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Heart River Retreat business increases

The Heart River Retreat is picking up steam as an event location in Dickinson, according to the city’s Parks and Rec Department facilities manager.

Speaking at Monday’s Dickinson Park Board meeting at the West River Community Center, Ryan Nelson said the retreat witnessed a big jump in business from 2012 to 2013.

“What I’m seeing is, just really from word of mouth, business has been picking up,” Nelson said. “After Christmas party season with some of the businesses being out there, we’re getting a lot more interest in things like baby showers and bridal showers. I had five bookings just today.”

For the calendar year 2013, the retreat netted $9,100 in revenue for the department, which represents not a huge money-maker, but a sizable increase from the $5,100 it pulled in during 2012.

Formerly known as the “Teen Center,” the Heart River Retreat features a renovated building on a site overlooking the Heart River Golf Course, near Turtle Park and the Dickinson Dike on the west side of town, according to the Parks and Rec website.

The department offers the retreat for daily and hourly rental fees.

In other news from the meeting, WRCC facilities operation manager Matt Mack said internet provider Consolidated Telcom installed a system over the weekend to allow for Wi-Fi internet access through the entire building, which had previously only been available in certain areas.

Also, Parks and Rec director James Kramer said the expanded WRCC facility is still on track to open — complete with upgrades and space enhancements — sometime in April.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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