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Hettinger has a new brick-oven pizza parlor. T&B's Brickfire sold its first pizza Monday. The pizza parlor shares space with Prairie Rose Floral & Gift, which also operates as a cafe, at the corner of Adams Avenue and Main Street. Owner Kane Melling named the pizza parlor for his sons Tyler and Bentley. Melling was inspired to start the business last summer. "In a small town, you need more than one income, one more business," he said. "So I said, 'what can we add that I like to do?'" For him, the answer was cooking.
Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport has been awarded 2018 Commercial Service Airport of the Year by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. The award was presented at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, held March 5 in Bismarck. Dickinson's airport was honored for maintaining safety, project management, and community awareness. "It's really nice to be recognized for everyone's hard work," Kelly Braun, airport director, said. "It's a team effort, and it's nice to be awarded that."
Great Plains Food Bank of Fargo made a stop in Dickinson Tuesday to bring perishable foods to people and families in need of food assistance. The semi truck of goods unloaded at Biesiot Activities Center, bringing with it fresh produce, including apples, potatoes and salad greens, boxed goods such as Oreos, crackers and tortilla chips, and dairy, as well. Before the 4 p.m. start of the distribution, 50 cars were already lined up. The statewide effort is a regular one for Great Plains Food Bank, Rachel Monge, GPFB regional services manager, explained.
Dickinson Fire Department begins renovations to Fire Station 1 Monday. The site, at 25 Second Ave. W., has not had major remodeling done since the 1970s. The first phase of the remodel will emphasize gender separation and firefighter health. The remodel is "long overdue," Fire Chief Bob Sivak said. The building, constructed in the 1930, originally hosted City Hall as well as the fire and police departments. It became a dedicated fire station in 1981.
Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development had a strong 2018. Mark Resner, RCRC administrator, provided an annual report to Stark County Commissioners at their monthly meeting Tuesday. The council ended the year with revenue totaling $129,040 and expenses of $104,252. "I'm happy and proud to report the council finished the year with a net of $24,788," Resner said. The council made payments to a delinquent loan to Billings County. For the $65,000 loan, the council paid $35,000 of the principal and $2,600 in overdue fees.
A proposed town square project could be moving to its secondary location. The city received appraisals on neighboring buildings at the Villard and Sims street location that would need to be purchased to expand the site for construction, City Administrator Joe Gaa explained to city commissioners Tuesday at their regular meeting. The building values came back at roughly $1 million. "By the time we prepare the sites, it likely might take more to purchase them than that," Gaa said. "We estimate it is probably around $1.3 to $1.5 million added to the project cost."
Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau is using Google resources to create greater visibility of Dickinson and its businesses. "We attended the North Dakota travel conference last April, and one of the keynote speakers talked about the importance of posting to your Google," Julie Obrigewitsch, CVB social media director, said. "We came from the conference and implemented it into our office here."
Attorney Jennifer Williams has opened a new solo practice in Dickinson. She opened the door to her office at 135 Sims St., Ste. 212A, in January. Williams provides a range of legal services, including estate planning, real estate, business and probate. "I do take criminal defense cases," Williams said, "and I pick up public defense contracts and some court-appointed work from the city for misdemeanor criminal offenses, and some felony work, as well." Williams, a Dickinson resident, also has an office in Ekalaka, Mont.
Phat Fish Brewery is coming this May. The new restaurant on Villard Street promises original brew and family fun. It is a dream come true for owner Kelli Scharf and her husband Tony Scharf. Originally from Montana, the Scharfs came to Dickinson for his job with ConocoPhillips. "We've always known we wanted to do something, own our own business, have our own piece of history somewhere," Kelli Scharf said. Scharf prepared by attending a brewing school and even a pizza school. She is working with a brewery consultant, as well.
The Browery, located at 27 First St. W., offers eyebrow microblading services in Dickinson. Owner Lynelle Pfremmer says it is preferable to eyebrow tattooing. "I'm able to create really natural-looking lifelike hairstrokes," she said. "For people who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy of medications, aging, picking, anything like that, we're able to recreate a really natural-looking eyebrow." The effect is achieved with handheld, non-motorized tool.