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May 10, 2015
Songwriter and singer Valerie “Val” Kanski, 26, plays guitar April 29 at her Dickinson home. ( Virginia Grantier / The Dickinson Press)
North Dakota songwriter dropping it all to give dreams a try in Nashville
May 10, 2015 - 12:05am
April 26, 2015
Pat Hart, 54, president of Meyer Real Estate Group, sits next to his now rarely picked-up guitar on April 16 in his Dickinson Home. (Virginia Grantier/The Dickinson Press)
Never say ‘bye': Local developer says quality firms like his are waiting for next oil wave
April 26, 2015 - 12:02am
November 8, 2014
Press Photo by Andrew Brown 
Dennis Enger, a resident of Gladstone and member of the Sidetrack Coffee Club, enjoys a cup of coffee on Saturday. The club is a popular spot in the city for residents to enjoy the hot beverage and each others’ company.
A place of their own: Gladstone residents enjoy coffee, company at Sidetrack Coffee Club
November 8, 2014 - 10:18pm
November 1, 2014
Press Photo by Katherine Lymn 
Bus Driver Donna Barnett checks before turning onto U.S. Highway 85 on her route bringing kids home from Prairie Elementary in Fairfield.
This is Donna’s route: School bus driver to retire after 27 years on the road
November 1, 2014 - 8:03pm
October 25, 2014
 Press Photo by Virginia Grantier
Accountant Tom Reichert, left, chats with a long-time client Willard Schnell, during Reichert’s recent retirement party Sept. 30 at the Elks Lodge in Dickinson.
Dickinson’s retiring accountant Reichert admired by clients for integrity
October 25, 2014 - 10:58pm
October 20, 2014
Press Photos by Virginia Grantier 
Clayton Neuhauser, 59, who has driven long-haul and other trucks since leaving the family ranch in South Dakota, has now started his own vehicle-hauling company in Dickinson, his home for the last three years. When he’s not working as owner of Neuhauser Hauling, or smoking salmon in his smoker, Neuhauser sometimes works on creating and selling coffee tables or other art made out of slabs of maple burl, cedar and other woods.
In it for the long hauls
October 20, 2014 - 6:38pm
October 11, 2014
Press Photo by April Baumgarten 
Musician and Scranton native Randi Perkins talks to Dickinson State University music students Oct. 3 at the university’s May Hall.
Notes, not numbers: Leaving accounting for music put him on right path, musician says
October 11, 2014 - 6:12pm
October 4, 2014
Pres Photo by Virginia Grantier 
“Inky” the dog is a presence in the office and studio because he’s good, in general, and good about leaving the art alone, says Mary Thomas, an artist and manager of Camp on the Heart, a recreational vehicle and mobile home park in south Dickinson.
Colored-pencil pusher: RV camp manager’s office also studio for award-winning art
October 4, 2014 - 11:28pm
August 17, 2014
Press Photo by Virginia Grantier
By trade, Tyler Patterson takes to the oilfield. But in his off time, as shown here, he takes to his kitchen to make art out of melted crayons.
Southwest Spotlight: Oil and art mix: Oilfield worker melts crayons into masterpieces
August 17, 2014 - 10:59pm
August 2, 2014
Press Photo by Virginia Grantier
Rena Zimmerman, left, also known professionally as Dr. Rena Nordeng, poses Thursday with her family, holding son Lane, 13 months. Her husband, Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, stands behind their elder sons Heath, 4, left, and Grant, 3, at their home in Dickinson.
Southwest Spotlight: Healing and herding: Husband, wife doctors manage medical careers, 3 kids
August 2, 2014 - 7:39pm
July 26, 2014
Bonnie Warm, of Dickinson, who has become known as “The Bread Lady,” uses the two grain mills on the counter to grind organic grain into flour she uses for the 90-plus loaves of bread she makes weekly.
A slice of Warm bread: Dickinson woman becomes known for her homemade breads
July 26, 2014 - 8:41pm
July 20, 2014
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
July 20, 2014 - 12:00am
July 19, 2014
Press Photo by Virginia Grantier
They’d let her eat cake, if she would just leave the floor. Several times during an event celebrating her 35th work anniversary was interrupted as long-time Herberger’s sales associate Vicky Zander continued to tend to various customers’ needs.
Southwest Spotlight: ‘We want Vicky:’ Herberger’s Zander celebrates 35 years at department store
July 19, 2014 - 11:45pm
May 31, 2014
Press Photo by Virginia Grantier
Willard "Will" Beaudoin, 90, of Dickinson, recently returned from a solo Amtrak train trip of thousands of miles to visit relatives and friends. It took him approximately 6,000 miles across the country.
Southwest Spotlight: ‘Will’ Power: 90-year-old Dickinson man doesn't let age slow him down
May 31, 2014 - 8:33pm
March 29, 2014
Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand
Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson engineer Jim Privratsky sits in the basement of the Stark County Courthouse on Thursday, where he started his 37-year career for L.W. Veigel Engineering.
Southwest Spotlight: 45 years and counting: Privratsky a fixture at KLJ
March 29, 2014 - 9:29pm