Society news and notes

State Historic Preservation fund grants halted this year

BISMARCK – In 2013, the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office received a 5 percent reduction of the annual appropriation. As a result, Historic Preservation Fund grants will not be offered to the public this year. The number of grants to certified local governments in North Dakota has also been reduced.

Recent North Dakota grants have been used by the public to rehabilitate historic exteriors of homes, install new roofs and repair damage of historic stained glass windows and brick work. This funding has made it possible for many historic buildings throughout North Dakota to maintain and rehabilitate the historic features that make them unique.

For further information on grant programs, contact Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at 612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0830, 328-3573, or email

State American Legion to hold annual convention in June

WILLISTON – The North Dakota American Legion, its Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will hold their 95th annual convention June 28-30 at the Williston Airport International Inn.

A joint opening session will begin at 7:30 p.m. A banquet will be held Saturday evening, June 29, with National Commander James E. Koutz as the banquet speaker. The banquet will be followed by a dance.

Sunday morning activities will begin with a joint memorial service. Business sessions will conclude Sunday with the election and installation of the new 2013-2014 officers for department commander and department commander-elect as the highlight. Eugene Kachena, Pisek, is seeking the position of North Dakota department commander, while Dale Roth, Elgin, and Don Weible, Wilton, are both seeking the 2013-2014 department commander-elect position.

YWCA to hold annual golf tournament in Velva Aug. 12

Applications are being taken for the third annual YWCA benefit golf tournament to be held Aug. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Velva Star City Golf Club.

Teams of four women compete in an 18-hole scramble. The $60 cost includes lunch and prizes. To secure a spot, call Debbie at 721-3562 or the YWCA at 838-1812. Registrations will close once 18 teams have registered or by Aug. 5.

A putting contest will be held and an Odyssey “White Ice” putter given away. Prizes will go to the top three teams, closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt and more. Golf cart rentals will be available and can be arranged by calling 338-2363.

Corporate sponsorships also are sought. Companies can contact Barb at 838-2284.

Each summer, the tournament tours one of the eight counties served by the YWCA Center of Hope, which benefits from proceeds of the event. The Center of Hope in Minot provides emergency shelter to women and children