Bonny Mayer, licensed practical nurse from Minot, was appointed in July for a four-year term to the N.D. Board of Nursing. Mayer graduated from Trinity School of Nursing in 1983 as a licensed practical nurse. She has worked 10 years as an orthopedic staff nurse, 10 years as staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, and the past eight years in the Same Day Endoscopy Department at Trinity Health in Minot.
Carnegie Center in Minot earns recognition
Submitted Photo -- Bonny Mayer, licensed practical nurse from Minot, was appointed in July for a four-year term to the N.D. Board of Nursing.
The Carnegie Center has been selected for the 2011 Best of Minot Award in the Meetings and Banquet Hall Facilities category by the U.S. Commerce Association.
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their surrounding community.
The Carnegie Center was the original Minot Public Library building. It has been restored and is maintained by community volunteers as a venue for small gatherings such as small weddings and receptions, baby and bridal showers, retirement parties, classes, seminars and craft sales.
"The Carnegie Association is very pleased to have received this acknowledgement," said Esther Ost, executive director of the Carnegie Center, in a press release. "Many individuals have supported the Carnegie Association efforts to restore and maintain this building. Volunteers spend many hours painting, cleaning, watering plants, caring for the yard, decorating and providing office support.
"I've enjoyed being associated with the Carnegie Center and all the people who work with it," she added. "This building is truly a community treasure. It is wonderful to have our efforts rewarded by this award from such a prestigious organization as the U.S. Commerce Association."
Minot Boy Scout troop plans food drive
Boy Scout Troop 425 members of Minot will be having their annual "Scouting for Food" food drive Tuesday, but this year they won't be going door to door collecting.
Troop members ask that people help fill the canoes that will be at the three Marketplace Foods Stores at Dakota Square Mall, 20th Avenue Southwest, and South Broadway, and also at Congregational United Church of Christ, 430 N. Broadway, which charters the troop.
The food drive collection will be from 5 to 7 p.m. that day. All nonperishable food items will be given to Minot's Horn of Plenty which will distribute the food in the Minot area.
Mensa test planned for Minot Public Library
North Dakota Mensa will offer the Mensa Admission Test in the Quad Room of the Minot City Library at 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 22. For more information, call 223-2962 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeview Art Club hosts an art show
KENMARE The Kenmare Lakeview Art Club's Fall Art and Craft Show will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kenmare Memorial Hall.
Local artists will feature their work and there will also be vendors and lunch served by the Kenmare FFA.
Winners, officers named in Camera Club season
Minot Camera Club is in full swing again with its 2011-12 season.
Meetings are temporarily being held at the SRT building on North Hill at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month.
"The club is healthy and growing," said club vice president Betty Nordstrom. "Last year we had 28 members and expect a growing membership this year."
She said anyone interested in photography and who would like to meet with others sharing the same interest to come to a meeting. The first meeting of the month is a program, she said, and the second meeting is a photo competition based on a theme.
Officers for the 2011-12 year are Richard Debertin, president; Nordstrom as vice president; Shelly Adams, secretary; Sue Tohm, treasurer; Lisa Eriksmoen, contact for the North Central Camera Club Council, and Ryan Gosche, webmaster. Visit the club at (minotcameraclub.com) for more information.
The competition subject for September was "signs." The judge was Jack Woods from Bottineau. Winners of the monthly competition, by category, were:
Color: "My Old Ohio" by Ryan Gosche, Minot
Black & White: "Laugh" by Betty Nordstrom
Digitally altered: "I love you, Baseball!" by Betty Nordstrom of Minot.
Other members having photos that placed were Richard Debertin and Rosemary Debertin of Berthold and Helen Otto and Mary Swafford of Minot.
Competition for October is an open category any subject goes.
Williston massage class to offer free massages
WILLISTON Williston State College's Massage Therapy program will begin offering free massages Oct. 10 as part of its clinicals portion of the class. Clinicals, which are available to the public, are offered Monday to Thursday.
"Massage therapy is a two-year program in which students can earn either a certificate or an associate's degree in massage therapy," said Wendy Peters, program director, in a press release.
"For these clinicals, everyone will start with a one-hour back massage and as we learn about other parts of the body, we will incorporate that into our massages.
This is a great opportunity for those interested to receive a free one-hour back massage."
