Did you know the Leach Public Library had a record number of socks – 877 pairs, up from 556 last year – donated for their annual Sock Tree to help men, women, and kids with the Three Rivers Crisis Center stay warm?
And did you know today’s news is about boxing, books, and beautiful voices (aka, the Story of the Week)? Read on.
There’s a new way for kids to work off steam in Mandan, Standing Rock, and Bismarck. (KX Net)
Fargo lay pastor Rollie Johnson has written his second book on paying attention. (Fargo Forum)
Story of the Week: The Wahpeton Community Choir and Orchestra holds a Christmas cantata every year and donates the proceeds to the Richland Wilkin food backpack program. They have donated nearly $30,000 since 2015 – with a record-breaking $13,000 this year. (Wahpeton Daily News)
Monte Yellow Bird and Butch Thunder Hawk exhibit Indian Ledger art in Bismarck (Minot Daily News)
In the late 19th century, supplies of ledger books made their way to the Midwest from traders, missionaries, and the Plains Indians put the paper to use by evolving hide paintings to a more commonly-available medium. Today, artists like Monte Yellow Bird (AKA Black Pinto Horse) continue this tradition with their own unique flourish. Monte Yellow Bird, of White Shield, graduated from Minot State University and has received a number of awards and accolades for his work, and is the owner of the Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts company, which has been showcased around the world. Butch Thunder Hawk, of Bismarck via Standing Rock, has taught tribal arts at United Tribes Technical College since for 46 years, and has his work on display at the Harvard University-Peabody Museum, the Thomas Jefferson House Foundation, and the James Monroe House Museum, and was asked to reproduce the Horse Memorial Effigy in Kansas.
Kat Socks releases children’s book about a “flood dog” (Bismarck Tribune)
Hundreds of animals found a temporary home at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter after the Minot Flood of 2011 – including Pickles, a one-year old Border collie mix. Pickles was adopted by Kat Socks’ mother-in-law, and is now the subject of the Socks’ first book, “Pickles the Dog – Adopted in North Dakota.”
Linda Renaud discovers love of watercolor wax batik after cancer diagnosis (MyNDNow)
While Linda Renaud has been a painter for most of her life, she discovered watercolor wax batik – a layering process of wax and paint – while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. Now in remission, Linda has received several awards and exhibitions for her work, which is inspired by natural wildlife.
photo by so flow