Donkeys, dogs or ducks. Whatever the animal, Charlotte "Charlie" Petrick will help rescue it.
Petrick, the founder of the nonprofit Black Hills Rescue Transport, helps move from six to 24 rescue animals to safe places each month.
For nearly six years, she's hauled around hundreds of rescue animals in her personal, rather small, Geo Prism, which is now on its last legs. Her car is so beat up that she's resorted to sweet-talking friends into taking her and her animals to places out of town. The Prism just won't make it.
One of the employees at Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood read about Petrick's mission, and that's when Louie Lalonde, an owner of the saloon, decided to help out the woman who not only gives her own time, but uses her own money and personal vehicle to help out abused and neglected animals.
Lalonde came across some wine at a good price and donated it for a fundraiser. The bar sold the bottles for $10 each over Cinco de Mayo with the money going to help Black Hills Rescue Transport. Between the wine sales and other activities, the saloon raised nearly $4,000 for the nonprofit.
Petrick was able to use the money to purchase a used 2004 Chrysler Town & Country van and supplies. She is very thankful to Lalonde and her staff for helping out the nonprofit.
"She's really been an angel for all the animals that need homes," Petrick said of Lalonde.
"It was some of the best fundraising in the spirit of getting out there and having fun," Lalonde said.
This fundraiser was a bit of a departure for Saloon No. 10. The bar typically focuses on cancer nonprofits, raising between $50,000 and $60,000 a year.
Engineering students build septic system
It's been nearly 10 years in the making, but this month, six students from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology were able to help put some of the finishing touches on an orphanage for boys outside Vicuña, Chile.
The students, all engineers and members of Engineers & Scientists Abroad joined up with Vocations for Orphans, a charity run by Belle Fourche couple Sandi and Dale Boe to install two septic systems at the orphanage site.
The orphanage will house boys ages 13-18 and will teach the students a vocation so they leave the facility with a marketable skill set.
The Mines students were thrilled to have an opportunity to use their engineering skills for a service project and to help those less fortunate in another country, said student Janelle Strampe.
"Sometimes as college students, it's easy to get so focused on one's own future, but this opportunity was a great way to make someone else's future a little bit brighter," Strampe said.
Of note from readers
We were shopping at a local grocery store and I was joking with the lady in front of me at the checkout that she should buy my groceries too. She said something to the checker and the next thing I know she was ringing up my groceries. I said "No, no, those are mine." The lady said "I know, but I am going to pay for them."
I don't know how to thank her as I don't know her name but she must have known that I have had a bad week. She certainly made my day. So, to the stranger that made my day, I can't thank you enough and hopefully somewhere along the line I can make someone's day too.
— Corinne Webster