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Heart of the City: Dickinson Press moves into new location

The Dickinson Press has moved to a vibrant, modern office space in the downtown Renaissance District.

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The new Dickinson Press office is located at 31 Sims St.
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DICKINSON — Dickinson’s flagship newspaper officially moved into its new home Monday in the city’s vibrant Renaissance District. The newly remodeled 6,000 sq. ft office space is on Sims Street, between Bernie’s Esquire Club and the Brickhouse Grille, at 31 Sims Street.

Dickinson Press Editor, James B. Miller, said he’s excited to be in the heart of downtown.

"This newspaper has been a longstanding hallmark of the Dickinson community. In March of 1883 we opened our shop in a tent and have, over the years called four locations home. Today we are so very happy to be back in the downtown renaissance district at the very heart of our community," Miller said. "We encourage our readers and community to visit us at the new location and share in this great next chapter of the Press as we strive to continue presenting the news and views that our community trusts."

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Publisher Joy Schoch agreed.

"This new location is a beautifully renovated space with modern lighting and floors, we're very happy with it," Schoch said. "Stepping out onto the sidewalk and seeing our community in action is great for us. We want people to know we're here and want to hear from them. Stop by and say hello."

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The previous location was constructed in 1997 after the paper was sold to Fargo-based media company, Forum Communications in 1995. Megan Vanson and Jennifer Moser purchased the former Press building this month, and will operate a dance studio and daycare respectively.

Schoch acknowledged the confusion that resulted in 2019 when Forum downsized The Press, moved printing to Bismarck and changed to a weekly printing schedule.

"I think we did a bad job of explaining the printing press situation when we moved printing to Bismarck. What happened was a lot of people thought that we were no longer in the community and had moved. That has never been the case," Schoch said. "We are still here. We live in this community, have children that go to the schools here, pay our taxes here, attend local parades and events. This is our home and we're not going anywhere. We still produce a newspaper six days a week, with one printed version each week and five digital versions. This is our home and we're proud to be your paper."

The new location will be opened to the general public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
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