Laura Dokken, business manager of New Minot Public School, said she looks forward to having a positive impact on the community.
Dokken, who took over the job on July 1 from outgoing commercial director Scott Moum, had recently served as Watford City’s chief financial officer for three years. Previously, she had been the Academic Affairs Officer for Wahpeton Public Schools for approximately 15 years.
When she saw the job posting for Minot Public School’s business manager position, Dokken was drawn to the opportunity. Her skills lie in managing the budget, she said.
She was also drawn to all the positive things that happened at Minot and in the public schools.
“I think Minot is going in the right direction” she said, referring to projects such as the school bond referendum that passed last year. Minot will soon have a second high school in northern Minot. Magic City Campus will be transformed into a 9-12 campus and Central Campus will be transformed into a third college in town.
She was also impressed with other projects underway, such as the new Trinity Hospital being built in southwest Minot.
Dokken, who grew up in New Rockford and later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota, said she and her family originally moved to the western part of the state because her husband was from Crosby. Dokken, her husband and children just moved into their new home in Minot a few weeks ago. Her daughter will be in eighth grade and her son in fifth grade this fall.
“They’re excited to be here too,” said Dokken.
She said she enjoys being involved in the community and has volunteered to help with some children’s activities in the past and with service clubs.
The family also enjoys some of the summer activities at Minot and has participated in Arts in the Park and plans to attend a play at Minot State University’s Summer Theater later this summer.
She said she was also looking forward to meeting new people and settling into her new home and job.