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Post Date: May 06 2016

Dickinson Museum Center hires new staff

The City of Dickinson has hired Angela Rayne as the new Museum Coordinator for the Dickinson Museum Center. As coordinator, Rayne will oversee the operations of the entire museum complex, including Prairie Outpost Park, the Pioneer Machinery Building, the Joachim Regional Museum, and the Dickinson Dinosaur Museum. She started her duties on February 8th.

20160406_140515.jpgRayne comes to Dickinson from Evergreen, Colo., where she most recently held the position of executive director of Humphrey History Park and Museum, a living history museum on 35 acres that includes a 1930’s ranch. She holds a master’s degree in Anthropology/Museum Science and Archeology, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Geology.

Rayne has held numerous leadership positions, including executive directorships at the Houston Fire Museum in Houston, Texas, the Denver Firefighters Museum in Denver, Colo., and the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, Colo.. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Dickinson Museum Center and I am looking forward to developing stunning new exhibits, with help from the community, that tell fascinating stories about Dickinson and North Dakota”, Rayne said.
Paleontologist, Denver Fowler is originally from the area of Manchester in the UK, and studied for his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the UK Universities of Durham, and Bristol (respectively). He recently defended his Ph.D, attained under Prof. Jack Horner of the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, which studied how using precise data for the ages of rock formations affects the way we interpret dinosaur evolution.
Denver has discovered and collected dinosaurs and other fossils from across the UK, China, Mongolia, and many parts of the western US; most notably the Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana. Denver also has a background in media, having worked for Impossible Pictures, London; the same production team which made Walking with Dinosaurs for the BBC.


Chamber of Commerce gets new director

The Dickinson Chamber of Commerce welcomes Cheryl Viola as their new director. Cheryl joined the Chamber in 2014. She holds a BA in University Studies from Dickinson State University and is currently finishing an MBA in Marketing. Cheryl brings experience in customer relations, technology, office management, and leadership skills. Cheryl and her family settled in Dickinson in 2009. She looks forward to continued growth in our vibrant community. 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott opens in Dickinson

Brent Newbry, regional director of sales at Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group, the national management company for TownePlace Suites, said that the extended-stay facility has been planned for several years and that it “will still be a very popular hotel in Dickinson” regardless of the energy industries slowdown.

Newbry cited customer loyalty to Marriott through their rewards programs as a strong point for the hotel and believed the company’s name, which he called a “power brand”, will boost the location’s prospects.
Lisa Sanborn, general manager of TownePlace Suites, said the slower economy “really doesn’t affect our operations at this point.”

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is located at 240 29th St W., just north of Mac’s Hardware. 

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