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A season of change is coming to the North Dakota State University Research Extension Center in Dickinson — and much like winter in North Dakota, it could be a rather long season as the university undertakes the slow process of filling the vacated directorship of the center following the departure of Kris Ringwall from the role. Acting Director Tim Faller recalled Ringwall's great teaching ability over his 20 years in the position.
I wonder at times about the relationship of hope and fear. They dance together, brilliant partners each—one dressed in a shimmering white and one clad in a stately dark, and each with a firm grip on the other. As they pirouette and turn and find step in time, they become a blur upon the dancefloor. As the dance builds speed, the distinctions between them grow harder to define, until at last they lose shape entirely, and become a swirl of polarities.
Once upon a time, Dickinson was going to be the home of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, evidenced by a sign which stood tall for over a year, declaring the decision to be "bully!" for Dickinson.
The Parade of Lights dazzled children of all ages and more than a few adults as well last Saturday, providing a festive celebration of classical Christmas movies and more than a little community pride.
Dickinson city commissioners discussed on Tuesday night an ordinance that's been on the books since January of 2016 that regulates taxis and shuttles within the Dickinson area. The issue is that the law is not being enforced. Only two citations came up from the Dickinson Police Records department — one of which was later dismissed.
Residents in Dickinson experienced an unplanned power outage on Tuesday afternoon—but through the quick work of local utility companies, the lights were restored in a timely manner. Calls to St. Benedict's Health Center and St Luke's Home found both locations operating as normal, thanks to backup generators or other means. As of this writing the power has also returned to Dickinson High School, which is serviced by Montana-Dakota Utilities company. Mark Hanson, spokesman for MDU, provided some details as to what happened in a phone call.
Stark County Commissioner Jay Elkin will be the new District 36 state senator. Nominated by his daughter and earning well over 50 percent of the vote from a packed room in the Biesiot Activities Center, Elkin spoke to the work ethic he developed from a life of farming and ranching in Southwestern North Dakota.
There's a Kelly Armstrong-shaped hole in the North Dakota Senate, left behind following his successful bid to serve as the Peace Garden's sole representative in Washington. Armstrong is taking the seat vacated by Kevin Cramer, who bested Heidi Heitkamp for her U.S. Senate seat.
The end is in sight for a decades-long battle for homeowners around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved both S.440 and S.2074 as amended, legislation that will transfer lots at Patterson Lake to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and land around the Reservoir to Stutsman County's Park Board. At that point, homeowners will then have the opportunity to purchase their land from these local entities.
Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), a "non-partisan voice for women in agriculture" according to their website, held a national convention earlier this month where several area women were elected—or re-elected—to officer roles within the group. Mary Ann Unruh of Dickinson was re-elected as the specialty crop chairman, Deb Dressler of Richardton was newly elected as secretary and Marlene Kouba of Regent was re-elected the national homeland security chairman.