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Russell Kovash, 42, is taking a significant step toward becoming a priest. He is being ordained a deacon during a ceremony on Sunday, June 9, in Dickinson's St. Patrick's Catholic Church. "It's a huge milestone because once this happens, there's no turning back -- you're an ordained cleric," said Kovash. The Most Rev. Paul A. Zipfel is celebrating the Mass at 2 p.m. with diocesan priests, parishioners, family and friends in attendance. "It's a parish celebration.
Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh walks through the three Dickinson cemeteries, looking for grave markers of veterans that may be damaged, buried in dirt or covered with weeds. He cleans the marker or takes note of the site and moves on. "My next project is to get the stones back in shape," he said. For the last five seasons, Benesh placed small American flags on the gravesites of every veteran in nearby cemeteries in observance of Memorial Day. What is the reason for his dedication? "Because it needs to be done. These people have to be recognized and these people have to be honored.
Dickinson's Velocity Yoga and Dance takes the audience on a walk through city streets during its annual dance performance titled "Pavement: Dance On and Off the Street" on Friday, May 30. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Today's commencement ceremonies at Trinity High School will have special significance for the family of THS senior Jessica Scherr. While every student can expect rough waters during his/her life, Jessica faced a life-threatening illness during her senior year. She recalls just completing her junior year and starting a job at Dickinson's White Drug. "It was the first week of summer, and my first job and I got sick.
The Dickinson United Methodist Church is preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary with activities on Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1. The celebration has special significance to everyone in the congregation. "The word that comes to my mind, it's the importance of remembering the past, while simultaneously preparing for the future," said the Rev. Scott McKirdy, pastor of the church. The celebration The activities begin with a picnic at noon on Saturday at the Dickinson Recreation Center.
DICKINSON - Anita Gaab's years of service as a teacher at Dickinson's Trinity High School came to end on Wednesday with farewells and high fives from the students in her Grade 9 religion and English classes. She is retiring after 37 years in education. Her remaining Trinity function is to attend the commencement ceremonies on Sunday. "The thing I will miss the most about teaching is the pride I feel when the students accomplish a task. I feel great pride when I can tell a nearby spectator the name of a student participating because I know them personally. I will miss that," she said.
Dickinson's Dakota Dinosaur Museum is focusing on meteorites and related specimens during the 2008 season. One specimen you won't want to miss is the Martian meteorite fragment. Based on its chemical composition, this fragment of basalt was once a part of Mars, said Curator Larry League. He said a meteor impact blasted Martian rock into space, eventually reaching Earth. It was found in the Libyan Desert in 1998.
Over 100 child care providers took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the annual Region VIII child care appreciation event on Thursday evening.
DICKINSON - After serving nine years as pastor of Dickinson's St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Rev. Austin Vetter is being reassigned as pastor of Minot's St. Leo's Catholic Church Minot. His last weekend of Masses at St. Patrick's is June 28-29. "It's actually the 15th anniversary of my ordination as well. I was ordained on June 29, 1993. The date has special significance. I've been a priest for 15 years and it's my last Mass at St. Patrick's on that day," he said. St. Patrick's is holding a prayer service, followed by a farewell reception at 7 p.m.
DICKINSON - The Dickinson Catholic Schools Board of Education has named Sister Dorothy Zeller as new superintendent in an announcement earlier this week. She is replacing Kelly Koppinger, who submitted his resignation as Dickinson Catholic Schools superintendent/Trinity High School principal effective June 30. Zeller's tenure as superintendent begins on July 1. The board recently separated the positions of superintendent and Trinity High principal.