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Ethel Larvick gives AI Larvick a reel of 8mm film, circa :he AI Larvick Family Film Collection. (Courtesy Photo) early to mid-1950s, in this still taken from Local man receives grant to convert home movies By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter MEDORA - Family films that span several decades and are owned by a Medora man are being pre- served for future generations. Mile Thompson, who once lived at Alpha, N.D., which was located south of Beach, provided the films with a total of almost 4,000 feet of footage to The MediaPreserve, a company in Pennsylvania. The preservation is possible through a grant from the A1 Larvick Conserva- tion Fund (ALCF), based in New York City. A1 Larvick was a native of Emmons County, N.D. These are just a few of the boxes that contain Thompson fam- The Thompson home movie col- ily films that are being preserved for future generations. (Cour- lection includes Super 8 films that tesy Photo) were shot by Mile Thompson's fa- ther, Goodwin "Goody" Thompson, conversion process is expected to be "We feel home movies are impor- and later, 8 millimeter films made by completed later this year. tant cultural and historical docu- Mile Thompson himself. The conservation plan includes ments that should be preserved as Goody Thompson started filming cleaning and repairing the original is," said Kirsten Larvick. the family and special events in the films, as well as transferring those However, for live events that take 1940s. Like many dads of today, it films to a digital format. A copy of place annually at historical societies was a way to capture the kids as they those transfers will be made avail- and museum[, ALCF has edited a were growing up, said Mile Thomp- able on an Internet archive at few film clips to include narration son. Mile Thompson later took up archive.org later this year, along with and music, in collaboration with the the filming hobby until the 1980s. films related to previous grants, film's owner or grantee. "This is Mile Thompson said he hasn't "The fund will not alter what the sometimes a good way of adding seen the Super 8 films because he original film and it's camera person context to the imagery, especially if doesn't have that type of projector, captured," said Kirsten Larvick, they are silent movies. If we do edit so it will be a special aspect of the founder and executive director of them, they are made as copies. The project when the digital versions be- ALCF. AI Larvick was her grandfa- Preserving come available.The preservation and ther. (Continued on Page 8) ang in By Mike Jacobs N.D. Newspaper Association / BISMARCK "- It's halftime at the ~egislature. i Bills originating in one house must ~nove to the other by Friday, Crossover ~)ay. Then lawmakers take a four-day ~eak, returning on March 1. ~' Actually, the Legislature won't ~ave used quite half its allotted time. ~riday is the 37th legislative day. The State constitution allows 80 days. : ! Legislative leaders have said they ~ant to save some time in case issues ~hat might arise need attention out- ~ide the regular session. They're es- pecially concerned about changes to ~he Affordable Care Act (Oba- ~acare) that might impact the state's Swn programs. ! They might have their eyes in the ~rror, as well. Lawmakers returned to Bismarck shortly after adjourn- ment in 2015 because they weren't able to agree about health care for state employees. That issue is back, in two forms. Bills passed out of the Senate con- tinue paying 100 percent of health in- surance costs for state employees. Gov. Doug Burgum's budget calls for a 5 percent employee contribu- tion, and that idea has been endorsed he to h If-way point cials fretted that the law was too corn- by House Republican Leader A1 Carlson. plicated and would cost too much to Burgum also took out raises for enforce. Lawmakers drafted an 85- state employees. The Senate went page bill designed to ease those con- along with that. cerns. This approach drew fire at a But this is one case where the hearing in mid-February from spon- money might not be the hard part. sors of the initiated measure, who ar- Leader Carlson and his colleagues in gued that voters knew what they were the House are pushing changes in the doing and expect the measure to be structure of the Public Employees implemented as passed. Retirement System, which adminis- It would take a two-thirds vote of ters state employee benefits. This is both houses to make changes in the the issue that derailed the last session initiated measure. and may hang over the closing days Bills that would have eliminated of this one. federal standards - and federal fund- Legislators have deliberately ing - for education were defeated, pushed some issues across the hall. but a favorite cause of the conserva- A notable example occurred last tive caucus was kicked down the week when the House defeated a bill road. This is education savings ac- to provide money for communities counts or school vouchers, an idea impacted by oil development. "This championed by U.S. Education Sec- does not need to be decided today," retary Betsy DeVos. Carlson told the Forum News Serv- The accounts would allow parents ice. "It needs tO be decided in the to divert money they'd pay in school second half." taxes to private schools or home Medical marijuana is another high schooling expenses. The idea will be profile issue that will be decided in studied by an interim legislative the second half. This is highly committee. charged - and not just because of the Still, it's the money that matters, subject matter, and as the session progresses atten- Voters approved medical marl- tion will focus more and more on juana via an initiated measure in the Appropriations committees in both 2016 election, but state health offi- houses. Area artist featured in international publication By News Staff SENTINEL BUTTE - Sketches created by Sentinel Butte rancher, cowboy poet and visual artist Bill Lowman are featured in Range mag- azine's spring edition. Range's Publisher/Editor C.J. Hadley has chosen a series of winter blizzard scenes from Lowman's orig- ,lie of caring for ranch cat- in the North Dakota Badlands during long, tough, deep