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Before North Dakota entered the Union as a dry state in 1889, the region's commercial beer industry thrived. Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota's journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub in her newly released book, "North Dakota Beer: A Heady History." She will be in Dickinson for three appearances: • She will appear for a book reading, signing and appetizers from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at CNC Clothing Gallery, 46 First Ave. W. in Dickinson.
MEDORA -- A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps reflected on his experiences to help restore the Chateau De Mores State Historic Site during a History Alive! presentation on July 23. Assistant Site Supervisor Ed Sahlstrom portrayed the veteran after doing research and talking to the actual veterans who returned to the Chateau.
Guns will be a blazin’ in the Badlands when the North Dakota Mounted Shooters Association pulls into Medora on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13. The association is sponsoring a competition at the Ranchorama. Saturday’s main match starts at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday’s main match starts at 9:30 a.m.
Church of Cash, billed as a “World Class Johnny Cash Tribute,” will celebrate the life and music of legendary Johnny Cash during a concert for First on First Dickinson Summer Nights.Their show is Thursday, Aug. 10, in downtown Dickinson with Sawdust as the opening band. Johnny’s music can be heard through the voice of lead singer Jay Ernest with his natural deep bass-baritone voice.
Lisa G and the Showdown will entertain the bandshell crowd with a roster of country music spiced up with rock. The band’s performance is next on the bandshell series, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.8. The band performs monthly at the BrickHouse Grille B2 Lounge, but the bandshell is its first community-wide performance. “All the people in the band are from other bands,” said Keith Traquair, who plays keyboard and sings with the band.
Three Dickinson Diamonds girls fastpitch softball teams returned home as state champions after competing in the North Dakota Amateur Softball Association’s Junior Olympic Girls Fastpitch Tournament. The tournament was held at Bismarck on July 14-16. Seven Dickinson Diamonds teams participated, ranging from the 8-9-year-olds all the way to the 18-year-olds.
Christopher Brazelton, of Dickinson, is promoting literacy one book at a time with a Little Free Library that he constructed as an Eagle Scout service project. The way it works is simple: Take a book, leave a book -- the books are a gift for anyone. The Little Free Library is located at 822 Fifth Ave. West -- on the lot of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The community was invited for cookies and lemonade during its grand opening on Sunday, July 9.
Inspired by life in the Bakken oil fields, Minnesota author Joe Field has written his latest thriller titled “Black Gold in North Dakota.” The story features Cooper’s research into the rougher side of the oil industry and the workers who temporarily called western North Dakota their home. “It’s the culmination of nine years of interest and three to four years of pretty intensive research,” he said.
Baking bread is becoming a lost art among the general population, but homemade bread is still available if you know where to look. Several vendors at the Farmers Market in Dickinson are baking a variety of breads and rolls. Among the bakers is Regina Martin, who specializes in Amish white bread, sourdough bread, quick breads and gluten-free breads.
The Dakota Breeze Band is making a return performance at the Phil Patterson Memorial Bandshell on Tuesday, Aug.1. In fact, the band has performed at the bandshell every summer since organizing 12 years ago. The show starts at 7 p.m. Bring a lawnchair or blanket for an evening outdoors. The band has developed a following of fans over the years -- fans who enjoy their style of classic country and Top 40 country, along with the old-time polkas and waltzes.