Foundation donates stuttering DVD
The Stuttering Foundation donated a DVD about stuttering to the Pathfinder Family Center in Minot and the Minot Public Library.
The 20-minute DVD, called "Stuttering: Straight Talk for Teachers," helps parents and teachers understand how stuttering can affect children of all ages in the classroom.
The DVD includes children who stutter who discuss their experiences in the classroom and share what was helpful for them, according to a press release.
Noted speech-language pathologists Bill Murphy of Purdue University and Kristin Chmela of Northwestern University present practical strategies on the DVD that teachers can use immediately to help children feel more comfortable talking in the classroom.
"The courage and honesty of the children sharing their experiences helps teachers find solutions for the children in their class," said Lisa Scott of Florida State University, who is a co-producer of the DVD.
At school, children who stutter often face bullying and teasing. This treatment by other students sometimes causes more anxiety than does the speech disorder itself.
Murphy suggests teachers make stuttering an open topic for discussion in the classroom.
Hazen native earns medicine degree
LOMBARD, Ill. - Meloney Oster of Hazen received the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the College of Professional Studies at National University of Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies held in Lombard, Ill., on Dec. 13, according to a press release.
While completing the degree at NUHS, Oster also served a one-year clinical internship with a special focus on integrative medicine. Before entering the doctorate program at NUHS, Oster completed an undergraduate degree at DePaul University.
"We are very proud of Meloney and all of our graduates, as our academic program is among the most rigorous in this profession," said NUHS President Dr. James F. Winterstein in the release.
National has more than 100 years of experience in graduating professionals in medical specialties such as chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, oriental medicine and acupuncture. Many of its graduates are often noted leaders in natural health care professions.
Watford City man hits 4 Bears jackpot
NEW TOWN - A Watford City man won more than $300,000 earlier this month at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge, west of New Town. Francisco Alvarado hit the jackpot while he was playing the Wheel of Fortune Progressive Slot Machine on Dec. 3, as one spin made him $317,000.00 richer.
A press release states when the realization set in to the amount of money he had won, Alvarado's first thought was that he should go celebrate. As to what he's going to do with the money, Alvarado says he's not yet sure.
The casino says this latest win adds to 4 Bears' large payout for 2012, when from Jan. 1 through Nov. 30, they have awarded more than $33 million.
Salon raises money for cancer
Stylists at DK Salon and Spa held a fundraiser to benefit cancer awareness from Oct. 24-31. Clients were asked to make a donation, in memory of a loved one or "just because they care." The salon raised $500 and matched that amount, totaling $1,000.
"People actually sent donations to the salon after seeing the article in the paper," said Lori Burbach, owner of DK Salon and Spa, located at 3108 S. Broadway, Suite D. "The response was very touching."
A check was presented to Trinity Health foundation.
Located four miles west of New Town, 4 Bears Casino and Lodge is owned and operated by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation.