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Dickinson-area author Maureen McKade has written a new historical romance novel set immediately after the Civil War. It follows Confederate nurse Laurel Covey's mission of delivering the messages of dying soldiers to their families. The novel "A Reason to Live" is being released by Berkley on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in bookstores around the world. In Covey's diary entry of May 30, 1865, she wrote, "During the Civil War, I watched over too many young boys in the hospital, comforting them as they cried out for those they loved, as they whispered their final thoughts to me.
The Dickinson State University Marching Band will present its first half-time performance of the season during the football game between DSU and Montana State-Northern. The game starts at 1:30 p.m. today in Whitney Stadium. DSU Director of Bands Dr. Selmer Spitzer will direct the 45-member band and color guard. The drum majors are Megan Holkup and Maralee Kupas. Spitzer said the band also plans a pre-show performance. "I'm extremely proud of the leadership within the group. We have a number of seniors who are next year's music teachers.
Rug hooking artists gathered at Richardton's Assumption Abbey for the annual Prairie Rose Rug Hooking School Aug. 13-18. The art of rug hooking is centuries old. Some historians claim rug hooking originated in Egypt, while others believe it started in China or Europe. Hooked rugs are part of a tradition perfected by American women in the eastern United States during the 18th century. The women used remnants of wool cut into narrow strips to hook into the burlap. Rug hooking became a standard method to create inexpensive floor coverings.
The Dickinson St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care continues to provide opportunities for exploring medical careers through its Junior Volunteer Program. "We love to encourage young people in any health care field," said program coordinator Mitzi Swenson. "The students are a spark of life. It's fun having young, happy faces around and seeing the wonder in their eyes as they are exposed to their experiences." She said the newest positions are in marketing and communications and at the Dakota Bone and Joint clinic. "We're also updating our video library.
A day of entertainment and ethnic food is planned during the Northern Plains Heritage Festival. The festival begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Dickinson Prairie Outpost Park. It's sponsored by the Northern Plains Ethnic Foundation. "The purpose of the foundation was to commemorate the different ethnic organizations so that their ancestors would be remembered," said treasurer Dorathy Schmidt. The foundation was started by Dr.
The newly installed stained glass windows at the Dickinson St. Benedict's Health Care Center create an atmosphere of quiet meditation for the residents. The five windows, each having a different spiritual theme, are located throughout the chapel on the northwest wing of the building. "It's beyond our expectations. It's definitely a spiritual enhancement," said spiritual care director Bernie J. Krebs.
The Dickinson Arts on the Prairie is sponsoring a performance by Velocity, a Dickinson yoga and dance school on Friday, Aug. 18. The performance titled "Into the Light Into the Dark" is at 7 p.m. in the Dickinson High School auditorium.
Like an eagle soaring across the horizon, Jerry Stenehjem flies his powered parachute over the fields and prairies of western North Dakota. The parachute adds a brilliant spectrum of color against the blue skies while the motor provides the power to remain in the air for hours in the early morning or before sundown. "The family calls it grandpa's flying machine," said Stenehjem. He is addicted to the sport and only the wind speed will keep him on the ground. "I fly year around," he said.
A group of Dickinson high school boys became known as the South Side Gang during World War II. They grew up together on the south side of the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. They kept in touch throughout the years, and are renewing their friendships with a reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 8-9, in Dickinson. Ted Keller, Winter Haven, Fla., said the term 'gang' did not have the connotation of the present-day usage of the word. "The South Side Gang was comparable with some modifications to the old Dead End Kids movies that were popular in the '40s," he said.
Dianne Glovatsky recently made six dozen caramel rolls before driving 55 miles to work in Dickinson. Glovatsky lives on a ranch near Grassy Butte with her husband, Elmer, but works as the Prairie Rose Center coordinator with the Community Action and Development Program Inc. She also is the supportive employment coordinator. Everyone in the building is treated to caramel rolls when she bakes. "We serve a meal every day at the Prairie Rose Center. As a special treat, I bake them about once a month," she said. Glovatsky didn't learn to bake until she met her husband.