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The National Arbor Day Foundation will give 10 white pines trees to anyone who joins the organization in March. The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundations Trees for America campaign. The 6- to 12-inch trees will be shipped at the right time for planting. Planting instructions will be enclosed. To join the Foundation and receive the trees, send $10 to Ten Free White Pine Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE, 68410, by March 31. More information: www. arborday.org.
The Department of Labor has changed the eligibility requirements for its nationwide Senior Community Service Employment Program. The changes mean that more low-income individuals ages 55 and older will be eligible for the training and employment assistance. The program is operated by Experience Works in Cass, Barnes, Eddy, Foster, Griggs and Ransom counties. For more information, call Craig Aldrich at (701) 232-2489 or e-mail him at Craig_Aldrich@experienceworks.org .
There will be a spaghetti dinner Saturday to help fund the Red River Boy Choirs New Orleans Tour in June. The dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church, 4601 S. University Drive, Fargo. The event will feature a performance by the choir at noon. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (701) 730-1434. The choir is a nonprofit musical youth organization for boys ages 9 to 13. For more information on the event, call Dan Degerness at (701) 730-1434.
Ramona Edinger Anderson, 76, Minot, N.D., died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005. The memorial service will be Wednesday at 11 in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot. (Thompson-Larson, Minot)
Elnor R. Blanding, 86, Minneapolis, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. Elnor Ruth Nelson was born July 4, 1918, in Westby, Wis., where she grew up and attended school. She attended school in Alma, Mich., from 1931 to 1933. She moved to Detroit Lakes, where she graduated from high school in 1937. On July 6, 1941, she married Henry Blanding in Detroit Lakes, where they lived. She worked for Blandings Department Store, Detroit Lakes. She lived in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, for 1½ years.
Thomas R. Bornsen, 57, Fort Pierce, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Port Saint Lucie (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Bornsen was born Dec. 16, 1947, in Northwood (N.D.) Hospital, Northwood. He graduated in 1965 from Larimore (N.D.) High School. He graduated from North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton, and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He worked nine years in the iron field.
Virginia M. Dohm, 76, Moorhead, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Virginia Marcella Gossonwas born April 13, 1928, in Benson, Minn., where she attended school. She married John Dohm, in Minneapolis. She worked 33 years in the business office of the food service department of Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is survived by her husband; two sons, John III (Marie), Moorhead, David (Michelle), Thurmont, Md.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial service: Wednesday at 11 in River Valley Church, Moorhead. (Korsmo, Moorhead)
Elmer Hagen, 89, Underwood, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in Broen Memorial Home, Fergus Falls, Minn. Mr. Hagen was born Dec. 31, 1915, near Underwood, where he attended school. He attended Fergus Falls (Minn.) High School. He farmed near Underwood. On Oct. 1, 1940, he married Mabel Skogen. She died in 1974. He retired in 1981.
Sister Helen Couture, 85, Valley City, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in Maryvale Convent, Valley City. Helen Couture was born Oct. 31, 1919, in St. John, N.D. On Feb. 14, 1939, she professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation in France. In 1960, she graduated from College of Great Falls (Mont.) with a bachelors degree. She taught in Harvey, Olga, Willow City, Walhalla, Lisbon, Valley City and Oakwood, all North Dakota. She worked as a missionary in Africa for three years. She earned LPN certification and worked in Spring Valley, Ill., and St.
Helen I. Bjornson, 65, Hawley, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in Barnesville, Minn., under hospice care. Helen Irene Krebs was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Barnesville, where she graduated in 1957 from high school. On Sept. 14, 1957, she married Kermit Bjornson near Sabin, Minn. They farmed near Hawley. He died in 1973. In 1981, she moved near Cormorant, Minn. She moved to Hawley in 2004.