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A pair of University of North Dakota first-year faculty members stroll through Frontier Village on Wednesday as part of their three day tour of southern North Dakota. David Luessen / The Sun

First-year faculty and administrators from the University of North Dakota stopped in Jamestown on Wednesday as part of their final leg of a three-day tour that began in Grand Forks on Monday morning.

“We do this every year,” said Fred Wittmann, director of ceremonies and events, as well as the tour coordinator. “This year’s tour is of the southern half of the state, and we’ve been all the way to Medora, (N.D.) and back.”

Wittmann said the tour was started 24 years ago by former UND President Tom Clifford, who passed away in 2009.

The intent of the tour is “to give the new faculty members on the campus an opportunity to see the state and to have some of the state’s residents meet the new faculty members, and it’s been going strong ever since,” Wittman said.

Wittmann said about 40 first-year faculty members and administrators came along this year, with open spots being taken up by their second-year counterparts. The tour also stopped in Hillsboro, Hankinson, Bismarck, the Falkirk Mining Co., Washburn, and following Jamestown, the group headed to the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site in Cooperstown and had dinner at Mayville State University. 

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