N.D. first lady plans tea party for military families

BISMARCK—First lady Betsy Dalrymple is hosting a holiday tea party for families of deployed service members Saturday afternoon at the governor’s residence.

About 65 families were invited to attend the party, which will include tea, apple cider and Christmas goodies, said Dan Murphy, a spokesman for the North Dakota National Guard.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk will also attend.

The goal is to let these families know that they’re remembered during the holiday season, Murphy said.

“I think it’s very important to recognize, first of all, family during this time of the season and, to go a step further, those military families that are separated this time of year,” he said. “This gives an opportunity for everybody to get together, have a little fellowship and for the first lady and the governor to spread a little holiday cheer.”