Society news and notes

Disaster loans available to nonprofits

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to private, nonprofit organizations as a result of flooding that occurred April 22 to May 16, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Agencies that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

Assistance is available in area counties of Benson, Bottineau, Eddy, Foster, McHenry, Renville, Rolette, Towner and Wells.

The filing deadline for property damage applications is July 29, 2013. The deadline for economic injury applications is March 3, 2014.

Information is available by calling the Small Business Administration at 800-659-2955 or at the website at (

Youth baseball clinic deadline approaching

All youth baseball and softball players, ages 6-17, from throughout western North Dakota interested in learning how to be a better player are invited to participate in two free Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinics. These clinics, scheduled for June 14 and 15, are being offered by the West Dakota Chevy Dealers and Cal Ripken Baseball.

The deadline to register for the Minot clinic is Wednesday, while the deadline to register for the Bismarck clinic is Thursday. The Minot clinic is Friday at South Hill Complex, 800-16th Ave. SE, with check-in from 5 to 6 p.m. and the clinic from 6 to 9 p.m.

Registration is limited to the first 200 registrants and can be completed online at ( Select Minot or Bismarck and use “playball” as your password.

MHS French students to visit France

Minot High school students will visit France from June 10 to June 30. They include Emily Borud, Miranda Fenner, Jennifer Hamilton, Preston Harper, Gabrielle Kindy, Breanna Lien, Maren Livingston, Max McDowell, Leandra Olson, Savannah Ripplinger, Hope Tschaekofske, Lane Vendsel, Haley Wentz and Hanna Wentz.

Accompanying them will be Minot High French teachers Anne Olafson and Jennifer Kalmbach. They will travel with other students and a teacher from Blaine, Minn., and visit the south of France, including Nice and Nimes and Annecy in the Alps. Homestays will be in Aix-en-Provence. A final week will be spent in Paris.

Sponsored by Language and Friendship Inc. in Minnesota, the program is an informal language-based program introducing high school French students to the French language, culture and people. The program participants are asked to speak French throughout the program. They are introduced to Paris as well as to provincial areas. Each student is placed for a week with a host family.

Designed as a motivational tool for language classrooms, the program hopes to provide reality to language learning and to create lasting friendships and bonds between the U.S. and France.

Bakers called to enter State Fair contest

Baking enthusiasts are invited to participate in the “Best Baking Contest” at the North Dakota State Fair.

The contest, sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast, is an annual recipe contest held at more than 30 other fairs as well, according to the company.

The contest will be judged in two categories, each awarding $125 for first prize, $50 for second and $25 for third. One category is open to recipes using any type of Fleischmann’s yeast, while the second category is specifically for the “best dessert pizza” made with a homemade crust also using the company’s yeast.

Entries for both categories will be judged on flavor, creativity, texture, appearance and ease of preparation.

Contest details and complete entry guidelines are available by contacting the State Fair office at 857-7620. Registration deadline is July 19.

Mouzafarov students chosen for intensives

Dance students at Rinat Mouzafarov’s Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater in Minot have been chosen to attend summer dance intensives.

Hannah Peterson and Chloe Ondracek were selected to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Academy in New York City this summer. Jocelyn McCormack and Ashton Cassim will attend the Ballet Magnificat Summer Intensive in Jackson, Miss. Anastassia Hoffer will attend the Northern Plains Dance summer intensive.

Andrea Johnson