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Commission forum today at City Hall

Dickinson residents will get to listen to three candidates explain why they should be elected city commissioners.

The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and The Dickinson Press will host the Dickinson City Commissioners Forum at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The panel will feature incubent commissioners Shirley Dukart, Klayton Oltmanns and challenger Scott Decker, all three who are running for two seats on the city commission.

“The city has so much going on,” Chamber Executive Director Cooper Whitman said. “I’m sure that any of the three candidates will do a fantastic job, but I think it is almost as importantly, if not more so, that Dickinson citizens have confidence in who they have chosen. You can’t do that unless you know who (the candidates) are.”

Press Publisher Harvey Brock will be the moderator, asking questions submitted by residents. The election for city officials is June 10.

Dickinson is going through a historical time in history as the oil boom brings growth, Whitman said. The decisions the city, organizations and businesses make now have “impactful results,” and now is the time for citizens to be aware of those decisions, he added.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.