Delores Stenvold of Minot, right, received the lifetime membership award from the North Dakota Association of the Blind during the group's annual conference June 10-12 in Minot. At left is association member Carol Schmitt.
Submitted Photo - - Delores Stenvold of Minot, right, and Carol Schmitt.
Five generations of the family of Josephine "Toodie" Ziebarth of Harvey gathered for this photo. From left are: her great-granddaughter, Amber Fahey, Minot; her daughter, Darlene Schiele, Huron, S.D.; Ziebarth holding her great-great-granddaughter, Daysi Josephine Alm; and her granddaughter, Roxy Peskey, Minot.
Kiwanis Club of Minot turns 90
The Kiwanis Club of Minot celebrated 90 years of service at its June 14 meeting.
According to a release, the organization has played a key role in the funding of several groups within the community.
In the past 90 years, the group has established three scholarships through Minot State University, flipped thousands of pancakes to raise money, dressed up in holiday gear to sing for their money and set up three Key Clubs in the high schools in town.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
"Kiwanis Club of Minot has 70 members, five of whom each have over 50 years of service to our club," said president Pam Karpenko. "This group works hard to help kids, whether staying up all night to provide a safe place for MHS prom attendees, providing funding for those in need or to ring bells for the Salvation Army ... we are in service to Minot."
European travelogue series continues
STANLEY The second installment of the Tour Europe series at the Sibyl Center is scheduled for Tuesday. Visit France virtually by video and indulge in French delicacies following the presentation.
As was the case with last month's "trip to Norway," travel at this event occurs without passport, baggage fees, security checks, or jet lag, during the video travelogue series which continues next week.
One Tuesday per month through October, professionally filmed and produced videos will be shown in the lower level great room at the Sibyl Center, followed by discussion and refreshments.
Each month during the discussion time, refreshments featuring a dessert or two from the highlighted country will be served. If viewers have traveled or lived in the featured country, or if they know people from those countries, they are asked to come prepared to share their experiences. Participants are also encouraged to bring memorabilia from that country to enhance the discussion.
In upcoming months, the schedule will continue with the following dates and countries: Denmark July 19, Sweden Aug. 16, Finland Sept. 20, and Germany Oct. 18.
Come experience travel to France at 7 p.m. at the Sibyl Center in Stanley and make plans to take in the rest of the series.
There is a suggested donation at the door of $5. For more information call Evonne at 628-2652, or go to (www.sibylcenter.org).
Conrad names student intern
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sen. Kent Conrad announced that Minot student Andrew Podrygula has been selected as a public service intern in his Washington, D.C. Budget Committee office.
"My public service internship program provides an opportunity to get an up-close view of our government," Conrad said. "Interns have a chance to learn more about the value of public service as they work on behalf of North Dakotans and our nation."
Interns in Conrad's office work on legislative research projects, attend congressional hearings and assist the Senator's staff with a variety of office tasks.
Podrygula graduated from Minot High School in 2008. He is a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont and is set to graduate in 2012 with a degree in philosophy. Podrygula is interning for the Senate Budget Committee chaired by Conrad.
"A summer internship with the Senate Budget Committee provides me with an exciting opportunity to observe policy being debated during a particularly decisive time in our country's economic and political history," Podrygula said.
To learn more about Senator Conrad's Public Service Intern Program visit: (www.conrad.senate.gov).
Software can help with flood readiness
ProtectMyPapers LLC has released a self-contained $30 software program on a flash drive that allows families to scan and store all of their important documents following a detailed list of up to 100 categories, and add notes and photos as well.
Should a flood, fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake or other disaster occur, a family can rush from their home with this small flash drive in their pocket and later plug the drive into any computer to view or print all of their important papers.
The flash drive is password protected, military grade encrypted and leaves no footprint on a host computer. A family, from any location, can begin to reconstruct their lives after a disaster has occurred by plugging the flash drive into a USB port on any computer.
People can also carry this flash drive when they travel and should an emergency occur at home or on a trip they can retrieve anything important, from a medical X-ray or prescription to the front and back of a lost credit card to a repair service back home.
For more information, log on at (www.protectmypapers.com).
Battle of the Badges set
The Minot Police Employee's Union and the International Association of Fire Fighters are working with United Blood Services to kick off the fourth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Minot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in the Sleep Inn Convention Center in the Dakota Square Mall.
Battle of the Badges is the largest community blood drive sponsored by United Blood Services in our region. It enables critical "first responders" to work together in a fun and lifesaving event to provide our community with a lifesaving gift.
Donors will receive a free Battle of the Badges T-shirt while supplies last.
To schedule an appointment for a blood donation please call United Blood Services at 852-2161. Walk-ins are also encouraged. Technicians perform a blood pressure, temperature, hematocrit, pulse, and total cholesterol test on every blood donation.
Icelandic heritage scholarship available
The Icelandic Heritage Society, an affiliate of the Scandinavian Heritage Association of Minot, is once again offering two scholarships of $500 each, and applications are now being accepted.
The scholarships will be awarded at the beginning of the second semester of school in the 2011-12 year. Any student of Icelandic descent who will be a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, and who has at least a 3.0 scholastic average, is eligible to apply. They must also be carrying a full course of study, and be enrolled during the year of the scholarship application.
People interested in applying may ask for an application by sending a request to: Colleen Fitchner, 3409-13th St. SW, Minot, ND 58701. People may also call her at 837-0010. The applications must be returned to her address by Aug. 31, along with the materials requested in the application.
Recipients will be selected by the scholarship committee and notified in September, with an award ceremony held during the Norsk Hostfest in Minot in October.