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Five Diamond Development has failed to turn in tenant leases for a proposed new shopping plaza to be located on the Interstate-94 business loop. The leases were to be turned in on Oct. 28, two months after city commissioners approved a $1.3 million extension of Fairway Street for the project. Five Diamond then asked for an extension of 10 business days, which has elapsed. "There have been no leases turned in yet," Linda Carlson, interim city administrator, said.
A planned town square for downtown Dickinson is facing more cost increases. Appraisals for three needed properties on Sims Street could add $15,000 to the project. Dickinson City Commissioners selected the corner of Sims and Villard streets as the location for the project. That decision, though, was contingent on the city being able to come to an agreement with the owners of two properties on the site. Three pieces of property are needed: 24 Sims St., owned by Rosie and Roger Decker; and 36 and 38 Sims, owned by Bernal and Paulette Marsh.
A measure for a new half cent sales tax to benefit Dickinson public safety failed in Tuesday's election. Voters rejected the measure, with 6,603 votes against and only 5,236 in favor. The funds would have supplanted, not supplemented, money being drawn from the general fund to benefit the city's police and fire departments. Mayor Scott Decker said he was disappointed by the outcome.
Stark Development Corporation has received the Governor's Choice Project of the Year, Rural Community Division Award. The award was given for SDC's involvement in Stone Mill LLC's expansion project. "I'm honored and humbled to be able to accept that award," Ryan Jilek, SDC executive vice president, said. "It's just nice to see one of our manufacturers get recognized out here, and it's a nice accomplishment."
Election night Tuesday yielded big results in Billings, Dunn and Hettinger counties, with the three counties all seeing increased voter turnout for the 2018 general election. In Dunn County, six candidates pursued three at-large county seats. Craig Perlton and Daryl Dukart, both incumbents, received 1,017 and 989 votes, respectively, and challenger Joann Marsh Brew received 915 votes. Incumbent Donna Scott received only 817 votes, and challengers Tom Steffan and Tim Steffan received 807 and 769 votes, respectively.
Stark County Commissioners Tuesday granted Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport a long sought closure of a section of county road. "We are up against some deadlines that we need to act on," Kelly Braun, airport manager, said Tuesday. The airport had requested that a section of 112th Avenue SW between 41st and 42nd Street SW be vacated for its upcoming runway expansion project. The county holds the easement on the section line. Stark County Commissioners on July 18 decided not to vacate the road until agreements with the landowners had been completed.
City Commissioners Tuesday held a third reading of a proposed mobile home court license ordinance. The city is taking over the duty from the state starting in 2019. A public hearing on the new ordinance in September caused an outcry from MHC owners. A committee was formed, with MHC owners and city commissioners Jason Fridrich and Nicole Walla participating.
The results are in! Polls closed at 7 p.m. in Stark County Tuesday, with a total 12,313 reportedly voting. District 37 voters re-elected Republican leaders to the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives. Two candidates ran for ND Senate: Republican incumbent Rich Wardner, and Democratic challenger R. Travis Brazelton. Wardner received 5,200 votes and Brazelton received 1,182 votes. Wardner said it "feels good" to be re-elected.
Election Day is today! The Nov. 6 ballot features races for both North Dakota House of Representatives and Senate, Stark County Sheriff, and County Commissioners, as well as one local ballot initiative. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are four voting locations in Stark County on election day. In Dickinson: National Guard Armory, 46 Museum Drive; Biesot Activity Center, DSU Football Stadium, 398 State Ave. N.; In Richardton: City Hall, 111 North Ave. W.; and in Belfield: City Hall, 208 Main St.
With the general election only three days away, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp visited Dickinson's Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery Friday. Heitkamp was greeted by more than 100 cheering supporters. She was joined by fellow Democratic candidates Mac Schneider, running for North Dakota representative; Josh Boschee, running for ND Secretary of State; and David C. Thompson, running for ND attorney general, among others. Heitkamp said it is possible for a community to come together to solve a problem, citing Dickinson's efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic.