Ellie Potter started working for The Dickinson Press in September of 2016 as a news reporter. She graduated from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. in December of 2015 with a degree in journalism. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has worked for publications in Prague, Czech Republic; Washington, DC and Richmond, Va.
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Trinity opened its new 75,000-foot, $26.5 million addition to the public for the first time Thursday morning. Sean Volesky, a junior at Trinity, spoke on behalf of the student body about the impact the fire had on their school nearly three years ago — time spent in other schools' buildings, crowded hallways upon return and construction safety rules to follow.
Local legislators are working in Bismarck to secure the funds needed to support Dickinson State University and prevent the nursing program from being eliminated.
Fisher Industries and Mike and Christina Fisher donated $1 million to the new Trinity Junior High and High School project. Christina Fisher graduated from Trinity High School in 1999, and their daughter is currently a fifth grade student at Trinity Elementary East, according to Trinity's press release. Mike and Christina donated $500,000 to the school while Mike's brother Tommy Fisher, owner of Fisher Industries, donated the other $500,000, said Mike, president of The Fisher Group. He said he and his wife believe in the Catholic education.
The Dickinson City Commission decided to remove liquor license suspension from the punishment for violating the city's liquor ordinance after the second and subsequent times on Tuesday evening at its third special liquor license meeting.
The Stark County State's Attorney's Office is not pressing any criminal charges in the case of the use of padded rooms in Dickinson Public Schools. In October, a parent whose child attended one of Dickinson's elementary schools went to the Dickinson Police Department and Stark County Social Services after she found out that the school had been allegedly putting her child into a padded "quiet room" without her consent.
Dickinson is projected to have a $111 million funding gap by 2023, according to a study conducted by AE2S Nexus, a company hired to assess the future money gaps of oil-affected areas of the state. The company was hired to estimate the gaps between the projected revenues and expenses of six cities — Dickinson, Williston, Watford City, Stanley, Tioga and Killdeer — over the next seven years. The estimated gaps ranged from Killdeer's $7 million to Watford City's $330 million.
Theodore Roosevelt was serving in the New York state legislature in 1884 when he received a telegram that his wife and mother were both very ill. He returned to his home in New York on Feb. 14, 1884. Later that evening he lost his mother to typhoid fever and his wife to Bright's disease, a severe kidney condition. Roosevelt made a diary entry that day marking the page with an 'X' and writing, "The light of my life has gone out."
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation will be holding a community forum Thursday to update the public on its progress and ask for the community's input. The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Dickinson Area Public Library's community room at 139 W. 3rd St. The event is free and open to the public.
Dickinson State University's department of nursing will offer a new online bachelor's of science in nursing program to begin fall of 2017. The program will be capped at 10 students and will be available to students all over the country to earn their bachelor's degree in nursing — a degree that many hospitals are now seeking. Mary Anne Marsh, DSU's nursing department's chair, said that studies have shown that nurses with four-year degrees can be more effective than those with two-year degrees, though registered nurses can have either an associate's or bachelor's degree.
The Dickinson Holiday Station Store was robbed at gunpoint by a white male after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Capt. Joe Cianni, Dickinson Police Department. No one was injured and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The store is located at 231 Museum Drive. The case is under investigation.