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Dickinson High School special education teacher Jan Ostdahl was recently recognized for her service to education by The North Dakota Council of Exceptional Children. Nominated by the North Dakota Badlands Council for Exceptional Children, Ostdahl was named "Teacher of the Year" during the state convention at Minot. "Any time you are honored by your peers, it's very humbling.
Dickinson's Mabel Helgeson greeted every guest at her 100th birthday party by name and with a huge smile. "My mouth was played out. I was so happy to see every one of them," she said. "There wasn't one I didn't recognize right away. I knew them all." Over 240 family and friends helped her celebrate on Feb. 16 at the Baker Boy Community Room. Being a Leap Year baby, Mabel's actual birthday is Friday, Feb. 29. "Years ago, I used to celebrate two days -- the day before and the day after," she said.
Young career-minded individuals who welcome social and professional opportunities are organizing a new network in the Dickinson community. The Dickinson Young Professionals Network recently met for an informational meeting of prospective members. "It was to learn what YP (Young Professionals) is about. Right after the meeting, we had a chili and chocolate ice breaker and door prizes," said network President Amy Stoltz. Prospective members need to have a job and be 21 or older. "There's no upper limit. You have to be young at heart," she said. "As far as a career type, it doesn't matter.
Imagine being shipwrecked on a deserted island with a Navy seaman, who has flashbacks to happier days. His flashbacks come to life in song and dance during the Dickinson State University's 53rd performance of Hilltop Holiday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at DSU Stickney Auditorium. The musical variety show is sponsored by the DSU chapter of the National Association for Music Education. This year's theme is "Shipwrecked at Hilltop Holiday." "The show is definitely going to be hilarious," said chapter President Ryan Whipple.
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 students and faculty of Dickinson Roosevelt Elementary School concluded a holiday project by donating $250 to the Dickinson AMEN Food Pantry. Food pantry board member Barb Truchan recently visited the school to express her appreciation for the gift. "It's overwhelming of the caring of these kids and teachers for other members in the community who aren't quite so fortunate. It's a wonderful, generous offer. It will be put to good use," said Truchan. The donation represents a portion of the first-place prize Roosevelt received in the Sax Motor tree decorating contest.
Dickinson native Dr. Mary McNaughton has written and illustrated a book to teach the art of drawing in an easily understood manner. "The Little Book of Drawing -- a Friendly Approach" is meant to be an interactive drawing course that can be picked up to learn a lesson, put down and picked up again when the time is right. "Take a little at a time. Once you learn the basic techniques of drawing, you will be able to pick and choose from the more advanced lessons to fit your personality and interests," she said. McNaughton is the daughter of Jane Everett, Dickinson, and the late Mahlon R.
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.