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Mandan garners the most patriotic votes online

Mandan won the online portion of Rand McNally Most Patriotic City competition with 3,554 votes, beating Gallup, N.M., by 108 votes.

Marlo Anderson, co-chairman of the Mandan Independence Day Parade, said there’s still work to do before the city can clinch the entire title. Cities that qualify for the competition must have a population lower than 150,000.

Anderson said Mandan and Gallop had “a very spirited, friendly competition in the past six weeks.”

City officials must next submit a package proving the city deserves to be deemed most patriotic. Materials can include videos, pictures and written material. Anderson said cities must submit them by Sept. 27. He expects a winner will be announced in early October.

The winner will be highlighted in the Rand McNally map with the title “Most Patriotic City.”

Mandan is one of the five finalists in the competition. “The fact that we won the online portion gives us an advantage,” Anderson said.

So many people came online to vote that the special Rand McNally website crashed Tuesday, he said.

Cities had to submit their names and encourage the online votes.

For more information about the contest results, visit http://www.bestoftheroad.com.

City bowhunting

The Bismarck Police Department is conducting the annual bowhunting season through

Jan. 31, near the city water treatment facility, archery range, horse arena and the airport.

Hunters will be in the area to try to reduce the city’s deer population. Residents are asked not to allow their dogs to run loose in the area of the walking path along Burleigh Avenue and the wastewater treatment facility, archery range and the horse areas, including tree areas and the open fields. Dogs are prohibited from chasing wild game and are required to be leashed in city limits.

For more information, call Melissa Hilsendeger at the Bismarck Police Department, Animal Control, 701-355-1910.

Water meters

The Mandan City Commission on Tuesday approved an agreement with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services to improve the city’s water meter system wide scale for $187,000.

It will cost $2.4 million to update and make the meter reading a more uniform, drive-by system. Completion of the project is slated for mid-October 2014.

The project will be paid for through water rate increases in the 2013 and 2014 budgets.

Water plant

Mandan commissioners also approved advertising for bids to improve the city water treatment plant.

Mandan has secured a low-interest loan of $1.2 million through the State Revolving Fund. Revenue collected from water utility bills can help pay for the cost over SRF loan, according to City Engineer Justin Froseth.

Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.

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