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Bowman High School is preparing to defend its state champion title at the North Dakota Class B speech competition on April 28 in Mandan. Coach Amy Getz said the top contenders for the state team title include Richardton-Taylor, Washburn, Central Cass and Glenburn. Winning the state championship has become a tradition for the Bowman team. "People don't realize the work these kids put into speech. Our first big title was in 1979," she said.
Dickinson Trinity High School's speech team is preparing to compete in the regional speech competition at Richardton-Taylor High School today. Trinity's team includes 20 students with Janel Schiff as coach. She is assisted by Dickinson State University student Travis Norberg. "I have a lot of new kids. It's a nice mix from grades 7-12. Every class is represented," said Schiff. The team also includes a student from New England through the co-op program and another who is home schooled. The team meets weekly at the high school. "We listen to each other practice," she said.
Sharon Buresh shares the favorite recipes she uses when cooking for a large group of people. "I either cook for two or 200. It's hard when my family gets together. I'm always making too much," said Buresh. Buresh and her husband, Ron, own and operate the Spur Bar. As a way to say thank you for their customers' support, they host monthly birthday suppers. "They're not just customers. They're all our friends," she said. Favorite menu items include Spur Bar cheesy potatoes, barbecued beef and pasta coleslaw salad. "People ask for the cheesy potatoes every month.
Visitors to the Dickinson Public Library will notice several doors now feature stained glass panels. Two panels showcase an open book surrounded by roses while another has the outline of a cat beside a flower garden. The glass motifs were created by Mary Lovell, the library's cataloguer and head of technical services. "When we first started the building plans, I felt the library needed some stained glass. I guess the idea came from me," she said. Art is her passion, especially pottery, stained glass and jewelry.
Mary Steiner's fourth-grade students at Dickinson Trinity Elementary West recently explored concepts of astronomy and outer space with the help of a Dickinson State University class. The lesson plans were prepared by 20 DSU students who are enrolled in the science methods class for elementary education taught by Dr. Deborah M.
The Dickinson Trinity High School senior class is presenting an original production of "Living Stations of the Cross." The performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1, in the THS auditorium. A spaghetti supper also is served from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The project is an opportunity to enhance the faith life of the students and community at large, said Director Jesse Zyskowski. "This year, we've added Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper and Agony in the Garden.
Jan Biederstedt's room at Dickinson Hagen Junior High offers a quiet get-away from crowded hallways and busy classrooms. Tucked into the corner of the second floor, the room once served as a study hall. Today, it serves as a structured learning space for Biederstedt's day treatment program. "This is a safe place for them to share and study," she said.
The students at Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School were treated to smoothies during the Dairy Fair held in conjunction with the school's Spring Fling. The smoothies were prepared by licensed dietitians at the Southwestern District Health Unit. "We served about 360 smoothies. People came back for seconds. That's a good sign," said dietitian Jo Marie Kadrmas. Students also were invited to have their picture taken with "milk mustaches." "People who chose the milk mustaches really had a good time," she said.
National Park Service volunteer Terry Lincoln resumes his observations of nesting golden eagles this month. He's been monitoring nesting sites for the past 11 years in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. "I started on my own time. I really enjoy hiking and camping and watching animals. I checked in with the folks at the park, asking them what I can do to help out," said Lincoln, who is director of Bismarck's Dakota Zoo. Lincoln's observations are added to the park's data base to help rangers interpret the information for tourists, and help the park regarding management decisions.
The PostEverywhere services provided by a Hebron software company are moving truck freight more efficiently across the United States and Canada. The software programmers are currently restructuring the present services to make the system more efficient, said company President Mark Draeb. "We're streamling the infrastructure," he said.