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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BELFIELD—Leo Schneider spent four years and an estimated $20,000 hauling out nearly 550 truckloads of trees and brush in an effort to clean up the Heart River near Belfield. He even paid other community members to help him with the project, but he never asked the city for a cent, he said. A few local women heard about Schneider's work and asked him to consider running for mayor. More than a decade later, Schneider still holds the city's top elected position.
South Heart School is currently on track to complete phase one of its $13.1 million expansion project by early summer. The initial phase of this project will extend the north end of the school to include a new kitchen, elementary gym — which will double as the entire school's cafeteria — and a number of elementary classrooms, said Calvin Dean, the school's superintendent. Students in preschool all the way through high school share the same building.
The North Dakota House failed to pass a bill on Tuesday that would have increased the amount of funds hub city public schools could receive. House Bill 1366 would have amended the calculations the state uses to determine the amount of money given to these institutions from the gross production tax on oil, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-District-37, said.
About $50,000 has been invested into the Pioneer Machinery Building at the local museum in an effort to transform the exhibit into a storyline.
Dickinson area state legislators were not entirely discouraged by the defeat of HB 1366 Tuesday, which would have provided additional funding to oil hub cities in the Bakken. They took some comfort after the House leadership said they intended to revisit such funding later on in the session after the updated revenue projections are reported in early March.
The woman battling cancer won the battle for her job. The Dickinson Civil Service Commission voted 3-1 to reinstate Joan Koenig to her former position as a communications specialist, otherwise known as a dispatcher.
Early next week, the House Committee on Finance and Taxation will discuss HB 1366 — a bill that, if passed, would allocate $5.8 million to Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport for its runway project.
Introductory band will now begin in sixth grade rather than fifth grade across Dickinson Public Schools. The district made this decision as part of an ongoing conversation over the last several years, said Marcus Lewton, the principal at Hagen Junior High, at the district's school board meeting Monday evening.
Other than the large blue signs now adorning the former Great Plains Clinic, Sanford East patients may not have otherwise noticed the clinic's change in ownership. Sanford Health bought the clinic in September and has since worked to incorporate the physicians and patients into the Sanford network. Becky Roshau, now the director of the Sanford Health East Dickinson Clinic, previously worked at the Great Plains Clinic. She said she had not heard of any patients who minded the change.
Smaller towns in the Bakken have a different list of concerns from the hub cities in western North Dakota. They worry about their children having room in the gymnasium for basketball practice. They stress that a broken tractor axel will put the city in the red. And some operate with a handful of staff members, most of which are part-time.