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A Dickinson woman pleaded guilty Monday to two charges of delivery of a controlled substance — methamphetamine. Christina Rose Keating, 37, also pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of a controlled substance. Keating was sentenced to five years in prison, to be served concurrently, with two years suspended and three years of supervised probation following her release. She appeared Monday before Judge James D. Gion in Stark County District Court.
City of Dickinson is seeking request-for-proposals from lawyers and law firms for city attorney services. City Attorney Jan Murtha announced in May that she is resigning from the position effective June 21. Murtha has served in the role since December 2017. Rather than refilling the position, the city is instead pursuing an attorney by contract, City Administrator Joe Gaa said.
A medical marijuana dispensary is seeking a special-use permit from the city to open a store in Dickinson this year. The city planning and zoning commission will review the application at their meeting on June 19 at 7:10 a.m. If approved, it will go to city commissioners during their July 2 meeting. GrassRoots Cannabis, based in Deerfield, Illinois, was chosen by the North Dakota Department of Health to serve the 50-mile Dickinson region. The same company was also selected for dispensaries in Devils Lake, Minot and Jamestown.
Stark County commissioners at a special meeting Wednesday approved 27 bid packages for a new social services building. The current offices at 664 12th St. W. no longer meet the agency's space needs, and the 40-year-old building is meeting the end of its life expectancy. The new facility will also have offices for North Dakota State University Extension and Sunrise Youth Bureau, both currently located at 1340 Villard St. A site on Fairway Street near CHI St. Alexius Health Medical Center has been selected for the new building.
Construction is underway for Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport's new taxiway and runway rehabilitation project. Airport Manager Kelly Braun reported to the airport's board Tuesday that the land acquisition process has been completed. A condemnation suit against neighboring lands was approved in October. "We now own all the land that's needed to see this project through to its end," Braun said. Due to costs from the land acquisition, the airport sought additional funds from Stark County in May.
Scooting about Dickinson just became easier. Tracy Tooz of Tooz Construction has brought 18 electric, dockless Goat scooters to the city for easy rental. "We have some positioned in Dickinson," Tooz said, "and more are coming for other cities in North Dakota and around the region." The rentable scooters can be found at Phat Fish Brewery, the Spur Bar, DePorres and downtown between The Rock and The Esquire. Dickinson is currently the only area in the surrounding states that offers Goat rentals.
American Bank Center is moving. A new building will be constructed on the north side of West Second Street, directly across the street from its current location at 140 First Ave. W. Its divisions, American Bank Center, American Trust Center and American Insurance Center, will all be located in the single building. The project is expected to cost more than $10 million. With the north lot serving as the site for the new building, the south lot will serve as the site for the new parking lot. Construction starts with groundbreaking in September.
The city of Dickinson is considering a major water meter replacement program. Utilities Manager Gregory Stack, in the annual water department report to city commissioners Tuesday, explained water meters are failing at a higher rate. "We were doing about 100 to 200 meter replacements per year," Stack said. "Now we're up to about 250 this year." The batteries in the electronic devices are dying, Stack told The Dickinson Press. There are roughly 5,500 devices in the city that are 17 to 19 years old, with batteries that last that time period.
Gladstone is preparing a major streets rehabilitation project. City Engineer Jeremy Wood and Mayor Cody Silbernagel asked Stark County commissioners at their monthly meeting Tuesday for assistance. "The general scope of the project is a citywide seal coat," Wood said. "There's some areas that we need to do some type of street repair, whether that's a total reconstruction of mill and overlay or patching. It's going to be kind of a mismatch of all kinds of repair strategies." The city hopes to start with repairs this year and begin seal coating next year.
Dickinson City Commissioners disputed the need for an event center feasibility study at their regular meeting Tuesday. Consulting firm Convention, Sports and Leisure, based in Minneapolis, was selected to conduct the study at a cost of roughly $34,500. A requests-for-proposals was sent out in January, City Administrator Joe Gaa explained. "They would tell us if we have the market for an event center, and some of the additional capacity and amenities needed," he said. "That would be in this first phase."