Landblom, Oltmanns win
Voters have spoken and the Dickinson City Commission will see two new faces at its next meeting Monday, June 21. With two Commission positions open, Rod Landblom amassed the most votes at 2,281, or about 34 percent of votes cast during Tuesday's ...
Voters have spoken and the Dickinson City Commission will see two new faces at its next meeting Monday, June 21.
With two Commission positions open, Rod Landblom amassed the most votes at 2,281, or about 34 percent of votes cast during Tuesday's election.
Landblom, a technician and planner for city and county governments in southwest North Dakota, feels he has reached a stage in his life where his acquired skills could be beneficial to others.
"We take a look at what's right about Dickinson and make sure that we're able to sustain it and there's a lot of things that are right about Dickinson in that regard," Landblom said. "We are experiencing the initial on slot of rapid growth like we experienced back in the 1980s, but we also remember what happened with the bust and I think we need to be very conscious of that."
Among Landblom's top focuses are growth management practices and "sustaining a workable and functional infrastructure."
"Another thing I think is important is to be mindful of the city employees that we have, a lot of dedicated individuals that have been with the city for many years and I think there is a lot of experience there but you also have to be able to have some continuity," Landblom said.
Klayton Oltmanns will also be joining the commission after he received 2,175 votes and he hopes to stay for the long haul, but says he couldn't have won without the confidence of supporters, family and contributors.
"I didn't run for the short term and I didn't run for one term, I'm in this for the long term," Oltmanns said.
Being a financial planner by trade, Oltmanns plans to bring those skills to the table during a major growth period for the city.
"It will be my utmost priority to make sure that I'm involved in the planning for Dickinson's future and to make sure to keep the budget and taxes in control as well," Oltmanns said.