A-W grad is new county park ranger

Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

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By Julie Ann Madden

Growing up on the northern edge of the Loess Hills in Plymouth County led one Akron youth into a career protecting and maintaining it.

In the Fall of 2017, Akron-Westfield Class of 2013 alumnus Dan Dirks, of Akron, earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from South Dakota State University at Brookings, S.D. The degrees are Wildlife & Fisheries Science with a minor in Criminal Justice and Natural Resources Law Enforcement.

After graduation, Dirks was employed as a Conservation Officer for the S.D. Games, Fish & Parks – South District of Region 2, which is Gregory County, S.D.

Last month he was hired as a park ranger for Plymouth County Conservation, which is based out of Hinton.

Dirks’ duties range from enforcing hunting, fishing and park regulations and collecting camping fees to performing park maintenance.

Dirks is the son of Rick and Robin Dirks, of Akron, and has one daughter. He is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron.

Dirks loves hunting, fishing, hiking, trapping and sports.

“I love anything in the outdoors,” said Dirks, who explored much of the Loess Hills as a youngster. “I fell in love with the Loess Hills.”

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