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Dickinson High School freshman Anthony Bren wasn't making a fashion statement when he decided to shave his head. His hair was already falling out while undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing's sarcoma. Four DHS students and three faculty members are showing their support of Anthony by agreeing to shave their heads as a fundraiser for the family. The students are Ben Olin, Brady Kauk, Alex Schroeder and Katelyn Miask and the faculty are Pete Dobitz, Brian Woehl and Al Koppinger. Members of the National Honor Society are organizing the fundraising efforts.
Dickinson Trinity High School recently hosted a family nutrition night. Nearly 100 students from Trinity East and West and their families visited stations focusing on nutrition. The activity was part of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant received through the Diocese of Bismarck. "It went very well. We were amazed. We didn't know if we'd have five families or 100," said Trinity Elementary East and West Principal Sister Dorothy Zeller. "I feel the information given at nutrition night was very helpful." Everyone paused at the St.
Rebecca Colfax was out of options. With worn-out shoes and her cheeks nearly numb, she had arrived at her destination. Nobody needed a clerk or a waitress or even a laundress. Looking for a job, she crosses the threshold of The Scarlet Garter. The saloon owner, Andrew Kearny, could use a singer for the busier nights. What he really needed were more hurdy-gurdy girls. "What does a hurdy-gurdy girl do?" she asked warily. "They wear short dresses, smile pretty and dance with the clientele to get them to buy drinks," Kearny replied matter-of-factly.
The Dickinson High School Speech Team has reached midway through its tournament season with continued efforts to qualify members for the state competition. "We have a lot of learning to do. We're mostly a new team. We have six returning veterans and about 15 newbys," said speech coach Leslie Wilkie. As of Friday, Zach Keller had qualified for state in the category of speech to entertain. "I have a few veterans who have been scoring well. Some of the rookies are picking up trophies here and there. It helps to build up their confidence.
The Dickinson Trinity High School Drama and Music Departments are presenting the classic musical "Annie" about a red-headed girl who runs away from a New York City orphanage in search of her parents. The performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, and at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11, in the THS Auditorium. "Annie is kind of spunky.
Dickinson's Mabel Helgeson greeted every guest at her 100th birthday party by name and with a huge smile. "My mouth was played out. I was so happy to see every one of them," she said. "There wasn't one I didn't recognize right away. I knew them all." Over 240 family and friends helped her celebrate on Feb. 16 at the Baker Boy Community Room. Being a Leap Year baby, Mabel's actual birthday is Friday, Feb. 29. "Years ago, I used to celebrate two days -- the day before and the day after," she said.
Dickinson High School special education teacher Jan Ostdahl was recently recognized for her service to education by The North Dakota Council of Exceptional Children. Nominated by the North Dakota Badlands Council for Exceptional Children, Ostdahl was named "Teacher of the Year" during the state convention at Minot. "Any time you are honored by your peers, it's very humbling.
Young career-minded individuals who welcome social and professional opportunities are organizing a new network in the Dickinson community. The Dickinson Young Professionals Network recently met for an informational meeting of prospective members. "It was to learn what YP (Young Professionals) is about. Right after the meeting, we had a chili and chocolate ice breaker and door prizes," said network President Amy Stoltz. Prospective members need to have a job and be 21 or older. "There's no upper limit. You have to be young at heart," she said. "As far as a career type, it doesn't matter.
The two Dickinson Trinity elementary schools have responded to patrons who need after-school day care for their children. Students attending Trinity Elementary East gather in the lunchroom/gymnasium, while students at Trinity West meet in a former classroom and the gymnasium for after-school activities. "If kids are in the building, you don't worry about picking them up," said Sister Dorothy Zeller, East and West principal.