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The Dickinson High School cheerleading team was recognized among the top cheer squads in the nation during the National Cheerleading Competition Feb. 10-11 at Orlando, Fla. The team won fourth in the Game Day Division. “Basically, they went out there and gave it their all,” said cheer coach Audrey Lenz. “It takes a lot for me to get emotional -- I’m always critiquing, but when they came off the floor, I was very emotional. They gave it their all on that floor and perfected the routine.”
Children’s author Michael Dahl likes to tell scary stories or adventures about superheroes -- books that spark your imagination. The superhero is certain to win over the villain. “It’s to learn how to overcome challenges, that life isn’t easy just because you’re a superhero,” Dahl said from his home in Minneapolis. Scary stories have a secondary value -- they teach you to face your fears.
Poet and educator Lindy Obach from Sioux Falls, S.D uses poetry to paint pictures with words -- descriptions of the prairie and a tribute to her Ukrainian heritage. Obach will read excerpts from her book of poetry titled “North of Zenith” and lead a creative writing workshop during Women’s Voices at Dickinson State University.
Brent and Tina Hanson, along with daughters, Avery and Autumn, like to go roller skating on Friday nights at the West River Community Center. “It’s something to do when it’s cold out in the middle of the winter,” Brent said. “Ice skating is kind of hard for this age, so we use roller blades.” “We offer it on and off during the winter months,” said facility operations manager Matt Mack.
Secondary Principal Larry Lechler starts his day at New England Public School before most people are even awake. He's at his desk by 5 a.m., serving as the dispatcher for the bus drivers. He answers calls from parents, concerns about road conditions or mechanical issues with buses. Then, as the students and staff start filling the hallways, he's there to greet them by name. "It's important for the kids to see me in the hallways in between classes and the noon hour," he said. "I call the kids for lunch—they greet me and I greet them—that's the fun part."
The western culture of North Dakota and beauty of the Badlands are captured on a film soon to be released titled “The Badlands Girl.”
Choice Financial is committed to the needs of the Belfield area, be it an ag loan, a donation for a skating rink or support of a benefit. "We're community-minded," said branch manager Bruce D. Baer. "We offer all the banking services—loans, deposits, insurance, wealth management." "People first," is the bank's motto, added Diane Tift, marketing and personal banker. Having worked in banking for 38 years, she described her co-workers as family. "I've lived here my whole life— I spend more time with them than with our own children," she said.
Roxy, Abe and Winifred need forever homes -- families who will provide the pets with food, shelter and an abundance of love. Oreo’s Animal Rescue is caring for these animals until a home is found for them. But it’s costly. That’s where the community can help. Oreo’s is sponsoring its For the Love of a Pet fundraiser on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the Astoria Hotel and Suites in Dickinson.
Taste the gumbo of the western Bayou by attending the 21st annual API gumbo cookoff. Everybody has their own take on gumbo -- from seafood to sausage, chicken and maybe ’gater meat, said Marisa Armstrong, who is the API’s treasurer. The social event and fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 17, at Motel 6, 71 West Museum Drive in Dickinson. Cooking begins at 11 a.m. The public taste testing starts at 6:30 p.m. until gone. Thunder Road starts playing at 8:30 p.m.
HEBRON --Songs of praise and prayer have filled Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for generations of worshippers. The little mission church, located south of Hebron, was constructed in 1904. Having closed in 1984, the decision was made to pull it down for safety concerns. A handful of members and friends recently met to remove the altar, pews, railing, cross and windows.