Aug 4 Downtown Bismarck News

Crazy Days Back! Aug 5-6

Years ago, Downtown Bismarck businesses celebrated Crazy Days–  A shopping event with big sales and discounts.  Through the successes and challenges Downtown has been through, we’re excited to bring this event back.  Downtown has a number of retail, service, art/entertainment, and restaurants participating in the renewed Crazy Days Aug 5-6 in Downtown Bismarck.  Bring your family and friends, support our local businesses, and explore all Downtown has to offer.  Use our interactive map found on our website or our sales flyer to see all the participating businesses, sales, specials, and hours. #ShopSmall
Thank you to Kirkwood Bank & Trust for sponsoring our Crazy Days tote bags!

UMary Alumni Event Aug 4

Mauradery Camaraderie 
University of Mary School of Business Alumni are
invited to join us for a social and networking event,
Thursday, August 4th— 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Peacock Alley.
Alumni & Friends will gather at the historic Peacock Alley in Downtown Bismarck for light appetizers, drinks, networking, and fellowship. We will share about upcoming projects happening at the University and share with you ways to get involved with the Alumni Association.
RSVP to reserve your drink tickets today!

Association News

Member MSA United Way will host Day of Caring, promoting volunteerism and increase the awareness of local human service agencies and demonstrate how people working together for the good of the community can accomplish great things. Project proposals can be emailed to or mailed. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role for the event, call 701.255.3601.

Member Bismarck Parks and Recreation will be have a gradual close schedule for Bismarck’s three outdoor pools. Elks Aquatic Center and Wachter Aquatic Complex will close at the end of swim session on Friday, August 12. Hillside Aquatic Complex will close at the end of the swim session on Sunday, August 21. For more information please visit

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Downtown News
Quiet Rail Construction in Progress:
Construction on the Bismarck Quiet Rail Zone has begun for intersections at 3rd, 5th, and 12th Streets.  Completion is scheduled for October 2016, with the horns ceasing routine noise by December 2016.  Horns may be sounded if there is construction on or near the tracks, fog, or other safety circumstances.  The increase in train horn decibel levels over the years has been a hindrance for businesses, residents, and visitors and slowed development of housing in and near the Downtown area.  Quiet Rail Zones are already in place in Fargo, Grand Forks, Medora, Jamestown, and other cities in North Dakota.  BNSF will add additional safety features like pedestrian gates, double-armed vehicle gates, and equipment redundancies making the crossing safer.

Scheduled Power Outage Aug 4: 
Traffic signals at the intersections of 4th Street and East Main Ave., 5th Street and East Main Ave.; and North 5thStreet and East Broadway Avenue will be inoperable due to a scheduled Montana Dakota Utilities power outage August 4 between 4 AM and 6:00 AM. Stop signs will be in place at 4th and 5th Street and East Main Ave. and North 5th Street and East Broadway Ave. during this time. Pedestrians and motorists are urged to obey the stop signs and proceed with caution in these areas during the scheduled outage.  For more information please
The schedule power outage will also affect the area from Main Ave to Broadway– 4th St to 5th Street for power upgrades to the area.

Transit Feedback Wanted:
The Bis-Man Transit Board will be hosting two meetings next week to talk with user groups regarding the proposed revisions to both the fixed route and paratransit services of the public transportation system.  These meetings will focus on how the public transportation system can meet its goals of ensuring that equitable service is available for the community, that the system operates in a fiscally sustainable manner, and that the overall passenger experience is enhanced; while still addressing the concerns of the current ridership.  The first meeting will take place on August 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Meeting Room A at the Bismarck Public Library and the second meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 10 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the Ed “Bosh” Froehlich Meeting Room in the Mandan City Hall.