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Dickinson's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3444 and Auxiliary recently hosted a send-off dinner for one of their own -- VFW Past State Commander Carol Sigl of Taylor. Sigl is attached to the North Dakota National Guard 191st Military Police Company, Fargo, which was called to active duty last weekend. The company is currently training at Fort Dix, N.J., for a mission in Iraq. Sigl is a member of the Taylor VFW Post and the VFW Post 3444 Auxiliary and she served as VFW state commander in 2003-2004. Sigl's service to the military goes back to 1989 when she joined the 191st MP Co.
Dickinson's Trinity High School is preparing to host one of southwestern North Dakota's premiere social events. The 44th annual Mardi Gras is Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-27. "It's a break from the weather. It's to uplift you before spring. It's just a great social event," said General Chairman Leonard Krebs. This year's theme is "Mardi Gras Magic." "The magic is how it truly works through our volunteers. One day, it's a gymnasium and three days later it's the Mardi Gras.
Dickinson's Lois Hinrichs is posed to participate in the 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 15-18. The count is led by the Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participation is free and no registration is required. "The purpose is to let them know what species are down or fading and which ones are holding their own," said Hinrichs. The theme is "Come for Fun, Count for the Future." Anyone can count birds and enter their tallies online at www.birdcount.org . Apress release from the Cornell Lab states bird watchers submitted a record-breaking 80,000 checklists in 2007.
It's time to party with a new celebration in Dickinson. The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a Fat Tuesday Creole and Jazz event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Dickinson Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge. It's a fund raiser for the chamber and Dollars for Scholars. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The day is celebrated with festivities, food and refreshments. "This is a first-ever event for Dickinson," said Executive Director LaRue Roth.
The Dickinson Midgettes dance team is hoping its countless hours of practice result in a state title. The team is preparing to compete in the North Dakota Association of Dance and Drill state championship contest on Jan.
There are still openings for the next session of Annie's Project, a program developed to help farm and ranch women become better business partners. The session in Dickinson begins on Wednesday, Jan.
Jay Urlacher's interest in the outdoors and the western way of life has led him to pursue antler art, etched glass and custom-crafted knives, bits and spurs. He works as a welder at at Dickinson's Fisher Industries by day and pursues his art by night. He recently purchased a farmstead near Lefor where he winters several horses and works on the art projects. "Basically, it's a second income. I've been drawing since I was a little kid," he said. Urlacher grew up in Dickinson and graduated from Dickinson High School.
The St. Cecelia Music Club is hosting its annual serenade in honor of the late Dorothy Johnson, longtime director of the St. John Lutheran Handbell Choir. The annual fundraising event is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in Dickinson's Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 641 11th St. E., Dickinson. "It's for the general public. It's for parents and grandparents and anyone who enjoys music and is willing to support musical activities in the area," said St. Cecelia President Carma Kulish. Johnson is remembered for fostering her love of music.
The Dickinson High School Concert Chorale under the direction of Michael R. Stevenson is the new Governor's Official State Chorus. "I kind of puffed up three times my normal size," said Stevenson when he was notified of the honor. The announcement came in a press release from the office of Gov. John Hoeven.