The Dickinson Press Top 10: No. 4: Growing Pains
As the year wraps up and we enter 2012, The Dickinson Press takes you through the top stories that filled its pages in 2011. Today we share No. 4.
Dickinson's growth of population and business during 2011 created challenges for city officials and developers.
By March, city officials began a second annexation process on 325 acres of land in north Dickinson.
Commissioners discussed whether the city should make improvements or construct a new wastewater treatment facility at a cost of more than $34 million.
By July, state officials authorized $5 million in a grant request to help the city pay for a wastewater treatment facility. Additional funds went for street repair in Belfield, truck route repair in Beach and projects in Killdeer.
The topic of man camps surfaced in late summer. Golden Valley County officials, as well as Medora residents, considered housing for oil workers.
A proposed plan to build a 600-man crew camp next to a residential area in Dickinson was withdrawn by a Boston-based company. Instead the company proposed a new site in Dunn County.
During November, an energy company applied to put a 250-man crew camp in Dickinson. About 50 acres of land owned by the city in east Dickinson was identified as a potential site for crew camps.
Also in November, city officials looked to expand its borders again -- this time with approximately 400 acres.
Developers revealed plans to develop 200 housing units in Dunn Center in November.
The population boom also affected Dickinson State University. In November, officials narrowed down ideas to alleviate the housing crunch.