A walk-a-thon fundraiser for cystic fibrosis was rescheduled from April 30 to May 6 on account of weather. Minot High School-Magic City Campus senior Hannah Ruth Patterson organized the walk-a-thon to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis as a service project for National Honor Society. Students Emily Veazey, Austin Sorrells and Matthew Schimke helped with the event. Despite the cancellation and other conflicts, more than $480 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Group visiting homeland
Submitted Photo - - From left: Emily Veazey, Austin Sorrells, Matthew Schimke and Hannah Ruth Patterson took part in a walk-a-thon to raise money to help fight cystic fibrosis.
Submitted Photo - - Michael Miller, left, with 2010 Journey to the Homeland Tour Members near the village of Selz in the Kutschurgan District, Odessa Region, Ukraine.
Submitted Photo - - Tom Seymour has been selected by the International Association for Computer Information Systems to receive the 2011 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.
Submitted Photo - - Reigning Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen Cara Mund, Bismarck, will be a special guest at the 18th annual Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen/Youth Pageant.
Michael M. Miller, director and bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, is leading the 17th "Journey to the Homeland" Tour group to Ukraine and Germany this week, May 18-28.
The tour includes stops at Odessa, Ukraine; the former Bessarabian and Black Sea German villages; Stuttgart, Germany; and Alsace, France.
John and Janet (Miller) Henke of rural Gackle will visit their ancestral villages of Bergdorf and Neudorf (Glueckstal District) and Hoffnungstal, Bessarabia.
"We want to bring back history to share with our grandchildren so they will always know what our ancestors went through to come to America as Germans from Russia," John Henke said. "Being able to walk where our ancestors did and see the landscape where they called home will be very exciting."
The 18th "Journey to the Homeland" Tour is scheduled for May 17-27, 2012.
Seymour receives National Computer Award
Tom Seymour, professor of management information systems at Minot State University, has been selected by the International Association for Computer Information Systems to receive the 2011 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.
The letter of notification states the award is presented: "For your contributions to the Information Systems Profession, your commitment to students, your community service and your impressive scholarship."
Seymour will receive the award in Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 7.
Miss N.D. Youth Pageant to be held in Williston
WILLISTON "You're Amazing" is the theme of the 18th annual Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen/Youth Pageant, set for June 4 at the Williston High School Auditorium in Williston.
Competition for Little Miss North Dakota and Pre-Teen Miss North Dakota will be held at 1:30 p.m. There are 24 contestants in grades one through six competing from around the state. Junior Teen Miss North Dakota and Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen will be crowned in competition beginning at 7 p.m. There are 26 contestants in grades seven through 11 vying for these titles. Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen will go on to compete for scholarships on a national level for Miss America's Outstanding Teen during the week of Aug. 16-21 in Orlando, Fla.
Special guest at the pageant will be the reigning Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen Cara Mund of Bismarck. Tina Larson, former Miss North Dakota Youth and Miss North Dakota finalist will emcee the pageant.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for elementary and high school students for each pageant. Discounts are available for those attending both pageants. Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, call youth pageant directors Allen and Lavina Domagala at 572-3698.
Child advocacy group hosts fundraiser
Companions for Children in Minot will host Curiouser & Curiouser, its annual fundraiser, Saturday in the Sleep Inn and Suites.
The event will feature music by Soul Shine, hors d'oeuvres and beverages. There will also be a raffle and auction merchandise donated by several local businesses.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the music will start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will go to Companions for Children's Youth Mentoring Project.
Companions for Children is a nonprofit organization providing one-to-one mentoring relationships between screened adult mentors and youth between the ages of 6 and 16. For tickets and information, call Norm or Bobby at Companions for Children at 838-5784 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Governor's photo contest gets started
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA, are kicking off the Governor's 2011 North Dakota Photo Contest. The contest will run through Aug. 31.
Any North Dakota amateur photographer is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest.
One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving North Dakota Legendary merchandise.
A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA.
Additionally, winning photographs will be published in N.D. Tourism's 2012 promotional materials and Web sites.
The deadline to submit photos is Aug. 31. Physical entries must be postmarked with this date.
Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at (NDTourism.com).
For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 328-2525 or toll-free at 1-800-435-5663.
Parshall plans fundraiser
PARSHALL A fundraiser featuring a barbecue, rummage sale and silent auction is planned in support of the 2014 Parshall Centennial Celebration at Parshall City Hall June 3-4.
Residents are invited to contribute whatever items they wish to donate for the sale between 8 and 10 p.m. June 2 or noon to 4 p.m. June 3. There will be a silent auction for larger items. Contact Brooke at 898-1379 or Karen at 862-3158 to drop off items before the sale.
Barbecue sales will feature burgers, brats, chips, soft drinks and bottled water, and proceeds will go to the Parshall Centennial Celebration in 2014.
Library hosts summer reading program
The Minot Public Library will kick off its summer reading program from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 6 with a Reading Carnival to be held in the parking lot of the public library featuring a magic show, clowns, balloon sculptures and a jumping castle. Children can sign up for the program at the time.
The theme for this year's summer reading program is "Take a Book Trip @ The Library This Summer."
Honor society conducts service projects
DEVILS LAKE The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake took part in a number of community service projects last year.
Student members organized a "Falloween" party for young children in the community.
The group also completed a second annual coat and winter clothing drive. They collect gently used winter wear including coats, caps, scarves, mittens and boots sizes infant to young adult for area children in need. The coats were cleaned and then donated to Early Explorers Head Start and Early Head Start.
Member Leonie de Jonge, named a Guistwhite Scholar this year, conducted a literacy project with 5-year-olds, teach- ing them German, French and Spanish.
Language lessons were also held for adults. Lake Region State College, with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and de Jonge presented three evenings of "Travel Talk" that featured key phrases, basic communication, food items, emergency items, and travel words in French, German and Spanish. De Jonge also spoke about travel in Europe, including transportation, money and foods.
The society, launched in 2008 at the college, currently has 25 to 30 active members.