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The City of Dickinson is asking residents to avoid placing glass in the recycle bins; discussions on proposed improvements in Dickinson to have public commentary; law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols during Roughrider Days; and more.

Dickinson's daily round-up of local news, briefs and events. (Dickinson Press file)
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Public input meeting June 24 to discuss proposed improvements in Dickinson

A public input meeting will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on June 24 at the Dickinson City Hall Commission Room, 99 2nd Street East. The public input meeting will utilize an open house format.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed improvements for 4th Avenue East from 21st Street East to 26th Street East in Dickinson. Representatives from the City of Dickinson and Highlands Engineering will be on hand to answer questions and discuss concerns.

If unable to attend the public input meeting, written statements or comments must be mailed by July 9 to Andrew Schrank at 319 24th Street East, Dickinson, ND 58601 or emailed to with “Public Input Meeting” in the email subject heading.

The City of Dickinson will consider every request for reasonable accommodation to provide: an accessible meeting facility or other accommodation for people with disabilities, language interpretation for people with limited English proficiency (LEP) and translations of written material necessary to access NDDOT programs and information.


To request accommodations, contact Rita Binstock, City of Dickinson at 701-456-7720 or TTY users may use Relay North Dakota at 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Executive Director Hired for Downtown Dickinson Association

The Downtown Dickinson Association has hired Abigail Rohrer as their Executive Director.

Rohrer will be leading the non-profit membership organization to create a vibrant downtown through effective development, communication, promotion, and education. Currently an eleven-member Board meets monthly to move initiatives, events, and development in the downtown area to create not only a quality of place for current residents, but also as a recruitment for new employees that local employers are searching for.

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Abigail Rohrer announced as new DDA Executive Director. (Photo courtesy of Downtown Dickinson Association)

“We are pleased to have Abigail join our organization as our new Executive Director. We have confidence that she will elevate the organization to an effective capacity that will move the Downtown into a new and exciting phase, especially with the development of the Downtown Public Square. As a local resident, Abigail is familiar with the community and regional area.” said Shea Thomas, President of the Downtown Dickinson Association.

Rohrer has been involved in the community as one of the directors for the Develop Dickinson Chamber Committee, House of Manna, a Life Enrichment Coordinator at CountyHouse, and a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association. She is beginning her new position on July 5th.


Stark County Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols

Impaired driving continues to be a public safety concern throughout North Dakota. As of June 13, 2021, there have been 39 fatalities on North Dakota roadways. Thirty two percent (11) of the fatalities have been alcohol related.

On June 26, 2021, the North Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols in Stark County during Roughrider Days. The increase in traffic provides law enforcement an opportunity to be more visible to help encourage drivers to make the responsible decision and designate a sober driver.

Alcohol related crashes are preventable. Zero Fatalities, Zero Excuses.

City of Dickinson reminds residents not to place glass in recycle bins

In a press release, the City of Dickinson are asking residents to be mindful of what they are discarding in recycle containers and bins. According to the city, the request comes after larger than average amounts of glass have been discovered at the recycling center.

The center does not accept glass in the blue bins as glass breaks when it’s compacted and the trucks have a “walking” compactor intended to squish as much as possible into the trailer-so everything gets compressed by a hydraulic mechanism, and the facility the recycling goes to does not want glass in with the other materials such as paper, plastic and aluminum.

Glass found at the recycling center results in shards that cannot be removed, contaminating the entire load.


Residents are asked to contact Debra Walworth, with the City of Dickinson's solid waste and recycling department, located at 3411 Public Works Blvd, in Dickinson, at 701-456-7043 with any questions.

Covered Wagon Rides Offered at Chateau de Morès State Historic Site

The Chateau de Morès State Historic Site, in partnership with Ryan Fleck, is offering covered wagon rides through the pristine bottomlands of the site.

Rides are offered upon request on select Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST, weather permitting.

While the schedule is subject to change, rides are available at the moment during the following dates: June 18-20, 26-27; July 16-18, 23-25, 30-31; and August 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-22, 27-29.

September dates are to be determined. Visitors are encouraged to call 701-623-4355 prior to arriving to check availability.

The trail is approximately 2 miles long and will follow part of the original road from the town of Medora to the Chateau. Guests should allow 30-45 minutes for the ride. Tickets may be purchased at the Chateau de Morès Interpretive Center through 4:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are $50 for a family of four, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for children 6-18. Children 5 and under ride free.

Chateau de Morès is a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Chateau de Morès site and Interpretive Center near Medora are open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MST.

For more information, contact Anna Killian at 701-623-4355.

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