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Bismarck's Big City Feel

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"Isn't it great?  We're finally starting to see our downtown take off," says Josh Asvig, Bismarck City Commissioner.
Bismarck celebrates its quasquicentennial next year, turning 125 years old, but this year is showing signs the city is really growing up.  Growing up, that is, in terms of a real big city feel.

People enjoying the outdoors with food and drink have a local businessman to thank.  He says people love it -- and it's been good for the bottom line.  "We just don't have that much warm weather here, so when we do, people just love to get out and so for downtown, it attracts people downtown," says Todd Sattler, Owner, Laughing Sun Brewing Company.

Since Sattler got the thumbs up from the city, several other businesses have followed suit.  The Toasted Frog is the next downtown eatery to join the outdoor party, as it recently received approval from the City Commission for sidewalk seating.

"You know, we're doing the downtown Master Plan Study, and I think this is just a continuation of, if you look at where Bismarck's downtown was, even five years ago to today and what the future looks like, I think it's very bright," says Commissioner Asvig.


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