News Releases


DCB’s Blumhagen to Lead Workshops

February 23, 2015


Stephanie Blumhagen, Grant Writer/Adjunct Faculty at Dakota College at Bottineau, will co-lead grant writing workshops for those interested in applying for USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants. Blumhagen has eight years of grant writing experience and has written successful North Dakota Department of Agriculture and USDA grant applications for funding to support Dakota College’s Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture. Blumhagen also teaches writing as an adjunct faculty member at Dakota College at Bottineau and has been a grants manager and peer reviewer. She managed grant making at Thurston County United Way in Washington State, and has served as a grant peer reviewer for state and federal programs including USDA local food grants.

The Local Food Promotion program and the Farmers Market Promotion Programs’ goals are to increase the consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and develop new markets for local farm and ranch operations. This includes starting, improving or expanding farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs and agritourism activities. Grants are being offered in every state this spring.

NDSU Extension, in collaboration with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture to conduct four workshops in North Dakota.

These workshops will be held:

  • March 4 in Dickinson
  • March 5 in Minot
  • March 9 in Wahpeton
  • March 10 in Grafton

The workshops will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Glenn Muske, NDSU Extension’s rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist, or (701) 328-9718. Go to register for one of the North Dakota workshops.

DCB Students Attend 2015 ND Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference

February 20, 2015

Four members of Dakota College at Bottineau’s Collegiate DECA chapter attended the North Dakota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference held in Fargo, North Dakota, on February 8-9.

Students who qualify at the State level are eligible to travel to the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL, this upcoming April, 2015. Garrett Lynnes, Whitney Holen, Paige Hollinger and Natosha Lund represented Dakota College at Bottineau in the competition.

Garrett Lynnes took 5thplace in the Hotel and Lodging Business Simulation category.

Garrett Lynnes is now eligible to travel to Orlando, FL, with Collegiate DECA Advisor, Keri Keith, to represent Dakota College at Bottineau. The conference allows students to network with thousands of students, advisors and business leaders from around the world as well as compete at the international level.

The mission of Collegiate DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Left to Right: Whitney Holen, Paige Hollinger, Garrett Lynnes, Natosha Lund, Keri Keith



Collaborative Efforts at DCB

February 19, 2015

In order to increase the services it provides to its constituents, Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has expanded its programming beyond the borders of its home campus. The college has worked hard to implement the State Board of Higher Education’s directive to broaden access to instructional opportunities through non-traditional delivery methods and to increase academic cooperation among institutions. These common efforts by DCB and its partners help the University System respond quickly to changing needs. The following paragraphs briefly explain new collaborative programming efforts that are being researched and/or for which approval is being sought or has been granted.

Community paramedics respond to a variety of health needs in rural and underserved communities. In addition to the traditional roles assumed by emergency medical service personnel, community paramedics perform health and wellness screening, community outreach and education, immunizations, mental health care, wound care, post-operative follow-up, and disease prevention and management. They will help fill the gap and overcome barriers in health care needs by functioning as physician extenders in rural and under-served settings. Community paramedics assist physicians, clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities with coordinated and integrated patient care.

Acquaponics is a system where fish farming and crop production are carried out simultaneously with minimal use of water and supplemental fertilizers. It is a combination of acquaculture and hydroponics. This system relies on the recirculation of fish waste and recycled water, each of which helps in the growth of plants and fish.

Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM professionals are trained in the latest health information management technology and manage workflow in all healthcare organizations. The focus of this program is to prepare students to plan, design, and manage systems, processes, and facilities used to collect, store, secure, retrieve, analyze, and transmit medical records and other health information used by clinical professionals and health care organizations. HIM professionals are essential to ensure the quality and security of healthcare data in paper and electronic systems.

Dakota College and the International Peace Garden are working and collaborating on building a high level, practical, hands-on technical program in horticulture.


DCB Lumberjack and Ladyjack Athletes Volunteer with Special Olympics

February 12, 2015

On January 23rd and 24th, the DCB athletic programs took some time to give back as they volunteered to help at the North Dakota Special Olympics held at Annie’s House at the Bottineau Winter Park. The student-athletes from baseball, volleyball, softball, football, and men’s basketball donated their time during the afternoon on Friday and in the morning on Saturday. The DCB volunteers were given an orientation to the Special Olympic events and their role in assisting in the competition.

The DCB students filled a number of roles during the event, generally being used where needed the most. They acted as timers at the finish line for the various timed events including the downhill skiing activity. They also acknowledged the Olympians during and after the competition as supportive fans helping to push the contestants toward the finish line. The DCB athletes helped at the opening ceremony dinner, along with members of the DCB Wildlife Club, serving the Special Olympians a well-deserved meal.

