Multipurpose facility receives $20k donation

Local rancher Jim Danks donated $20,000 to the High Plains Cultural Center, hoping the facility will go to well serve the community.

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Lynell Sandvick (right) thanks fellow rancher Jim Danks (left) for his donation of $20,000 to the High Plains Cultural Center in memory of her husband Thorris, who recently died in a tractor accident. Danks directed his gift to sponsor four display cases in the Plaza of Western Cultures area of the multiuse facility. The displays will showcase the history and culture of the region. This is not Danks’ first donation to the High Plains Culture Center and it is but one of his many contributions to Dunn County and the area. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Herald Editor

Posted March 15, 2013

KILLDEER — Local rancher Jim Danks donated $20,000 to the High Plains Cultural Center, hoping the facility will go to well serve the community.

The donation was made in memory of Lynell Sandvick’s husband Thorris who recently passed away as a result of a tractor accident. Sandvick serves as an advocate for the center.

Danks, 85, previously served for 15 years as supervisor for the soil conservation service, as well as serving on the scenic byway committee.

“It’s a good project for the community and I thought it’s very important for the community to have something like this,” Danks said. “I’m kind of blessed with producing oil wells that I decided to give this project a boost.”

Danks said he hopes the facility will be used for meetings, gatherings and populated events as there’s no building big enough to house larger-sized events “outside of the Buckskin.”

“There should be some kind of building like this for the community,” he said.

Danks has lived in Dunn County all his life, saying he could remember when there would be shipments of large carloads of cattle right in front of where the new multipurpose facility now stands.

“Cattle and oil are the best things you can have,” he said. “We’re sitting amongst the economic boom that way.”

Danks’ previously contributed to the High Plains Culture Center and has made many contributions to Dunn County.


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