Society news and notes

Martin retirement roast set in Anamoose

After 39 years as Anamoose city auditor, Stan Martin has retired.

The City of Anamoose will be honoring Martin on Saturday, March 16, at the VFW. At 6 p.m., there will be a community/citywide potluck, followed at 7 p.m. by a Roast of Martin, emceed by Maurie Becker. “Roasters” will be Mary Beck, Frank Ewert, Danielle Olson, Mike Rudnick and others.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

NDSU-backed series traveling state

A series of four public programs titled “The U.S.-Dakota War in North Dakota: A Sesquicentennial Discussion” is scheduled to be presented across the state.

The programs are organized by the Center for Heritage Renewal at North Dakota State University, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council. Local organizations host the programs in individual communities, which are scheduled for Sitting Bull Community College at Fort Yates on Friday, March 22; at Watford City High School in Watford City on Saturday, March 23; at the Historic Ellendale Opera House in Ellendale on Friday, April 5; and at Lake Region Heritage Center in Devils Lake on Saturday, April 6. All programs begin at 7 p.m.

“This is a good time to reconsider the events that occurred 150 years ago and shaped Indian-white relations on the northern plains for generations to come,” said Tom Isern, NDSU history professor and director of the Center for Heritage Renewal, in a press release. “These programs not only review historical facts about the U.S.-Dakota War, but also examine the circumstances, actions and values of all sides in the conflict. And then we ask, ‘What does this mean to us as people of North Dakota today?'”