Society news and notes

Local school supply drives scheduled

Cub Scout Troop 432 will be holding a school supply drive for local children in need in on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minot Kmart store, located at 1-20th Ave. SE.

A school supplies drive will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town & Country Credit Union, 615 South Broadway. A bus will be located in the parking lot and Sunrise Rotary Club will be accepting your donations.

Donations after Aug. 8 are to be dropped off at The Salvation Army Church, 315 Western Ave. School Supply Drive is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club, Town & Country Credit Union, and The Salvation Army. For additional information, contact Michelle Bussard at 838-8925.

The Salvation Army is accepting applications for Back to School Supplies through Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complete an application at The Salvation Army Church, 315 Western Ave. Bring identification for each child and proof of residence, along with income verification, with you at the time of application.

Backpack distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 21, at First Presbyterian Church by The Salvation Army and Sunrise Rotary Club. For additional information, contact Michelle Bussard at 838-8925.

N.D. Tourism offers development grant

North Dakota Tourism is offering a grant to one or more new tourism attractions that can bring more visitors to North Dakota. This program is made possible by a one-time appropriation of $750,000 in funds during the 2013 North Dakota legislative session.

The 2014 Tourism Infrastructure Grant Program’s purpose is to fund new tourism operations capable of attracting visitors from outside of North Dakota for at least one overnight stay. Funds can be used for building new visitor attractions, major expansions, offering a new experience and supporting services for visitors. Funds cannot be used for marketing or ongoing operating expenses.

“This grant program is an investment in North Dakota’s tourism infrastructure that will not only increase our offerings of legendary experiences for our visitors, but will ultimately create new wealth by attracting more visitors who will stay longer and spend more of their money here,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of North Dakota Tourism.

The 2014 Tourism Infrastructure Grant Program is a matching grant, requiring the sponsor to provide one dollar for every one dollar of grant money being requested.

More details about the grant program and applications can be found at (

Applications must be received by Oct. 18. For more information or questions, contact Dean Ihla at 800-435-5663 or

Minot orchestra receives arts grant

The Minot Symphony Orchestra was recently awarded a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The orchestra, which has been part of the community for nearly 90 years, was among 56 recipients of the most recent Institutional Support grants awarded by the NDCA. The program is designed to benefit artists, arts organizations and the general public, providing general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities.

The grant will help to provide funds to the orchestra for an upcoming concert, to be held Oct. 12, celebrating the Minot State University Centennial.

According to a press release, Paulette Dailey, the orchestra’s executive director, “is excited to be a part of the Minot State University Centennial celebration. The orchestra members are looking forward to performing Beethoven’s majestic Ninth Symphony in honor of the festivities.”

For more information on the Minot Symphony Orchestra, visit (

Cyclist to raise money for Tanzania school

A fundraising event for the Ikirwa School Project in Tanzania is scheduled for Thursday in Minot.

Tara Marie Kramlich of Minot spent a month in Tanzania in January to launch the Ikirwa English Primary School. The school broke ground in 2011. Currently with 38 students, the school needs classrooms for its growing student body.

Adventurer and volunteer Sergey Rudyak is cycling from Hartford, Conn., to Juneau, Alaska, to raise $45,000 needed to fund the project. School expansion would allow for up to 160 children who would otherwise have no access to quality education.

Rudyak and volunteer Katie Jackson, a Minot native, will host a fundraising event Thursday at Souris River Brewery. The business owners will donate 10 percent of sales from 7 to 10 p.m. People also can pledge their support by sponsoring miles. Rudyak will be available to discuss his ride progress with the public at the event.

N.D. art association receives grant

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association was awarded an $8,056 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. With this grant, NDAGA will continue providing arts programming and supporting cultural activities in its region.

“The support from NDCA is appreciated and will be utilized to further the arts in North Dakota by facilitating visual art exhibits and connecting our local artists to art galleries,” said Andrea Lynn Fagerstrom, NDAGA board president. “NDCA grants play an integral role in the continued support and development of arts within the state.”

NDAGA, a nonprofit corporation promoting growth in North Dakota arts activities since 1975, provides professional training while coordinating exhibitions, information and services for gallery and museum personnel. It is headquartered in the Minot State University Art Department and overseen by Linda Olson, MSU Division of Humanities chair and NDAGA executive director.

To learn more about NDAGA, contact Olson at 858-3826 or or go to (