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Ulrickson named Souris Basin Planning Council director

The Souris Basin Planning Council has named Lyndsay Ulrickson as its new executive director.

Ulrickson, a Minot State University graduate, has been an economic development specialist with the council since September 2011. Ulrickson is a member of the Minot Sertoma Club, Ward County Advisory Council, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Junior Achievements Committee, North Dakota Planning Association and co-chairperson for the Northwest North Dakota Grant Writer’s Roundtable. She’s also a participant in the Center for Technology & Business 2013 Women’s Leadership Program.

“Souris Basin is embracing the changes and growing economy throughout our region. We have an excellent staff on board and work closely as a team. We intend to maintain that team-oriented atmosphere,” Ulrickson said.

The Souris Basin Planning region is made up of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward counties. The Souris Basin Planning Council is the Economic Development District as assigned by the federal Economic Development Administration and serves as an economic development liaison for the seven-county region.

The council provides technical assistance, project planning, development resources and programs to counties and communities, including economic development, community development, business development and infrastructure development activities.

‘Remember Our Fallen’ exhibit in local communities

“Remembering Our Fallen, ” a photo memorial of the 21 North Dakota military who have died in a war zone since Sept. 2, 2001, is being shown in Minot and area communities.

The current schedule is as follows:

Saturday-May 11: during business hours, Bottineau Chamber of Commerce, 519 Main St.

May 13-31: Scheels, Minot.

June 16-29: First International Bank (NDAL state convention), Williston.

The North Dakota Department of The American Legion is responsible for moving the exhibit from community to community.

Since late March and early April, the traveling display was in Rolla and Belcourt.

The exhibit is open to the public.

Anyone who would like to host the display, should contact David Johnson, adjutant, North Dakota Department of The American Legion, at 293-3120 or email him at

More information about currently scheduled viewing sites, can be found at (

Fort Berthold cultural hall of fame to induct 9 members

NEW TOWN – The Fort Berthold Cultural & Western Heritage Hall of Fame, formerly known as Fort Berthold Cowboy Hall of Fame and located inside 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, west of New Town, will induct nine new members this month.

This year, the new inductees include: Pete Fredericks, Leonard Driver, David Little Swallow, Delvin Driver Sr., Frank Whitecalfe, Eugene White, Roy Bird Bear, James Hall Sr. and Burnie Johnson.

4 Bears Casino will be hosting the Adrian Foote Saddle Bronc Spectacular April 25-26. On April 26, the new inductees will be announced during the event and family members will be allowed to say a few words.

The areas in which nominees can be nominated are rodeo, ranching and Native heritage. The nominees can be living or deceased.

The mission of the Fort Berthold Cultural and Western Heritage Hall of Fame is to educate the public about the history of the Fort Berthold Reservation and to recognize selected members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation who have made a positive impact on the cultural and western way of life and also to serve as an inspiration for the future generations.

4 Bears Casino and Lodge will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer and will have a number of special events.

The facility, owned and operated by the Three Affiliated Tribes, is located four miles west of New Town.

Pioneer Daughters open house celebrates 75th year

The Pioneer Daughters at Towner are observing their 75th year and will host an open house on April 23 at 2 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church. The public is invited to join in the festivities.

Pioneer Daughters was formed in April 1938 as a member of the Federated Women’s Club. The initial project of the group was the stone arches and stiles at Union Cemetery. Dedicated in 1938, they are still standing as entrance sentinels.

The club had many activities during the years, including World War II drives, donations to children’s homes at Fargo and Jamestown, as well as donating to several area organizations.

Any woman who is interested in Pioneer Daughter membership is asked to contact Erna Garnant at 7539-5th Ave. N, Bantry ND, 58713-9033.