Society news and notes

Lakoduk to be honored as Eagle

Dakota Peter James Lakoduk will be honored as an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor at 2 p.m. at Minot Church of Christ, 1315-1st St. NE. A reception will follow.

Fort Berthold CC officers elected

Fort Berthold Community College students elected officers last week.

They include new president Lisa Deville, vice president Randall Jones, secretary Connie Greene, treasurer Shawna Eagle, public relations representative Mariah Watchman, New Town representative James Baker, White Shield representative Brittany Bruce, Mandaree representative Garrette Vigen and Parshall representative Joseph Freeman.

A ceremony was held Oct. 24 at the college in New Town.

Symphony receives donation from Xcel

In support of the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to provide arts programming in their community, Kathy Aas, on behalf of Xcel Energy, presented MSO conductor Scott Seaton with a check for $1,500.

The donation from Xcel Energy will allow 1,500 fourth-grade children from Minot and other surrounding area schools the chance to attend a symphony concert free of charge. This will take place during the MSO Children’s concert to be held on Jan. 24, 2014,

The Minot Symphony Orchestra has been a part of the Minot community for 87 years. The orchestra serves as an integral component to the public’s entertainment by providing a variety of performances that continue to delight audiences of all ages.

For more information regarding the Minot Symphony Orchestra visit (

Bismarck students ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’

BISMARCK – Minot State University’s social work students in Bismarck will raise awareness for the homeless population by “Freezin’ for a Reason” at Kmart from 4 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 22. During this annual event, MSU’s Student Social Work Organization gathers monetary donations, food items, various clothing articles, personal hygiene products and baby items for Bismarck’s Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People Inc.

According to the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People website, (, in January 2012, North Dakota conducted a point-in-time survey of 972 homeless people. The findings were: 65 percent were unaccompanied individuals; 35 percent were families, including 189 children under the age of 18; 59 percent couldn’t afford rent, although they had income; 48 percent were unemployed; 36 percent had alcohol or drug abuse problems; and 35 percent had a mental illness.

“Freezin’ for a Reason,” held during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 16-24, is a collaborative effort between MSU SSWO-Bismarck and the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People Inc. “Freezin’ for a Reason” volunteers “freeze” outside, for a unique experience that promotes compassion and a further understanding of the challenges of homelessness. Interested individuals can “freeze” with SSWO members or contribute funds or goods.

For questions about “Freezin’ for a Reason,” please contact co-chairs, Stephanie Little at 527-1884 or, Mandy Perius at 202-6001 or, or Stephanie Rutledge at 391-9951 or