St. Joseph's Hospital was officially purchased by Andres "Andy" Mejia this week, who plans to rent the space to behavioral health and other miscellaneous businesses. Reed Rayman, president of CHI St. Alexius, which owned St. Joseph's, said he's happy Mejia bought the building and hasn't stopped smiling since he signed the paperwork.
Approximately 250 students from Dickinson-area schools attended Marketplace for Kids at Dickinson State University on Thursday to learn about entrepreneurship and careers. "We believe students need to have a look at career choices a lot sooner than high school, so we target kids grades 3-8. By the time they're in high school, they already have a pretty good idea of what they want to do, or they think they want to do," said Bob Heitkamp, executive director of Marketplace for Kids.
During Wednesday night's Dickinson High School forum, Superintendent Shon Hocker addressed the need for a new elementary school in addition to a new high school, and where the district would get its funding. The high school is estimated to cost $108 million, which would leave $7 million remaining of the $115 million bond to be used for the construction of a new elementary school. The district would pull approximately $10 million from its reserves and building fund. Even that $17 million would fall approximately $8 million short of what they're estimated to need.
Dickinson High School took two teams to this year's Science Olympiad, competing against 18 other high schools. One team took first place; the other, third. Along with the other high schools in the top five, they will go on to compete in the state Science Olympiad. "I compare Science Olympiad to a track meet," said Dena Venneman, science club advisor. "There's many different events that you compete in and you get points for your team, so there's individual awards and then there's team awards." The event gives students an opportunity for hands-on learning.
Dickinson State University graduate Colton Hill is Belfield Public School's new physical education and health teacher, and he's bringing physical education into the 21st century. "I think (physical education) is coming a long ways as far as where it used to be," he said. "It used to be looked down upon by your colleagues, but I don't think that's the case anymore." Hill said P.E. jobs can be hard to come by, so when he saw the opening, he applied.
During its Budget Input and Development Committee meeting on March 7, Kent Anderson advised the committee that there was no need for district residents to vote on increasing the Dickinson Public School's debt limit from 5 percent to 10 percent, as he discovered that the debt limit increase had been approved in 1947.
Every year for almost 20 years, the Ukrainian Cultural Institute in Dickinson has offered lunches every Friday during Lent. The Lenten lunches offer Kase Knoepfla (cheese buttons), pedaheh filled with potato and with sauerkraut (Ukrainian pyrohy or pierogi), fried fish, baked fish, garlic beans, green beans, salad, deviled eggs, pickled beets and desserts. "I think the only thing that's really Ukrainian are the garlic beans, and the cheese buttons and potato and sauerkraut," said Ruth Radebaugh, who works in the office.
In the latest community forum, Superintendent Shon Hocker informed those in attendance that the $115 million bond the district is requesting would add a school district tax of approximately $19.38 per month per $100,000 of true and full value on residential property. The number is different for commercial and agricultural properties. The $115 million would be used for the construction of a new high school and later a new elementary school, as well as site improvements to school property.
Elite Cabinets and Design has been expanding since it opened two and a half years ago, increasing storage and product in an effort to be the area's one-stop shop for home improvement and repair. "Our goal is to almost be like a one-stop shop, like a home center so we can get flooring, cabinets, countertops, blinds, lumber, siding — pretty much everything from the ground up on whatever you build," owner Josh Anderson said. Anderson said the business had been a goal of his for about 10 years because of the lack of access to materials in the area.
The district is changing the referendum for a new Dickinson High School after discovering it had already attained one of its funding necessities — in 1947. The referendum was set to include two questions for voting, one to increase the debt limit of Dickinson Public School District No. 1 from 5 percent to 10 percent, and the other to issue a $115 million bond.