Society news and notes

Winter park receives grant for ski lodge

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has awarded a $8,100 Quality of Life grant to Bottineau Winter Park to support adaptive sports programs.

The foundation announced almost $427,000 in grants to 76 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for families and individuals living with disabilities. Since 1999, the foundation has provided 2,055 grants totaling over $15.7 million to organizations.

Bottineau Winter Park is constructing a 12,000-square-foot ski lodge called Annie’s House that can accommodate skiers with both physical and cognitive disabilities. The adaptive ski program is operating while construction continues on the facility. Completion is expected by mid-summer.

When finished, about half the public space in the new facility will support the adaptive ski program while also providing a year-round facility for other adaptive sports.

Student participates in ‘Page for a Day’

BISMARCK – On Monday, a freshman student from Minot was a participant in the ND Senate “Page for a Day” Program. Meggan Larsen was the guest of her father, District 3 Sen. Oley Larsen of Minot.

As a page for the day, Meggan Larsen was given an opportunity to experience the N.D. Legislature firsthand through activities that included a tour of the capitol building’s legislative wing, meeting and talking with legislative staff, and assisting with actual page duties. The Surrey High School student also had the opportunity to visit with Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and other state lawmakers.

When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Larsen said she enjoyed shadowing her father for the day and watching the floor session.

“I was excited to be on the floor during session and to listen to the interesting debate,” she said.

The Page for a Day Program serves to educate young people on the legislative process of North Dakota. Another goal for the program is to excite an interest in possible future public service.

SunPrairie participates in food, fund drive

SunPrairie Grain is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help Cenex Harvest States reach its goal of raising more than 2 million meals for hungry families. As part of CHS “Harvest for Hunger” food and fund drive, SunPrairie will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in Minot, Bowbells, Mohall, Ryder, Velva, Norma, Niobe and Lignite, and deliver them to regional food banks. Donations collected at SunPrairie Grain will support families using the Great Plains Food Bank.

“We’re excited to participate in CHS Harvest for Hunger,” said Brad Haugeberg, SunPrairie general manager. “To support local donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger, CHS Country Operations will also make a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to multiply the impact of every donation we make.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to use their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. In fact, every $1 donated provides between 3 1/2 and seven meals. The number of meals per dollar varies by region.

“Hunger is a reality for many,” said Haugeberg. “Our goal of helping to harvest more than 2 million meals is within reach, so let’s pull together and show how much the country cares.”

Minot Camera Club January results

Results were announced at January’s meeting of the Minot Camera Club.

The subject was “Old Buildings.” There were 81 photographs entered, with Patrick Sheldon of Minot, former Minot State University instructor, as the judge.

Winners were: Color – “The Sonshine on St. Peters,” by Ellen Fenner of Minot. Black and White – “Winter Solitude,” by Richard Debertin of Berthold. Digitally Altered – David Abernathy of Minot.

Other members having photographs that placed in the competition were Kyra Hanson, LaVonne Carlson, Judy Valgran, Betty Nordstrom and Mary Swafford, all of Minot.

Lisa Eriksmoen, North Central Council of Camera Clubs chairperson, also notified Betty Nordstrom that her picture “Crisp Morning” received a Merit Award from the club for January’s competition in digital slides.