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Salt Kitchen & Co opened in downtown Dickinson on Wednesday. The First Avenue gourmet kitchen store offers food and high quality kitchen products, including knives, cookware, bakeware, gadgets and tabletop decor. "Our best selling stuff has been our olive oils and vinegars," Tara Laber, Salt Kitchen owner, said. "They all come bulk, so you pick out your own size you want and they're all infused flavors, with different olive oils and vinegars." Laber has long had the ambition to open a kitchen goods store.
The 10th Avenue East intersection on the Interstate-94 business loop is getting an upgrade. City Commissioners on Sept. 11 voted to approve reimbursement agreements with the North Dakota Department of Transportation for the $20 million project. The project, to address safety and traffic concerns, will widen the I-94 loop to three lanes and improve the intersection, Jerry Scherr, chief engineer tech, told commissioners. Improvements will include drainage and lighting improvements and pedestrian trails.
Dickinson Public Transit staff earned fourth and seventh place rankings at the Dakota Transit Association's fall conference bus rodeo. The event, held in Brookings, S.D., from Sept. 14 to 16, pits transit drivers from North Dakota and South Dakota in a test of skills and service. Each state ranks its drivers. From Dickinson, Randy Ulmer earned fourth place and Liz Ogren earned seventh place out of more than 20 North Dakota drivers. Ogren described the event as both fun and a learning experience.
Four candidates for the open city administrator position meet with the community at a special reception held Tuesday at Dickinson Public Library. Bill McCabe was born and raised in Dickinson. McCabe completed his undergraduate degree at Dickinson State University, and attended graduate school at University of North Dakota, which he did not complete, he said, instead going straight into city administration in Minnesota.
Odyssey Theater will be closing its three-screen theater at Prairie Hills Mall on Sept. 30 after the day's final evening showings. A new eight-screen theater in downtown Dickinson is expected to be opened in 2019. "We had tried to negotiate an extension to our lease with the mall but we were unsuccessful with that," Steven L. Tripp, Odyssey president, told The Dickinson Press Tuesday. "It leaves us little choice. Our lease is up on Sept. 30."
Stark County is in competition for a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift grant to create a kid's playground for the county fairgrounds. There are 15 finalists from 13 states competing for a grant. One project will receive $3,000 and four others will receive $1,000. Lisa Heiser, fairgrounds coordinator, pursued the grant so children would have a place to play while at the county fairgrounds.
Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport has received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant for $9,870,000 for its upcoming runway expansion project. The Essential Air Service program, funded through USDOT, connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, and guarantees North Dakota communities have affordable air travel. Each year, EAS invests $4.2 million in Dickinson's airport.
City Commissioners Tuesday approved a first reading of the 2019 general fund budget. The fund has a balanced revenue and expense amount of $19,191,661 million. The amount is 14 percent higher than it was in 2018, Linda Carlson, interim city administrator, told commissioners. The number is lower than the roughly $19,198,000 figure presented in committee meetings.
City Commissioners Tuesday approved the corner of Sims and Villard streets as the location for a proposed new town square. The decision, though, is 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. The Deckers are asking $495,000 for their property and the Marshes are asking $650,000 to $750,000 total for their properties.
As the City of Dickinson readies a new ordinance to take over mobile home court licensing from the state, concerns were raised at Tuesday's meeting of the city commissioners. A first reading of the new ordinance, setting standards and requirements for MHCs in the city, was passed at the commissioners' Aug. 28 meeting. This first draft, modeled after Fargo's ordinance, would require MHCs to have hard surface, four-season roads, and propane storage and storm management plans.