If the Dickinson area ever experiences another tornado, a train derailment or pandemic flu, chances are that Sherry Adams is involved. As executive officer/administrator of Southwestern District Health Unit, she also has responded to oil spills, chemical and hazmat spills. "My main job is collaboration—bringing the partners to the table," she said. "We have an amazing team in North Dakota. One thing about southwest North Dakota is we are so passionate about helping each other."
HEBRON—As the owner of Dacotah Clayworks, Robin Reynolds is closing one chapter of her life to open another. She plans to devote her full attention to pottery after retiring May 5 from her position as adjunct ceramics professor at Dickinson State University. To keep her pottery business growing, a new catenary arch kiln was built in the backyard and carpentry work done to the studio. "I'm staying in Hebron where the kiln is anchored—my plan is to work here and maybe travel once in a while," she said.
HEBRON—The Dakota Community Bank at Hebron prides itself as being a locally owned, hometown bank. "Community is our middle name and we take that very seriously," said Joy Kitzan, senior vice president. "We understand the importance of community—really it's the responsibility of all banks to serve their communities." Dakota Community Bank has 11 branches in nine communities—Hebron, Glen Ullin, Bismarck (two), Dickinson (two), Mandan, Lincoln, Bowman, New Leipzig and Taylor.
More inflatables, an enhanced child's goodie bag and new concessions highlight the 20th annual Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, on the Dickinson State University front lawn. Hosted by the Best Friends Mentoring Program, the event spans 20 years and is one of the longest-running family activities during Dickinson Roughrider Days. Starting immediately after the city parade, it includes 15 giant inflatable bouncers, slides, jousting, a volcano climbing wall, barrel train ride, music and a variety of food vendors.
Al and Evelyn Kovash purchased a furniture store 41 years ago, with the vision of having a family-owned business for generations yet to come. Their vision has come true, as sons Scott and Keith Kovash are the current owners of Kovash Furniture & Bedding. "We were part of the boom years and part of the bust years," Al said. "It's been like a roller coast—most businesses see some good years and some not-so-good years."
HETTINGER—Kent and Kathleen Brackel greet local customers by their first names when they visit KB Jewelers in Hettinger. Their white cat, Diamond, is usually nearby expecting to be petted. "We've always had a white cat with blue eyes," Kathleen said. "By the end of the day, Diamond smells like Avon, Revlon and Stetson because everybody who comes here picks him up—they love that cat." It's the personal touches that have helped KB Jewelers reach its 40th anniversary in Hettinger.
Dickinson's Clayton J. Johnsen, 98, was coming out of the morning mess hall at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii when he and his buddy watched unidentified planes fly overhead through Kolekole Pass. His buddy said it must be an air show, and that's when the bombs started falling. Johnsen is now a resident at Evergreen in Dickinson. Although his health is failing, his story of survival is being retold by his family members.
The Dickinson High School student body filled the auditorium with rousing cheers led by the DHS cheerleaders during the Spirit Week pep rally on Friday. The Midgettes dance team performed a routine, followed by "The Manjettes" with their impromptu routine. The baseball, gymnastics and speech teams hung their state championship banners. Members of the Royal Court were challenged to an obstacle race, complete with boxes of tissue paper, balloons and fruit rolls.
Five-year-old Tyson Williams darted around Rocky Butte Park in Dickinson on Wednesday—up the hills, through the trees and back to the playground. He was still learning to use to his newest lower limb prosthetic leg, but that didn't slow him down as he ran ahead of his mother, Misti Williams. Tyson, who attends kindergarten at Prairie Rose Elementary School and celebrates his sixth birthday on Oct.
Larry Bares, of Dickinson, said serving his community led him to being named North Dakota's Elk of the Year. A member of the Elks Lodge No. 1137 for 58 years, Bares was honored during the North Dakota State Elks Association convention on July 18. He was selected from among a group of nominees from eight Elks Lodges across the state. "I think the award was well-deserved and a long-time coming," said Don Bares, his son and Elks member. "He's been so involved with the Elks, giving a ton of his time and efforts. He's served over the years on the local, state and national levels.