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Dickinson and Trinity High School celebrated their graduation ceremonies on Sunday, seeing tassels flipped and caps tossed as a new generation of students step into the next chapter of the rest of their lives. "It still hasn't hit me that I won't be going back to high school ever again," Cora Knipp, a DHS graduate, said following the commencement. She added she intends to study chemical engineering and spanish at the University of North Dakota—and that she wanted to thank her mom.
Tanya Rude has served on the Dickinson Public School Board for the longest of any of the current incumbents, six years now, and she hopes to continue to learn and build her experience should she be re-elected. "I'm enjoying getting a working relationship back with the teachers," Rude said. "I've enjoyed working with administrators and the administration at central office and having a bond with the board members." She described a positive working relationship that she shares with the other board members.
Kim Schwartz is running for re-election as a member of the Dickinson Public School Board, hoping to continue her work as an advocate for teachers and as a "positive force" for the district. "I graduated from Dickinson high school, I'm a lifelong resident of Dickinson. My husband is a retired teacher," Schwartz said. "I have the energy, the time, the commitment and I feel I am a positive force for the district."
We are who we choose to be. And so often we choose to be cruel. It is understandable. Of course, I know why this is so—for we fear, deeply, the world which enshrouds us. The sun which heats our fields produces cancers in our skin. The insects which pollinate our flowers send shivers up our spine. Strangers have come from distant lands and their ways are different from ours. We know in this era that beyond the realm of sight squirm ten billion unseen dangers, microbial and horrible, infectious and deadly.
Katie Schlosser has been serving the Dickinson community as a pediatric physical therapist, a specialist in the field, and hopes to provide a voice for kids with special needs should she win a seat on the Dickinson Public School board in June.
Sarah Carlson hopes to bring positivity, creativity and a voice for children with disabilities to the Dickinson Public School Board. She is running for one of the three open seats up for grabs in the June 12 election. "I feel like I'm a pretty positive person, I like to think creatively and I do have goals for this community in the education system," Carlson said. "(Like) making sure all kids feel included in the classroom, feel safe and enjoy their learning experience."
Beware of success—it is a killer both slow and unseen. Failure motivates you—if you are hunting for your meal, and you fail to catch a hare, the void in your belly motivates you to keep trying.
Hettinger's beauty was improved by the hands of many Sunday, as townsfolk young and old gathered paint cans and garden tools to participate in an unprecedented day of community engagement. Make Hettinger Beautiful was an all-day event that saw more than 150 volunteers, adults and children gather in the town's center and participate in numerous beautification events, including planting trees, potting plants, restoring bridges and picking up trash.
A 30-year member the nursing department at Dickinson State University and a major proponent of the department's former exchange program with Russia is preparing to retire at the end of June. Dr. Mary Anne Marsh recalls receiving a phone call unexpectedly sometime in the late 90's from a colleague at DSU. "How would you like to go to Siberia?" he asked her.
There will be no Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Dickinson after a decision by the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation Board to build the library near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora. Monday morning's meeting opened with words from Gov. Doug Burgum, who is not a member of the board.