heart River Elementary music specialist Paulette Huber is helping to promote the month, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. "A very important purpose of music education is to teach a scope and sequence of music concepts K-12, connecting with students in a positive way, making music enjoyable and a 'touching' experience," she said. "Most importantly, music is about release of emotions, an expression, beauty, the aesthetic value, 'touching lives,' as our theme promote
Dickinson Berg Elementary School recently hosted a spring fling for students and their families. The Berg Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) organized the activity with the theme "Treasure Our Mind and Body." "We tried to focus on health and wellness and exercise," said PAC member Lisa Stoltz. One station taught exercises which teachers use to stimulate the brain and body before classroom study. The measurement circle, likened to a cake walk, featured cards with different kinds of measurements such as weights and ounces. The Jeopardy game divided students into two teams to answer questions r
Archers stand side by side to take aim at 14 targets scattered across the room. After releasing two arrows per target, the scores are tabulated and the shooting resumes. The archers either shoot for fun or as league teams every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Roughrider Archers Club indoor range located at 103 East Villard. Members also carry keys, which allows them to shoot at any time. "We want to let people know we're out there and to check us out," said member Ryan Rafferty. "We don't feel people know enough about the club. The club's a hidden spot in the community.
Twenty-five students from Dickinson's Trinity High School have qualified to participate in the Regional Science Fair. The students were among some 75 entries in the school's science fair held Wednesday. Science teacher Casey Kessel said students in grades 7 and 9 were required to participate. The fair was an optional event for the other students. Kessel gave her seventh graders a pack of information about how to conduct a research project. The students found ideas through Internet searches and science books. "Some were very creative this year.
AARP tax aid volunteers are helping prepare returns for clients of low-to-moderate incomes and age 60 and over. The program is held annually from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Dickinson Public Library. Local AARP tax aid program coordinator Ben Frank said the program started Feb. 6 and continues until April 12. Eleven trained volunteer counselors and one receptionist assist in preparing the taxes. "It's a big responsibility. It's something they enjoy doing. They're proud to be able to do this for people.
The Trinity High School Titan Jazz Ensemble was among the groups performing at the 34th University of Mary Jazz Festival. Jazz ensembles from throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada participated in the event. They were adjudicated by nationally known musicians from throughout the United States.
Jakee Stoltz's skill as a bass guitar player won him the "Outstanding Musician" award during the University of Mary Jazz Festival held recently at Bismarck. Stoltz is a student at Trinity High School and a member of the Titan Jazz Ensemble. The award is presented to the top musician from among over 600 participants at the festival. "I knew the judge liked what I played. He was standing up at the end, clapping. I knew it was good, but I had no idea I had won the award.
Barb Truchan looks forward to March because it's National Nutrition Month. Created in 1973 by the American Dietetic Association, the month provides nutrition guidance and stresses the importance of informed food choices. Truchan promotes healthy lifestyle choices through her job as a licensed nutritionist for the Southwestern District Health Unit.
Dorothea Ziegler uncovers bits and pieces of people's lives through the translation of letters, obituaries and secretary's reports written in German. Ziegler's ability to translate German dialects into English has enabled families to discover lost recipes or churches to complete centennial books. Retired Richardton farmers Theresa and Frank Messer recently gave Ziegler two notebooks filled with entries written by Frank's mother, Rose Messer. "Frank's mother lived in a nursing home and when she died, nobody wanted the pictures and books," said Theresa Messer. The notebooks were filed away u