October - December 2015 Newsletter

What's Happening: E-News from the Dickinson CVB
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What's New in Dickinson? 

Hotel Report

As the summer season winds to a close and the cool weather and colorful leaves bring fall to western North Dakota, we would like to remind travelers that Dickinson offers over 1,700 hotel rooms at a variety of affordable prices. Make your reservations now and join us on the Western Edge for a beautiful autumn season!

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott is under its final stages of construction and is scheduled to 
open its Dickinson property in January. 

Revitalization of Downtown Dickinson

The Downtown Dickinson Association is actively working to bring new life to the downtown area of our community. This summer, the streets were “Alive@5” as well-known artists like FireHouse, Gwen Sebastian, Kat Perkins, Tigirlily, Aaron Tippin, Corb Lund, and others attracted thousands to their free, live concerts! These family events featured food and craft vendors, beer gardens, and entertainment for the kids. 

0419downtownBerniesEsquireRendering.jpgWith new murals recently painted on the walls of downtown businesses and the complete exterior remodel of Bernie’s Esquire Club, business owners are bringing a new look to downtown landmarks. The Dickinson Downtown Development recently released their first publication of Dickinson Downtown, which highlights the revitalization, the businesses, and the individuals who make it all possible.


Welcome to Chamber of Commerce Director

Welcome to Jerry Cole, Excutive Director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce
Jerry joined the Dickinson community in August 2015.

“I have spent approximately 30 years involved in various aspects of public service work including non-profit, and public sector. The bulk of my professional life has been spent in public parks and recreation field, working on increasing quality of life of the communities where I lived, worked and played. I have found that my experience in parks and recreation field is invaluable when working as a chamber executive. The two disciplines are more similar that one would imagine especially when dealing with quality of life issues. When I am away from work I enjoy spending my time mountain biking, climbing mountains and pheasant hunting.
While I have only been in Dickinson a few days now and have met some of you, I look forward to meeting more of you and learning about your businesses and goals for the community.”

Jerry W. Cole   
Executive Director   
Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce

Convention & Visitors Bureau Update

At the CVB, we appreciate and value our part-time and volunteer help so much. This past month we joined Peggy Rixen-Kuntz in celebrating her 85th birthday. Happy Birthday, Peggy! Thank you for all that you do to promote travel and tourism in our community.  
During the winter months we will be open for business Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm, but closed on weekends. We hope that you will stop in and see us and, for all your other travel needs, we encourage you to visit us online.


Welcome Hunters

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to all of the hunters who plan to make Dickinson their destination and Hunt the Western Edge this season! Stop by the CVB and visit our gift shop for hunting souvenirs and email us for your free hunting packet as you plan your trip. The CVB also provides complimentary hunting packets to participating local hotels during hunting season. Be sure to ask for yours at check-in!
The updated Bakken Oil Maps, diagramming the oil drilling activity through the past few years, have arrived in our office. We offer these free maps to the public while they last. Stop in and get your copy today!

Regional Tourism 


North Dakota Tourism Industry Summit

This year’s stakeholder meeting has expanded to an Industry Summit based on the favorable comments of last year’s expanded session and partner interest in marketing programs and development.
Tourism marketers, event planners, advertisers, and business owners were invited to learn the latest trends in marketing North Dakota’s tourism industry. The ways to cooperatively advertise with the state and how North Dakota tourism will be advertising in the year ahead. The sessions focused on tools and platforms available to partners to help leverage the state’s marketing campaign and promotional efforts.
Dickinson CVB staff, Terri Thiel, Julie Obrigewitsch, and Joel Walters attended the summit on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015.

Josh Duhamel

North Dakota Tourism has partnered with Minot native and renowned Hollywood actor, Josh Duhamel, to promote the many wonderful things that our state has to offer. Josh Duhamel recently toured the state and participated in photo shoots, commercials, and videos featuring everything from the beautiful badlands of the Western Edge to the vibrant city life of downtown Fargo. 


Big Ideas for Small Communities - Adding new life through culture, tourism, and local foods.

Bid Ideas for Small Communities Workshop was held in Washburn at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center on September 22nd. Over 60 community leaders attended the one day event that featured keynote speaker, Becky McCray, author of Small Town Rules.

Government Contracting Workshop

The Dickinson CVB is hosting a government contracting workshop for the local hoteliers on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 am – 1:00pm at the DSU Strom Center.
Hotel/Motel rooms can be contracted with government employees; this workshop will provide information and hands on assistance on how our hotels can register and begin business opportunities for those contracts.
Presenters include Sherri Komroksy, Business Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Dave Kleppe, Procurement Project Manager for ND Small Business Development Center & Impact Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Did You Know? 

CVB - Then and Now

The Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau was originally housed in a small building on 2nd Street in downtown Dickinson. This small building housed the director’s office and a small reception area for tourists. In 2000, a new building was built and the CVB moved to its current location on Museum Drive next to the Dakota Dinosaur Museum and the Joachim Regional Museum. The Bureau now houses offices for three full-time staff members, part-time summer staff, and offers tourists local and regional information, as well as a souvenir gift shop full of North Dakota items!

Dickinson Railroad Depot

Photographs Courtesy of the Dickinson Museum Center Digital Archive

The original Northern Pacific Depot in Downtown Dickinson was built in 1882 and included an eating station, which can be seen to the left of the depot in this image taken by a Fargo photographer. When the new depot was built in 1908, the old depot was dismantled and the materials purchased by Sheriff Ted Hartung and used to construct three houses south of the Stark County Courthouse on First Ave. E.


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Contact Us

Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
72 East Museum Dr
Dickinson, ND 58601


Terri Thiel 
Executive Director

Julie Obrigewtisch
Sales Coordinator

Joel Walters
Administrative Assistant/Visitor Services