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Dunham's Sports opened Friday at Prairie Hills Mall. A grand opening was held with store giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. Prairie Hills announced the new store was coming in May. Jeremy Braegelmann, Dunham's district manager, said he was happy to bring the new store to Dickinson.
District 37 candidates for North Dakota's Senate and House of Representatives came together Thursday for a public forum held at Dickinson City Hall. Participating were House incumbents Mike Lefor and Vicky Stiner, both Republicans, and Democratic challenger Keith Fernsler; and Senate incumbent Rich Wardner, a Republican, and R. Travis Brazelton, a Democrat. OPENING STATEMENTS Brazelton opened by saying, "I'm not a politician" and described himself as a "recovering Republican" who once happily supported Wardner.
A bronze sculpture by Dickinson artist Linda Little is bound for the Pentagon. The nearly three-foot high piece depicting 11 soldiers amid a soaring bald eagle, called Guardians, was requested by the U.S. Department of Defense in August 2017 and completed as a donation. At Tuesday's meeting of the Stark Development Corp. board, Little requested $500 to help with shipping costs.
Stark Development Corporation is planning to move into downtown Dickinson's historic Elks Building, on the corner of First Street and First Avenue. The nonprofit, which fosters economic development and offers resources to entrepreneurs, is located in the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce offices, at 314 Third Ave. NW. SDC Board President T.J. Herauf, at Tuesday's meeting of the SDC board, said the move would benefit the SDC and its efforts.
State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, District 36, returned to Dickinson Monday as part of his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Armstrong is pursuing the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is challenging Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate race. The opportunity to become a representative was not intimidating, Armstrong told The Dickinson Press.
Fern Pokorny is one of two Democratic challengers vying for the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 37 this November. Pokorny, a former educator, serves as a field consultant for North Dakota United, a merged organization for both public employees and educators. "I serve the western third of the state, almost all oil country, so I know the needs and the concerns of that part of the state, and those issues with the oil boom and bust," she said. Pokorny has long been interested in helping her community through political service.
The Downtown Dickinson Association no longer has an executive director. Jennifer Strange left the organization Friday. She started the job on Feb. 1. "It was her choice," Kristi Schwartz, DDA board president, said. "She has some personal things going on. She just made the decision that... she and her husband are moving." She added, "We didn't let her go." The DDA posted a message on its social media accounts with a comment from Strange.
State Rep. Mike Lefor, District 37, is seeking re-election this November. Lefor, DCI Credit Services Inc. president, was first elected to public office in 1986, serving on the Dickinson Park Board. He was elected five times and served as its president from 2006 to 2014. Lefor has also served on the planning and zoning commission, 12 years on the hospital board, including six years as its chairman, and serves on the St. Alexius regional board in Bismarck. He was elected to the North Dakota House in 2014, and has served two sessions.
State Sen. Rich Wardner, District 37, attended Tuesday's City Commissioners meeting to give a presentation on state distribution of oil production tax revenue. The infrastructure funding bill, using funds from oil and gas production taxes, is called "the Prairie Dog bill" because "prairie dogs do a great job of building infrastructure."
The City of Dickinson has applied for an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant for Phase 2 of the Crooked Crane Trail project. City Commissioners authorized City Engineer Craig Kubas to pursue the funds at their Sept. 25 meeting. KLJ Engineering estimates the section of trail, off West Broadway Street, along Dickinson Dike and Patterson Lake, will cost roughly $1.25 million, Kubas told commissioners. "It's a project we've been discussing at the task force level for the last year or so," he said. The section of trail would follow along the railroad right-of-way.