Hospital Visitation Day was a blast!

Approximately 33 Shriners and ladies braved the 60 degree weather to hop on a bus and visit our local Shriners Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities for their annual Hospital Visitation Day on May 16th 2014. The bus left Minot early Thursday morning making stops in many places, including Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Fargo. We returned home on Saturday.

Bus Trip Crew

We received not only a great tour of our Hospital, but many of us also attended a Twins baseball game at Target Field on Friday night. As we all know, the bus trip is half the fun and it was a great time as well! Please visit our Photo Gallery to see some great photos!

If you haven’t experienced either the Twin Cities Hospital or our ‘hospital trip’, we encourage you to ride along with us next May! Remember, if you’re a new Shriner (less than one year) you and your lady ride the bus for free!

Do you know a great Shriners Hospital patient or family?

Shriners Hospitals for Children is looking for patients and families who want to tell their stories in front of the camera!

Shriners Hospitals for Children PSA screencap

Shriners Hospitals for Children PSA screencap

If you know a patient or family from the Twin Cities hospital who is well spoken and enthusiastic about Shriners Hospitals, please let us know!  We are looking to tell the stories of our brave local patients from ND, MN and the rest of Kem’s territory. These interviews may be featured on brand new commercials airing on TV and on the internet and will help promote awareness of Shriners Hospitals and all that Shriners do!

Please get in touch with Steve Symons at if you know a patient that would be interested in telling their story!  Let’s get Kem Shriners and Shriners across the country out in the media!

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Message from your Potentate, September 2013

It has been a long time since my last article so we have a lot to cover. The first item was June 30th through July the 4th. Your officers went to Indianapolis for the Imperial session where we held our business session plus the election of Imperial Potentate John A. Cinotto, Deputy Imperial Potentate Dale W. Stauss, and Imperial Treasurer James L. McConnell. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. Next year the Imperial is in Minneapolis during the month of July so start making your plans to go. This will be as close as Imperial will ever get.

We no sooner got back from Imperial and we got to host the North Dakota Shrine Football game at the Alerus Center. As usual, Past Potentate Dale Duchscherer and his crew did an outstanding job in organizing the event. One of the things done differently this year is that some of the Twin Cities Hospital staff came to Mayville State College and did a screening clinic and interacted with all the players right at the college. This seemed to go over great with the players and the staff. I am not sure of the numbers but I know we did get more children as patients for the Shrine Hospitals. We then hosted the players to a supper that evening before we did our Units meeting. Saturday the game was played at the Alerus Center in front of a good crowd. As usual the crew running the Oasis did an outstanding job of taking care of everybody. Good food and good fellowship was had by all.

Then, August gets here and off we go again, this time to Duluth for our MSA (Midwest Shrine Association). We had a good group of Shriners go to Duluth. We participated in two parades while we were there on a Thursday night and a Saturday morning. Congratulations to our own Kem Chanters as they won a gold in the chanter competition. I was able to get over to listen to them and I came away very impressed with them and the level of competition. I want to thank Chuck and Jonelle Soderstrom and Darren and Janie Briss for lining up the Kem party in Duluth. It was indeed great. The Kem Drum and Bugle and the Kem Band played at our party. The highlight was when Imperial Sirs Cinotto, Stauss and McConnell and their ladies joined us. I particularly enjoyed when the Kem Band sang the “Firemen’s Song” to First Lady Margaret Cinotto. It was highly entertaining. You need to hear it sometime.

A couple of items I would like to touch on are some projects we had just recently started. One is already completed and that was the Shrine Potato Bowl parade. This was our first year and I think it went over great with lots of Shriners participating and I notice we had a couple of nice write-ups in the local paper. Thank you Bill Steckler for putting this together for us. The other project we are doing involves the home football games for UND. We call it our tailgating project. We would like to have more Shriners out there with their Fez’s and to tell the young people our story.

On Sept. 13th and 14th, CR Lowell Domier and myself went to Bemidji to participate with the Headwaters Shrine Club for the Bemidji State University Shrine Bowl. In addition to the game they hosted a screening clinic and I understand there are now 13 new patients for the Shrine Hospital.. Great work guys! It was a great honor to present an autographed football signed by all the players to Princess Kim during the halftime ceremony in the center of the field. Princess Kim started as a Shrine patient when she was 5 years old and has continued to go for the past 10 years.

Steve and Lib Symons have been working on our new website at Note this is .com not .org. Please visit our website and we will be adding more things all the time. We are particularly looking for more items to put on the calendar.

Last is MEMBERSHIP. People we need your help! Do whatever you can to get a new member. We have had 14 straight years of positive growth and we do not want to stop now. Especially with our own Imperial Sir Dale Stauss as membership chairman and he will be our Imperial Potentate next year. Let’s get to work. We have scheduled a one day class for Masons on the 16th of November in Grand Forks and a ceremonial for Oct. 19th in Williston and Dec. 7th in Grand Forks. If you are not comfortable in talking to somebody about being a Shriner, call one of the Divan. We will all help. If they can’t make one of the scheduled dates, let us know and we will make something work. If need be, I will run out to Williston and Minot again.

Jim Kienast, 13 Potentate

Message from your Potentate, June 2013

I have said it before and I will say it again. This year is going fast. The big item that has occurred since our last Burning Sands is that the Spring Ceremonial was held in Devils Lake this year in conjunction with Devils Run. Everything worked fine except the weather did not cooperate with us. It turned out cold and windy but it did not deter the people who came out. We had a great parade, a great Oasis, and an equally great Potentate’s reception. There are a number of people to thank for this great weekend and I would like to mention a few. Darren and Janie Briss and Chuck and Jonielle Soderstrom were absolutely great in getting everything set up and organized. Another special thanks goes to Dicky Prozinski for setting up a fabulous Oasis at Proz’s End of Line. The food was great and I understand that Tyler Prozinski was our cook. Also, thank you to all of the Divan and Nobles and ladies who attended. I hope you had fun.

Congratulations to our Grand Master Wendel VanWechel. Wendel was installed on June 15th in Jamestown, ND and I was glad to be there to be part of the Grand Master Wendel’s day. Let us all give him our support.

The 2013 Annual Session of Shriners International will be held on June 30 – July 4th. A majority of your Divan will be attending and it sounds like we will have a number of important items to vote on. Hopefully it is a good session and the items we vote on will strengthen Shriners.

On July 18th we will be going to Mayville for our unit/quarterly meeting. This will be held at the Mayville Golf Course. We will be doubling up at this meeting as we will be hosting the Shrine football players at the same time. It will be a busy evening. But we are not done yet. On Saturday the 20th of July please join us at the Alerus Center to watch these same kids play some exciting 11-man and 9-man football games. There will be an Oasis tent with food and beverages, plus I heard that the Kem Band usually shows up and plays some great tunes. So come out and join us.

On August 15th – 17th we will be traveling to Duluth for our annual Midwest Shrine Association. Hopefully your Unit can make it to Duluth. There are two great parades and there will be a lot of great Shriners. Join us if you can.

Finally, MEMBERSHIP! We need your help. Please sign up some new candidates so we can enjoy 15 straight years of growth. If you need help, call us. We will help.

God bless America and God bless Shriners,

Jim Kienast