History awardees honored at conference
BISMARCK - Awards honoring achievements related to North Dakota history were recently presented at the 24th annual Governor's Conference on North Dakota History in Bismarck, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Awards were presented in three categories including Excellence in Local History, Heritage Profile Honor Award and North Dakota Person of History Award.
The Excellence in Local History Award recognizes those associated specifically with local, county and regional historical organizations within North Dakota whose activity serves as a role model of excellence to others. The 2012 recipients include Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historical Society and Ella Guenther from Dunn Center. The society is a friends' group for the Whitestone Hill State Historic Site near Kulm. This group sponsors Whitestone Hill Education Day and works with school groups to better understand the history of the site and local area. They also sponsor an outdoor concert and history presentation every year. Also recognized posthumously was Guenther, who led efforts to establish a museum in Dunn County. She collected and preserved items that later established the Dunn County Historical Society's artifact collection. Guenther also led the effort in the building project for the current museum facility and related activities.
The Heritage Profile Honor Award recognizes individuals who have made a lasting or significant contribution in researching and writing the history of North Dakota. The 2012 recipient is Gilbert L. Wilson, who was nominated posthumously for his extensive ethnographic work recording information about the Mandan and Hidatsa people at Fort Berthold Reservation from 1907 to 1918. Most notably, Wilson's work with Maxi'diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) and her family has been significant in the preservation and interpretation of the history of the Missouri River and related sites such as the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.
The North Dakota Person of History Award posthumously recognizes individuals who have had a prominent role in making the history of North Dakota. The 2012 recipients include Maxi'diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) and Wilson Morrow Laird. Maxi'diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) worked with anthropologists, including Gilbert L. Wilson, to record the history of the Mandan and Hidatsa people. Her work helped to preserve the traditional experiences and lifeways of Native Americans, specifically the village farming techniques of the Hidatsa people. Laird was nominated for his scientific work and geologic studies that brought national recognition to his work as N.D. State Geologist. He was a leader in the enactment of an effective oil and gas conservation statute that ensures the orderly development of the oil and gas industry in the state.
Local history awards are presented annually at the Governor's Conference on North Dakota History. Nominations can be made throughout the year and are due the second Friday in July. Nominations not received by the due date will be considered for awards the following year. For more information about the program, contact Danielle Stuckle at 328-2794 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the state historical society's website at (history.nd.gov).
MSU hosting nursing 'Research Day' today
The Minot State University Department of Nursing will host "Research Day" today from 8:15 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Atrium.
Research Day highlights semester-long research projects of all five semester nursing students, presented as mini-poster sessions. Two teams chose to research post-flood topics pertinent to a healthy community.
Topics include "Nursing Interventions and Diagnosis in Care Planning;" "Sentinel Events," or things that should never happen in a health care setting; "Health Effects of the Flood," a meta-analysis of data to determine what post-flood illnesses are presenting in the health care setting more than usual; "The Forgotten Sewers: Assessment of the Sorenson and Brekeke Additions and Spoklie's Trailer Court," an assessment of three areas with compromised sewer systems; and "Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers."
The presentation is open to the public.
Friend of the College
Lois Schaefer, Bottineau, was recently honored with the "Friend of the College" award at Dakota College-Bottineau's annual alumni association awards program. The award recognizes Schaefer for "going above and beyond the call of duty during here employment with the school's Foundation Office," according to a news release. The release also states that Schaefer is a well known and respected member of the Bottineau community and a "strong advocate for veterans." Among other honorees, Terry Charnholm, Bottineau, was inducted into the DC-B "Logroller's Hall of Fame" recognizing his role in raising more than $100,000 for scholarships for the school.