High Plains Cultural Center’s ‘New Lease on Life’

The High Plains Cultural Center is fortunate to receive the support from a multitude of families and businesses.

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By Cherie Roshau

For the DC Herald

Though the center is far from being debt-fee, the generosity of hundreds of in-kind-volunteer hours as well as financial support has given the High Plains Cultural Center “a new lease on life”! Joe and Darci Schettler along with Rodney and Verna Wolf as well as Marathon Oil are some of those playing a very important role in the grant from Oneok who are currently building a gas plant north of Killdeer, employing at least fifty area people. The center received a $100,000.00 Oneok grant, of which $60,000.00 will be paid when the businesses and community members match this portion of the grant. The center is grateful to those who have begun the matching of this grant. This is a great opportunity for those persons and businesses looking to commit to charitable groups before the tax season is here. Contact Ken Roshau at 764-6533 for more information or visit the website at highplainsculturalcenter.org.

This year has been a wonderful “growing” year for the High Plains Cultural Center. Several area activities have made their home with the center. Just For Kix dance group have several ages of little girls learning how to tap their toes, turn and twist to the music. The excitement of the little voices coming through the doors as they meet their friends is nothing short of delightful. Feed My Starving Children was another event that High Plains Cultural Center co-sponsored with St. John’s Lutheran Church. Hundreds of people came to volunteer and give of themselves and left knowing the gift of self gives back twice fold. The center is busy with many events. Some of them are the following: the Hilltop Steak Fry and Auction; Christmas parties; wedding celebrations; Bison games on the big screen; the community Halloween party and dance for children; family movie nights (free on every other Fridays call for movie title and time); safety meetings for several area businesses; classes on concealed weapons presented by local law enforcement; country dances; Dance Aerobics (Mondays and Wednesday at 5:30…free to members); 4-H Achievement Days; and the community barbeque in July. Recently Ken received notice that the center was approved for a grant that will help the Killdeer Public School with rental fees for sports practice, the FFA and Fine Arts Banquet.

Upcoming events include: Holliday Bash Boxing Championship featuring Killdeer graduate, Mercer “Sage King” Sage; Cocktail and Canvas party; and the Home for the Holidays Concert by nationally known artist, Gwen Sebastian. Gwen’s tickets are selling quickly. There are only 200/500 tickets available at this time. The concert opens at 7:30 with our very own “Outlaw Sippn’ Band”. Please call the center or visit the American Bank Center, First International Bank and Trust, Benz Oil or The High Plains Cultural Center. The billing of this event is remarkable for a community this size, yet the people are coming together to celebrate their love for good music and pride knowing that Gwen Sebastian is “home grown”.


The 100 thousand was donated by Oneok outside of Killdeer who are building a gas plant north of town, which will employ a minimum of 50 people.

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