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Rep. Luke Simons, District 36, is advocating for teachers to become armed. In a video post on his Facebook account Sunday, Simons addressed the Feb. 14 mass shooting event at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in the deaths of 19 students. "What I think we could do is, we could make a way for willing teachers to become trained in carrying a sidearm," Simons told The Dickinson Press Wednesday. "They can be deputized. They can become peace officers and protect these children."
Kelly Armstrong, District 36 senator and North Dakota Republican Party chairman, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. "I am running for the U.S. Congress," he confirmed to the Dickinson Press Wednesday, Feb. 21. Armstrong is pursuing the seat following the announcement last week that Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is entering the senate race against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D..
A west side Dickinson traffic study conducted by KLJ Engineering was brought before City Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 20. Among its recommendations, changing certain four-way stops to two-way stops, increasing some speed limits and making some intersections into roundabouts. The study focused on three corridors, Josh Loegering, traffic engineer, explained: 21st Street, State Avenue, and the 30th Avenue/Interstate 94 corridor.
Former Dickinson Mayor Dennis Johnson has been named MDU Resources vice chair. Johnson served as mayor from 2000 to 2015, and is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors for Dickinson-based TMI Systems Design Corp., a manufacturer of laminate casework used in a variety of products. Johnson said he is honored to be taking on the new role. "I feel good about it," he said. "I'm just very honored that my fellow board members would do that."
It was Ben Franklin who said "A penny saved is a penny earned," but it's Dickinson's Ben Frank who is putting those words into action. As an AARP volunteer, Frank coordinates the yearly AARP community tax aide program. A group of seven volunteer tax return preparers, including Frank, and one reviewer, meet at Dickinson Public Library every Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. "We've been running about 24 (returns) a day now," Frank said. "It's been pretty busy." The free service is provided to low- to moderate-income individuals, primarily over age 60.
What began as a hobby between friends has become South Heart's newest in-demand business. Mama Bear Vinyl Custom is the creation of co-owners Carrie Morast and Sarah Herman. The designers of custom shirts, cups, and signs have been officially in business since February 2016 and are celebrating a successful first year. "Pretty much anything imaginable, we can customize or personalize," Morast said. Herman and Morast started by making fun designs for themselves.
Stark County Veterans Service Office has received $3,500 from the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. The gift was raised with 2017's Festival of Trees event. "They were able to raise $3,500 off their trees, the auction, and donated it to the veterans of Stark County," Jessica Clifton, VSO officer, said. This is the first time the Chamber has selected the VSO office to benefit from the annual fundraiser. Funds raised from 2016's event went to the Dickinson Backpack Program.
The City of Dickinson is planning a mill and overlay project for the 2018 construction season. The project this year will focus on streets between Sixth and Ninth Street, from Highway 22 to Fourth Avenue East. "It's really a continuation of the work we did last year," Craig Kubas, city engineer, said. "We mill off the top layer of the asphalt, typically one inch and then we pave back between an inch and an inch and a half of new asphalt, for a wearing course of new asphalt." Resurfacing extends the life of the city's roads, Kubas said.
Democratic U.S. House hopeful Ben Hanson had strong words for U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Saturday at a joint District 36 and 37 meeting of the Democratic-NPL Party, held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson. Hanson, seeking his party's nomination in 2018, described Cramer as "not engaged" and "not providing real leadership for the state."
A recently released Center for American Progress election security report gave North Dakota a "C" grade. North Dakota, according to the report, was one of 21 states targeted by a "foreign nation state" during the 2016 presidential election. Auditor Kay Haag said while Stark County has not had difficulties with voter fraud or had to deal with voter interference, protocols are in place.