Ken Callahan of Montana Dakota Utilities in Williston has been elected as the 2012 second vice president of the North Dakota Association of Builders. Joe Stenvold of Stax Electric in Minot has been elected associate national director.
The North Dakota Association of Builders represents nearly 1,900 members across North Dakota along with six local associations in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston. It is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, a building trade association with over 170,000 members and 800 local associations nationwide.
Group makes valentines to send to veterans
Five hundred and seventy-five Valentines were made over the last few weeks and, on Feb. 14, they will be distributed to deserving Veterans.
Carol Crabbe, the veteran project committee chairwoman for the American Legion Auxiliary, said that about 20 volunteers helped craft many of the Valentines on two different days at the Legion. Outside groups also stopped by to deliver Valentines that their groups made, she added.
On Valentines Day, the fruits of their labor will be given out.
"They go to the veterans home in Lisbon, North Dakota, and they go to (the vets in) nursing homes and Minot Air Force Base," Crabbe said.
Crabbe said that there are between 60 and 70 veterans in the Minot nursing homes, and about 130 to 140 veterans at the North Dakota Veterans Home.
Buffalo soldiers talk planned at Fort Buford
WILLISTON The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center will host a program detailing information about the history of buffalo soldiers and their involvement at Fort Buford on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. The presentation, by Fort Buford site supervisor Steve Reidburn, starts with the 1866 law authorizing black regiments in the U.S. Army. It includes information about the journey of two such regiments, the 25th Infantry and the 10th Cavalry, to the Upper Midwest and their arrival at Fort Buford. The 25th Infantry and the 10th Cavalry were stationed at Fort Buford between July 1891 and September 1895.
The name "buffalo soldiers" was given to the black cavalry and infantry by the Indians of the Great Plains. Reidburn will detail what is known about the regiments and their duties at the fort. The presentation is set for February as part of Black History Month.
The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is part of the Fort Buford State Historic Site located 22 miles southwest of Williston. The Confluence Center is open year-round with winter hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For more information about this and other upcoming events, call the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center at 572-9034. For a detailed calendar of programs at North Dakota's state historic sites, the North Dakota Heritage Center and the Pembina State Museum, contact the State Historical Society of North Dakota at 328-2666 or visit the agency's web site at (www.history.nd.gov).
Donate your old cellphones
People can drop their old cell phones off at the Easter Seals Goodwill Office at 800-12th Ave. SW from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Phones that are donated will be cleaned and donated back to agencies where there is a need. Donated cell phones often help senior citizens and people served by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, for instance.
Easter Seals Goodwill is working with Absolute Communications in the on-going fundraising event statewide. Easter Seals will be paid for each donated cell phone sent to Absolute Communications that can be recycled.