snow win- ters. Range is published in Carson City, Nev. and distributed throughout the U.S., Canada and other countries. "C.J. Hadley had seen eight of the drawings hanging in the National Western Folk Life Center in Elko, Nev., and wanted to feature some of my unpublished works," said Low- man. She picked four of those draw- ings to feature. Lowman, a lifelong rancher from _ the Westerheim community, 20 miles north of Sentinel Butte, studied art for two seasons at the Art Institute of Miami, Fla., in the late 1960s. Over the years art collectors have pur- chased over 300 of his Western orig- inals across the United States and Europe. Lowman has been the featured artist twice at the Northeast Nevada Museum and also featured at the Na- tional Western Folk Life Center, and the Lewis and Clark Visitors Center This Bill Lowman sketch, titled "The Box Canyon Dig Out," shows the Lowmans digging a trail to allow trapped cattle to get to water as the blizzard of Feb. 5-10, 1978, is ending. The herd's calm leader cows are following closely behind, sometimes butting the shoveler. (Courtesy Graphic) rotunda at Fort Buford. Scores of his Lowman's art records extraordinary works compliment his stories and events of ranch and cowboy life of poems in his five book publications, the Badlands. rences in ucation, U.S. life By Jenae Orluck since grown to include additional but in Poland, every day of the week Correspondent countries, is different. The breaks between Four foreign exchange students Staying with the Schatz family is classes last for 5-10 minutes, with no have been gaining first-hand learning Zuzanna Wojcicka from Warsaw, lunch break. In Poland, students have experiences about the United States Poland. classes only with their classmates (ju- this year at Beach High School. When asked about the biggest dif- niors with juniors 0nly, seniors with One of the students is staying with ference between the U.S. and Poland,seniors only, etc.). The government Jill and Tate Schatz. she answered the people and their and the school dictate what classes Last year, Jill Schatz's interest inway of thinking. Wojcicka's favoritestudents need to take each year. In becoming a host family was sparked subject to study at Beach High School Beach, students can choose which during a meeting where Lilly Tade- is American government, "because it classes they would like to take. vosyan, a foreign exchange student gives me opportunity to learn more Wojcicka said one of the things she from Armenia, shared a presentation,about how the country's system workswill miss most when she finishes her "It's very rewarding," said Jill and discuss my views about politics." stay in the U.S. is the people. Schatz. "We laugh a lot, and it has Along with being a part of FBLA, "Here whenever I go, strangers been interesting to learn about the dif- Wojcicka played basketball for Beachsmile to me and ask me simple ques- ferent culture and traditions that IHigh School, and was a manager for tions like 'How was your day?' It al- would not otherwise have learned the 2016 football season. She has also ways makes me smile and makes my about." volunteered at the Lincoln Elemen- day better. I'm really going to miss The exchanges are done through tary School library, the Golden Valley this." ASSE, an organization that was es- County Library, and with school con-Hailing from Kapan,Armenia, An- tablished in 1976 as the American cessions, gelika Harutyunyan is staying with Scandinavian Student Exchange by Wojcicka described the many dif- the Cliff and Lana Maychrzak family. the Swedish government to organize ferences between school in Poland When describing her homeland, student exchange programs between and Beach High School. In Beach, the Students Sweden and the United States. It hasclass schedule is the same every day, (Continued on Page 8) Roosevelt Center acq DICKINSON - The Theodore' will try to grow up into as good Roosevelt Center (TRC)at Dickin- and honest a man as you are. I son State University (DSU) re- wish you success and a hand- cently acquired a series of original shake." letters exchanged betweenRoosevelt answered his letter Theodore Roosevelt and a young personally, writing, "I hope that if admirer. I get to Montana again, you will be The exchange between former able to get to the railway depot, Dickinson resident Teddy Crombie and that I may have the pleasure of and his hero, Theodore Roosevelt, shaking hands with you." Roo- consists offourletterswrittenbetween sevelt also wrote that he hoped February and October 1912. Crombie Crombie would be able to carry was 11 years old when he wrote the out his desire to join the Boy first letter in the series to Roosevelt Scouts, as it is a "fine movement." from Pompeys Pillar, Mont. Later that year, the two met in An excerpt from this letter Montana during Roosevelt's Pro- states,"You came through here last gressive Party campaign for the summer! But I live on a ranch presidency, andCrombieaccompa- about five miles from town so Inied Roosevelt on the train for a didn't get to see you. I will be 12 short way to Billings. Crombie years old on April the 5th. I want wrote to Roosevelt again in Octo- to join the Boy Scouts if I can.And ber. Not surprisingly, in light of I hope that I will be able to see you Roosevelt's having been shot dur- some day." ing a campaign speech in Milwau- He went on to write, "I hopekee on Oct. 14, Teddy's second that you will be president and I letter was answered by someone uires original letters else on Roosevelt's behalf. The first letter is part of the Theodore Roosevelt Papers at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. It was digitized for the TRC website at theodorerooseveltcen- ter.org some time ago. The other three letters, until this month, belonged to the prominent Theodore Roosevelt collector Gre- gory Wynn. "I was inspired by Theodore Roosevelt myself at about the same age as Teddy Crombie and am an Eagle Scout myself, and so there are personal connections to this trove of letters," Wynn said. "But they belong in Dickinson with the Theodore Roosevelt Cen- ter." The original letters from Wynn's private collection arrived at DSU early this month. 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