Tribute to a teacher

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Neighbors, friends and former students gathered around to listen to a tribute to Richard Neukom in concert Friday afternoon, May 22. There were few dry eyes among those gathered as Neukom sat watching his students play.

Richard Neukom, retiring strings instructor from Devils Lake Public Schools, was surprised Friday afternoon with a concert in his own back yard.

His students missed their farewell concert because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so they brought their final selection to Neukom’s back yard - one last concert for their beloved teacher and mentor.

Neukom has taught in the Devils Lake System for 43 years and in that time created a strings program that was the envy of schools across the entire state.