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With a sparkling crown atop her head and her sash of office around her shoulder, Miss North Dakota looked every bit like a storybook princess when she spoke to groups of middle schoolers in Dickinson on Thursday, Feb. 22. What she had to talk about was no fairy tale, however.
The appeal of Theodore Roosevelt transcends state borders, political parties and even international politics—that appeal, and the grand legend of the Rough Rider, led to a gathering of some of North Dakota's top leaders to devise the size, scope and nature of the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday.
The sixth annual North Dakota Reclamation Conference once again saw industry experts, educators and wildlife agencies gather to share ideas and best practices while working toward continued growth and improved reclamation practices in North Dakota.
BEACH—Though the skies are grey and the ground is covered in snow, there is something growing in Beach. "We call it 'community development,'" said Kim Gaugler, city auditor for Beach. "We used to call it 'economic development,' but this is based on community development." The principle is simple—success inspires more success. Though the oil growth has slowed in recent years, Beach is looking to foster success in small, meaningful ways to grow and develop its downtown.
Tucked away in the heart of Belfield's main drag, next to a garden of snow-draped memorials, lies an almost hidden treasure—an ice rink...without ice. It's not sorcery. It's synthetic. "You can use this any time of year, you can bring it out in summertime," Amber Koehler, vice president of the Belfield Parks and Recreation Department, said as she showed off the ice rink and it's jigsaw-puzzle synthetic "ice" sheets. "It's more versatile, (safer)."
It's been a good year for Nathan Dutchak. Burly's Roughrider Steakhouse and Bar's new owner celebrates a full year of serving top-quality food to the people of the Belfield area, the community where he grew up. "I wanted to provide good food," Dutchak said. "Just good-tasting food and prices that are good for people to pay."
Dickinson High School will be hosting its first ever Career and Technical Education Showcase on Feb. 27, opening its doors to allow its skilled students to demonstrate their knowledge firsthand. "Dickinson High was actually set up as a vocational center," Lyle Smith, who teaches Power Sports Technology at DHS, said in a phone interview. "We're kind of a link ... we apply what they learn in the academic areas. This is why science is relevant, why math is relevant."
The Richardton-Taylor School Board heard a proposal from Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter during Tuesday night's school board meeting when the mayor proposed the school help pay for road improvements in its vicinity. "We've been working on street projects in Richardton for five years, and we've accomplished little to nothing," Kirschenheiter said. "We still firmly believe we have to start somewhere and get something done with streets that were built in the early-to-late 1960s."
The Dickinson Public School Board reached a consensus to allow Superintendent Doug Sullivan and his cabinet to exercise a degree of "flexibility" when it comes to filling the approximately 40 vacant positions in the school district. Sullivan broached the topic during his superintendent's report at the Monday, Feb. 12 school board meeting.
The Dickinson Public School Board selected a new member Monday evening, Feb. 12, filling the vacancy left by former president Sarah Ricks, at least for an interim period. The position drew plenty of applicants from various career fields. "I think the biggest obstacle facing any school district is apathy and people not caring," President Brent Seaks said, addressing a full audience during this month's school board meeting at the Central Administration Office. "So it's wonderful to see that many applicants willing and able to serve."