I want to write a brief, to-the-point post about how businesses in Dickinson treat people. In addition to giving out-of-state people some information, I would like for the Dickinson Mafia to think about this.
The following businesses in Dickinson that I have dealt with have been fair:
Dan Porter Toyota, Charboneau Dodge, Parkway Ford, R&R Repair, have all been fair, their prices were only 10% to 15% higher than ordinary towns not in the oil field. The personnel were reasonable.
Ace Hardware, Macs Hardware, and Runnings have a good selection of quality merchandise. The prices are not high. Mostly, the personnel were O.K.
Most of the stores in the Prairie Hills Mall have normal priced merchandise, the personnel are O.K. The Prairie Hills Mall Cinema is O.K. Herberger’s has nice clothes.
The West River Community Center is one of the nicest indoor recreation centers in the United States. It is moderately priced. In the summer, Patterson Lake is a nice large outdoor recreation area that is moderately priced.
There is a large selection of fast food restaurants that are not high priced, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Arbys, Taco Bell, Subway, Dominos, and the King Buffet. There are a few inexpensive restaurants with good food, like Don Pedros.
There are more than enough grocery stores now, three Family Fares, Cash Wise, Wal-Mart, and the Family Dollar. These stores have normal prices.
Having just written the list above, it would seem like everything is O.K. in Dickinson. Most of the things that people want or need, are readily available in Dickinson, at reasonable and fair prices. Except for housing.
What I want to point out to the Dickinson Mafia, is that everyone, everyone who moved to Dickinson felt like they were being taken advantage of, and they were very angry and resentful about it. I explained in several previous posts, that the property owners, property managers, and property investors, had cost increases of approximately 50% after 2007, but they increased the housing prices by 400%.
Even though most of the businesses in Dickinson had fair prices and were reasonable, everyone who moved to Dickinson felt like they were being taken advantage of. If it would not have been for the property owners, property managers, and property investors, many of the people who moved to Dickinson for work would have thought that Dickinson was as good a place as any to stay, buy a home, and raise a family. Instead, most of the out-of-state workers planned on staying here only so long as the oil field work lasted, because they felt like they were being taken advantage of.
Dickinson would have been better off if people thought of it as a place to settle down. Many people made up their mind that they weren’t going to remain in Dickinson because the price of housing was just too high. All of the oil field workers who left Dickinson will remember for the rest of their lives, how cold it was, and how they got ripped off.