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Mandan mayor put middle school students to the test

Mayor, Arlon Van Beek, talks with a local news anchor about the Brave Challenge

Mayor, Arlon Van Beek, talks with a local news anchor about the Brave Challenge


By Katie Jones, editor

Mayor Arlon Van Beek and Mandan City Commissioner, Dot Frank, visited boisterous group of Mandan Middle School students on Thursday, Sept. 5, to speak about good citizenship and anti-bullying.

Van Beek stressed the importance of being a good citizen and making a impact on others. He asked students to respect each other and treat others in a way they would like to be treated.

Talking to the students while they are young the Mayor and Commissioner Frank hope to encourage the students to be good citizen not only at school, but within the community.

As a way to encourage good citizenship the Mayor challenged the eighth graders to a citywide cleanup effort. He asked the students to help him pick up garbage along side the roads in Mandan. The students gave a roar of approval.

Commissioner Frank addressed the students about the importance of voicing their opinions. One such place students can be heard is at the Mandan City Youth Commission, suggested Frank.

However, Frank also explained there is much to offer in Mandan already, so let us appreciate what we have in Mandan and keep our business local. When asking the students where their favorite places to eat or shop are within Mandan, students clamored, shouting their favorite locations in Mandan, proving Frank’s point there is a lot in Mandan to appreciate.