Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at email@example.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.
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Driving through the streets of Dickinson this week, life couldn't seem more normal. Outside of the work being done on a small segment of Third Avenue West, the rides resemble the ones I've experienced during the six weeks that I've been a Dickinson resident: calm and peaceful underneath the sunny and clear skies.
Before the start of the holiday weekend, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos approved North Dakota's state plan under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. A pair of local administrators who played a role in the plan's construction have expressed their pleasure with DeVos' decision. Dickinson Middle School principal Marcus Lewton and Dickinson Public Schools curriculum coordinator Melanie Kathrein are members of the ESSA planning committee, a group made up of 50 North Dakota teachers, parents, school administrators and legislators of education groups.
Trinity Junior High and High School students and parents welcomed Catholic apologist and chastity speaker Matt Fradd on Wednesday evening and Thursday during school hours. With charm and wit to accompany his accent, Australian author Fradd travels the world speaking to thousands of parents and students yearly, conducting discussions on the dangers of the internet and the toxic hold it potentially has on youths.
Katsu Ogawa's path to Dickinson State University readied him for this moment. Ogawa is in his first year with the university as an associate professor in the Department of Natural Science. He replaces Paula Martin, who was with the university for more than 30 years. Ogawa's past helps him deal with any pressure that comes with this new opportunity.
Entering the community with more than 25 years of experience as an educator, Deborah Secord hopes to play a vital role in the careers of future educators. As Dickinson State University expands its education programs, Secord is an associate professor in education and field experience coordinator in her first year with the university.
Staff at the Dickinson Adult Learning Center are preparing for the new school year in a new location. With the newly built Dickinson Middle School now open, the Adult Learning Center will use the former Hagen Junior High School building on Fourth Street West as its new home. Officials at the center, previously located in the basement of an old fourplex on Fifth Street West, are looking forward to the added convenience of the move.
HETTINGER—Walking pass the patriotic pageantry and pair of American flags through to the entrance of the Dakota Buttes Museum, you are immediately greeted by a sizable attraction, one that understandably the volunteers say gets the most attention. Through the double doors, displayed up front and center is a gigantic full-sized buffalo bull mount. Donated in 2008 by local ranchers Jim Strand and Don Archibald as part of the museum's Buffalo Heritage Project, the 2,000-pound bull named "Prairie Thunder" was unveiled to the public in 2010.
Standing at the entrance of Dickinson Middle School, Julie Cloer held open the door and made sure to greet every single passing student with a smile, fist bump, hug or pleasantry. It was a warm welcoming to all the kids—most of whom were smiling back—ready to christen Dickinson Middle School for its first day in operation. Cloer, a paraprofessional at the school, asked one child in particular "aren't you excited for the first day here? It's like a college campus for middle school kids." Grinning from ear to ear, the student nodded in agreement.
It surprises people, for a number of reasons, that I am an auto-racing fan. It's true, going back for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Brockton, Mass, I'd be glued to the television, sitting mere inches away from the screen every Sunday after church. Most of that time was spent fiercely booing Jeff Gordon while cheering on the man known as 'The Intimidator." Outside of Michael Jordan, there wasn't another figure that I idolized more than Dale Earnhardt.
At 3 p.m. amid a sunny and gorgeous Monday afternoon, classes got underway at Dickinson State University, officially opening their 2017-18 school year. To kickoff their centennial year, the university held its eighth annual convocation celebration at the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium earlier in the morning. "You are the centennial class. You will be the only centennial class we will ever have, enjoy that," Dickinson State University president Thomas Mitzel said.