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Company looks outside of Dickinson to Dunn County for crew camp location

Above is the proposed site for the 595-man crew camp Target Logistics would build. The camp would be located eight miles north of Dickinson in Dunn County.

A temporary housing company from Boston has found land in Dunn County for a planned 595-man crew camp.

Though the camp is not being built in Dickinson, Target Logistics President Joe Murphy said it will still affect the city in a positive way.

"It will lessen pressure on the Dickinson housing market," Murphy said. "It will mitigate the distortion in housing prices."

Target Logistics applied for a special use permit to build a 600-man crew camp northwest of the 21st Street West and State Avenue intersection earlier this month but was turned down last week by the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission.

Following that hearing, several people approached Murphy with ideas for a project location. Ken Kubischta, Dickinson, was one of them.

"(The plan) was nice and neat," Kubischta said. "Talking to the different people -- the survey guy and the people hauling out the scoria for them -- they all noted they have a very good reputation for keeping it nice and tight and correct."

A new proposed site would be located southwest of the Highway 22 and 27th Street West intersection 8 miles north of Dickinson. The land covers almost 25 acres.

But the deal isn't done yet. Although a purchase agreement has been made between Kubischta and Target Logistics, final plans must be approved by the Dunn County Planning and Zoning Commission before the company can start building, Murphy said. The hearing for the project is Oct. 17.

"They have to go through a bunch of zoning issues," Don Schmeling of Continental Real Estate said. "We don't even know if it is a done deal yet."

If the plan is approved by the commission, Murphy said the camp should be built by fall.

Target Logistics is still looking for land near Dickinson, Murphy said.

"We have a couple different opportunities," Murphy said. "We want to continue to work with Stark County and Dickinson to get a camp there in the spring."

Dickinson made a mistake turning the crew camp down, Tammie Wehrung said, adding she couldn't find anything wrong with the proposal.

"Ken Kubischta is a very smart businessman, and I trust his judgment," Wehrung said. "He's not going to want to bring in something negative into this town."

Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commissioner Scott Kovash said it was too early to see how turning the permit down would affect Dickinson. He added he was confident they would find a place for the camp in Dickinson.

"They like Dickinson, and we would like to see them here," Kovash said. "It's just the spot they chose wasn't a good fit."

Though residents at the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission didn't want the crew camp near the city, Wehrung said the camps could help the community.

"Anything can be a negative, and it takes work to be a positive," Wehrung said. "I think if we all work together to make it a positive, it wouldn't get negative."