October - December 2013 Newsletter

What's Happening: E-News from the Dickinson CVB
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CVBFL12137.JPGCalendar of Events

There is always something going on in Dickinson!  For the most updated and thorough list of events occurring in Dickinson, go to www.visitdickinson.com/events.

If you know of, or are hosting, an event that brings people to Dickinson, let us know and we will enter your information.

room.jpgHotel Availability

Yes! There are rooms in Dickinson. Room availability is much better 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 visitors. 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.

Thinking about your association's annual meeting? The CVB can assist with room rates and finding availability. Visit our Meeting Planning section on the web for more information.

room1.jpgHomStay Suites Opens

Dickinson is again home to a new lodging property, the HomStay Suites. The 83-room property opened in October 2013 and is located at Exit 59 in the West Ridge Center. HomStay Suites offers full kitchen amenities, a DVD library, and a Sundry/Snack Pantry. Also serving the hotel is an on-site lounge, two meeting rooms, a business center, and a pool. HomStay Suites can be contacted by calling 701-483-7829 or at 1170 Roughrider Boulevard.

dickinson_cvb_0386_lr.jpgMicrotel Recognized with Best of the Best Top 20 Award

The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Dickinson has been recognized as one of the top 20 properties in the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® hotel brand’s portfolio of more than 300.

To be eligible for the award, a hotel must have contributed to leading the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham brand in performance over the course of the last year, paticularly in the areas of revenue, quality evaluations, Wyndham Rewards® member enrollments and guest satisfaction.

“This is a great honor for our hotel and a testament to the hard work of our wonderful staff,” said Charlotte Ragland, the hotel’s general manager. “We look forward to continuing to serve our loyal guests and sharing with all travelers the quality and value found in the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham name.”

Congratulations to the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®!

lions.JPGDickinson Welcomed the ND Lions

The 91st Annual North Dakota State Lions Convention took place in Dickinson on October 25 & 26 at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel. Approximately 250 delegates attended the two-day meeting, which was hosted by the Dickinson Area Lions. The convention included informative sessions, a banquet, and an oil tour.

AJ114Cover.gifGerman Journalists Visit Dickinson

The CVB hosted a familiarization tour (FAM) for Dr. Margit Brinke and Dr. Peter Kränzle, journalists from Augsburg, Germany in October.  The trip began at the Geese in Flight with artist Gary Greff explaining the creation of the various metal sculptures along the Enchanted Highway.  Once in Regent, the journalists went to the Enchanted Castle for a tour of the new hotel and recreational amenities.  Returning from Regent, a visit to Richardton's Assumption Abbey included a special tour filled with history and the current mission of the Benedictine Monks.  The next two days were filled with travel near the energy development and a trip to Medora, Beach and Highway 10 travel. 

Results from the FAM tour became an article published in the AMERICA magazine, a German publication on travel sites in America. View the article here.

coyoteLogo.JPGNorth Dakota Coyote Classic Coming to Dickinson

The Annual North Dakota Coyote Classic will again be held again in Dickinson January 9-11, 2014 at the Quality Inn & Suites. This is the largest two-day coyote tournament in the upper Midwest, now in its 12th year of success. A tournament capacity of 50 teams are expected to compete in over $16,000 in cash and prizes. Cash will be awarded for the largest and smallest coyotes each evening, along with team total numbers at the end of the two days.

The North Dakota Coyote Classic is a true testament to the world-class coyote hunting that the Dickinson area has to offer with miles of untapped land that is plentiful with numerous species of big and small game.

For more information, visit www.coyotehunter.net.   

NDTASinglesWelcomeBanner.jpgDickinson to Welcome the State Singles Pool Tournament
Dickinson has been awarded the North Dakota Tournament Association's (NDTA) State Singles Pool Tournament on January 24-26, 2014.  The three-day event will take place at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel, attracting approximately 400 participants. 

Badlands Music Inc. of Dickinson will be the host operator for this event.  They have accredited the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau for being very instrumental in bringing this tournament to town.

The NDTA began nearly thirty years ago and has grown considerably since its beginning.  It consists of seven coin operators throughout the state ranging from Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck, Minot, Williston, and Dickinson.  Friends, relatives, and spectators are all encouraged to come view this fun-filled event.

For more information, contact Preston Obrigewitsch at 483-POOL (7665).

IMG2013111300834.jpgEducating Youth

Leadership Dickinson, a Chamber youth committee, learned about the tourism industry in November.  The CVB hosted the day which began at the beginning of the Enchanted Highway with Gary Greff as the tour guide.  The group stopped at each of the metal sculptures to look at the design and the construction that consists of many tons of metal and welding hours.  The new hotel, lounge, and meeting center in Regent is the Enchanted Castle, where the students toured and enjoyed lunch.

