Mandan News

Ellen Huber: More news about business start-ups and expansion

In the last column, I wrote about having no fool proof way of tracking all new businesses in Mandan. A case in point is the new Community Blessings thrift store. I learned about it after responding to a phone call from a woman seeking the store’s location. She had heard about a new thrift store during one of the local television news segments. A search on  brought up a story about thrift shop owners lending a helping hand.

It turns out that Community Blessings opened late last summer. It’s tucked away in the Toy Storage building at 312 Bisman Ave., located between Memorial Highway and Twin City Drive. From Memorial Highway, turn east across from McDonald’s by Mandan Steel Fabricators. Store hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The operators are Kari Spooner, phone 400-1302, and Theresa Stockert, phone 751-0419. The store carries clothing, home décor and household items, furniture, books and more. Clothing items are only 50 cents each or $3 for a bag. Community Blessings also offers shabby to chic craft classes and Bible study evenings. Visit the store’s page Facebook for news of upcoming opportunities.

In other business news, Dakota Travel Nurse has expanded and moved its offices to 502 W. Main St., near Central Market. Led by Jamie Fleck, the business has grown in less than four short years to encompass more than 300 employees providing staffing services to over 45 health care services including hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers and clinics in North Dakota and the surrounding region. The business was previously based from an office on Memorial Highway co-located with Trucks, Trailers and More. The new larger space will allow the seven staff who manage and provide administration services for the business, some of whom work from home the majority of the time, to more easily gather for planning meetings. For more information, visit or call 667-2884.

Please join in welcoming and congratulating these new and expanding businesses.

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