Clara Sue Price of Minot was appointed as a public member to the North Dakota Board of Nursing to fill the unexpired term of Karen LaLonde, who resigned in November.
Price has served as a legislator and has owned and operated Cal-Dak Cabinets, Inc. since 1975.
Submitted Photo - - Clara Sue Price, Minot, was appointed as a public member to the North Dakota Board of Nursing.
God's Child Project celebrates 20 years
WASHINGTON, D.C. The God's Child Project, a North Dakota-based nonprofit organization, celebrated 20 years of domestic and international service with praise from various government entities.
Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., co-sponsored a resolution praising the Project and its founder Patrick Atkinson for improving the lives of thousands of impoverished children and mothers in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, and Malawi in Africa.
"We commend God's Child for its two decades of compassion and support for the less fortunate, especially the thousands of orphaned and abandoned children around the world," Sens. Conrad and Hoeven said in a joint statement.
To volunteer with The GOD'S CHILD Project or to make a donation, call 255-7956 or visit (www.GodsChild.org).
Signup meeting set for fifth-grade band
There will be a sign-up meeting for Minot Public School students who would like to join the fifth-grade band for the next school year and their parents Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Erik Ramstad Middle School gymnasium.
Current fourth-graders will receive a green informational letter which they should bring to the meeting. Those interested should start their instruments in the June band program. Students may take lessons Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May 31 to June 24 for a total of $20 per student. Call Kari Files at 852-1655 or Rochelle Feldner at 839-6854 for more information.
Leeds Park Board receives grant
LEEDS The Leeds Park Board was recently awarded a grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund in the amount of $5,000.
The Twins Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities for youth in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida.
The program makes matching grants to non-profit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.
Since its inception in 1999, the program has granted more than $2 million to improve ball fields across the country. The Leeds Park Board will use this grant to replace the backstop and all the fence at the community's softball diamond that is used for the summer baseball program.
Speakers, honorees set for MSU graduation
Speakers at the Minot State University graduation at 10 a.m. May 13 in the MSU Dome will be senior Whitney Loftesnes and alumnus Roger Looygena.
Loftesnes, a Norwich native, has completed a bachelor of science degree in international business, marketing and management, graduating summa cum laude. She also excelled as a student athlete and was named to the 2011 Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team.
Looyenga retired as the chief executive officer and chairman of Auto-Owners Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company, in July 2010. The Mandan native graduated from then Minot State College with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1968. While at Minot State, he participated on the tennis team and was elected to the Student Council, the predecessor of today's Student Government Association. He was president of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and belonged to Greek Council and Letterman's Club.
Honored guests at the ceremony are Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award recipi- ents. These include Harold Aleshire, Dale Atwood, Margaret Dixon, Floyd Fairweather, Virginia Geesaman, Walter Hartman, Charles Hoffman, Robert Holmen, Adelaide Johnson, Ruth Loucks, Shirley McMillan, Robert Sando and Doris Slaaten.
Duaine Espegard, Grand Forks, a retired bank administrator and former state senator, will represent the State Board of Higher Education. Espegard worked for Bremer Financial as a bank director, chief executive officer and regional president from 1969 to 2003. He served in the North Dakota Senate from 2000 to 2006.
Nursing group names new members, officers
The Omicron Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing held its annual new member induction and awards ceremony on April 26.
The following nursing students were inducted into membership: Denise Blotter, Brad Bonness, Elaine Brogan, Katie Grier, Miranda Hager, Kirstin Kanning, Shauna Logan, Monique McReynolds, Becky Schneider and Jamie Taylor. Nurse leaders inducted into membership included Hani Ayyad and Heidi Okeson. Teresa Seright was the recipient of the Orchid Award.
New officers installed included Becky Brodell, vice president; Linda Pettersen, treasurer; Laurie Dimler, board member; Susann DeForest and Judy Beck, governance committee; Heather Sys, Melissa Fettig and Karen Zimmerman, leadership succession committee; and Rhoda Owens and Linda Pettersen, delegates.
