Dickinson Named Number One Small Town 2013
The Dickinson CVB was contacted in June by Livability.com, informing us that Dickinson was one of the communities being considered for a top position in its small town ranking. After filling out some additional information and submitting several photos of Dickinson, the CVB was notified that our community was chosen for the Number One Small Town in the United States.
Looking for a truly authentic community with plenty of character, small-town charm and desirable amenities? Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns 2013, the second installment in an annual listing of those towns sprinkled between the major highways and busy airports.
For this installment of the Livability.com
List of America’s Top Small Towns, editors narrowed their search to metropolitan areas, steering clear of big-city suburbs and communities considered part of a larger metropolitan region. Editors also considered population and economic growth rates, comparing employment trends, cost of living and other economic factors.
And finally, they looked at each town’s overall quality of life and factored in those intangible assets and amenities that attract relocating businesses and residents – community spirit, good schools and historic preservation.
“There are many towns in the United States that have small-town charm but that are part of larger metro areas,” said Livability.com Spokesman Matt Carmichael. “This year we decided to focus our list on small towns that stand on their own. What they lack in size they make up for in unique amenities as well as business opportunities.”
Located near the rugged, rocky badlands of North Dakota, the town of Dickinson is experiencing a surge in new residents, businesses and amenities. Dickinson's population grew by nearly 50 percent over the past three years, according to city officials. A proliferation of jobs in the energy development sector, coupled with gains in manufacturing, tourism and agriculture continue to attract people.
What keeps new residents in Dickinson is the growing array of amenities, good schools, recreational opportunities, and natural attractions like the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Patterson Lake, which give residents chances to hike, camp, fish and experience the wide-open beauty of western North Dakota.
Top 10 Small Towns 2013
1. Dickinson, ND
2. Oxford, MS
3. Rock Springs, WY
4. Oak Harbor, WA
5. Brookings, SD
6. Los Alamos, NM
7. Alexandria, MN
8. Traverse City, MI
9. West Plains, MO
10. Cambridge, MD
Yes! There are rooms. Room availability is much better this fall than what we have seen in quite some time. Some of the energy workers have either relocated to crew camps, apartment housing, or residential properties, bringing more rooms online for other business or leisure travelers.
Lodging rates have decreased for visitor. If you are a state employee, some of the hotels are honoring state rates again. We do continue to urge consumers to check our website
, call ahead and call the local front desk phone number to check on and book rooms.
Calendar of Events
There is always something going on in Dickinson! For the most updated and thorough list of events occurring in Dickinson, visit our website. www.visitdickinson.com/events
The Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a dedicated mobile friendly website, along with upgrading the existing site.
Use of mobile websites has increased dramatically in the past few years. The visitor industry is constantly on the move with new information for travelers, making this the most valuable tool for community information.
In addition to mapping abilities, the mobile web site makes finding information on what to see and do in Dickinson and surrounding areas much easier on a smart phone. The mobile site has all of the same information as the actual site for the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau, but in a simpler format to view. Google mapping, along with access to local websites, creates a positive visitor experience, making this the go-to tool for travelers.
Along with the new mobile website, the actual website has also experienced an upgrade in adding social media on the home page. The use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and CVB photos all on the front of the page will show people the most current things happening in Dickinson to see and do through conversation and multimedia tools.
“The new changes to the website and the creation of the mobile site will be a great tool to meet the traveler’s expectations. We want to make this a go-to site for easy navigation and to showcase our social media tools,” said Terri Thiel, Executive Director.
Summer Help at the CVB
The Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau has geared up for the summer and has hired two seasonal employees. Peggy Rixen-Kuntz and Joel Walters will welcome this summer’s visitors at the CVB.
Peggy is a true professional in the Visitors Center. Starting at the CVB in the summer of 2000, she has assisted many individuals from all over the country. Peggy is happy to go the extra mile to accommodate all tourists to Dickinson.
Joel, a native of Gladstone, has worked off and on at the CVB during the summer since 2005. He is very knowledgeable about the Dickinson area and is always ready to inform visitors about the community with a smile.
Feel free to stop by this summer to visit with Peggy and Joel. Summer hours are daily from 8:00am-5:00pm.
The Astoria Hotel & Event Center
is set to open the event center and an additional 72 lodging rooms in fall 2013. Their lobby bar opened for business on July 27.
is set to have 83 lodging rooms and will open in 2013.
Value Place Extended Stay
will open for business in 2013 with 128 lodging rooms.
The Ramada - Grand Dakota Lodge & Conference Center
is in the process of painting their lounge and restaurant.
