The Minot High School-Central Campus Key Club had a fundraiser for the "I helped rebuild Minot" Sheetrock project. The staff and students raised $1,490 with the sale of T-shirts. Students posed for a group picture wearing the shirts in front of the school.
Northwest Art Center lecture series looks at North Dakotans
In spite of illness or accident, financial downturns or fields under water or too wet to plant, how is it that residents of North Dakota pick up their lives, often in level good humor, and endure?
North Dakotan poet laureate Larry Woiwode and Minot poet and musician Rick Watson will team up to answer that question in "Double Dakota Endurance" on the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater, Minot State University.
Through a series of dramatic presentations, some accompanied by music, and through reading of poems and sections of Woiwode's novel, Beyond the Bedroom Wall, Woiwode and Watson will explore the phenomenon of North Dakota endurance.
ArtFest deemed a success
Nancy Walter, executive director of the Taube Museum of Art, is already planning for next year's ArtFest weekend. "It was quite a success," she said of last weekend's fundraiser.
"(It was) bigger than last year," she said. "I'm still working on the numbers, but I think it was about $4,000 more."
She said there were more attendees both on Friday and Saturday, and many more artists than usual.
"This is the eighth we've had since the hiatus," she said, referring to the brief break in Artfest's otherwise 30-plus years. "People are beginning to remember the dates and plan for it. It also helps when we have a popular artist for the theme, like this year with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec."
The 2012 dates are Oct. 12-13, although the theme artist is not yet set.
-- Ceecy Nucker
The title "Double Dakota Endurance" refers particularly to the residents of Minot, who, in the midst of other difficulties, in 2011 dealt with the raging Mouse River setting more than 4,000 homes underwater. Woiwode believes a particular quality of character allows North Dakotans to endure such setbacks as few other Americans do. He will explore the unique character of North Dakota endurance using the universal bridge of words.
Woiwode, a Guggenheim and Lannan Fellow, is the author of five novels, including Beyond the Bedroom Wall and Poppa John (both from Farrar Straus & Giroux), poetry, biography, and short story collections that received the Medal of Merit from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. His fiction has appeared in the Atlantic, Esquire, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and elsewhere, and has been translated into over a dozen languages. His first collection of essays, Words Made Fresh, and first children's book, The Invention of Lefse, were both published this year. He is currently Writer in Residence at Jamestown College.
Watson teaches pop culture, speech, English, and music at MSU. He is a singer, songwriter, and poet, and has worked with the North Dakota Council on the Arts and North Dakota Humanities Council in various programs. Watson was named 1978 Dakota Arts Quarterly state songwriter, and in 2004 was appointed North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate. His work has been published in Icarus: a Traveling Art Show, Canoe, Lyrical Iowa, Northern Lights Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, and other journals.
The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the program. Parking in campus lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Trick-or-Treat for cans scheduled
Members of Minot High School organizations DECA, FFA, Character Counts, Spanish Club, School Yearbook, Honor Society, Key Club and French Club will be collecting canned goods for the Salvation Army between 4 and 6 p.m. on Sunday as part of "Trick-or-Treat for Cans."
Students will be visiting Minot neighborhoods door-to-door. People who are not home and would still like to contribute should leave the canned goods out on their doorsteps.
WSC plans door-to-door fundraiser
WILLISTON Williston State College's PTK Honor Society will be going door to door Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for their Trick or Treat fund raiser.
Members of the organization will wear graduation caps and gowns and will go out into the community asking for donations in this 50-50 fund raising campaign.
Of the funds raised, 50 percent will be used by the group to purchase stoles and tassels for graduation, and the other half will go to the Williston State College Relay for Life team.
Checks can be made out to Williston State College and members will provide receipts if requested. Donations made are tax deductible. The group hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event.
For more information, contact PTK advisors Kim Weismann or Maren Furuseth at 774-4503.
Champagne on Ice Gala planned
On Dec. 10, the University of North Dakota Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center will hold their community awareness fundraiser; the Champagne and Ice Gala.
The Gala will be held at the Otis & James Studio. A live auction featuring many community donations will be held -- including the featured item -- diamonds. There will also be hors d'oeuvres, a dessert tasting, music and complimentary champagne. Cost for tickets is $25.