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It's summer and time for the Sludge family's semi-annual get-together. The morning begins when their nasty neighbor Pamela Chambers warns the Sludges she is drafting a petition for eviction because the Sludge's weed-infested landscape doesn't promote a safe and attractive community. The bedlam continues in this hilarious account of the worst family reunion in the history of the Sludge's nutty family tree. The Beach High School junior class is presenting "Virgil's Family Reunion" in two performances at 7 p.m.
Students in the four science classrooms at Dickinson's Hagen Junior High School are enjoying the new work stations, cabinets, sinks and equipment needed for laboratory experiments. "We had very outdated science labs at Dickinson High School and Hagen Junior High School, and so a year ago, the school board decided to allocate extra funds to update those labs," said Vince Reep, administrator of buildings and grounds. At Hagen, CaraLee Heiser's classroom was updated several years ago when TMI Systems Design Corp. donated the cabinets for the lab stations, he said.
The Southwestern District Health Unit has scheduled several events to celebrate April 7-13 as National Public Health Week. "The focus of public health has always been on health promotion, health protection and health prevention," said health unit Executive Officer Carlotta Ehlis. "That focus continues today. The programs may change a little bit, but a lot of that is driven by identified needs in the community." The Southwestern District Health Unit is holding an open house at its offices from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
Members of the Dickinson Trinity High School speech team are fine-tuning their presentations for the upcoming Region 10 Speech Tournament on Thursday, April 10, at Richardton-Taylor High School. This is the last opportunity for participants to qualify for the Class B State Speech Tournament on April 26 at Mandan. Students in grades 7-12 are participating in 14 different events.
Senior Medicare Patrol Regional Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Hanel, Dickinson, is looking for volunteers interested in helping to prevent Medicare fraud and abuse. "We're getting the word out on how to prevent your Medicare identity from being stolen, checking your summary notices and making sure the services are correct," she said. Last year, $11 billion was lost to Medicare fraud and abuse.
The Dickinson High School Academic Club and Math Club are preparing to compete in 33rd annual Math Track Meets at the Minot State University. "They will compete in different grade levels," said Jeri Braunagel, high school math teacher and Academic Club advisor. The clubs are sending 18 members from grades 11-12 to the competition on April 9. Another 12 members from grades 9-10 compete on April 16. Each team member writes four individual mathematics events and the entire team competes on a team event.
Shaynna Mann's skill as a pianist was recognized during the North Dakota Federation of Music Clubs Music Festival held recently at Dickinson State University. She was awarded a 75-point gold cup -- the highest award given that day. Points come from ratings such as 5 points for superior and 4 points for excellent. The first gold cup is awarded when the student earns 15 points.