The Comfort Inn
has all new bedding.
Dickinson & Williston CVB Directors Tour Eastern ND
In an attempt to fix misconceptions regarding the hotel/motel availability in western North Dakota, Terri Thiel, Dickinson CVB Executive Director, and Amy Krueger, Williston CVB Executive Director, recently traveled across the state to visit with various media outlets in Jamestown, Fargo, and Grand Forks. Not only was the lodging availability discussed, but also the energy impacts and to make people aware that there is available lodging in western North Dakota. They also addressed some of the concerns about traveling in western North Dakota.
To listen to the interview with Prairie Public Broadcasting, click here
and slide the track to 28.05. For the WDAY TV interview, click here
Dakota Dinosaur Museum is Open
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum will feature several new exhibits for the 2013 summer season. The two main new exhibits include Larry, a real articulated 25 foot long Triceratops skeleton and Montana, a real articulated 37 foot long Edmontosaurus skeleton.
Other new exhibits include a real 8 foot long, 32 million year old, rhinoceros skeleton from North Dakota and a 65 million year old complete Tyrannosaurus Rex hind leg.
An 8 foot long complete, real hind leg of Tyrannosaurus Rex is also on display along with a 25 foot mounted skeletal cast of Albertosaurus, a cousin of T-Rex.
Also new this will be an ancient rhinoceros skeleton. This skeleton is from an animal called Subhyracodon occidentalis, an 8 foot long animal that lived 32 million years ago in what is now North Dakota. A complete Subhyracodon skeleton is rarely ever seen in any museum.
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum is open daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm through Labor Day. The museum can be reached at 701-225-DINO or www.dakotadino.com
Dickinson Museum Center Unveils Rodeo Photographer Exhibit
The Dickinson Museum Center’s Joachim Museum is proud to present its new exhibit “Ralph R. Doubleday: Rodeo Photographer,” a photographic and digital presentation that documents the work of one of America’s first and most notable rodeo photographers and former Dickinson resident.
Like most photographers of the era, Ralph Doubleday had for some years been producing postcard prints of town scenes and events. His images of Dickinson included street scenes and special events like the Elks State Convention Rodeo. Doubleday was especially fond of rodeo photography and is credited with being the first photographer to capture a rider in midair being thrown from his horse in 1910.
For more than 40 years, Ralph Doubleday traveled across the country shooting rodeos and making picture postcards. His collection of more than 4,000 negatives is now part of the Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. The majority of the images in this exhibition have been drawn from this collection. In recognition of Doubleday’s photographic accomplishments and his promotional and documentary activities with regard to the sport of rodeo, the Rodeo Historical Society inducted him into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Rodeo Hall of Fame on November 27, 1988.
For more information, contact the museum at (701) 456-6225, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.dickinsonmuseumcenter.com
Dickinson is now home to a Japanese restaurant! Sakura Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar recently opened anf offers traditional kitchen entrees as well as wide variety of freshly prepared Sushi and Sashimi dishes. Regular and special rolls complement the choices you have. Sakura includes lunch specials and take-out is available.
Sakura Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar is located at 204 14 St. W. in Dickinson and can be contacted at 701-483-3888. http://sakuradickinson.com
Alive @ 5 on Thursdays
Summertime truly comes alive each Thursday evening in downtown Dickinson from 5:00pm to 7:30pm with free live music, scrumptious food, fine wines, and frosty brews.
Alive @ 5 is a gathering of Dickinson's professionals, community members, and friends. Its goal is to help promote and revitalize the downtown Dickinson area.
The event is hosted by the Odd Fellows Lodge and Sneak Pique Productions. Proceeds go to scholarships and other worthy causes.
Alive @ 5 on Facebook and visit them at www.downtowndickinson.com
Outdoor Family Movie Night at the Biesiot Activities Center
Dickinson State University hosted 2013’s first “Outdoor Family Movie Night” on Tuesday, June 25, at the Biesiot Activities Center. A second “Outdoor Family Movie Night” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23.
“The purpose of our summer ‘Outdoor Family Movie Nights’ is to provide good and meaningful entertainment for the entire family, while allowing them to spend quality time together,” said Ben Shroyer, BAC events and conference coordinator.
The BAC will be showing “Oz: The Great and Powerful
” on July 23 at 7:30pm. The movie is rated PG and will be shown on the Hawk Vision Video Board. Individuals are encouraged to bring blankets and sit on Fisher Field or to utilize bleacher seating to watch the film. Concessions will be open and available for purchase during the event. No outside food or drinks are permitted in the facility.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family at the door. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. DSU students, faculty and staff are free with a valid DSU ID. If interested in placing an advertisement or announcement on the Hawk Vision Video Board, or for more information on the “Outdoor Family Movie Night,” contact Ben Shroyer at (701) 483-1918 or at Ben.Shroyer@dickinsonstate.edu
The 2013 North Dakota Ukrainian Festival is right around the corner. The event will occur July 16-20 at various locations in Dickinson in Belfield.
