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Author Chuck Lehman opens his newly released historical novel "The Big Woods" with a scene from the Civil War and Corp. W.L. T. Meyer's efforts to return to his sweetheart in Minnesota. The novel began as a family history. Lehman learned his great-grandfather, W.L.T. Meyer, was a farmer, a soldier who participated in the Battle in the Killdeer Mountains and a Union Army survivor of the Civil War. Lehman became convinced it had the makings of a novel. "It's a true story about a 10-year period of my great-grandfather's life," said Lehman. "It's about 90 percent fact.
The days and weeks leading up to the first day of school in Dickinson have been a flurry of activity. The custodians scrubbed the desks and shampooed the carpets, but the rest is up to the teachers. They decorate the bulletin boards, sort the texbooks and prepare lessons plans for the upcoming weeks. The Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Catholic Schools begin on Thursday, Aug. 21, while Hope Christian Academy starts Wednesday, Aug.
Dickinson is focusing on its cultural heritage during the annual Northern Plains Ethnic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. "The purpose is to celebrate our heritage -- we really are rich in different cultures," said Dorathy Schmidt, treasurer of the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation. She said the ethnic festival was started over 20 years ago by Dickinson State University professor, Dr. David Berry. "It was his idea to celebrate the different heritages," she said.
STANTON -- The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site recently showcased activities exemplifying life among the Northern Plains tribes. With rolling hills and the Knife River as a backdrop, skilled artisans gave demonstrations during the Northern Plains Indian Culture Fest, July 26-27. Another three days of hands-on demonstrations with tribal members are planned during the "Life on the Northern Plains" program Sept.
The North Dakota Rough Rider Studebaker Drivers Club is showcasing classic automobiles during its 25th Annual Studebaker and Second Annual Orphan Car Show. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in Dickinson. It's scheduled in conjunction with the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival. The club selected Dickinson for the showcase because, "we get a lot of people coming," said club member Duane Barry. The show, located in the N.D.
The Southwest Breastfeeding Network hosted a potluck at the Dickinson Lions Park on Tuesday in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. "It was great. I was impressed at turnout to support our group and support breastfeeding week," said network member Stormie Kasian.
Junior Volunteers are delivering mail, filing records and helping with the gift shop this summer at the Dickinson St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center. The hospital offers 22 positions for Junior Volunteers to assist the staff and patients. Their service also offers a break for the adult volunteers, said Director of Volunteer Services Mitzi Swenson. "A lot of the adult volunteers choose to take the summers off," she said. The program was started by Pat Rich in 1991 as a volunteer opportunity for young people. "Kids are still coming for the same reasons.
The publisher of the Bad Lands Cow Boy, Arthur T. Packard played an important role in Medoras boom years during the 1880s. A contemporary of the Marquis de Mores and Theodore Roosevelt, Packard's experiences in Medora are being retold by Don Ehli of Dickinson. Ehli portrays the character of Packard through the State Historical Society of North Dakota's popular History Alive! programs in Medora. His final performances as Packard at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site this summer are at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
MEDORA --Campers are renewing their faith through Bible studies, songs around the campfire and afternoons of games and hiking at the newly relocated Badlands Ministries camp and retreat facility. The camp opened after the old facilities were decommissioned on May 31. The service was followed by a procession, ribbon cutting and blessing service at the new site southeast of Medora. "We're using this as a facility provided by Lutherans for use by all Christians.
The Frank and Veronica Hutmacher farm, considered a time capsule of immigrant architecture, is being restored through the efforts of Preservation North Dakota. Preservation North Dakota Executive Director Dale Bentley said the summer's focus is the farm house. Volunteers are spending weekends on site, learning the techniques used in earthen construction. The Hutmacher farm is located in Dunn County, northwest of Manning. Built in 1928, the farm consists of six buildings. All the buildings are made of slab-stone construction with clay mortar and earthen roofs.