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Brian Belden, shown Thursday at the Dickinson Museum Center, moved to Dickinson, or “God’s Country,” as he calls it, after a 40-year career teaching history in Austin, Texas. He now spends four hours a day of that retire. (Press Photo by Virginia Grantier)

Fulfilling a North Dakota dream: Longtime Texas history teacher moves ‘home’ to Dickinson

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Dickinson may not smell as great as it once did. In years past, Brian Belden said, before intense urban and oil-industry growth, there was a strong country air that smelled like freshly mowed hay and grain.


Belden laments that many historic buildings have been razed, but said he still wanted to move here after retiring from 40 years of teaching history in Austin, Texas.

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