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The excitement continues to build as Dickinson prepares to host the first-ever "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Championship and Firefighters Steak Cook-off on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, at the Dickinson Recreation Center. Event coordinator Mort Krieg, Dickinson, has worked with the Kansas City Barbecue Society to sanction the barbecue competition. The KCBS is dedicated to promoting barbecue with over 8,000 members world-wide. The KCBS sanctions nearly 300 barbecue contests throughout the United States.
The Dickinson community has a special invitation to participate in the first "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Barbecue Championship and North Dakota Firefighters Steak Cook-off on Sept. 12-13. While the competitions are in progress outside the Dickinson Recreation Center, the public is invited to enjoy the entertainment, crafts and refreshments available indoors. "Listen to the music, come for the beer gardens, the craft show. Bring the family. It's truly a family event," said event coordinator Mort Krieg. "We're asking a $3 admission to get in to listen to the bands.
The Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the first-ever North Dakota Firefighters State Cook-off to determine who can prepare the best ribeye steak on a grill. The cook-off is sponsored by the the Dickinson Chamber and Convention's Bureau. This novel cooking competition is being held in conjunction with the "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Barbecue Championship. The firefighters' cook-off is Friday, Sept. 12, while the barbecue championship is Saturday, Sept.
With all of the excitement of the upcoming North Dakota State Barbecue Championship and North Dakota Firefighters Cook-off, the coordinators wish to focus attention on the beneficiary of the proceeds -- the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department. Event coordinator Mort Krieg is working closely with Fire Chief Bob Sivak and other community leaders to make final plans for the events. Sivak has been promoting the firefighters cook-off through his department. "We talked at the State Fire School in February and the state convention in June, plus mailings.
There's a chill in the air -- a reminder that autumn is nearly here. Coupled with a summer of drought conditions, it's time to focus on fall care of yards and other plantings. The Dickinson Research Extension Center is holding its fourth annual "Yardening" Tour and Clinic on Thursday, Sept.
Three Dickinson women are in training for the upcoming 60-mile Twin Cites Breast Cancer 3-Day Journey on Sept. 19-21. Kathie Tooz, June Haller and Betty Duttenhefer have taken walking to a new level as they train for the journey. They walked 18 miles last Saturday, followed by another 15 miles on Sunday. It was part of the 44 miles they were required to do that week. "You can cover a lot of ground in 18 miles," said Tooz. "This week we drop to 34 miles total." "We try to walk everywhere.
The old-timers exchanged stories about farming in bygone days while farming demonstrations were underway at the Roger and Tracy Boehler farm south of Golden Valley on Aug. 23. The day's showcase was the grain threshing demonstration using turn-of-the century equipment. The demonstration was part of Golden Valley's seventh annual Thresher's Reunion and Valley Days. "I was always interested in old farm machinery, especially the old tractors," said Roger Boehler.
Erv and Marilyn Kessel are serving as the host couple for the upcoming Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in Dickinson. The walk is an opportunity to raise awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research. It is Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Dickinson Recreation Center, with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. "Anybody can walk who wants to," said Marilyn. She expects to see lots of family members, ranging from infants in strollers to the elderly.
If there's ever been a good time to clean out your closets, this is it. The Dickinson Rotary Club is spearheading a community-wide effort to gather 500 pairs of shoes for its Nicaragua Shoe Project. The local project is part of the Rotary District's greater effort to gather 8,000 pairs of shoes.