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Mandan outlines tree disposal

Mandan residents may take their real Christmas trees to the grass-clipping disposal site near the dog park at the intersection of Eighth Avenue Southeast and Highway 1806 South through Jan. 15.

All decorations must be removed from the trees, which are to be placed in dumpsters provided by the Public Works Department.

Christmas trees will not be picked up street-side by garbage or city crews.

After Jan. 15, residents may haul trees to the Mandan landfill, approximately 3 miles west of Mandan on Business Loop-94, south ½ mile and west 1 mile. There is a designated area for leaving Christmas trees, branches, logs and other wood materials.

Starion Bank promotes, hires

Starion Bank has promoted one person and hired three at its Mandan location.

Monika Kitzan has been promoted to accounting specialist III (proof). She joined Starion in 2006 as a part-time proof operator and most recently was a proof operator II.

Andrea Mathern joined Starion as an accounting specialist II (proof). She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Catherine University in Minnesota and has administrative and customer service experience.

Julie McCabe is a senior internal auditor. She has nearly 30 years of auditing experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University, is a graduate of the North Dakota School of Banking and holds the certified internal audit designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors and a certificate in loan review from the Bank Administration Institute.

Jamie Messer is a universal banker I. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State University and has customer service experience in several industries.

Warming house open for skaters

Mandan Parks and Recreation has opened the warming house at Legion Park, 1111 10th Ave. S.W., for skaters.

Warming house hours are 1-9 p.m. on weekends and 5-9 p.m. weekdays.

Morton students on dean's list

Morton County students are among those named to the University of Jamestown's fall Dean's List, which requires a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better and full-time status (taking 12 or more credit hours).

They are Miranda Lowman, of Mandan, and Tanner Slag and Jacob Valleroy, both of New Salem.

Marathon aids MHS program

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has donated $35,000 to Mandan Public Schools to support a welding and agriculture mechanics program at Mandan High School.

"These funds will enable us to enhance our welding and (agriculture) education labs to provide a safe and modern experience for our students," said assistant superintendent Jeff Fastnacht.

The grant from Marathon, which owns the Mandan Refinery, will be used to update safety equipment and other lab equipment, according to a news release from the school district.

About 150 students are in the program.

MPO schedules Jan. 17 dinner

The Mandan Progress Organization's annual dinner will be held Jan. 17 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, Mandan.

With a Game Show Mania theme, activities begin with a social at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6. There will be a program, an auction and "The Feud," in which sponsored teams will compete for money to donate to a charity.

Advance registration is requested by Jan. 11 by calling 701-751-2983 or emailing The cost is $25 per person. Participants are encouraged to wear gameshow-related attire.

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