Society briefs

Minot library offering computer assistance, tech lectures

The Minot Public Library is now offering free one-on-one computer instruction, by appointment.

Technology coordinator Greta Guck said the Tech Tutors program offers instruction on topics such as computer basics, basic internet usage and search engine tips, basic e-mail, dowloading ebooks/audiobooks from the library to an e-reader, online consumer health resources, Microsoft Word basics, Microsoft Excel basics, Microsoft PowerPoint basics, Microsoft Publisher basics, and Minot Public Library electronic resources. People should contact the library to set up an appointment with a tech tutor. The library will respond within two business days.

Guck is also giving a series of free Tech Talks on different topics. Her talk on eBay will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 19; her talk on Digital Music, including the services iTunes, Spotify and Pandora, will be held at 7 p.m. March 5; her talk on Facebook will be held at 7 p.m. March 19; her talk on Etsy will be held at 7 p.m. April 2; her talk on blogging with WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr will be held at 7 p.m. April 16; her talk on Snapfish will be held at 7 p.m. April 30; her talk on Craigslist will be held at 7 p.m. May 14. All talks will be held at the library. Guck also said she will help people set up individual accounts for the services after each talk.

Email with any questions about either program.

Women’s farm, forestry convention slated for March

The Women’s Farm and Forestry Alliance convention will be held March 11-12 at the Saint Paul Hotel in St. Paul., Minn. The convention will include presentations by female business leaders, web-based skills training on financial management and leadership skills, and networking.

The mission of the Women’s Farm and Forestry Alliance is to build strong women leaders, strong networks, and a strong agriculture and forestry sector by ensuring that women have access to the highest level financial and business management training along with an embedded leadership training program.

To register and find more information, log on to ( or call 202-328-5048.

Williston State offers hospitality management course in March

The business technology department at Williston State College will offer an eight-week introduction to hospitality management course in March.

The class will run March 4 through May 3 and will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. on the Williston State campus. The class will be offered for credit or merely as a professional development opportunity for students. Class topics will include everything from operations, quality, and productivity to ethics and responsibility.

Since 2010, Williston has added 12 new hotels. In a press release, Williston State College coordinator Serena Christianson said there is a need for more formal training in the area in hotel management.

“This will be an exciting class to teach because it will be able to draw from real-life examples in our own community,” said Christianson in the press release. “Not only will we be learning from ‘textbook’ material, but guest speakers will be brought in from the community to share insight from their own experiences.”

Christianson also said a recreation management class might be offered at the college in the future.

For more information about the class, contact Christianson at 774-4526 or