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Dickinson's Dave Haas uses his woodworking skills to stay occupied now that he's retired. Haas converted a third part of his garage into a woodworking shop. It's filled with saws, sanders and drills. The equipment is mounted on rolling stands, which he designed and built.
Ron Tessier waited his turn to donate blood, while registering volunteers at the Dickinson community blood drive held Wednesday at the Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge. He was about to donate his 80th unit of blood, which represents approximately 10 gallons. "I've been doing it better than 20 years," he said. "I just think it's a great service to the people in need. Someday, I might need it." Tessier is a member of the St. Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus Council 8839 which sponsored the blood drive.
Former Dickinson resident Steve Rogne was selected to perform the St. Matthew's Passion by J.S. Bach with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 13. The performance is under the direction of internationally-acclaimed conductor Helmuth Rilling. It is the culmination of the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop. Rogne and 75 other participants from across the United States will participate in five days of rehearsals, coaching sessions and seminars in preparation for the performance.
Chasity Keller and Daniel Binek, Dunn Center, were surprised when their daughter became the New Year's baby at Dickinson's St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center. Taeleigh Janette Binek was born at 6:31 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. She weighed 6 pounds, 9½ ounces and was 18½ inches in length. "She was two days early," said Keller. Taeleigh joins an older sister, Olivia, 4½. Keller was admitted to the hospital at 10:45 p.m. on Monday.
Alice Karn, Dickinson, shares her favorite recipe for marinated turkey, which is served during summer gatherings of family and friends. "It's a lot of work, but in the end it's wonderful," she said. The turkey features a marinate of red wine vinegar, tomatoes, green peppers and parsley.
The aroma of freshly baked bread, pizza and desserts drift throughout the hallways at Dickinson High School. Baking with a state-of-the-art oven and new work stations is enjoyed by students in the family and consumer science department. The department has undergone a remodeling transformation during the past two years.
The Dickinson Midgettes dance and drill team is kicking up its heels in preparation for the dance team competition being hosted at Dickinson High School on Saturday, Jan. 6. The team's confidence to do well was heightened after winning two trophies during the Bismarck High School invitational on Dec. 16. The team placed third in jazz dance and fourth in high kick. "It was excellent for the Dickinson team. Everyone was so amazed," said director Audrey Hermes. "It's just fun to have something to feel good about." About 12 teams participated at the Bismarck competition.
Newly elected AMVETS Post 22 Commander John J. Dutchuk of Dickinson has set the goal of increasing membership in the organization during the next year. He said membership is open to any person who is serving or who has served in the United States armed forces.
New Year's Day has an extra special meaning to Beatrice Walter of Dickinson. She is celebrating her 100th birthday on Jan. 1, 2007. Walter's family celebrated her life during an open house on Dec. 26 at the Eagles Club. More than 100 members of her family and friends were in attendance. "It was wonderful. A lot of neighbors came," said granddaughter Valerie Thoennes, who lives in Minneapolis. Walter's family prepared a program about her life, telling of her birth on Jan. 1, 1907, near Sheffield.