Local submissions sought for Quilt Expo
MADISON, Wis. -- Quilt Expo invites local quilters to enter up to four quilts in the 2011 10-category juried and judged contest.
The contest is part of the seventh annual Quilt Expo Sept. 8-10 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
The contest awards $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place in each category. Best of Show receives $1,500 and the Viewers' Choice winner, selected by Quilt Expo attendees, receives $500.
All of the 2010 award-winning quilts may be viewed at (www.wiquiltexpo.com) on the Web where the contest rules and entry form are available for download. Registration will be available in July. For more information, call 1-800-253-1158.
Sixth annual BLT Day fundraiser scheduled
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot will hold its sixth annual BLT Day May 14. The event is a fundraiser for the greenhouse program.
People attending can buy flowers and vegetable plants and eat a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich meal. The ranch is at 6301-19th Ave. NW.
The event is for individuals and families and is a fundraiser for the Verendrye Electric Greenhouse Technology Program on the Minot campus, which is used in therapeutic programming for children ages 10-17 who are residents on that campus.
The May 14 events will include sales of vegetable and floral plants, including hanging baskets, grasses and herbs at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Greenhouse and sale of unique planters, designed by ranch residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or families can bring their own planter and the staff will provide the plants.
The Dakota Cruisers organization will have a display of vintage automobiles. Marsha DesLauriers will provide music and there will be a BLT luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bremer Hall. Lunch will include BLT sandwiches, soups, desserts and refreshments. The cost for the lunch is $5 per person or $12 for families of three people or more. Call 839-7888 for more information.
Second annual Walk to Defeat ALS slated
Registration is still open for the Second Annual Walk to Defeat ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, May 14 in Oak Park in Minot.
Last year's event raised more than $62,000 for The ALS Association, Minnesota/ North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter. The goal for the 2011 Walk is $50,000, with some 500 participants expected.
Registration will be at 9 a.m., with the three-mile walk at 10 a.m. To preregister for the event, visit (www.walktodefeatals.org), select North Dakota, then Minot, or call Chelsea at 1-888-672-0484 or send e-mail to Chelsea@alsmn.org. People who do not preregister may still register that day at 9 a.m.
Money raised through the Walk to Defeat ALS helps provide programs and services for people with ALS and their families. People can check a complete calendar of events in support of ALS at (www.alsmn.org). For more information, call the number above or log on at the Web site at (www.alsnd.org).
Midco gives over $62,000 to charities
At the recent meeting of the Midcontinent Media Foundation, the Board of Directors approved $62,583 in grants to non-profit organizations in its service region.
The Midcontinent Media Foundation is the charitable arm of the company. In some 20 years of operation, Midcontinent grants have provided nearly $3 million for more than 1,400 community projects and organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
The Foundation reviews all grants in March and September of each year. The next deadline for applications is July 10. Non-profit community organizations that qualify are encouraged to review the online application and apply for future grants at (midcocomm.com/aboutmidcontinent/midcontinentmediafoundation/grantapplicationform/)
Midcontinent Media Foundation Grants Spring 2011 in this region included $1,000 to ABATE of North Dakota, $1,000 to the Burlington Recreation Commission, $2,000 to the Youth Education Recreation Corp. in Cando, $1,500 to Hazen High School, $1,500 to the Minot Soccer Association, and $1,000 to the Rolette Fire Department.
Grand opening slated at Minot State
Minot State University's Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences will hold its grand opening conference June 15-17 on the MSU Campus.
General registration is $100. Student registration with ID is $15. A ticketed master class with presenter Pat Wolfe costs $30 and ticketed discussions with Dan Willingham costs $15. Luncheons cost $25 and an evening reception costs $10. Register online at (www.minotstateu.edu/cascls/events.shtml) or send payment to Center for Extended Learning, Minot State University, 500 University Ave. W., Minot, ND 58707.
The center's grand opening conference has been approved by the state department of instruction for Title 1 re-education. One SH hour of graduate workshop credit is available for a separate matriculation fee of $50 to the MSU Center for Extended Learning.