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RICHARDTON -- The Schnell Recreation Area, located 3½ miles northeast of Richardton, is spruced up and ready to go for the summer. While the area is open year around, the summer and fall seasons draw the most visitors who look for experiences in camping, picnicking, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, photography, cross-country skiing and horse-back riding. Dickinson's Tod Winter will work at the site as a Bureau of Land Management range technician/weed control specialist.
MEDORA--Medora Wychanko, 5, of Akron, Ohio, has always known she was named for the town of Medora in North Dakota.
Mari Pat Bruels of Dickinson is observing today as an anniversary of sorts -- the fifth anniversary of being a cancer survivor. After a diagnosis of ovarian cancer on June 7, 2004, Bruels completed a journey of recovery with the help of her family and friends. She credits help from the WIGS program in easing her recovery process. At the start of chemotherapy, Bruels met with Deb Frank at D Frank's Inc., to receive an alternative hair piece and accessories from WIGS Inc. "Hair loss is a very personal thing. It's a lot harder for some than others," she said. "For some, it's very traumatic.
The Dickinson Area Public Library has launched its summer reading program with the theme "Be Creative at Your Library." "It's reading about all kinds of artistic talents -- dancing, singing, crafts photography -- anything that's artistic," said children's librarian Tina Kuntz. "We set aside titles for each age group to read." The program is designed for readers preschool through grade 8.
The WIGS Inc. board of directors is seeking sponsors and participants for the upcoming WIGS Golf Scramble on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. "It's our 10th anniversary and of course, our big fundraiser," said WIGS Inc. founder and executive director Deb Frank. WIGS Inc. provides alternative hair for any medically-related hair loss situation.
RICHARDTON -- Guitar music and melodies of "Kum ba yah, My Lord" filtered through the hallways of Richardton-Taylor High School on Wednesday. Classrooms were coverted into "dorms," while campers worked on crafts in another room. The first summer session of Camp ReCreation ended Thursday with 28 campers, and the second week starts on Monday with 32 campers. The purpose of Camp ReCreation is to offer a Christian-based camping experience for people with physical or mental disabilities, said Director Jackie Rebel.
The Dickinson Fire Department's technical rescue team relies on its training should it be called to rescue an individual trapped inside a confined space -- anything with limited access from the top. To train for such a scenario, team member Dustin Grosulak arranged for use of the Confined Space Training Unit provided by Oilind Safety. "It went very well. We don't get a lot of options for training like that as a team.
Mitchell Hintz, a junior at Dickinson High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify his selection as a distinguished finalist in the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Hintz was recognized during an awards ceremony at DHS on Tuesday. He received the medallion as the third-place state winner.
Flamboyant red hats are the trademark for women who celebrate fun, friendship and freedom. The Dickinson area has several chapters of the Red Hat Society -- described as the world's largest sisterhood of active women approaching 50 and beyond. Members share a bond of affection, formed by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes them next, according to its Web site. "It's about fellowship," said Dakota Gals Chapter member Rhonda Hecker. "Women don't get together and just visit and relax with each other," she said.
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