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The results are in! Tuesday's ballot featured races for both city and county commissioners and the school board, as well as races in surrounding communities and ballot initiatives. In Stark County, for District 4, Commissioner Russ Hoff, seeking re-election, was defeated by challenger Carla Arthaud, 1,790 against 1,612. Commissioner Ken Zander, District 2, running unopposed, was re-elected. County State's Attorney Tom Henning and County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Haag both ran unopposed and were re-elected.
We remember the fallen every day. On Memorial Day, though, the experience is shared, with every community coming together to honor and celebrate those who served in America's armed forces. A ceremony was held at Dickinson State University's Beck Auditorium to remember those who served, those who lost their lives in service and those who never returned. Nearly 200 attended the event.
The three candidates for Stark County Sheriff held a meet-and-greet Tuesday at Dickinson City Hall. Deputy Harold Dentinger; Sgt. Corey Lee, Dickinson police department; and incumbent Terry Oestreich each took time to meet with constituents ahead of the June 12 election. Dentinger is a Marine Corps veteran, having served during Desert Storm. Prior to coming to Stark County three years ago, he served in the Seattle Police Department for 15 years, where he received training in "new-age tactics and equipment."
Dickinson city commissioners Tuesday approved a $16,000 overage on a $100,000 contract with Fargo-based Wenck Engineering. Wenck went over budget on a contract for a suitability investigation into a property north of the city landfill for a possible expansion, Gary Zuroff, public works director, said. Per contract, Wenck is not allowed to bill over $100,000 without prior authorization. So far, the city has been billed $98,989.93, Zuroff said, but there is $16,000 more due.
A public forum Monday gave candidates on the June 12 ballot a chance to offer their insights on the challenges facing Dickinson. The forum, held at Dickinson City Hall and hosted by Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, was attended by more than 30 people. Brad Fong and Cara Utt are running for park board, both for the first time, and Carla Arthaud is challenging incumbent Russ Hoff for a seat on the Stark County Commission.
Why are you running for office? The question was asked Monday at a public forum for four candidates seeking two seats on the Dickinson City Commission. Candidates Kyle Jost and Nicole Wolla are challenging incumbents Jason Fridrich and Klayton Oltmanns on the June 12 ballot. The forum at Dickinson City Hall, hosted by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, attracted more than 30 guests. Each candidate introduced themselves by answering that question.
An electronics and e-waste recycling event began Friday at Dickinson's Baler Building. In partnership with the city, ND E-Waste of Bismarck is collecting electronics of all sorts. For free, people can dispose of VCRs and DVD players, batteries, laptops and tablets, cable and satellite boxes, copiers and printers, cables and wires, and more. Some materials have fees, including CRT TV monitors ($20, under 19 inches), flat-panel monitors ($5), fluorescent lamps (90 cents, more than 4 inches) and high density discharge lamps ($1.25).
The Antiques Bone Show is coming to Dickinson. The special fundraiser event for the Dickinson Museum Center on May 19 will allow people to appraise more than their interesting antiques.
The city of Dickinson is planting 14 trees this summer for Arbor Day. Though celebrated nationally on April 27, Dickinson is recognizing the day on May 18 this year. The effort is part of the city's effort to restore urban forestry to downtown Dickinson, Walter Hadley, city planning director, said. "If you walk downtown you'll notice there's a whole bunch of trees that were here at one time and now there's little sections of sidewalk and there might be a hole filled with concrete," Hadley said. "We're going back in and replacing those."
The Dickinson Board of Equalization on Monday agreed to move forward with reassessing values for six properties owned by Carlos Royal. Royal has been pursuing revaluation for months, claiming the mass appraisal system used by City Assessor Joe Hirschfeld is flawed and that assessments should instead be based on market values. He called the system "arbitrary and capricious." The baseline used by the city, Hirschfeld explained, is based on a valuation established in 2015 at the height of the oil boom. Values in Dickinson have since gone down, Royal argued.