“This was a great opportunity for the athletes at the college to give back and to be seen in a different way than they are on the court or the field. They all did an incredible job and I was thrilled with the response we had when we asked for volunteers.  The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves” said Brandon Colvin, the college’s Athletic Director.

Head Volleyball and Softball coach, Allison Scherr added, “The student-athletes really enjoyed talking with, cheering on, and getting to know the athletes at the event.”

Athletes at Dakota College serve the community in a variety of ways. Women’s basketball volunteers at the Evergreen dinner auction in the fall, hockey holds their annual Day of Caring, as well as their Blueline Youth Hockey camp. Men’s basketball volunteers at the Bottineau Crisis Center’s Rummage Sale, and both hockey and basketball help cut and restock wood at Shepherd’s Hill Camp in St. John. DCB’s student-athletes also routinely read to children at the local school.


DCB Photo Students Spend day at the Capitol

February 10, 2015

Tonya Slaubaugh with camera – Photo by Natosha Lund

Every year schools from around the state set up booths in the State Capitol’s Memorial Hall to showcase their CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs.

DCB Instructor Clint Saunders and four students traveled to Bismarck to set up a photo booth to highlight the new photography program at DCB during the annual CTE In Memorial Hall Exhibit.

The DCB Photography students enjoyed a day photographing legislators, senators, and other government employees. “We set up and created head shots for anyone who wanted a photo, and then emailed them a copy when we got back to the campus.” Stated Saunders.

“It was a great opportunity for these government officials to see what we are all about and a great opportunity for the students to get practical experience and meet some of our government officials.” Saunders continued.

Along with the photography, the students also got a personal tour of the capitol courtesy of Senator David P. O’Connell. “Senator O’Connell was great,” states Saunders. “He stopped by the booth, had his photo taken and then took our students on a tour. They had a great time as well as a great learning experience.”

Left to right: Tina March, Natosha Lund, Tonya Slaubaugh, Krystal Unger – Photo by Clint Saunders



DCB Space Grant Scholarship Recipients Announced

February 9, 2015

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, under the direction of the University of North Dakota, made available $12,600 in scholarship funds to students at Dakota College at Bottineau.  These funds were awarded to students who show promise in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  The goal behind the North Dakota Space Grant Scholarship program is to identify, recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to encourage women and underrepresented students to enter these fields of study; and to increase NASA activities and awareness in North Dakota.  To qualify for the Space Grant Scholarship, students must show academic excellence, have a sophomore standing, and have education and career interests relevant to STEM.

This year 15 students from Dakota College at Bottineau were selected to receive this scholarship:

Drew Ross(Shoreline, WA) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  His future plan is to obtain a degree in engineering from the University of North Dakota and eventually get a job near his hometown.

Tessa Walters(Makoti, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree.  Her future plan is to major in radiology at Minot State University.

Imani Scott(Akron, OH) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  Her future plan is to obtain a degree in biomedical engineering and design prosthetics.

Amanda Monson(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  Her future plan is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in pre-veterinary science from North Dakota State University.

Brandi Peck(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  Her future goal is to receive a degree in midwifery and work in labor and delivery.

Kelsey Jensen(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She plans to further her education with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and eventually becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist or a nurse practitioner.

Malinda Kraakmo(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  Her future plans are to obtain an entry level RN position while working towards her bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She hopes to eventually become an oncology nurse in an outpatient infusion clinic.

Karly Ailport(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing a certificate in Practical Nursing.  She plans to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing and eventually become a registered nurse

Colin Waldera(Rolla, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  He plans to continue his educational career at North Dakota State University, majoring in crop and soil science with a minor in agronomy.  His goal is to start his own business in crop consulting and soil testing.

Amber Tikalsky(Minot, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  She plans to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree and seek employment as an environmental scientist.

Joshua Becker(Bismarck, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  His future plan is to attend Valley City State University to pursue bachelor’s degree in wildlife management.  He hopes to work as a fisheries or wildlife biologist.

Kelley Amsbaugh(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing a certificate in Practical Nursing.  She plans to get an Associate Degree in Nursing and work as an emergency room nurse.

Macy Martinson(Rolette, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and eventually apply for graduate school.

Noelle Dickinson(Antler, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  Her career goal is to be employed as a pediatric nurse in a children’s hospital.

Amanda Knoke(Bottineau, ND) is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She plans to work as a registered nurse in the Bottineau area.