The massages, which will be provided by second-year massage therapy students, are completely free, but appointments are required. Those who have not participated in the clinicals in past years are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork.
Massages will be provided through the end of the fall semester in December and will resume in January, running through May.
While the massages are free, tips are accepted and greatly appreciated. Peters stated that any tips received do not go to the students, but to the Massage Therapy Club for the purchase of classroom supplies and materials.
Those who have medical conditions should consult with their physicians before getting a massage. Peters said students will have to get approval from a doctor before giving a massage to someone on certain medications or who recently had a heart attack.
To schedule a massage or for more information, call Peters at 774-4293.
Community Action group seeks participants
BISMARCK North Dakota Community Action Partnership is accepting participants into its Individual Development Accounts program.
The accounts are matched savings accounts for adult participants who are at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Qualified participants can save up to $2,000 in their accounts, which is matched at a rate of two to one, allowing them to earn an additional $4,000 at the end of the savings period.
Participants are required to complete financial literacy and asset specific trainings. They may use the account assets to either buy a first home, obtain post-secondary education or capitalize a small business in North Dakota. All deposits into the account must come from earned income.
Since the program's inception in 2002, the seven Community Action agencies in the state have graduated 78 participants. Of those, 21 bought homes, 47 advanced their educations and 10 invested in small businesses. More than 70 participants currently are in the program.
To obtain additional information or an application, contact the local Community Action office or log onto (www.capnd.org/programservices/IDA.htm).
Library to offer computer training
The Minot Public Library will be offering computer training for adults in October and November 2011 at no cost.
Classes are geared toward library information.
Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Registration deadline is the week prior to class time.
Class topics at this time will only include OverDrive eAudiobooks and eBooks.
Contact Marci at 852-1045 for information on dates and times of classes.
State Heritage Keeper winner recognized
SIDNEY, Mont. Mary Mercer will be recognized Saturday at the Montana History Conference in Missoula sponsored by the Montana Historical Society.
Each year two Heritage Keeper Awards are given by the Montana Historical Society's Board of Trustees to individuals who have had a significant impact generating interest in and the preservation of the rich and diverse history of Montana. One award is given to someone in Western Montana and another for Eastern Montana.
Mercer's involvement in preservation goes back at least 50 years to 1961, when she helped organize the publication Our Jubilee: 1911-1961, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sidney's incorporation. In 1967 she helped found the MonDak Historical & Art Society, serving as the first Vice President of the board of directors. Mercer served on the board of directors of the MonDak Historical & Art Society from its founding in 1967 until 1991, serving as secretary for many years.
In that time she also oversaw and edited Courage Enough: MonDak Family Histories to 1925 in 1975. The book of more than 1,000 pages was a three-year endeavor for her personally, working on it nearly full time in that period. She also volunteered her expertise and experience for Courage Enough: Book II, 1925-1960, published by the MonDak Heritage Center in 1996. These enormous books are still the standard history of the area. Mercer also wrote chapters and edited Focus on Our Roots: The Story of Sidney and Surrounding Area, a Montana statehood centennial project in 1989.
In the early 1980s, Mercer worked to establish a new permanent home for the museum, and was on hand to help open the beautiful facility in 1984. Until then, the museum was in insufficient, make-do facilities. The MonDak Heritage Center became not only the region's museum, but archive and cultural center as well, serving thousands of visitors and researchers every year.
Mercer was also instrumental organizing the effort to preserve and reconstruct Fort Union at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. She served as the first secretary of the Friends of Fort Union beginning in 1986. The current chairman of this organization, and treasurer in 1986, Greg Hennessy said, "Mary is a strong Montana voice that was necessary to critical bi-state mass to get both (congressional) delegations' support to get us not only appropriated, but authorized, out of the starting gate and running to the finish line. A Heritage Keeper Award could not be more appropriate."
"Mercer's influence and help has touched everyone collecting, preserving and sharing the history of what is known affectionately as the MonDak region," said Benjamin L. Clark, executive director. "It has been my pleasure to know this kind woman for only the past year, but as the newest director of the museum in Sidney, her presence is felt in all we do."
Mercer's achievements will be celebrated in a reception set for 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the MonDak Heritage Center. Mercer and her son, John, plan to entertain well-wishers with music. Refreshments will be served.