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Downtown Dickinson Association to create united voice for city

The Downtown Dickinson Association is looking for members.

The fledgling group is comprised of businesses, organizations and individuals with an interest in the future of downtown Dickinson.

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In an effort to educate potential members, the association hosted a membership drive at the Eagles Club in downtown Dickinson on Tuesday evening.

“It’s a dynamic organization that we need to grow over the next six months, 12 months, 18 months, to really make it a stable organization that will last for a long time,” said Josh Nichols, one of the association’s founding board members. “There’s lots of things that we still need to do, but we’ve really come a long way in that development.”

Spurred from the city’s interest in revitalizing downtown, the Downtown Dickinson Association will give a voice to affected entities, as well as serve as a sponsor of downtown events, like Trick-or-Trunk, Ladies Night Out, and Alive@5, Nichols said.

“We want everyone who’s here as a downtown representative, and especially our members, to really be active and engaged in the conversation going forward,” Nichols said.

The organization will dovetail well with the revitalization efforts from the city, City Administrator Shawn Kessel said.

“It really helps to have one voice that can speak on behalf of the downtown,” Kessel said. “Downtowns are inherently eclectic because they contain so many — they contain restaurants, they contain insurance or office space, they contain retail space — so it’s often hard to have one voice.”

For more information and to download a membership application, visit

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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