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Stark Development Corporation has moved into its new offices at 103 First Ave. W., Ste. 101. SDC began its move into the historic Elks Building downtown in March. The office was formerly located at the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, at 314 Third Ave. W. The move into the new office has been an exciting process, Ryan Jilek, SDC executive vice president, said. "We have been working hard to create and build our own brand, and solidifying a location that adds support and context to our mission," he said. A new space was needed, Jilek said.
Christina Jorgenson is the new Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. Jorgenson officially starts in the position on April 22. A Dickinson native, she previously served as DACC events and member relations manager. Current DACC Executive Director Sarah Trustem announced in March that she would be stepping down from the position after 15 months to take a newly created position with Dickinson Public Schools.
The city is beginning its 2019 sidewalk improvement district project. Bids for the project were opened April 1. Winn Construction provided the low bid of $214,980, City Engineer Craig Kubas reported to city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting. "Staff has reviewed the bid and everything looks in order," Kubas said. The project is budgeted at $215,000, the same amount the project was granted in 2018. Every year, the city targets areas that need sidewalks installed or repaired.
Construction has begun on Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport's new super-taxiway. The groundbreaking Monday is the first phase of the project, Kelly Braun, airport manager, explained. "That super-taxiway will serve as our runway for a couple of years while we rebuilt the main runway," Braun said. "Today is the first day in the dirt." A new runway is needed.The new 100-seat aircraft, replacing the 50-seat regional jets, are larger, and the airport's runways do not meet the requirements to be able to handle those aircraft.
Dickinson housing and tourism had a strong 2018. Hotel occupancy was up 16 percent, with 49 percent of Dickinson's hotel's filled, according to the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau 2018 annual report. "It's starting to climb," Terri Thiel, CVB executive director, said. The average daily rate for hotels declined, though, by 2.8 percent, to $73.26 per room. "It's either been steady or down a little bit," Thiel said. This affects the CVB's funding, which comes from the 2 percent occupancy tax.
Mike Rademaker is the new golf pro for Dickinson's Heart River Golf Course. Rademaker has been a PGA-certified golf professional since January 2000. A club professional is different from a touring professional, Rademaker explained.
North Dakota Rodeo Association is returning to Dickinson for the first time since 1996. NDRA is coming to Stark County Fairgrounds on May 25, according to the Stark County Fair Association's 2019 events list. "I wanted to see it back here," Lisa Heiser, Stark County Park Director, said. "Back in the day, they used to be one of the biggest rodeos that the (NDRA) had. So I thought, 'Why don't we have one here?' No one could tell me why." A cost projection was presented to the fair association.
A medical marijuana dispensary for Dickinson has been selected by North Dakota Department of Health to continue forward with the registration process. If approved, GrassRoots Cannabis, based in Deerfield, Illinois, would serve the 50-mile Dickinson region.
Gregory Stack is the new City of Dickinson utilities manager. The role combines two previous positions: water reclamation manager and water utilities manager. Water utilities has expanded to include waste water collections, water distribution, and industrial waste and storm water control. The water reclamation facility is the city's waste water treatment plant. Bringing together two roles "makes sense," Stack said.
Dickinson Street Department will resume pothole repairs Monday. Repairs were being done through winter, but the department ran out of patching compound, Darryl Wehner, street department chief, explained. "The stuff we had, we ran out of, and our supplier didn't have any," he said. "They just got some made and brought into town. It has to warm up, so Monday morning we plan on hitting the major streets with the big craters. The department is still waiting for patching oil for permanent repairs to be delivered.