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The Dickinson Public School Board spent the day Thursday interviewing the four final candidates for the superintendent position of the Dickinson Public School district, a process which largely occurred behind closed doors, with candidates whose names remained secret. This secrecy didn't sit well with at least one member of the Dickinson community. Dickinson High School Principal Ron Dockter made a public comment during the morning's meeting prior to entering executive session, expressing his disappointment that the process had not been more open.
Ostensibly the spring season is upon us, and what better way to warm up and shake out the joints then with a spirited game of basketball—and what better way to play then as part of a friendly community tournament organized by the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce.
Russ Klug's dream began in 1982. Fresh-faced and still in high school, Klug started work at the Dickinson Pizza Hut, unsuspecting that after close to four decades, he would be the owner of the local franchise. "Shortly after I started working, I dunno, something clicked," Klug said. "I thought 'this might be what I'm doing' for(ever). I love it. This has been my dream."
They're cooking up something special at Dickinson State University on April 20, inviting the community to bring their tastebuds on tour, 'rounding the world in eight meals. "We have such a great multicultural presence on campus, especially with international students," said Perzen Akolawala, director of multicultural studies at DSU, in a phone interview. "We thought, what would be a better way to bring people together then serving different kinds of food?"
I've been reflecting for some time on a conversation I recently had—one you might recall—with Sen. Rich Wardner. We were discussing the problem of school security and he said that we must look further into mental health, that our students are dealing with troubles and stresses today that they weren't facing 30 years ago.
Dickinson State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center celebrated an important milestone on their mission to transcribe the writings of Theodore Roosevelt on Wednesday, with Gov. Doug Burgum making an appearance to celebrate the scanning of their 50,000th document. The scale of the project has always been a challenge.
Stark County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ron VanDoorne currently serves at Richardton-Taylor High School as the school resource officer for Stark County, continuing work he started with the Dickinson Police Department as their first full-time SRO back in 2007. It's been over ten years since the program went full time, and in that time VanDoorne left DPD and continued doing SRO work for the sheriff's office.
The Dickinson Public School Board unanimously decided to put a measure requesting a building fund levy increase on the June ballot, calling upon the voters to decide if the school board should increase property taxes from 10 mills to 20 mills. "In essence, by the voters approving this it would give funds that we could work with within the district," school board President Brent Seaks said at the special meeting Tuesday afternoon. "What we also realized though is that ideally, in my mind, there would be time to explain to the voters."
This year's senior art exhibition at Dickinson State University is called "Faceted Passions," a name intended to set this showcase apart from previous years, according to one of the six DSU senior artists. "A lot of titles for the senior exhibitions are kind of lame," Eden Jackson said. "They'll be like 'The Grand Finale' or "Our Big Show" and ... just not very creative. We're in a creative field, and we're very very passionate ... so that's where passions came in, and faceted is multi-sided, many angles. So each of us show our passions in different ways."
The Standard of the Titans, a creed which the students of Trinity High School reaffirm at the start of each year, is a dedication to setting a higher standard of behavior, to making a difference. Perhaps it is that dedication that inspires those students, the Rev. Kregg Hochhalter said, describing the quick and hard work and dedication demonstrated by Trinity's student body these past couple weeks, in which they raised about $1,000 to help benefit infant Krew Kleeman, the son of Killdeer High School's principal, who was born with severe heart complications.