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Summer Work Travel students who come to Dickinson to work at McDonald's get to live at the old convent between Trinity High School and Rocky Butte Park, shown here Thursday in Dickinson. The students here for a traditional American summer break have left and new students aren't expected for another six weeks or so.

Dickinson second only to Bismarck in hosting international Summer Work Travel students

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In order to fill in the gaps in workers brought on by challenges by the western North Dakota oil boom, some area businesses have been looking overseas for help.


About three years ago, Mike Kelley and Dale Smith found the J-1 Summer Work Travel program through the Department of State and decided to see if the cultural exchange program would work for Kelley's McDonald's in Dickinson.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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