Society news and notes

‘Warrior Words’ workshop coming to Minot for veterans

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre was recently awarded a North Dakota Humanities Council grant to fund “Warrior Words,” a monologue-writing workshop for veterans in four North Dakota cities. Conrad Davidson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Minot State University, will teach the Minot workshop with the first session on Feb. 4 in Hartnett Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tentatively, the workshop will consist of six to eight sessions.

The workshop is open to veterans of any American war or conflict who have an interest in creating work based on their experiences as soldiers.

Each participant who creates a polished monologue will receive a stipend. They will also have the opportunity to read it aloud before an audience in their workshop city and see it performed in Grand Forks during the run of the Community Theatre’s production of the Stephen Dietz play “The Last of the Boys” in April. Workshop writers will be invited to Grand Forks for a collective reading in May. To enroll in the Minot workshop, veterans can contact Davidson at 858-3159 or email

Area students’ VFW scholarships announced

Area students won awards in Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship contests.

In the “Patriot’s Pen” contest, a speech writing competition for middle school students, students were asked to write in 300 words or less on the subject “What Patriotism Means to Me.” Nathan Hedberg took first place, Brianna Romfo took second place and Kegan Henjum took third place. All three are students at Bishop Ryan Catholic School.

High school students competed in the “Voice of Democracy” contest. This year’s patriotic theme was “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Country’s Future.” Students were asked to write and record their speeches of no more than five minutes. Christian Keller won first place, Brooklynne Knutson won second place and Brett Nunziato won third place. All three are students at Our Redeemer’s Christian School.

Mrs. North Dakota America pageant seeks contestants

JAMESTOWN – North Dakota married women age 18 and older are invited to partake in the Mrs. North Dakota America Pageant to be held April 10-12 in Jamestown.

The woman selected as Mrs. North Dakota America will represent the Peace Garden State in the Mrs. America Pageant, which is in its 38th year. Applicants must be a North Dakota resident and a U.S. citizen.

For more information, go to ( or contact Mary Schwartzkopf, director, at 347-8744. Follow the Mrs. North Dakota America Pageant on Facebook for updates.