The weekend's activities include educational seminars, liturgies, ethnic meals, and entertainment. Performing Saturday afternoon will be the North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association's Summer Camp Concert.
For more information, call 701-483-1486 or go to www.ucitoday.org
Mark you calendars for the 2013 Northern Plains Ethnic Festival! The annual event will take place August 17 & 18, 2013 at the Prairie Outpost Park.
The event kicks off on Saturday, August 17 with the opening ceremonies at Ridgeway Lutheran Church at the Prairie Outpost Park. Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of regional ethnic foods offered at individual booths including Czech, German, Scandavian, Norwegian, and Ukrainian foods. Entertainment will be performed by various groups.
Sunday will include an ethnic brunch from 8am-1pm at the Elks Lodge and a Polka Mass will be held at Queen of Peace Church at 10am.
For more information, contact Dorothy Schmidt at 701-225-2416.
Labor Day Weekend in Dickinson is about to get a lot more exciting. Dielco Crane Service, Inc. and the DSU Foundation have partnered to bring Championship Bull Riding (CBR) and a Concert Series to Dickinson each year beginning this Labor Day Weekend.
The inaugural weekend of the Dielco Crane CBR Double Down & Concert Series will kick-off at the Biesiot Activities Center with a tailgate party on Thursday, August 29th for the DSU Football home opener followed by a Sammy Kershaw concert on Friday night. Bull riding enthusiasts and novices alike will not want to miss the Championship Bull Riding action on Saturday, August 30th with champion bulls like Big Bucks, More Bucks and Smoke Screen followed by a party on the rodeo grounds with special musical guest, Joe Diffie.
Tickets are on sale now at the DSU Alumni & Foundation and the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau.
For more information, contact the DSU Alumni & Foundation at 701-483-2004 or visit www.dsufamily.com
Not only is summer weather officially here, but so is the baseball season!
The Mustang Baseball All-Star 9-12 Year Old Tournament recently took place in June and had 14 teams participate. July will be a busy month with baseball, as there will be the 11 Year-Old Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament on July 12-15 with 12 teams. The Miller Lite Softball Tournament will include approximately 60 teams on July 13 & 14. In addition, the 16-18 Year-Old State Babe Ruth Tournament will be held July 19-22 with 11 teams participating.
August will include the NDASA State Softball Tournament for both men and women. Women's Rec 2 - West will be held August 10 & 11 and Men's Rec 2 - West will be August 17 & 18. Both groups will include 30-50 teams.
For more details, visit www.dickinsonparks.org
Dickinson Now Has Flights to Minneapolis
Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport
now includes flights to Minneapolis.
Delta Air Lines has begun twice-daily flights between Dickinson and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Delta flights are operated by SkyWest using 50-seat regional jets.
United Airlines also begun twice-daily flights between Dickinson and Denver on June 6. Those flights will be operated by ExpressJet, also using 50-seat regional planes.
Great Lakes Airlines already flies between Dickinson and Denver.
Last month, North Dakota Tourism launched the new, responsively-designed www.NDtourism.com
. The site has a key goal to drive more traffic to North Dakota’s travelbusiness providers and partners. Listings for accommodations, events, attractions and packages are now optimized to offer more details, photos, videos, packages and deals and even social media links. Usernames and passwords for partner access have changed.
The new log-in link to bookmark is https://partners.ndtourism.com/user/login/
. Here you can request your username and password, create a new account and log-in to manage listings. If you would like personal training on using the new system, please contact Tricia Miller at email@example.com
Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association announced their second “Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park” photo contest.
Entries for the contest will be accepted beginning Friday through Sept. 1The winning photo will be featured on the 2014 annual park pass and will appear, along with the other 11 finalist photos, in a 2014 Theodore Roosevelt National Park calendar.
Prizes will be awarded to the grand prize winner and to three others that best represent the park.
Photos must be taken in Theodore Roosevelt National Park between Sept. 30, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013, to be eligible.
For official rules, entry forms, and other information visit www.nps.gov/thro
and follow the link for the 2013 Park Photo Contest. For further information, call the park at 701-623-4466 or the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association at 701-623-4884.
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Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
72 E. Museum Dr.
Dickinson, ND 58601