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Dickinson officials: Proper trash disposal important

Addressing trash collection concerns brought up at a previous meeting, the Dickinson City Commission on Tuesday said residents need to dispose of their waste properly.

City Engineer Shawn Soehren presented a slide show at the meeting at City Hall to address the many concerns with garbage collection, including unbagged items, boxes that have not been broken down, bags left outside the cans and improper disposal of pet waste.

The city needs to use two different types of trucks to pick up its trash, Commission President Dennis Johnson said. One mechanically picks up trash bins, the other takes a second sweep and picks up any extra bags or trash left on the curb.

"We can let the public know exactly," Commissioner Carson Steiner said. "I do get those phone calls."

In other business:

r Steven Mattson, from Maplewood, Minn., and a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, started at the Dickinson Police Department at the beginning of the year, but due to scheduling conflicts had been waiting to be sworn in, DPD Chief Dustin Dassinger said.

DPD has five open positions, including two in dispatch, he said.

"We're still trying to find people," Dassinger said.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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