The purpose of this blog, is to try to give people truthful information about Dickinson, North Dakota, so that people can use the information to decide whether to come to Dickinson or not, to help people understand what Dickinson is like, and to help people figure Dickinson out. I want to cover everything, I try to cover everything, that you would need to know. Maybe also, I would like to change some things about Dickinson that are not right, and exposing them will help to change them.
I have written about the Dickinson Mafia, the Dickinson Police Department, the City of Dickinson, Dickinson State University, property owners in Dickinson, real estate agents in Dickinson, oil field workers in Dickinson, white trash in Dickinson, women in Dickinson, hostility in Dickinson, prostitution in Dickinson, entertainment, recreation, culture, employment, and other things.
It may surprise you to hear this from me, but Dickinson has the potential to be the best city in North Dakota in several different ways. Thanks to the Dickinson Mafia, the layout and growth of Dickinson has been controlled according to their strategic plan, which no one has been allowed to fuck up, so that at this time every thing about Dickinson allows it to physically expand outward without obstruction or awkwardness. In comparison, Williston, Bismarck, and Watford City are a mess. Williston, Bismarck, and Watford City have allowed the wrong development in the wrong places, and now they are difficult to travel around in, even though their populations are not that large. Williston, Bismarck, and Watford City have allowed the wrong development in the wrong places, and now they have a bunch of shit in the way of new development.
Dickinson has a good airport that is just outside of town, it is easy to find, easy to get to, and has room for every kind of expansion that is needed. Dickinson has the recently completed Dakota Prairie Refinery, which also has plenty of room to expand, and it will expand. Dickinson has many new homes and apartments that have recently been completed, enough to allow more people to move into new housing. Dickinson now has many restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, car dealers, heavy equipment dealers, Wal-Mart, and Menards. Dickinson has a newly completed $50 million hospital which receives emergency patients every day from up to 100 miles away by ground and air ambulance. Dickinson has other large medical clinics. Dickinson has the West River Community Center which is possibly the nicest gym facility in the United States, even though Dickinson only has a population of about 30,000 people. Dickinson has a large recreational lake right in the center of town. Dickinson has a rail road running through it. There is still so much vacant farm land on every side of Dickinson, for Dickinson to expand into, there are no physical barriers. It is very easy to drive through and around Dickinson, Interstate 94 and Highway 22 run through it.
When I stop and think about it, Dickinson really is on the precipice of being the best city in North Dakota, because everything is in place right now to allow it to grow, to feed its growth, to support its growth, with there being nothing in the way of its growth, which is not the case in Williston, Bismarck, and Watford City. Additionally, on each side of Dickinson, within 25 miles, are the long-established and still growing towns of Killdeer, New Hradec, Richardton, Gladstone, New England, South Heart, and Belfield.
Why wouldn’t I be thrilled to be here? I have waited my whole life to be in the right place at the right time. I missed out on being in Tampa in the 1980s, or in Phoenix in the 1970s, both of these cities grew, and grew, and grew, because there was no physical barrier to expansion and there were so many of the ingredients necessary for growth.
I will tell you why I am not thrilled to be here. Dickinson is cold from the end of September until the middle of May, about eight months out of the year. And when it is cold, it is also grey, not sunny. There is still a shortage of women, and as I found out recently, the women here see no point in dating you if you are not going to marry them. You had better not go to a bar and drink in Dickinson, the Dickinson Police will take you to jail for DUI even before you have a breathalyzer test, and will arrest you and process you into jail even after the breathalyzer shows that you were below the legal BAC. The people in Dickinson are not friendly, they do not like people from out-of-state, they will find anything about you to not like because they like to hate people, as a matter of fact they hate each other, though they hate you more. There is not a lot in Dickinson to do for entertainment, unless you like hating people for entertainment.
I suppose whether Dickinson grows or not will depend on whether the amount of oil field jobs remains steady, drops off, or increases.
Please tell your friends about my blog, I want people to hear what I think is the truth, rather than be lied to by the Chamber of Commerce and real estate agents.