Game rink

The Schwan Cadillac game rink at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan. 

This is Up and Down, where we give a brief thumbs up and thumbs down on the issues from the past week.

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Mandan has been enjoying growth the last few years. The city has seen new stores and restaurants open, the Starion Sports Complex begin operating and the YMCA has opened a facility. There’s also a newer middle school and elementary school. Mandan’s efforts were recognized by the North Dakota League of Cities at its annual conference when it was named the 2017 City of the Year. One only needs to take a drive through the city to realize Mandan earned the honor. It's been a good time for awards for Bismarck and Mandan, with the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District being honored with the 2017 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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Pipeline safety has gotten a lot of attention in North Dakota and that’s understandable. There are a lot of pipelines crossing the state so safety should be a priority. A recent story by Amy Dalrymple pointed out the concern that the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has with pipe made of material called Fiberspar LinePipe. The tribe no longer allows the pipe to be used on the reservation for new construction. There’s a question of whether the problem is the pipe or faulty installation. Pipeline oversight in North Dakota has been increasing and that’s good. North Dakotans need to know that the pipe is safe and being properly installed.

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The Eastgate family in Bismarck has been known for their funeral service. They are now offering another service that many members of the community will appreciate. They have opened Summerfield Pet Memorial Park on six acres of the Fairview Cemetery property. People can buy resting spots for their beloved animals. People become very attached to their pets and want proper burial sites, which aren’t always available. There’s peace in knowing where your pet is buried and being able to visit.

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It’s going to be more of a challenge for pheasant hunters this year. The birds had to endure a tough winter followed by a summer of drought. The end result: The number of pheasants in the state is down for the hunting season. Hunters will get their birds, but they will have to work harder this year. The season opened Saturday and runs until Jan. 7.

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Kate Brovold wants to open a shelter for homeless people with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders. She plans to call the shelter Austin’s Mission. At the moment she wants to raise $1 million to buy, renovate and stock a building. It’s a big goal for one person, but she’s pinpointed a need in the community. Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin said such a facility could help curb the cycle of intoxicated people who go to jail because they have no one to care for them. Hopefully, Brovold can fulfill her dream.

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Bismarck Police have responded to at least three drug overdose cases in the last two weeks. That’s too many. It’s hard to find anything “recreational” about drug use when it can kill you. It’s not an easy problem to solve, but we encourage those caught in the web of drugs to seek help. And we hope law enforcement can catch those peddling the deadly drugs.

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