Society news and notes

Genealogy class to be offered Jan. 11 in Medora

MEDORA – Red Roof Presentations will feature a genealogy class at Chateau De Mores State Historic Site in Medora on Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon (MT). This beginning to intermediate level class is designed to help people start exploring their roots. Professional genealogist Patrice Hartman will guide attendees through starting family research.

Hartman has 30 years of research experience in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany. She has been a professional genealogist for the past 14 years with HartSearch Genealogy. She is a member of the North Dakota State Genealogical Society, and has served as president, treasurer and secretary.

The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will follow. Registration is required by Jan. 8, by calling 623-4355 or emailing For a calendar of state historic site programs, contact the State Historical Society at 328.2666 or visit (

Enbridge makes donations to United Way chapters

Enbridge Pipelines’ North Dakota region employees raised nearly $45,000 for United Way chapters in the state, including Souris Valley United Way and Williston Basin United Way.

“We really tried to be creative with fundraising this year but also did a great job promoting existing fundraising activities,” said Terri Vigstol, the 2013 United Way committee chair.

Since 2010 the company has contributed about $160,000 to these regional United Way chapters.

“Employee contributions account for well over half of the fundraising totals and without the support of employees and great community partners, we couldn’t be as successful as we are,” Vigstol said.