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Published September 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Rural Women in America conference set for Saturday

BOWMAN — The Rural Women in America conference returns again for its 6th year in Bowman on September 20th.

By: Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press

BOWMAN — The Rural Women in America conference returns again for its 6th year in Bowman on September 20th.

Conference committee chairwoman Camie Janikowski said the idea to start the conference came from attending a similar conference.

“Some of us local gals attended a similar conference in a neighboring state and we thought it would be something we would want to bring to women in our rural community,” Janikowski said. “We wanted an oppor-tunity to bring in nationally recognized speakers, give our rural women an opportunity to network and just take a day for themselves.”

Janikowski said the event took 10 months to plan with a committee of approximately 12 local women.

“We take feedback from our previ-ous years and whatever our committee feels are our local issues out there that we need to have speakers on,” Janikowski said.

Approximately 270 women are currently registered for the event, which will be held at the Four Seasons Pavilion in Bowman, Janikowski said.

The two keynote speakers for the day is Terry Fleck, or otherwise known as “The Attitude Doctor”, as well as Elaine Froese.

“He (Fleck) talks about if our attitudes are contagious then are they worth catching?” Janikowski said. “She (Froese) is actually a family business coach so she has done a lot of counseling and working with farm family businesses. She talks a lot about communication, and she is going to talk to us about renewing people and living an intentional life.”

Also during the day various work-shops will be held, including those that feature grilling techniques, cover crops, passing on personal property and women’s health, among other topics.

Along with workshops and speakers, approximately 15 vendor booths have also been set up.

Those that pre-registered and wanted to be put into the drawing, have a chance to win a make-over worth over $500. The winner will be announced at the conference.

“The local beauty shops and clothing store will be doing the make-over,” Janikowski said.

Toward the end of the day, a musical and comedic group called T.R.A.S.H. will be performing.

“They are a group of doctor’s wives,” Janikowski said. “They are from Rapid City, South Dakota, and then put a humorous musical approach to modern medicine.”

Although the pre-registration period has passed, Janikowski said walk-in registrations will be accepted. The cost of registration is $15.

For more information about the Rural Women in America conference, contact the Bowman-Slope Conservation Service at 701-523-3871, extension three.

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