Once again the Midwest Plains Regional Baseball Tournament is in Dickinson this week. Showcasing some of the best high school players around the area. If you’re looking for something to do why not head to Astoria Ballpark on the south side of town and enjoy a game in the sun.
Three years ago, the thought of moving to and living in North Dakota had not even formed in my mind. If someone told me that I would pack all of my worldly possessions in my car and move 2,000 miles across the country, I would have laughed at them. But, here I am. It has been almost three years since hearing about the jobs opportunities in the Peace Garden State and my moving out to the Midwest after a friend convinced me that this is the place to be.
Today is my last day with the Best Friends Mentoring Program and the beginning to the end of my time in North Dakota. I will forever be grateful for the experience and knowledge that I have gained from my time here. I have seen myself grow as a person, as well as a professional.
When I first planned on moving to North Dakota, I was only planning to stay for a year. Which I have found is the famous last words of everyone who moves here. I have met countless people like myself who originally planned to move to North Dakota for a year or two. Move here, make a quick buck, and go back home. Now, three, four, five years later, they, like me, have stayed. They have met others who have similar life stories and have created their own lives, homes, families here. I left my family back east, but was able to create my own little family here in North Dakota.
As a young professional, I could not have chosen a better place to start my career than Best Friends Mentoring and Dickinson, North Dakota. I was able to grow with Best Friends, just as Dickinson was growing around me.
My position of Development Coordinator had me wearing many hats in our office. I also took on outreach, communications, and volunteer coordination. Though I was busy at times (most of the time) I could not have asked for a better schedule. As I stressed over finding enough volunteers for our upcoming event, I would think of what this event would mean for our community, but most of all, our program. In my time here, I coordinated over 30 volunteer events, with some being multi-day events. I would at times be so wrapped up in the success of the event and not think of the difference I was making in just hosting the event.
As the Development Coordinator I did not work directly with the youth in our program, but saw a difference nonetheless. I was able to hear the many stories of success that reminded me of why I do what I do. I heard about academic achievements; of youth making friends on the playground; of youth, who did what others thought would be impossible, graduating high school. And as many of our mentors have related to us, it is not just the children in our program who have benefitted from Best Friends. I have heard mentors talk about how they have also become a better person since becoming a mentor and that their mentee has made just as much of a positive impact on their life as they have their mentees.
Working for a nonprofit can be stressful at times, especially when in the middle of an oil boom, but the rewards more than make up for it. I will always look back on my time in Dickinson, North Dakota fondly and have the people in this community to thank for that. I have the mentees, and their mentors; my co-workers; my new family; and residents of Dickinson for adding so much to my life. As the great Winnie the Pooh said, “how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
So, goodbye Dickinson. Until we meet again.
With the Major League Baseball All Star game being played today we see some of the best players around the sport showing off there amazing skills and talents to a worldwide audience. Now even though we see the best from around the league play for home field advantage in the World Series later in October, the All Star game shows more of the fun side to the sport of baseball. From all the festivities going on this week we can see the joy and love that these players have for the game, even if they are playing with a rival for a day. This is a great message and should remind everybody to go outside with friends and family and have a fun time enjoying ones company with whatever makes you happy.
Hi everybody, my name is Jake and I am an intern here at the Best Friends Mentoring Program. Around Dickinson you can find many recycling spots. Hopefully many of have seen them and decided to recycle your cans and not put them in the trash instead. As a reminder I want to tell everybody that the recycling spots are only for soda and beer cans, and not plastic bottles or food or cat food cans. Please remember this so we can easily pick them up and keep them cleaner. Also if any people would like to volunteer for pick ups and help us out that would be greatly appreciated. If you would like, give us a call 483-8615. Have a great day.
The Best Friends Mentoring Program is seeking a full time Development Coordinator.
This is an opportunity for an outgoing, well organized ‘people person’ to make a difference in Dickinson and southwest North Dakota and to work in a rewarding career in marketing and fund development.
Requires excellent customer service, computer and social media skills. Position requires public speaking, electronic communication, fundraising and development, recruiting and supervising volunteers, experience in human service and/or youth development field, organizational skills.Normal FT workday hours M-F with occasional nights or weekends.
Salary: $35,000+ DOE plus benefits (health insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement) to be discussed at the interview. Full position description at Job Service or www.bestfriendsnd.org.
Apply: cover letter, resume, 3 professional references to
Kris Fehr, Executive Director
Best Friends Mentoring Program
135 W. Villard St./PO Box 542
Dickinson, ND 58601
In little over a week I will be participating in my first family fun day. I am excited to see what this whole day brings to the community. From what I have been hearing it is a fun day full of activities that can be enjoyed by all. Families and friends can enjoy a nice summer day where they can just have fun. All the activities I am hearing about brings me back to my childhood where we would have events like this all the time. Now unfortunately I will not be able to go into the bounce houses or climb the volcano wall, but you and your family definitely can and enjoy a care free day where nothing matters except for having a good time. As a reminder it will be on Saturday, June 28th at Jaycee Park from noon to five. If you would like any other information please call 701-483-8615
Join the Best Friends Mentoring Program at Alive at 5 every Thursday this summer to get your delicious homemade baked goods!
