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While property tax rates in the Dickinson Public School District are expected to increase, they will not be increasing as dramatically as some residents may have been led to believe. A missing part of an equation resulted in the appearance of a 8 percent tax increase to people paying property taxes to the district, while the actual increase is much lower.
Summertime is almost over, but there's plenty to look forward to as the leaves begin to turn—and to celebrate the onset of autumn comes once more Dickinson's Harvest Festival, presented Saturday Sept. 15, by its Chamber of Commerce.
Emerging from the ashes of a devastating fire, Trinity Catholic High School in 2014 faced a sort of rebirth. "During all of this, I think we lost our identity," Trinity Catholic Schools President Steve Glasser said. "What is Trinity? What do we want to be when we grow up? What do we want to be?" They found answers together—students, staff and faculty, laboring to learn through the din of construction, crossing through ever-shifting systems of tunnels to go to the gym or auditorium. It took a lot of cooperation—and a lot of grit.
Twice a week during the Medora Musical season, children are allowed to attend the show for free—and during the performance, they are even invited onto the stage, to get a taste of what it is like under the spotlight. A number of the performers in the musical's current cast started that way—just one of a gaggle of bright-eyed kids gathered on Medora's iconic stage. Many North Dakotans get their first Medora experience as children, and Don Clement is no different.
Near Fryburg, Terry Logan's land is largely a sea of grassland and some gentle hills, interspersed by fences—and in places conspicuous patches of rust-colored earth where nothing grows.
On the dawn of the final day of Dickinson's Herbergers clothing store, customers were still sifting through shoeboxes and clothes racks on the hunt for good deals; associates still helped ring up cosmetics and direct visitors to the various departments. In many ways was just like any other day. Yet there was a weight to the air, an impending sense of finality—store manager Anne Marie Martinson compared it to the feeling of watching a sick relative pass. "It's like a death. It's like a terminal illness," Martinson said. "It hasn't been easy."
The last weeks of summer seem certain to be celebrated in force by the good people of Dickinson, judging by the tremendous turnout at this year's Chalk Walk. Families of all sizes came to the Memorial Bandshell to make memories and masterpieces under cerulean skies. "We love it, to be honest," Nick Leany, who brought his young family along, said at the event. "Dickinson has a lot of winter months so it's hard to get out, but in the summer it's real nice. It's great the city puts on shows like this."
The Dickinson-area Cub Scouts of America will be showing off their skills and teaching younger children the ins-and-outs of science, survival and a lot more at their Fall Fun Day, coming to Patterson Lake Sept. 8. "It is open to the public for any kids who would have interest in what the Boy Scouts is all about," Beth Ann Pulley, district executive for the Roughrider District of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a phone interview. "The boy scouts will be there to teach the Cub Scouts."
Dickinson got a taste of the Southwest at their local Cash Wise store the past couple of weekends. They apparently found the taste to their liking with sales of Hatch Green Chile exceeding initial expectations and ensuring this year's "Hatchapalooza" won't be the last. "It's been over 6,000 pounds in the two weeks," Cash Wise Store Director Matt Sellers said of the event, noting he had initially only ordered 1,000 pounds of the chiles. They sold 1,500 pounds on the first day alone.
This year's Pooch Pool Party proved an outstanding success, drawing in dozens of dog owners and their canine companions to enjoy one last splash of summer fun at the West River Community Center water park. "I think every year we grow it more and more," Alissa Karsky, programs supervisor with Dickinson Parks and Recreation, said of the event, which is her brainchild. "Those animal owners in town love to have something for their four-legged family."