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BSC Line worker Professor Retires

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Bismarck State College is saying farewell to one of its notable professors. Keith Landeis is moving on after more than 20 years in the line worker program. Landeis helped develop both the nine-month certificate program and Associate in Applied Science options at BSC.

The general consensus is students who didn't get the chance to meet Landeis are missing out. Teachers say they're going to have to work extra hard to make up for the massive amount of knowledge that's gone with Landies' absence.

After 22 years working at Bismarck State College, Keith Landeis is calling it quits, sort of.

"I'm not rocking chair retiring quite yet," says Landeis.

Having worked as lead instructor on the line worker program for the last 10 years, Landeis now has aspirations as a pilot and cattle rancher.

Landeis showed off his crop duster and some cows.

Back on the practice field, everyone agrees he's going to be missed.

"Basically everyone else has got to pick up the slack and you know we're going to have to work basically twice as hard to fulfill what he had. And that's going to be the tough part moving forward but we're looking forward to the challenge. And we have to do what we have to do," says assistant line worker Brad Anderson

Landeis has even taught some of the current professors. Greg Hutzenbiler has known Landeis for almost 15 years.

"Not only were we co-workers and friends. And then moved back here and had the privilege of working with him here for 9 years and he's going to be missed. Going to be some big shoes to fill," says Hutzenbiler.

Although the students have known him for less than that, their sentiments follow that of Hutzenbiler's.

"He's had a lot of experience, and they could use his knowledge too. Hopefully, he stops in every once and a while for them, just to talk," says student Kyle Olson.

Though Landeis says his main focus is in livestock and crop dusting, his reputation will give him other plans.

"Just this morning I got a phone call asking if I'd be interested in doing some contract safety training and industry starting in the fall, going through the winter. I think I'll probably be back in a classroom sooner than I anticipated," says Landeis.

Landeis says no matter what he just plans to stay active.

Faculty and students in the line worker program say they're hoping to see Landeis, even though he's retired, in the future

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