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Mayor swears in Dickinson Youth Commissioners

During a regular meeting of the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday, Mayor Scott Decker swore in several new members of the Dickinson Youth Commission.

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Mayor Scott Decker greets members of the Dickinson Youth Commission.
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DICKINSON — During a regularly scheduled city commission meeting on Tuesday evening, Mayor Scott Decker swore in four officers and four commissioners of the Dickinson Youth Commission, which features area high school students who work with city leaders to make the area a better place for local youth.

Dickinson High School junior Tierney Yoder is the group’s treasurer. This is her second year on the commission.

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Mayor Scott Decker swears in eight members of the Dickinson Youth Commission.
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“Our biggest event last year was the Snowdaze event, a winter get-together with a bunch of different activities kids our age could enjoy. We are planning on partnering again with places like rec center (West River Community Center) and getting sponsorships in order to host that event again this year,” Yoder said. “We’re hoping to have an even bigger turnout, and we had around 300 kids last year.”

Youth Commission Vice President and Trinity Catholic High School junior Emily Hirschfeld said the group also did a ‘spring fling dance’ and a barbecue, which she said also had good turnout.

“We kind of grew together as a youth commission and developed some plans that we hope to continue,” Hirschfeld said.

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Decker expressed excitement about what the youth commission is doing for the community.

“We’re looking forward to all the good things you guys are going to do,” he said.

Commissioner John Odermann commended his former colleague Nikki Wolla for the time and effort she has devoted to helping lead the group.

“She’s back there shaking her head but she deserves a lot of kudos for her continued work with the youth commission. Because she’s kind of been the house mother for the youth commissioners and she’s been doing a great job,” Odermann said.

For the first time in recent history, city commissioners started the meeting by having everyone stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Deputy City Administrator Linda Carlson floated the idea at a prior meeting and pointed out that it was something Stark County does at their commission meetings, expressing her belief that government meetings should begin as such.

Decker also issued a proclamation making Oct. 5 Arbor Day in the City of Dickinson. City Forester Blake Johnson said a tree is being planted at the public works building. The seed descended from a 'survivor tree' at the building where the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people in 1995.

"We are planting that seedling in dedication of the forester prior to myself (Vernon Quam) who sadly passed away," Johnson said.

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Dickinson Youth Commissioners with city leaders.
Jason O'Day / The Dickinson Press
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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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