Mandan News

Ellen Huber – More business announcements

This week’s column features updates about more new and expanding businesses:

Bison Booties is a new business started in November by Erica Hager, a young mother seeking a pair of booties that would stay on her infant daughter’s feet. Putting her 10 years of quilting experience to work and nearly 300 pairs later, Hager is now making and selling booties from her home just north of Mandan via the Internet and through retail outlets, including the St. Alexius hospital gift shop and Baby World (inside Party World) in Bismarck, at Pout in Fargo, La Di Da in Minot, and Laura’s Family Goods in Conway, Arkansas. Hager is seeking a retail outlet in Mandan. The fabric booties come in a variety of colors and sizes from newborn to 18 months. I stumbled across Hager’s new business venture as a result of a post on the “Made in Mandan” Facebook page. For more information, visit or call 527-2476.

Planet Powersportz has moved into a greatly expanded location at 3930 Memorial Highway that encompasses the former Dakota Spas showroom as well as a new addition to the building. The business was previously located at 1606 43rd Avenue S.E. in a 900 square foot shop. They now have 7,500 square feet of showroom and service area. Planet Powersportz is locally owned and has been in business for two years. Their specialty is sales and service of used recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats and campers. Planet Powersportz also offers many accessories and riding apparel like helmets, glasses, gloves, jackets and more, plus they are an Oakley sunglasses dealer. For more information, call 390-9881 or visit

Keitu Engineering, led by Kathy Spilman, recently opened its “Old Red Trail Shop Annex” at 2711 Old Red Trail, Unit 3. The annex provides shop space for Keitu’s equipment and additional office space for its growing staff and summer interns. Keitu offers services in four basic practice areas: environmental engineering and services; health, safety and industrial hygiene; agricultural, chemical and energy process engineering; and emergency management. For more info, visit, or call 667-1800.

Randy and Lisa Rhone, owners and operators of the local Little Caesars franchise, have filed plans with the City of Mandan for construction of a 3,650 square-foot building at the corner of Sixth Avenue S.E. and Third Street S.E., next to Spirit of Life Church. Little Caesar’s Pizza will occupy 1,750 square feet and the Rhones will have another 1,900 square feet to lease to another business that will complement the take-out pizza and wings store.

Dean’s Steak House, 2815 Memorial Highway, is open evenings from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. I have eaten there a couple times in recent weeks and can attest that the prime rib and walleye are fabulous and the service is friendly and prompt. One of the outings was with a group of 14 rowdy relatives and friends. Upon questioning by my ranching sister of Trotters, N.D., owner Dean Ulmer noted that certified angus beef is part of his recipe for a good meal. Other menu items included rib eye and New York strip steaks, ribs, broiled cod, and chicken strips.  Ulmer plans a grand opening for May. As he builds the staff, expect additional menu items and lunch hours. For more info, call 751-4567.

I’ve also been asked routinely when we might expect the Harvest Restaurant to be open at 308 W Main Street. The answer is approximately June 1. Zila Oliveira and son Edgar of Linton, are gathering contractor estimates to determine the full scope of building renovations.

If you are interested in a business start-up or expansion in Mandan, please contact the City’s Business Development Office for information on programs and available locations. Phone 667-3485 or send and email to