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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.

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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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