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Gene and Sue Jackson of Dickinson were introduced to the God's Child Project in 1991, but when they visited the project, they saw the difference one person can make in the world. With headquarters located in Bismarck, the GCP is a service organization that "breaks the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation" in Antigua, Guatemala, according a press release. "Although we had been very active in the project years prior to going, it was only after we experienced true poverty with the 'poorest of the poor' that we saw the enormous need for help and felt an even greater pull to b
Dickinson attorney Chuck Peterson is leading a service team to the God's Child Project in Guatemala Aug. 15-25 and there's still room for volunteers. "It's a volunteer-centered vacation that actually provides you with an opportunity to make a positive impact on people who are struggling," he said. The service team will work in various places at the project: Building simple homes, visiting at the Casa Jackson Home for Malnourished Infants and serving meals at the homeless shelter.
Excitement filled the air at the CountryHouse of Dickinson where residents danced to old-time music and sampled hors d'oeuvres during its third annual prom on Tuesday. CountryHouse is an assisted living facility for 24 residents. "We plan a year in advance," said Program Coordinator Robyn McChesney. Preparations for the party began in the morning when the staff pampered the women with hairstyles, nails and makeup. "Who doesn't like to getting dressed up and getting pampered for a day," she said. "And we made sure the men were clean-shaven.
The Dickinson Veterans Honor Guard will join in paying tribute to America's military men and women during this year's Memorial Day service on Monday. The service is at 10 a.m. in the Dickinson State University Stickney Auditorium. The Memorial Day address is being delivered by Army veteran Dr. Richard Brauhn. While the nation pauses for a day to remember, the 22-member Honor Guard pays tribute to deceased veterans throughout the year, said Cmdr. Art Wanner. "They are a dedicated group of folks.
Music specialist Sue Stoltz, 55, is cherishing her final days at Trinity Elementary East. Special events included the spring patriotic concert and the kindergarten class graduation. She recently made the decision to retire after working in education since 1980. "I will definitely miss the children.
Jan Biederstedt, 54, is following the advice she offers to her students in the day treatment program at Hagen Junior High School: Be ready for new challenges and look forward to new adventures. With that advice, she has decided to retire at the end of this semester. "I still love what I do, but I've spent half my life at Hagen," she said. A native of Dickinson, she has worked in education for 31 years, with the last 27 spent in Hagen. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, she began teaching at Fort Yates.
The Dickinson Urban Forestry Committee has scheduled the 2009 Arbor Day celebration for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Dickinson Adult Learning Center will hold its GED commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday in the Dickinson High School Risser Auditorium. "It's a highlight of our year, no doubt," said Margaret Olheiser, coordinator and chief GED examiner. Fifty-three adults qualified for graduation, but several have accepted jobs or moved out of the community. An estimated 15 to 20 graduates will be in attendance, she said. Dr. Alan Church, chairman of the Dickinson State University Department of Language and Literature, is the commencement speaker.
Gene Keller, 58, Dickinson, has accomplished a goal that has eluded him for the last 40 years. He completed requirements for the Dickinson Adult Learning Center's GED program, and was selected as one of three student speakers for the GED commencement ceremonies on Thursday. A welder and machinist by trade, Keller was recently injured at work and is training for a new career path. "I didn't think I had enough smarts to get the GED, and after 40 years, it was hard to go back and sit to study," he admitted. Keller didn't drop out of high school.
Dickinson's Dakota Dinosaur Museum is featuring two new temporary exhibits for the summer season. The first exhibit features minerals and crystals carved into the shape of human skulls. The latest Indiana Jones movie, "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has made crystal skulls very popular, said curator Larry League. "I figured that a lot of people have seen the Indiana Jones movies and kids really like things like that, so I spent all winter acquiring these," he said.