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Pursley Joins Foundation Staff

Sometimes it takes a while for something or someone to come full circle, even decades.

That went through my mind when I was approached about working as a communication specialist for the DSU Heritage Foundation. Could I work that into my busy schedule? My response, I’ll make it work.

My relationship with Dickinson State began in 1980 after graduating from Killdeer High School. After a year in school, I took a sports job with the Dickinson Press. After another year in school, I left for the sports writing business, a job I just left in July after 42 years.

In that time, I was a sports writer in Dickinson, Minot and Bismarck and Dickinson State was part of my beats at every stop. I worked full-time for 21 years in newspapers and continued the next 21 part-time with a stint in the Associated Press while working for the state tourism office.

I won a best sports story while at the Dickinson Press for a story on the city and school’s preparation for their first NAIA home playoff game against Carroll College in the mid-1980s. In 2011, I was presented the Honorary Letterman award from the Blue Hawk Booster Club.

My career with the state ended in 2021 and I retired, but I took a new job as senior communications specialist at Clearwater Communications, where I currently have clients that include the Travel Alliance Partnership, Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association and others. I also continued to write for and edit Pigskin Preview magazine (14 years) and worked in sports information at Bismarck State College.

When the foundation decided to hire me, I cleared my three part-time jobs to concentrate on DSU’s needs. While I live in Bismarck, I know how important Dickinson State is to the community and all of western North Dakota and how enthusiastic graduates – like my wife, Robin – and attendees are about their time there and to the continued success of the university.

I recently met the foundation staff, including executive director Ty Orton, and got a chance to mingle with many people I have known for years at the foundation golf scramble in Bismarck. It never gets old, listening to old stories and making new ones.

I look forward to being part of that success again, to diving into writing, attending annual events, seeing old friends and making new ones as I help the foundation raise funds to provide opportunities and meet the school’s campus-wide financial needs.

To those I know well, and those I will one day know better, be sure to stop me when at a football game or other event and say hello.

Scooter enjoys long trips with his wife, DSU graduate and Clearwater Communications co-owner Robin, on their Harley-Davidson and attending Dickinson State football games. Scooter is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a 1980 graduate of Killdeer High School.


Scooter Pursley

Communications Specialist

DSU Heritage Foundation


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