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The Dickinson Press' Best of the Western Edge is underway

Nominations for the 2022 Best of the Western Edge Readers' Choice Awards have begun. Make sure your favorite businesses, organizations and individuals are acknowledged with an award.

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The Dickinson Press is proud to host the 2022 Best of the Western Edge Readers’ Choice Awards, the highly popular fifth iteration of the contest which recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals doing high quality work on the Western Edge.

In 2020, recipients of this prestigious award included Dickinson High School Baseball Coach Pete Dobitz, physician’s assistant Kelsey Kuylen, general contractor Denny’s Electric, West Dakota Veterinary Clinic and many more.

Advertising Sales Director Jenn Binstock said the competition is great for the community and to recognize those entities which continue to provide the very best in service.

“Each year, we recognize individuals, professionals, organizations and businesses who comprise the soul of our community. Not everyone can finish first, and this readers' choice contest does not diminish the commitment or the effort of all individuals, businesses and groups who share in the desire to be the best they can be every day,” Binstock said. “The Best of the Western Edge gives all of us in Dickinson and southwest North Dakota the opportunity to take the time and show our support to those we love.”

Readers can make nominations on The Press' website , but time is running out. Nominations end at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 5.

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Each time a reader makes a nomination or votes for a winner, they increase their chances of receiving a $100 gift card to one of many winning businesses — the choice of which is theirs. Area restaurants and grocery stores have consistently been a top choice among gift card winners, Binstock noted.

Once readers have determined the top three nominations for each category, voting will begin on Dec. 8 and close at midnight Dec. 19. Last year’s contest drew 32,331 nominations and 116, 580 votes. There were a total of 233 winners, up from 166 in 2020. The Donut Hole had the most votes of any contest participant in any category in their win for best donut.

A nominee can win multiple awards. Last year for example, Trinity Catholic Schools won 13 of them, including best booster club, best place to work and best charity.

Another winner in 2020 was a young Dickinson business called the Backyard Play Café, which won the category Best Place for Kids to Have Fun. The establishment has a full service coffee bar and indoor playground.

Don't let your favorite person or place in town go unnoticed for their hard work, dedication and service to the people of Dickinson. Make your nomination today.

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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