Traveling back to Dickinson, the next stop was at the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, where the airport manager, Matt Remynse, met the students and explained the operations and future plans of the airport.

TRexpressway.jpgTheodore Roosevelt Expressway Annual Meeting
The Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association (TREA) held its Annual Update Meeting on November 26, 2013 in Watford City, ND.  Leaders from the local, state, and federal level were represented along with interest from the public. 

The meeting agenda consisted of an Economic Development Panel that included TREA membership. States represented included South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, and the Province of Saskatchewan.  Panel participants gave interesting perspective view on their regions and how transportation corridor development impacts their efforts to promote economic development.      

North Dakota Director of Transportation Grant Levi presentation keyed on the funding being spent on the TREA, the four lane between Watford City and Williston, along with reliever routes in Watford City. This investment is projected to be $465 million for years 2013-14.

NDdowntownConferencelogodark1024x437.jpgNorth Dakota Downtown Conference

The North Dakota Downtown Conference was held in Bismarck, October 29 & 30 in Bismarck.  Terri Thiel, Kristi Schwartz, and Shawn Kessel from Dickinson attended the two-day conference. 

Implementing a Vision to Create Vital Downtowns was the theme for meeting.  Panel discussions, keynote speakers and a downtown Bismarck walking tour brought together further ideas and collaborations that can be implemented in all of the communities in North Dakota that are working towards a renewed downtown plan and movement.   

dickinson_cvb_0600_lr.jpgEnjoy the National Park's Winter Beauty 

It may be winter, but the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park is still open to visitors.

The South Unit Visitor Center in Medora is open daily from 8:00am - 4:30pm and will be closed on New Year’s Day. The North Unit Visitors Center and the Painted Canyon Visitor Center are both closed for the season.

Portions of the South Unit Scenic Loop Drive and North Unit Scenic Road may be closed in winter, due to snow and ice.  Click here to check the status of park roads.

stakeholder.jpgTourism stakeholders gathering

On October 10, Terri Thiel and Julie Obrigewitsch of the Dickinson CVB were in attendance as North Dakota Tourism presented the 2013 advertising strategy and cooperative programs to North Dakota’s travel industry at the ND Tourism Division in Bismarck. The 2014 Media Plan is now available online at ND Tourism.

OROT_Church_BRO_Feb_2012page001.jpg10 Tips for Year-End PC Maintenance

The end of the year is the perfect time to do a maintenance checkup on your computer as businesses pause a bit before picking up steam again at the start of the year. That’s when you really need your PC humming along with optimal performance, which can boost productivity. Just follow this list and you’ll be on your way to a painless PC cleanup.

1. Perform a complete system backup, first and foremost. This way, if something goes wrong during the rest of your cleaning, you can easily restore your system to its original start point. 

2. Clean up your desktop. Get rid of unwanted icons and make sure the ones remaining are the ones you need and want. By eliminating unwanted or unneeded icons and organizing the rest, you’ll more easily navigate your desktop.
3. Empty your trash. It is just that - trash - that clogs your hard drive. You should also set up an automatic weekly or monthly reminder in your calendar for you to empty it.

4. Delete the deleted emails that are in your mailbox. With their various attachments, you might be amazed how much disk space deleted emails can occupy. 

5. Delete duplicate or unneeded files on your computer. While you’re at it, you should also organize your files. There is a wide range of utilities available to help you do this automatically. 

6. Uninstall any unused programs. These also can be huge in size and therefore a drain on storage resources. 

7. Run all updates for all applications and update all drivers. It is crucial to keep highly used programs up to date, especially Windows, your internet browser, Adobe® Acrobat® and JavaScript. And of course, be certain your security software is totally up to date. When it comes to drivers, you can easily set your PC to have drivers update automatically with Windows update. 

8. Run the check disk utility (chkdsk). It helps find and repair problems that may exist on your PC. If you’re running Windows 7, just go to the Start button, then type “chkdsk” in the search bar to find this utility. 

9. Perform a disk cleanup. You can launch it right from Windows, and it will find files that can be deleted without affecting your computer. 

10. Finally, defragment your hard drive. This rearranges data and files on the disk so that the PC can get to the data much faster. But, do this last as many of the other items above can impact the defragging process.

For more information on getting your PC in tip-top running condition, go to www.dell.com.

Contact Us
Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
72 E. Museum Dr.
Dickinson, ND 58601
Terri Thiel, Executive Director terri@visitdickinson.com
Julie Obrigewitsch, Sales & Marketing Coordinator julie@visitdickinson.com
Tammy Weiler, Administrative Assistant info@visitdickinson.com

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