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The two Dickinson Trinity elementary schools have responded to patrons who need after-school day care for their children. Students attending Trinity Elementary East gather in the lunchroom/gymnasium, while students at Trinity West meet in a former classroom and the gymnasium for after-school activities. "If kids are in the building, you don't worry about picking them up," said Sister Dorothy Zeller, East and West principal.
The handprints of every kindergarten student in Lexi Friedt's classroom are coming together in a quilt of love. The students are helping to make the quilt as an auction item for the upcoming benefit for Skout Krogh, 3, who is being treated at Bismarck for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Scout's sister Skye is a student in Friedt's room at Dickinson's Roosevelt Elementary School. "My class has done a few projects for them. They wanted to make a difference, that they were helping," said Friedt. Friedt cut out blocks of fabric, which were given to each of the children.
There's been a run on flour, sugar, butter and spices in Dickinson's grocery stores this week. Members of the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary are busy baking cookies for their annual valentine cookie sale. "They're all homemade and kid-friendly," said member Bethol Knutson. Clara Mesling is making chocolate sandwich cookies. "I've made them a few times and they sell good," she said. "Brown sugar rocks are a favorite with my grandkids," said Maggie Kuntz. About 100 members are expected to each bake six dozen cookies.
The students in Pam Moormann's world foods class at Dickinson High School were introduced to Scandinavian foods on Monday. Members of the Sons of Norway Hardanger Lodge 4-652 demonstrated how to make the crispy sweet treat called krum kaka. They return to class today for a lesson on lefse. Lodge member Cathy Moe said the lodge "adopted" Dickinson High School as a Sons of Norway service project about 1½ years ago.
The Dickinson Roughrider Commission has the perfect cure for cabin fever. The term possibly originated when settlers were snowed in their log cabins and had to wait for the spring thaw in order to travel to town. With spring still several months away, the commission is sponsoring its 17th annual Ronald McDonald House Cabin Fever Benefit. The evening of food, fun and entertainment is at the Dickinson Eagles Club on Saturday, Feb. 9. The social starts at 4 p.m. with a silent auction from 4-7 p.m. and beef barbecue at 6 p.m. Then dance away the evening to the music of Midnight Ride.
The Dickinson High School music room vibrates with sound when the Dickinson Drum Line is in rehearsal. Fifteen students perform with a variety of drums, xylophones, bells and cymbals, or they even use metal garbage cans and chairs as instruments.
The Dickinson West River Community Center is offering a new aerobics class for youth ages 9-12. It's held at 4:15 p.m. every Wednesday at the center. The youth fitness class consists of warm-up and stretching exercises for the first 10 minutes and 25 minutes of fun cardio activities. The class ends with five minutes of toning and five minutes of relaxation. The class came at the suggestion of parents. "I was getting comment cards from parents. 'Could you please add a class for my 9-12-year-olds?
DICKINSON - The Dickinson Jefferson Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is providing several fun-filled activities to break the monotony of winter. Students in grades 3-5 enjoyed mini-lessons on Jan. 18 and 25 and conclude the series on Friday. "We do some things in winter that are fun activities," said PAC President Erica Karsky. "It's something for kids to look forward to every year." Presenters from the community are teaching classes such as fun foods, Judo, science, fringed tie blankets, hunter safety and computer lessons.
Dickinson is preparing to host the first-ever North Dakota barbecue championship through the efforts of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau and event organizer Mort Krieg. The "Barbecue from the Heart -- North Dakota State Championship" is scheduled from Friday through Saturday, Sept. 12-13, at Dickinson's Camp on the Heart. "This is unbelievable. I'm walking on Cloud 9 for this to come together for the purpose of giving back to the community," said Krieg. Krieg has been involved with the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) since 2004.