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Barnes County North wins free Tigirlily concert

The Barnes County North School District has won the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars “Dollar Days” fundraising contest and will receive a free concert by the singing duo Tigirlily, a 45-minute meet-and-greet with the band and a community supper.

The concert is at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Barnes County North gymnasium, and the meet-and-greet will begin at 6 p.m. The community supper will include barbecue sandwiches prepared by BCN Dollars for Scholars volunteers and will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit organization that awards more than $100,000 a year to students in the state seeking a postsecondary education.

Laura Fiedler, state director for North Dakota Dollars for Scholars, said the contest was divided into five regions throughout the state, and the school that raised the most money per student in its senior class would be the winner for the region. BCN beat out two other schools in the region.

“We prorated it by the number of students in their senior class so that it kind of normalized the results and the bigger schools didn’t have an advantage over the smaller ones,” Fiedler said. “In the southeast (region) we also had LaMoure and Sargent Central. It was all really close; they all did a really good job.”

BCN raised $3,796 with 22 students in its senior class. Other regional winners were Crosby with $25,286 and 23 seniors, Watford City with $21,991 and 55 seniors, Hope with $7,317 and nine seniors, and Kulm with $3,895 and six seniors.

Robin Christ has been the BCN Dollars for Scholars treasurer for two years and said the group is excited to have Tigirlily come to the district’s new campus.

“One of the reasons our chapter wanted to go after this promotion was because we built this brand new school of ours and we thought, ‘what a great way to celebrate our new school: to have Tigirlily come and sing at it,’” Christ said. “So that was our motivation for this promotion and to really work hard to try to get them there.”

Tigirlily is composed of teenage sisters Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh, who are high school students in Hazen, N.D. Their popular YouTube videos have received more than 1 million views.

The contest ran from Sept. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, and Christ said there were several guidelines in how money was raised.

“It was based on making sure it was the students raising the money and going out there and getting the Dollars for Scholars name out there,” Christ said. “That was part of the reason for doing this promotion: name recognition and getting our name out there.”

Christ said the major funds that won the contest for BCN came from donation buckets at businesses and establishments in the BCN district and from a freewill donation community supper. Proceeds from general donations, endowments, memorial funds, mail campaigns, phone-a-thons, raffle tickets, bank account interest or business sponsorships were not allowed to be used toward the promotion.

“You had to meet certain requirements; somebody couldn’t just donate $600 to you and have it work toward this promotion,” Christ said. “It had to be certain ways that we achieved it.”

 Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455701-952-8455 or by email at

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