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Magic Squares festival set for Garrison

The Minot Magic Squares will sponsor a free square dance festival in the City Park in Garrison on June 22. There will be free square dancing from 1 to 5 p.m. with callers Doc Brooks and Mel Diers, who will both be calling at the festival. All square dancers are welcome, from beginners to experts.

The square dance festival will be held rain or shine. In the even of rain, the dance will be moved to the Garrison City Auditorium.

Square dancing is the official folk dance of the state of North Dakota. Currently, the Minot Magic Squares is the only square dance club in North Dakota that offers square dance lessons for traditional adult square dancers as well as fast track sessions for high school and college students.

For more information, contact Minot Magic Squares presidents Gene or Nikki Paulsen at 839-0755.

Hope Village reaches 100,000-hour milestone

Hope Village, the faith-based unified volunteer enter that was organized following the 2011 Souris River Flood, has so far contributed 104,056 hours of volunteer labor toward the rebuild since its opening.

The effort has served 310 teams with 3,461 volunteers. The volunteers have assisted more than 390 homeowners and closed 325 cases.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from volunteers all across the country,” said Rev. Paul Krueger, chairman of Hope Village’s board of directors. “Hitting the 100,000 hour mark is a major milestone that shows the amazing, heartfelt compassion of Christian people in our country.”

According to (, a volunteer hour in North Dakota is worth just under $17.50, so the effort has been worth about $1.8 million to the Minot area.

Hope Village is a multi-denominational collaborative that coordinates housing, meals and job assignments for volunteer rebuild teams that come to Minot to rebuild homes devastated by flooding. It opened in April 2012. In the first year after the flood, Hope Village volunteers cleared debris, power-washed homes, removed siding, performed gutting and mucking, put up sheetrock and worked on other rebuilding projects. Other volunteers have worked on the campus itself. For example, last year’s volunteer cook teams accounted for 14,112 hours of the total.

Although there are still some flooded homes that have yet to be sanitized, gutted and mucked, by now most are in further stages of completion. Volunteers who are capable of do-it-yourself home repairs such as drywall texturing, hanging cabinets and installing trim work are still needed.

“From the 900-plus families in our case load, we still have much to do,” Krueger said. “There are some families who are now facing their third summer outside of their home. Rebuild volunteers are really needed. Now’s the time make it happen for those families.”

There are an estimated 120 homes remaining in Hope Village’s caseload.

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