Society news and notes

Visit Minot Travel Rally set for June 5

Visit Minot’s 2013 Travel Rally will be held Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Scandinavian Heritage Park.

The annual celebration will include live entertainment by the band “Tin Star,” free food, activities for children and a showing of the movie “Brave” at dusk, which was the top choice of Visit Minot’s Facebook fans.

Visit Minot will also be honoring community partners by presenting the second annual “Minot Tourism Awards” with honorees being named as “Favorite Restaurant,” “Favorite Accommodation,” “Favorite Attraction” and “Favorite Event.”

“Tourism is very important part of our community. Visitors come to Minot for a variety of reasons and leave dollars behind in our businesses and through sales tax which benefits the entire community,” says Wendy Howe, Visit Minot Executive Director. “This event is an opportunity for us to remind the community how important the tourism industry is and also of the many great events we have happening in our own backyard.”

Non-traditional health fair scheduled at DC-B

Dakota College at Bottineau will host a non-traditional health career camp on June 20-21 for high school girls who are interested in a career as a paramedic or emergency medical technician and for high school boys who are interested in nursing.

Students will stay on the campus and participate in hands-on, interactive activities that introduce them to these careers. The camp is free and includes all meals and housing. Planned activities include a panel discussion with professionals in nursing and EMT/paramedics, high ropes course, anatomy lab and skills challenges.

Students must be entering grades 9-12 and have applications with parental consent returned to Dakota College at Bottineau by June 7. Applications and downloadable forms can be found at

( Call 228-5470 for more information.

MCC’s Wilson lauded as top French pupil

Peter Wilson, a senior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, has received a 2013 American Association of Teachers of French Outstanding Senior in French Award.

The award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French. Wilson has studied French for six years.

Pottery society expo set for June in Minot

The North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society will hold its 24th annual convention June 7-9 at the Grand Hotel, 1505 N. Broadway, Minot. The society has about 300 members from approximately 20 states, according to a media release. Minot last hosted the convention in 2008.

The society, which started in 1989, is an organization that was created to “enhance collecting interest in the types of pottery made in North Dakota,” according to the release. Many items belonging to society members have been on display recently at the governor’s residence in Bismarck. The society also donates to “qualified non-profit organizations to purchase, preserve and display North Dakota pottery.”

The convention is open to members only, but there is a show and sale open to the public on Friday, June 7, at 7:15 p.m. In addition, a public auction will be held Saturday, June 8, beginning with a preview at 12:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining or seeking more information about the convention or membership can contact Pat Schimke at 839-5883. Annual membership is $20. For more pottery information, go to (

Bishop Ryan students tops at state contest

Bishop Ryan Catholic School students held a fundraiser at their school earlier this spring and raised $690 for the Roosevelt Park Zoo. The money is intended for animal enrichment, according to their teacher, JoAnn Schapp.

Eighth-graders Cole Dauphinais, Giselle Rintoul and Konner Beeter ran the fundraiser, where students paid to wear sweatpants to school. The project, “Effects of the Flood on the Zoo,” won second place in the state eCYBERMISSION contest. Their classmates, Michaela Woiwode, Sadie LoneBear and Holly Burckhard won first place in the state contest with a project on “Safety in the Neighborhood.”

The eCYBERMISSION contest is a Web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition free for the students in grades six through nine. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION promotes teamwork, creativity and problem solving as a way to encourage students to become more involved in education.