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The North Dakota Museum of Art, located in Grand Forks, is bringing a national touring exhibit titled "Plains of Sweet Regrets" to Dickinson. This exhibit is described as a five-channel video installation with surround sound filmed in western North Dakota by Mary Lucier. This is the first time it is being shown in the area since its creation. Museum trustee Kjersti Armstrong said the exhibition opens at Dickinson in the Odd Fellows building, 32 First Ave. West. The grand opening hours are 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Oct. 12.
Twin sisters Katelyn and Talia Miasek of Dickinson devoted part of their summer to missionary work in Third World countries. Their outreach was done through Global Expeditions, which is a branch of Teen Mania Ministries. It's mission is to "Lead teens from across North America to the nations with the message of Jesus Christ." Katelyn spent her time in South Africa, while Talia went to Thailand and Cambodia. They are the daughters of Betty and Phil Randall.
Volunteers at Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Care Center are putting their baking skills to work by making a variety of baked goods for the upcoming Autumnfest. St. Benedict's 17th annual Autumnfest is Saturday, Oct. 5, starting with a polka Mass at 10 a.m. "It's a time for the residents to invite people into their home," said activities director Bonnie Goldsberry. "This particular event enhances the quality of life for our residents in their day-to-day living." The Mass is followed by an ethnic meal featuring a variety of ethnic goodies.
The Badlands Quilters Guild have scheduled three days of classes, trunk shows, lectures, entertainment and meals during its 16th annual retreat Oct. 10-12 at Medora. "It's a weekend to get together to learn new techniques with new teachers, to reconnect with our quilting buddies who we may not have seen since the last retreat and to have a good time," said retreat chairman Vickie Loh, Manning. The retreat was held in various locations throughout the years, including Richardton and Dickinson.
When the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk pulled into the naval shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 2, Quartermaster Third Class (Surface Warfare) Matthew Lenerville of Richardton was at the helm. The USS Kitty Hawk is scheduled for decommissioning after 47 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Lenerville said driving the ship for the last time was an awesome experience. "I'll never forget that. We had been driving -- myself and another master helmsman -- since midnight.
The Dickinson Trinity High School Fine Arts Department is offering an evening of delicious "sampling" from area food vendors during the annual TASTE. TASTE is an evening consisting of sampling and fine entertainment by students. This year's TASTE is Thursday, Oct. 2, in Trinity. The two sessions are 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. The proceeds assist the THS Fine Arts Department to obtain items that are not covered in their budgets. "Normally, we try to get one large piece of equipment per year," said Trinity music director Jeff Dasovick.
When Dorothy Kostelecky of Dickinson was injured in a fall this summer, she spent a month in the hospital and another two months in a nursing home. Although she had recovered from the injury, she still needed help in administering her medications, especially the insulin. Her family was uncertain what the next step would be.
The United Way of Dickinson has launched its 2008-2009 campaign with the theme of "Live United." "Our mission is 'United, we improve people's lives'," said Executive Director Jill Gregoire. Twenty-one agencies have requested funding for a total of $280,000.
The Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center is entering its 30th year of providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homeless families. This year, the United Way of Dickinson has an even more important role in helping to finance the agency because of decreases in federal funding. "We are asking for more assistance from United Way, cities and counties," said the center's Executive Director Darianne Johnson. "Federal funding will continue to be cut. We can't continue to count on those funds in order to survive.