It’s been quite a ride for Duffett. He brought a master’s in theology from Princeton to Mitchell in 2000 and oversaw what may have been the greatest period of development in the history of Dakota Wesleyan.
August first, 1911.
One hundred years and 25 days ago a ceremony took place that commemorated the laying of the cornerstone of what was soon to be the newest, state-of-the-art science facility in the state of South Dakota.
What should the city of New York do? And, does it matter to South Dakotans?
At issue is the possible building of an Islamic mosque only two blocks from Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center. For some, the presence of a mosque rubs salt in wounds of grief and desecrates the memory of those killed in the inferno on Sept. 11, 2001. All 19 who commandeered those four airplanes, turning them into missiles of murder, were both citizens of Saudi Arabia and Muslims.
When people think of birthday parties, they generally conjure up images of cake, candles and festive hats.
But staff and students at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell plan to celebrate the institution’s 125th birthday this year with a day’s worth of public service.
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