You don’t need a plastic bag to cook a turkey

Every once in a while, there is advice that sounds good, but you just shouldn’t take it.

I ran into this situation on Thanksgiving when I decided to take the advice of others and use one of those plastic roaster bags in my straight-out-of-the-box roaster to help avoid cleaning up baked-in turkey juices.

It sounded like a great idea. We use similar bags all the time when cooking with a crock pot and they work like a dream. So, in an effort to avoid cleaning the contraption, I decided to use a roaster bag for the first time. We had picked up a couple for next to nothing about a week earlier and, like a fool, I assumed they worked just the same as my crock pot bags. You know, put them in the roaster, set the temperature, place the food in there, walk away and wait for that delicious smell of turkey to waft through the house.

But, because of my foolishness (or stupidity, depending on how you look at it), things didn’t go as planned.

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Just another Black Friday: Stores take ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach anticipating deal hunters

Rachelle Bliss, left, helps customer Janel Ladbury of Dickinson on Friday afternoon at Ace Hardware at the T-Rex Plaza.

Stores take ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach anticipating deal hunters

Customers flooded Dickinson stores Thursday night and throughout the day Friday, hunting for deals and officially kicking off the holiday shopping season. Yet, store managers in a city known for having employee shortcomings said they were able to keep pace well, despite hectic instances. “This is our all-hands-on-deck thing,” Herbergers store manager Sarah Molnar said. “This is our year right here. So basically, we’re all here.”

Herbergers was the first retail store other than Walmart to open on Thanksgiving Day, starting its deals at 6 p.m. It stayed open through the night and, by 3 p.m. Friday, still had customers waiting in long lines at service counters waiting to pay for the deals they’d discovered.

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Sears’ new manager gears up for holidays: Ownership, location change hasn’t slowed appliance dealer

Sears Manager Kyle Gengler, left, and his sister-in-law and employee Tanya Jo Keck discuss appliances with a customer at Sears in Dickinson on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Gengler took over management of Sears, which is owned by his stepfather. On the cover, Gengler stands in front of the Sears sign on the T-Rex Plaza off Third Avenue West. The store relocated after spending several years in a stand-alone store west of the Prairie Hills Mall.

Kyle Gengler knows he is starting his job at a busy time.

Not only is the Dickinson retail business booming, the holidays just happen to be right around the corner.

Last Tuesday morning, shortly after opening at 9 a.m., customers and looky loos started trickling in to the new Sears location in the T-Rex Plaza. Some shopped for tools — the people who knew exactly what they needed — while others browsed appliances and sale items.

“I’m already sitting here and gearing up for next week,” Gengler said as he sat behind the store’s computer, taking a break in between customer questions and shoring up his delivery driver’s morning itinerary.

Gengler is the new manager of Sears, which relocated to the T-Rex Plaza earlier this fall. The store is now owned by Gengler’s stepfather, Dale Keck.
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SHOOTING CLAIMS LIFE: Man shot ‘multiple times’ outside Dickinson apartment complex

Dickinson Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting death at Century Apartments in north Dickinson at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

A man who was shot multiple times after a verbal altercation Sunday evening at a Dickinson apartment complex has died, the Dickinson Police Department said.

Police Chief Dustin Dassinger identified the man killed as 37-year-old David Porter in a statement Monday afternoon.

In the statement, Dassinger said Porter was shot “multiple times after a verbal confrontation with the suspect(s).” The incident remains under investigation. Porter died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday night.

The statement did not say if arrests had been made. Porter is not a Dickinson resident.

Police responded to Century Apartments on the 2100 block of 21st Street West at about 4:24 p.m. Sunday after a report of an African-American male being shot, according to statements released by the department Sunday and Monday. The shooting happened on the south side of the apartment complex, not far from the street.

Authorities are looking for a vehicle possibly involved in the shooting. It is described as a dark-colored Chrysler 300 with a model year range from 2005 to 2010. The car has out-of-state license plates and tinted windows. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle is asked to contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7759. A police officer at the scene Sunday night said that the public is not believed to be in danger.

Access to the apartment complex on 21st Street West — a well-traveled road on the north side of the city — was blocked off at Prairie Oak Drive and 10th Street West late Sunday night.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the police department investigated scene late into the night. A Dickinson Fire Department truck was parked along 21st Street West and used a light tower to illuminate the crime scene for investigators.

Dave Bauer of Bauer Property Management, which manages Century Apartments and has its office on the complex’s grounds, said Sunday that authorities informed him about the shooting but he didn’t have enough information to comment further.

Voter faces challenges in western ND: Glitch prevents former Dickinson man from voting

A glitch in North Dakota’s polling system prevented a former Dickinson resident from voting Tuesday in the general election, the Secretary of State’s office said Wednesday.

Kyle Thiel moved from Dickinson to Bismarck in August. When he did so, he updated his address on the state Department of Transportation website. However, Thiel did not change his driver’s license, which still says he lives in Dickinson. His change of address online should have been enough to allow him to vote, said Lee Ann Oliver, an election specialist with the Secretary of State’s office.

“He did what he was supposed to do,” she said.

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JLG Architects sets up shop in downtown Dickinson

JLG Architects branch manager Rob Remark works Oct. 31 at his makeshift desk in his temporary offi ce in the first floor of the historic Elks Building in downtown Dickinson. The space is still under construction and Remark is the firm’s lone Dickinson employee, at least for the moment.

Rob Remark is a lonely soul. At least for the time being.

“We’re moving,” he said as he smiled and sat down in his barren, temporary office on the first floor of the historic Elks Building in downtown Dickinson.

For now, Remark’s desk is a folding table, and his conference table is the kind you play cards at. He doesn’t have anything on the walls. In the area that will become his office, there are two large, antiquated restroom urinals — among other junk — in the process of being removed from the building.

None of that has stopped Remark — the manager and, for now, the lone employee of JLG Architects’ newest branch — and his firm from making inroads in his new community.

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At 125, state remembers where it has been, wonders where its going

At 125, state remembers where it has been, wonders where its going

Growing up, my favorite class was always history. If there was one class that I actually paid attention in, it was Mike Schatz’s history and government classes at New England High School. (Except for that one time when I dozed off during a movie day. But, c’mon, who didn’t do that in history class at least once?)

As eighth-graders, Schatz taught one semester of North Dakota history and government. It was longer than the required minimum set by the state, but he was the type of teacher who felt that North Dakota kids should take time to learn more about their state rather than something that happened 1,000 years ago in a European country that no longer exists.

That class still resonates with me today. Ask my California-born and Montana-raised wife what I’m most proud of and she’ll say, “Being a North Dakotan.”

Today, North Dakota celebrates its 125th birthday as a state. It’s a time to look back at where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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