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Kathy Kohler believes in giving back to the community, whether it's helping with a fundraiser, or working behind the scenes at a ballgame. She's best recognized as the scorekeeper for volleyball games and basketball games at Dickinson State University. "I love it, it's my passion, it's my go to instead of going to a bar," Kathy said from Kohler Communications where she works as office manager.
Area lawmakers took the time Saturday morning to participate in an open forum at Dickinson Public Library, Coffee with Legislators, where they spoke on the work ongoing in the North Dakota Legislature and heard questions and comments from members of the public.
It's been a long time coming, but the Dickinson Hills Shopping Center has finally secured the leases to four businesses—Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx, Shoe Department Encore and Dollar Tree—leaving only the city's approval of $1.3 million for a road extension as the last hurdle to be overcome before these businesses can move in. For Brian Hymel, partner with Five Diamond, the Draper, Utah-based developers responsible for securing the lease, this is a major step toward a future hub of commercial investment.
The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation awarded almost $25,000 worth of grant monies to schools around the Dickinson Public School District, funding a range of programs from elementary up through high school.
Dickinson businessman David Shetler and his cow were crowned grand champion of the Aberdeen National Western Stock Show in Denver last week. This marks Shetler's first national championship win—and this year saw both the grand champion titles for Aberdeen cows and bulls going to North Dakotans.
The old St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson will soon have new ownership and a new purpose—to serve the behavioral and mental health needs of the Dickinson and southwestern North Dakota region. Renamed St. Joe's Plaza, the old hospital will soon be owned by Andres Mejia, currently the director of risk management and quality for the CHI St. Alexius facility in Dickinson. Mejia has lived many years in the area and worked in many different parts of the hospital.
A long journey lies ahead for House Bill 1525, which came before the North Dakota House Education Committee Tuesday, where numerous voices from the Western Edge, including Dickinson Mayor Scott Decker, issued their support for the bill that would draw money from the Common Schools Trust Fund to pay off all the outstanding debt accrued by school districts around the state. This would, if passed, avoid the need for voters to determine if they will pay for additional school construction through bonding or tax increases.
For over half a century, the good people of Dickinson and the surrounding region have celebrated the festival of Mardis Gras at Trinity High School. Despite wind chill warnings, falling snow and howling gales this weekend, folks came out in droves to defy the elements and bask in the warmth of community spirit.
Dean Rummel has a hobby. On clear days—and sometimes even overcast ones—Rummel sets out to the nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park and snaps pictures of the locals there—not the people, mind you, but the animals. His work, which is publicly visible on his Facebook page, captures the intimate moments of the animal world—and it has also caught the fascination of friends, neighbors and community members, who voice their appreciation on Rummel's Facebook page.
So I almost missed the latest controversy. Apparently a video went viral over the weekend when I wasn't looking and when I wake up on Monday I find out an entire cycle of outrage, indignation, vitriol and bitterness had unfolded 'ere I was away. Apologies for missing out. See, I don't look at social media when I'm not at work. That's not to say I'm procrastinating here at the office, so much as it is to say that I treat my Facebook page like a job—and for that job, I don't work weekends.