Hey folks, it won’t be long now.

We speak of weekly performances from the long-standing Williston State College City Band.

As a matter of fact the band will be playing today during the Flag Day ceremony held yearly in the parking lot at the downtown branch of First International Bank.

The group was known as the City Band for a very long time, with WSC joining hands a few years back, to make the unit even stronger.

Dr. Kyle Norris, who heads up the music program at WSC, oversees the band.

We are told rehearsals have begun, but there is plenty of room for more musicians to be a part of the band.

If you’re new to town and play an instrument, this is a perfect group for you to check out.

Rehearsals are held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at WSC, prior to the evening concerts back at the park.

The first concert set for the Virgil Syverson Performance Center in Harmon Park is set for June 18.

Jean Lindvig tells us the good folks at 1st National Bank will once again be offering cool treats at select concerts this summer.

Meanwhile, the Noon Lions Club of Williston, will be on hand to serve up some delicious hamburgers at all of the concerts.

This gives you an opportunity to head right to the park and enjoy a picnic prior to some great music.

We also learned that on July 16 a Drum Camp performance will be featured.

Once again, the final concert held the first Tuesday in August, will be held at the activities room at the Bethel Lutheran Home.

We encourage you to drop by and enjoy a family evening in the park.

Norris to ride

Here’s your opportunity to donate and help support a great cause.

Dr. Kyle Norris, the music director of music at Williston State College, will be doing all the work.

You see, he has committed himself to riding 315 miles on a bicycle during the month of June.

Pledges are posted that in turn the funds generated will be used to Fight Kids’ Cancer.

Norris believes, “kids should be living life, not fight for it.”

He has joined the Great Cycle Challenge and has already surpassed his initial goal of raising $500.

Hey, that doesn’t mean the donations can stop.

With a few days left in the month of June, and Norris back up on his bike, let’s keep the donations coming in.

You can go to http://www.greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/KyleNorris to make your pledge to join Norris in this cause.

Miss N.D. in town

If you have noticed a number of added smiling faces around town chances are they are here for the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant.

The pageant has been in Williston for 33 years and a lot of great memories have been logged here.

This is also a great time to bring alumni back to take in the festivities.

Marilyn McGinley tells us Lana Herreid Enders, Miss ND ‘71, is back to a pageant for her first time.

This time around she will be serving in the capacity as a judge, having a hand in who will receive the crown from Williston native, and current Miss ND Katie Olson.

Williston native Steph Hamilton Ahlfelft also earned the Miss ND crown in 1996.

“These ladies have all been wonderful representatives of the program,” said McGinley.

We seize this opportunity to send out a Scope Salute to everyone involved, along with a Welcome to Williston to all of the visitors.

Roxana with CBS

Another former Miss ND who has been a wonderful representative is Roxana Saberi, who earned the crown in 1997.

Representing Fargo, she went on to graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead.

You might recall she began her career as a freelance journalist, only to find herself imprisoned in Iran for 100 days.

Since her release she has penned a book and that took up a lot of her time as she traveled the country for book signings.

Back in the media she worked freelance for a short time before CBS television tabbed her as the correspondent for the London bureau.

It was always fun to see her reports on major events taking place in another country.

That put her in a position where she is now called upon for coverage of the American women’s soccer team that is participating in the World Cup play in Paris, France.

Ledecky impressive

Katie Ledecky is tearing up the pool once again as she turned in the top time in the world this year in the 400-freestyle during a swim at the Santa Clara International Club Meet over the weekend.

Her impressive time of 3:59.28 included 200 splits of 1:58.52/2:00.76.

While she continues to train for the Tokyo Olympics, she is also thinking about something new.

She was introduced as the charter member of the all-new International Swimming League.

Ledecky is to be a member of the DC Trident, one of eight teams to be in competition.

Now that she is a professional, this opens a lot of doors.

Minnesota Twins

Who would have thunk it?

If you’re a Minnesota Twins fan the long wait might be over.

At least now the Twins are leading the pack and look very good.

One has to recall way back to 1987 and 1991, and the celebrations that were held.

It sure would be nice to be back in the saddle.

But, it’s a long ride ahead, so hang on and enjoy every moment.

This weekend should be extra special as Joe Mauer will have his No. 7 jersey number retired.

It’s great to see the home-town hero being honored.

Sounds like the weekend games are sold out, something the team appreciates.

Medora is in

If you’re looking for some family fun don’t forget about the famed Medora Musical.

Things are up and running, while the Gospel Brunch is now open for the fourth season, as well.

There’s something for everyone at Medora.

You can check online at http://www.medora.com or call 1-800-MEDORA1 for details.

Thomas A. Kvamme is a former resident and long time sports editor and columnist for the Herald. He can be reached at scopend@yahoo.com.

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