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DICKINSON, N.D. — A Stark County resident is tracing his German-Hungarian family's roots through a project called Preservation on the Prairie. The project, which was sponsored by the Stark County Historical Society via grant from Humanities North Dakota, is headed by Anna Andrzejewski, a professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She, along with graduate students Travis Olson, Laura Grotjan and Carly Griffith, are working to preserve the history of Stark County's German-Russian and German-Hungarian families.
DICKINSON, N.D. — It had been nearly two years since Mikal Schwindt was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. He was recovering well until blisters on his feet led to another rare diagnosis. Guillain-Barré is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks its peripheral nervous system. It occurs in just one out of every 100,000 people per year. Mikal's first diagnosis in 2017 started with pain in his right heel, followed by extreme numbness and fatigue.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A recent audit of Dickinson State University shows that although the university may not make much money — if any — from its contract with Follett Higher Education Group, it will not lose money, like it had when DSU managed it. Currently, the university makes no money from the bookstore, as it would need to have sales of over $750,000 for the year to receive commission; however, making little to no money is better than losing money.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Williamson Chitiyo was over 9,000 miles from home when he died in July. A nurturer, educator and member of his country's main political opposition party, Chitiyo came to the US from his native Zimbabwe after retiring in 2013, fleeing a major economic downturn that left his retirement all but worthless. Now that he has passed, his family wants to send him home, but the expense is so great they cannot shoulder it alone.
BISMARCK — State audit reports released Wednesday, Aug. 7, found numerous issues at Bismarck State College and Dickinson State University when it comes to finances and documentation. The audit found BSC didn't maintain required documentation for three faculty members who were granted tenure between July 2017 and June 2018, including letters of recommendation and curriculum vitae, which is a summary of education, qualifications and work experience.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 million people in the US get shingles each year. While the CDC says two doses of the vaccine Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles, it has been in short supply since the start of its use in 2017, and pharmacies in Dickinson are no exception. "We've been experiencing it for a long time. It comes in sporadically," said Al Schwindt, pharmacist at Thrifty White Pharmacy. Schwindt said they have a waiting list of about 30-40 people.
Though they have fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are not considered a healthy or safe alternative by local or national medical experts, yet they are becoming increasingly popular with youth. Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS) are battery-powered inhalers that heat a liquid solution to create an aerosol mist which the user then inhales.
BISMARCK — A bill passed by the North Dakota House would require increased safety regulations for bus drivers. House Bill 1385 raises would require individuals transporting 10-15 students to complete the national safety council defensive driving course No. 4 workshop within their first year of employment and again at least once every five years. The bill passed the House 84-8 and moved on to the Senate. Rep. Kathy Skroch, R-Lidgerwood, who is a bus driver, sponsored the bill. She said the course is also offered through the North Dakota Safety Council.
AMIDON, N.D. -- The only school in the western North Dakota small town of Amidon is a one-room schoolhouse with just three students. Those students are being homeschooled at the moment, and the school board has moved to dissolve the one-school district, a decision that has upset parents. The decision was made in August when the two parents told school board President Gary VanDaele that they would be sending their kids to the school in New England, 25 miles to the east.