High school juniors and seniors have until Feb. 20 to apply for one of four $5,000 Chevy Scholar program college scholarships.
Ten scholarship finalists will be chosen after the deadline. From March 6 to March 19, online and text voting will determine the winners. The scholarship winners will be announced the week of March 21.
Students can nominate themselves or be nominated by family, friends, parents, teachers or coaches. Nomination forms can be downloaded at (www.chevyscholar.com) or picked up from local Chevy dealers. Nominators fill out basic information including community involvement, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and volunteer work.
Nomination forms can also be submitted at any West Dakota Chevy or Heartland Chevy dealership. At the end of the process, one nominator will win $500 through a random drawing.
Prescription drug abuse campaign launched
NEW TOWN The Three Affiliated Tribes Boys & Girls Club prevention program and tribal communities have begun a campaign against prescription drug abuse. The communities, along with the assistance of the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, are joining forces with the North Dakota Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission to launch prevention efforts.
"Members of the Fort Berthold tribal communities are taking a stand against prescription drug abuse," said Coby Rabbithead, local substance abuse prevention coordinator. "It's our traditional responsibility to educate our community on how to safeguard their medications and to properly dispose of unused medications."
A Tribal Community Readiness Survey in 2009 showed 94 percent of Fort Berthold Reservation residents believe the community has the responsibility for setting up substance abuse prevention programs.
Minot Camera Club announces winners
For the Minot Camera Club's "Food/Drinks"-themed photo competition for January, Betty Nordstrom of Minot took first place in the digitally altered and black-and-white categories with "Coca-Cola" and "Apple Star," respectively, while Cara Harms of Bottineau won the color category with "Tea."
Others placing in the competition, judged by Jason Gemar of Gemar Photography in Minot, were both Rosemary and Richard Debertin of Berthold plus Ellen Fenner of Minot.
Nordstrom said club members are happy to be back meeting at the Minot Public Library again for the first time since the flood, and expressed gratitude to SRT and Minot State University for providing them with meeting space in the interim.
Carnival event slated for Bishop Ryan High
The 2012 Bishop Ryan Carnival will be held Feb. 17-19 at Bishop Ryan High School.
The Midway and Food Court featuring games for all ages, bingo, and the legendary Cake Walk will be open Friday 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 9 p.m.
A walleye and shrimp dinner will be served Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday night is German Night from 5 to 8 p.m., and the famous turkey dinner will be served Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with bingo from 1 to 4 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Prairie quilters to host annual quilt show
The Minot Prairie Quilt Guild announced the group's 19th annual Prairie Quilt Festival with the theme "Quilters Are Berry Special."
The event is set for March 16-18 at the Grand International, featuring national teachers Nancy Odom and Heidi Pridemore.
General admission is $3 to view the show and shop the vendor mall. Event hours are set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18.
For more information or to request a catalog, log on at (www.minotquilters.com).
Artist fellowship applications open
Applications are available online for the Individual Artist Fellowship program in Visual Art and Media Arts.
The Individual Fellowship Program was established to recognize practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Two fellowships of $2,500 are awarded annually with different disciplines in each fiscal year. The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) reserves the right to not award either fellowship, based on the panel review. This year's fellowships are available for Visual Art and Media Art. The final grant submission deadline is Feb. 15, but early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. The council's online grant system is available at (northdakota.cgweb.org).
As a reminder, the professional development grant applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the start of the event. Early submission of applications is recommended since grant funds are limited and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information or questions, please contact the arts council at 328-7590; or visit the website at (www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html).
Grants are supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding is contingent on availability of funds.
Snowmobile club helps flood families
The Gasmann Coulee Cruisers hosted the 33rd annual Snowmobile North Dakota Convention at the Grand International Inn in Minot Oct. 28-30 with some 148 snowmobile enthusiasts in attendance from across North Dakota.
The event is Snowmobile North Dakota's way to kick off the snowmobiling season. There are snowmobile vendors in attendance to show off new gear and the newest sleds along with several other vendors such as jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Acme Tool, bumpers, and Vintners Winery. There are also classes on Trail Grubbing, Trailing Grooming, Trail Signing and a Youth Snowmobile Safety course.
There is a registration fee to attend, which is used to cover all the expenses to host the event. There were also a few 50/50 drawings, a live auction, and a Chinese auction, which raised money for the Gasmann Coulee Cruisers to donate to a good cause. At the Gasmann Coulee Cruisers December 2011 and January 2012 meetings a total of $9,500 was donated to good causes. Some $1,000 was donated to SnoTrails, Inc. for Groomer expenses, which is the parent organization of the five surrounding snowmobile clubs that maintain 300-plus miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
The group also donated $8,500 to 17 families flooded out in the Minot and Burlington areas. The Gasmann Coulee Cruiser Club Members delivered these checks to the families, who were then able to put it toward home repair expenses.