BISMARCK -- North Dakota long-term care facilities depend on volunteers for ongoing support and are grateful for the time and talents they share with residents throughout the state. Each year, the North Dakota Long Term Care Association selects outstanding volunteers in three categories: Adult, Young Adult and Group.
This year's Adult Volunteer of the Year is Marion Kirschman of Bottineau.
Kirschman began volunteering at the Good Samaritan Society in Bottineau nearly a decade ago. Now, at the age of 90, she assists with activities such as bingo, coffee time, special events, decorating and placing activity calendars in each resident's room. She also plays the piano for a variety of events and coordinates the resident choir.
Submitted Photo - - This year’s North Dakota Long Term Care Association Adult Volunteer of the Year is Marion Kirschman of Bottineau.
The 2011 Volunteer of the Year recipients will be recognized at the NDLTCA awards banquet May 4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Additional winners honored at this year's banquet are group volunteers Hatton Prairie Village Auxiliary and young adult volunteer Kaska Weidman of New Town.
Minot woman crowned Miss Magic City
Carson Fuchs was crowned Miss Magic City on March 6. Fuchs, 18, is a senior at Magic City Campus. She will represent Minot at Miss North Dakota in June.
Fuchs' platform is educating others about bullying and its affects. Fuchs, a dancer, will dance to a lyrical piece for talent segment of the competition.
Miss Magic City is Minot's official local Miss America preliminary pageant. Miss America is billed as the largest provider of scholarships to young women.
WSC students visit China
WILLISTON Students and instructors from Williston State College traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong in early March to learn about the culture and business climate there.
The students plan to talk about their experiences during a free community forum at 7 p.m. April 26 in the Teton Grill at Williston State College. Students will also visit Williston High School and Dickinson High School classrooms to share their experiences.
According to a press release, participants left on March 7 from Fargo and traveled to Beijing in China. For most students, it was their first time out of the country.
In Beijing, the group visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. The group climbed the Great Wall, walked through the 2008 Olympic park area, enjoyed a traditional Peking duck dinner, and some of the participants went to the Peking Opera.
Then, touring Shanghai, students visited the Jade Buddha Temple, Silk Factory and Yu Garden, and visited the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce and Maple Auto, which bought Volvo last year.
The students then visited Hong Kong. There they learned about the economy and the differences between Hong Kong and mainland China, and visited the stock exchange. They also went to Victoria's Peak from which they could view the entire island.
Minot artist to present painting workshop
GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Walter Piehl, professor of art at Minot State University, is giving a painting workshop at Dawson Community College, Glendive, Mont., Saturday and Sunday in Room 110. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. "Western Americana," an exhibit of Piehl's artwork, will be on display in DCC's Gallery 126 Saturday through Aug. 14.
Harvest for Hunger food drive nearly doubles goal
SunPrairie Grain helped collect more than 2 million meals for hungry families in the first-ever CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive.
"We're thrilled to report that CHS Harvest for Hunger reached double its goal," said Brad Haugeberg, general manager. "Our thanks to everyone who participated. Together we proved how much the country cares about helping others in need."
In 18 days, CHS employees, customers and partners worked together to collect 314,162 pounds of food and $247,635 in cash and grain for Feeding America's network of regional food banks. For every donation collected, CHS Country Operations is making a local contribution that will be reinvested back into a local cause to help nearby friends and neighbors.
"Because our cooperative raised one of the largest amounts per full-time employee, we also earned a bonus contribution to reinvest in our community," Haugeberg said.