Various Dickinson agencies meet for disaster coalition at CHI St. Alexius

The Southwest Regional Disaster Coalition held a meeting at the CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 25, to discuss medical updates and upcoming business. Photo by Nathanial A. Barrera/ The Dickinson Press.

The Southwest Regional Disaster Coalition held a meeting at the CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center on Friday, Oct 25.

The meeting, led by Sherry Adams of the Southwestern District Health Unit, was attended by representatives of several local agencies such as the Stark County Emergency Services Office, United Way and the SWDHU.

The assembly also discussed the Oct. 9 full-scale disaster training exercise which took place throughout the southwest district, as well as recent medical updates and events.

MultiHazard Mitigation Plan

The public is invited to share its thoughts on what it believes to be the greatest risks to both the city of Dickinson and Stark County as a whole at meeting at the Public Safety Center at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28.

“Public participation is a very important piece in the planning process as we work toward completing the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan,” Stark County’s Assistant Emergency Manager, Sherry Baltzell said of the project, which has included participation from Dunn, Golden Valley, Billings and Stark counties.


“Our county citizens experience the disasters firsthand,” Baltzell said stressing the importance of public input. “(The community’s) potential solutions, and what they think would best help, are what we need to prepare the best mitigation plan”

The project has received funding for the plan’s development through a grant from the KLJ Group, a consulting firm based in North Dakota.

Empty bowls

In order to fight homelessness in Stark and Dunn counties, United Way of Dickinson is hosting its 10th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.

The event will serve soup and bread, all the while showcasing handcrafted bowls ranging from $15- $150 each.

Proceeds of Empty Bowls will go to food programs that feed the needy in our community, such as the Backpack Program and Domestic Rape and Crisis Center.

Approximately 2.3 to 3.5 million people experience homelessness in America, making the event, sponsored by Dickinson State University, Assumption Abbey, Sacred Heart Monestary, Cash Wise Foods and Pepsi, that much more significant.

Guests are invited to stop by the Badlands Art Show after the gathering in order to view art by local artists.

Festival of Trees

The second annual Festival of Trees celebration will take place on Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.


The community event, the specific focus of which is children aging out of foster care, as well as children who are in highschool with no parental support, is a chance for Dickinson families to gather and celebrate the holiday season.

Although admission is free, a donation in the form of toilet paper, food, and other small necessities is requested.

The festivities will include a batch of fun activities including a decorated tree and wreath viewing, holiday music from the Pitter Patter Music Club and even an appearance by Santa Claus who will be happy to take a photograph.

Christmas trees will be auctioned to the benefit of several local nonprofits.

Thanksgiving dinner

Dickinson State University will be hosting a free community dinner in the Downstair Dining Room on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Citizens may volunteer by calling Staci at 701-590-8996 between the hours of 2-6 p.m. from Nov. 21st to Nov. 26.

Donations can be made by writing Dickinson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Boc 604, Dickinson, ND 58602.

If any Dickinsonian would like a meal delivered call Sandy at 701-290-7509 between the hours of 2-6 p.m. from Nov. 21st to Nov. 26. Meals will be delivered between 11 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving Day.

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