Blessed with speed: Blazing-fast Trinity senior Kaden Kuntz stars on the track and football field

NOTE: This story appears in the January issue of the Heart River Voice, of which I am a contributing sports feature writer.

Kaden Kuntz was only 10 years old when when he began to understand he had the gift of speed.

He had qualified for the Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships in two events, the 50 and 100 meters. He chose to run the 50 meters and became national runner-up.

The Dickinson Trinity High School senior said that was “the first time I realized I had some speed behind me.”

Kuntz hasn’t slowed down since.

Today, he can make a legitimate claim to being the fastest high school athlete in North Dakota.

He’s the reigning Class B state champion in the 100 and 200 meters — last spring, he clocked the state’s fastest 100 time in three years — and also won the long jump title. He was the catalyst for the Trinity boys winning their first track and field state championship since 2006, and figures to put them in the title hunt again this spring.

“He’s probably one of the best track athletes we’ve had in a long time,” Trinity track and field head coach Craig Kovash said.

Not only that, Kuntz’s speed and abilities on the football field helped him earn him Class A senior athlete of the year honors as he helped the Titans to the state semifinals. Just before Christmas, he signed to play college football for North Dakota State University.

Along with his athletic success, Kuntz’s coaches said he’s a standout in the classroom and has embraced a sense of leadership during his senior year.

“Not just his athleticism, but his leadership skills for setting an example for all those kids around him,” Trinity head football coach John Odermann said. “I can’t say how proud of I am of the young man he’s become and the example he sets for the underclassmen.”

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Final Column for the Press: Thank You Dickinson for 10 Amazing Years

There’s no such thing as a perfect goodbye. Goodbyes are difficult. Sometimes they’re painful. While some goodbyes bring relief, there always seems to be a bit of awkwardness to them.

One thing’s for certain — goodbye is never easy to say.

So it is with bittersweet excitement, I announce today that I’m stepping down as managing editor and leaving The Dickinson Press after more than 10 years with the newspaper.

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Changing Gears Across the World: New England Native Engineers ‘Best Gearbox Money Can Buy’

Jack Schorsch believes growing up on a farm in southwest North Dakota instilled a fearlessness in him about mechanical engineering.

Schorsch spent countless hours in his youth tinkering on machines and finding better ways to make them work.

“You have kind of an instinctive knowledge of how things are going to go right and go wrong,” he said. “I look at it as 10 years of experience in a whole variety of jobs.”

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Column: Actress Arrest Should Signal End of DAPL Protests

Actress Shailene Woodley is a spoiled brat.

She’s also a prime example of the worst kind of Dakota Access Pipeline protester.

Woodley is not a North Dakotan. She’s not a Native American. She a 24-year-old Hollywood actress who grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs.

She may “stand with Standing Rock” but she sure doesn’t understand the law.

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Meridan Energy Submits Permit to Construct Refinery

BISMARCK – The company planning to build an oil refinery west of Belfield and just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s eastern edge has submitted its permit application to the North Dakota Department of Health.

Last Friday, Meridian Energy Group submitted its permit to construct the Davis Refinery as a minor synthetic source of air pollution, said Craig Thorstenson, an environmental engineer who handles permitting for the department’s Division of Air Quality.

The refinery is the first “of its complexity” in history to apply as a minor synthetic source, according to a statement by Meridian. Other refinery projects typically apply as a major source of air pollution.

Meridian’s plans call for the Davis Refinery to eventually refine 55,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil a day. Throughout the process, Meridian officials have said the Davis Refinery will be the most environmentally sustainable refinery ever built. Continue reading “Meridan Energy Submits Permit to Construct Refinery”

Veterans Pavilion Planning Moving Quickly

The Stark County Veterans Pavilion project is closing in on detailed financial planning, Dickinson Parks and Recreation Director James Kramer said Monday at a Park Board meeting.

The $600,000 addition to Memorial Park is quickly moving forward, as that money has either been pledged to the project by the city, the park board, the county and the Stark County Veterans Memorial Association.

And the sooner, the better, they say.

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Symposium Attendees Ted-Set on Plans for Roosevelt Library in Dickinson

Louise W. Knight got her hands dirty Saturday morning.

The author and historian from Evanston, Ill., who is in Dickinson as a speaker at the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, tore into the bark of cottonwood trees at the behest of Roosevelt scholar and symposium leader Clay Jenkinson.

As Jenkinson spoke about the process for how the trees will soon be used to build a replica of Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch cabin, Knight wrapped her hands around the bark and started to pull. In all, she tore off about 10 feet of bark from a cottonwood sitting at the site of the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

“The most fun work is where you see the results right away, and this is that kind of work,” Knight said with a smile.

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