For more information, or to volunteer, please call 701.483.8615.
The 17th annual Family Fun Day to benefit Best Friends Mentoring Program will be held on Saturday, June 28th, and we need your help! Family Fun Day is held at Jaycee Park in Dickinson, 12 noon – 5 pm.
The event which introduces a new volcano climbing wall, also features a giant playground for kids of all ages, including inflatable bouncers, obstacle courses, giant slide, jouster, miniature golf, slam dunk, football toss, face painting, wash off tattoos, and barrel train rides. Family Fun Day also features a variety of food vendors that will serve hot dogs, brats, chips, taco-in-a-bag, ice cream and a variety of drinks.
We are looking for volunteers to help take tickets/check wristbands at the inflatables, sell tickets, take photos, drive the train, and help with set-up.
The volunteer times are as follows:
8-10a.m. – Set up at Jaycee Park
11a.m. – 2:30p.m. – Shift One – volunteers will help with either selling tickets or checking wristbands at the inflatables
2:00-5:30p.m. – Shift Two – volunteers will help with either selling tickets or checking wristbands at the inflatables
All volunteers will be provided with a Best Friends t-shirt and water. Volunteers who work for two shifts will be provided with a Best Friends t-shirt, water, and a meal from the Best Friends concession booth.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please call Best Friends at 701.483.8615.
Stay Protected from the Sun
- UV rays are weakest before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Plan activities during these times.
- Skin does not have to feel hot to get burned, so protect yourself even on cloudy days.
- Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply at least 20-30 minutes before going outside.
- Wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses, and a hat.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice. Alcohol consumption may cause dehydration.
- Protect your arms and legs with loose fitting, tightly woven cotton clothing.
- Stay indoors during extremely hot temperatures.
Keep Pesky Bugs Away
- Use bug repellant containing DEET to keep mosquitos, insects and ticks away.
- Do not use an all-in-one bug repellant and sunscreen, it’s best to use two separate products
- Do not apply repellent to skin that is under clothing.
- Do not apply repellent to cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
- Do not spray aerosol or pump products in enclosed areas.
- Do not apply aerosol or pump products directly to the face. Spray your hands and then rub them carefully over the face, avoiding eyes and mouth.
- For children, apply repellent on your own hands and then rub them on the child, avoiding child’s hands, mouth, and eyes
- Remove ticks using a tweezer, grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight up to remove the tick. Do not squeeze, crush or puncture the body of the tick.
- After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water and wash treated clothes before wearing them again.
- Don’t forget to check your pets for ticks as well.
Avoid Bacteria and Pests at Your Picnic
- Carry picnic food in a cooler with a cold pack. Remember, a full cooler stays cool longer than a half empty one.
- Always take along some foods that don’t require refrigeration.
- A cooler will stay colder if it is kept inside the car and not in the trunk.
- Keep coolers in the shade with the lid closed.
- Bring along alcohol-based sanitizers or disposable wipes to keep hands clean.
- When applying insect repellant, spray it away from food areas.
- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water and when applicable, remove outer leaves or skin.
- Always assume that lake, pond, stream and river waters are not safe to drink. Take bottled water to drink.
- Place all trash in nearby receptacles or bring it home with you for disposal.
Avoid Poison Ivy
- When in the woods, wear long pants, long sleeves, boots, and gloves.
- Creams and lotions provide some protection against poison ivy.
- Do not let your pets run through wooded areas, they can easily pick up poison ivy.
- Do not burn plants that look like poison ivy.
- Poison ivy is not contagious and you can not spread it from scratching after you washed all exposed skin thoroughly.
- If you have been exposed, clean exposed skin with rubbing alcohol followed by soap and water.
- Clothes, shoes, tools or other items that may have contacted poison ivy should be wiped clean with alcohol and water.
It’s time to celebrate spring and what better way than with chocolate, great entertainment, and best friends! They will all be at the 5th annual ‘A Chocolate Affair,’ benefiting the Best Friends Mentoring Program on Saturday, May 3rd at the Biesiot Activities Center.
‘A Chocolate Affair’ is an evening of luscious chocolates made by local chefs, fine wines, along with music by the Brickhouse Jazz Trio, a Mystery Wine Pull, and a chocolate fountain! A chocolate diamond necklace courtesy of Britton Jewelers will be raffled off, a $1000 value!
Tickets are on sale now. Purchase your tickets at the Best Friends office, 135 W. Villard; Town and Country Liquor, 1218 W. Villard; or online at www.bestfriendsnd.org.
For information call best friends at 701-483-8615.