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Dickinson's garbage routes are changing with the city's new recycling program, which is set to launch in October. "We're making them easier for our drivers and easier for our people," Rachel Shumaker, city recycling coordinator, said. Starting in October, between Interstate 94 and Villard, east of Sims Avenue garbage will be collected Tuesdays. West of Sims, it will be collected Thursdays. All neighborhoods north of Interstate-94 will be collected Friday. The largest section of Dickinson being affected is neighborhoods south of Broadway Street.
Dickinson State University could become a polytechnic campus, Tom Mitzel, DSU president, told city commissioners Tuesday. To better meet regional and state workforce needs, DSU could begin offering certificate and license programs. DSU was asked by the North Dakota University System to consider the change, Mitzel said. Students in western North Dakota, he said, are "not able to get everything they need" for the workforce needs coming through the region.
Hotel visits in Dickinson were down in 2017, but remain steady overall, Terri Thiel, Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director, said. In 2016, 45.2 percent of Dickinson's rooms were occupied. In 2017, that number dropped to about 42 percent. "It was some of our lower occupancy," Thiel said. "Going into May (figures), we're starting to see some of that coming up again." Dickinson CVB uses, among other tools, the Smith Travel Report to gauge how well hotels are doing locally and across North Dakota.
The results are in! Tuesday's ballot featured races for both city and county commissioners and the school board, as well as races in surrounding communities and ballot initiatives. In Stark County, for District 4, Commissioner Russ Hoff, seeking re-election, was defeated by challenger Carla Arthaud, 1,790 against 1,612. Commissioner Ken Zander, District 2, running unopposed, was re-elected. County State's Attorney Tom Henning and County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Haag both ran unopposed and were re-elected.
We remember the fallen every day. On Memorial Day, though, the experience is shared, with every community coming together to honor and celebrate those who served in America's armed forces. A ceremony was held at Dickinson State University's Beck Auditorium to remember those who served, those who lost their lives in service and those who never returned. Nearly 200 attended the event.
The three candidates for Stark County Sheriff held a meet-and-greet Tuesday at Dickinson City Hall. Deputy Harold Dentinger; Sgt. Corey Lee, Dickinson police department; and incumbent Terry Oestreich each took time to meet with constituents ahead of the June 12 election. Dentinger is a Marine Corps veteran, having served during Desert Storm. Prior to coming to Stark County three years ago, he served in the Seattle Police Department for 15 years, where he received training in "new-age tactics and equipment."
Dickinson city commissioners Tuesday approved a $16,000 overage on a $100,000 contract with Fargo-based Wenck Engineering. Wenck went over budget on a contract for a suitability investigation into a property north of the city landfill for a possible expansion, Gary Zuroff, public works director, said. Per contract, Wenck is not allowed to bill over $100,000 without prior authorization. So far, the city has been billed $98,989.93, Zuroff said, but there is $16,000 more due.
A public forum Monday gave candidates on the June 12 ballot a chance to offer their insights on the challenges facing Dickinson. The forum, held at Dickinson City Hall and hosted by Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, was attended by more than 30 people. Brad Fong and Cara Utt are running for park board, both for the first time, and Carla Arthaud is challenging incumbent Russ Hoff for a seat on the Stark County Commission.
Why are you running for office? The question was asked Monday at a public forum for four candidates seeking two seats on the Dickinson City Commission. Candidates Kyle Jost and Nicole Wolla are challenging incumbents Jason Fridrich and Klayton Oltmanns on the June 12 ballot. The forum at Dickinson City Hall, hosted by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, attracted more than 30 guests. Each candidate introduced themselves by answering that question.
An electronics and e-waste recycling event began Friday at Dickinson's Baler Building. In partnership with the city, ND E-Waste of Bismarck is collecting electronics of all sorts. For free, people can dispose of VCRs and DVD players, batteries, laptops and tablets, cable and satellite boxes, copiers and printers, cables and wires, and more. Some materials have fees, including CRT TV monitors ($20, under 19 inches), flat-panel monitors ($5), fluorescent lamps (90 cents, more than 4 inches) and high density discharge lamps ($1.25).