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DSU to close Strom Center in April

Dickinson State University will be closing the Strom Center, its off-campus, grant-funded entity that works to encourage and support entrepreneurship.

Dickinson State University will be closing the Strom Center, its off-campus, grant-funded entity that works to encourage and support entrepreneurship.

Recent shortfalls in grant monies will force the center’s closure in mid-April, DSU President Tom Mitzel told Strom Center employees on Monday.

“These are always the worst days of my life when we have to make these decisions,” Mitzel said in an interview.

The Strom Center has been funded by a mix of state, federal and private grants, Mitzel said.

Mitzel said DSU will work to transition the services the Strom Center provided to DSU’s campus.

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“We’ll be reaching out to all the main entities and the services it has been providing to keep them going,” Mitzel said.

However, four full-time and one part-time employee supported by the grant monies will be out of a job.

The Strom Center was originally established through donations by DSU alumni Jerome and Rosie Strom, as well as local businesses.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

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