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The media holds incredible power—the power to illuminate, the power to educate, the power to liberate. The power to destroy. So we have entered into an age where the news is global, digital and ever-present. It comes straight to you, it happens instantaneously, and it has the influence beyond even the most feverish, yellowed dreams of William Randolph Hearst. When your truth is catered to your appetite, you rarely find your plate empty—but perhaps you don't pause to question what the dinner bell has brought.
Chasing a dream and raising money for charity as they do it, two women have headed east from England, picking up their bikes and cycling 'round the globe. Their journey happened to take them through Dickinson Friday, June 1.
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will not be built in Dickinson, but questions remain as to what has become of taxpayer dollars allocated to the project as it is shifted to a new proposed location near Medora. Specifically, $2.2 million of a $12.5 million legislative appropriation has already been spent, and that money is not going to be returned to the state.
Harold Dentinger currently works on the Stark County Sheriff's Department's narcotics task force, but he hopes to bring 18 years of law enforcement experience to a new role as he runs for the title of sheriff.
Sheriff Terry Oestreich is seeking re-election as sheriff of Stark County, hoping to continue providing leadership and fostering strong working relationships with other departments and lawmakers around the state. "If we haven't earned it in four years, I don't deserve it. I feel we've earned it," Oestreich said. "Don't ask me—ask our prosecutor, who prosecutes our cases. Ask the other sheriff's departments who we work with."
Sgt. Corey Lee has spent the past 13 years serving and protecting the people of Dickinson as a member of the Dickinson Police Department. Now he wants to bring a sense of community policing, transparency and work ethic to Stark County as he puts in his bid for the role of sheriff. "I'm always out in the community whether I'm working or not. I love that stuff; that's what I thrive on," Lee said. "That's one of the reasons I want to be sheriff. That's what a sheriff should be, and I'm good at that."
Dickinson State University is taking advantage of the brief and balmy summer season to get a string of overdue construction projects, improvements and renovations done in the hopes of providing a better campus life for its students. "Summer is always catch-up time, but this year we're really trying to hit it with some of these projects," Marty Parsons, DSU vice president of finance and administration, said as he showed off the projects underway, with construction taking place in May Hall as well as the residential buildings at Long Hall and Woods Hall.
Dickinson and Trinity High School celebrated their graduation ceremonies on Sunday, seeing tassels flipped and caps tossed as a new generation of students step into the next chapter of the rest of their lives. "It still hasn't hit me that I won't be going back to high school ever again," Cora Knipp, a DHS graduate, said following the commencement. She added she intends to study chemical engineering and spanish at the University of North Dakota—and that she wanted to thank her mom.
Tanya Rude has served on the Dickinson Public School Board for the longest of any of the current incumbents, six years now, and she hopes to continue to learn and build her experience should she be re-elected. "I'm enjoying getting a working relationship back with the teachers," Rude said. "I've enjoyed working with administrators and the administration at central office and having a bond with the board members." She described a positive working relationship that she shares with the other board members.
Kim Schwartz is running for re-election as a member of the Dickinson Public School Board, hoping to continue her work as an advocate for teachers and as a "positive force" for the district. "I graduated from Dickinson high school, I'm a lifelong resident of Dickinson. My husband is a retired teacher," Schwartz said. "I have the energy, the time, the commitment and I feel I am a positive force for the district."