Press Editorial Board
In most places, eight years flies by with not many changes, but Dickinson is not most places. Our town is so much different than it was in 2009 when Doug Sullivan took over as school superintendent. The oil boom was in its infancy in our area, and our town, though bigger, wasn't that much different from Sidney, Mont., his previous superintendent position. No one knew at the time how this latest boom would affect our town, much less our school system. Nowhere was there a blueprint for how our community and state should respond to the boom.
This week the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation unanimous voted to empower its leadership to look into alternative sites for the library. The vote was in response to a potential new large donor who looked favorably on alternative sites including a Badlands site and not the man made site that was to have been built on Dickinson State University. The cost to build and maintain a quality presidential library for Roosevelt had an estimated price up to $150 million.
Today Grady McGregor introduces himself to you on this page. Earlier this week, Patrick Bernadeau and Iain Woessner wrote their own introduction columns. Simple math will tell you we have three new reporters to welcome to the Press. Patrick is originally from Brockton, Mass., and moved here from Florida. He will cover education. Iain moved here from Wyoming. He will be cover agriculture, energy and natural resources. Grady moved here from Duluth, Minn., and will cover government and politics.
When huge amounts of winter snow piled up this past winter around the state closing schools, interstates and trains, flooding was certainly the big concern. Few, if any, then could imagine that spring and early summer would come and go without any real measurable precipitation. Flooding is nothing new to our state but North Dakotan’s knows that too much water can be a problem but drought can be a disaster.
The story of how the Dickinson State University Foundation bankruptcy ends is now in the hands of the judge who will rule on the claims of creditors and donors. The whole story of how the foundation ended up in bankruptcy is one that sadly may never be completely told, and that is the biggest travesty of the whole long saga. We know that when the foundation for Dickinson State Teacher College began 65 years ago to serve the college, no one imagined it would end up in bankruptcy.