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A carnival will be held Saturday that aims to connect students and their families to resources available in the community.

The third annual People Matter Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside Wachter Middle School. The free event includes games, prizes, inflatables and food.

Pastor Les Wolfgram, of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, leads the People Matter group, which is composed of nonprofits, schools, churches, organizations and community members.

Wolfgram said he had a conversation with Wachter principal Lee Ziegler about challenges and needs of students in Bismarck, as well as recognizing the number of agencies there to help. The result was the first People Matter Carnival in 2017.

"The goal for our group is to connect people in the community in need with the resources that are there," Wolfgram said.

Wolfgram said organizations are invited to the carnival to set up booths and share information. In 2017, there were 14 organizations and about 500 people attended. Last year, about 40 organizations were represented and about 1,200 people participating.

This year, Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken will be stationed at a dunk tank, as well as Bismarck police deputy chief Randy Ziegler. Emergency management services, as well as the fire department and other local law enforcement agencies, also will be present.

For more information, visit the People Matter Bismarck Facebook page at www.facebook.com/peoplematterbismarck.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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