Hidden History of North Dakota

Dickinson’s city commissioner is a woman who wears many hats


Dickinson, ND

March is Women’s History Month, and KX News is spotlighting some of the women who make big contributions in our communities. 

One of those women is Dickinson’s Sarah Trustem. 

Trustem is a regular superhero with all the hats she wears, and her ability to squeeze 40 hours worth of work into a 24 hour day. 

She is a mother and wife in Dickinson, as well as, the executive director of the chamber of commerce and a city commissioner.

However, the list doesn’t end there.

“I also serve on the Stark County Planning and Zoning Board, as well as, the Stark Development Corporation Board. I’m also involved in the Power of 100 women,” said Trustem.

As easy as she makes it sound, Trustem said things didn’t come easy for her; she had to work and fight for them.

“I am most proud of coming from a family with very little money. . .being a single mom through most of those years,” said Trustem.

Now that her voice is being heard loud and clear, she is using her position at the chamber of commerce to help grow and promote business in the community and create community awareness.

“We help connect businesses, and we help grow businesses. We are also able to give back, and that is truly the essence of what a chamber should be,” said Trustem. 

One of her co-workers at the chamber of commerce said she is not only a strong female voice in the community but she is also a strong leader and communicator.

“She is so strong with sitting down and understanding how to use her team members to best move the chamber in the right direction,” said Megan Klassen, marketing & communications manager at the chamber of commerce.

Trustem is the youngest person ever to be elected to the city commission, and mayor Scott Decker said in a short time her youth and energy has helped create change in the community.

He said her vision and passion was a key factor in bringing a curbside recycling program to Dickinson.

“She convinced the majority of us this was going to be a good thing. Now that its enacted people are really enjoying it and seeing the benefit. They are amazed by how much they recycle,” said Decker.

When she isn’t being a leader in Dickison trying to make a difference, she goes home to be with her family.

“Come 5 p.m. I’m in sweat pants and running around with the kids. . .  cooking dinner. I really enjoy being able to have both aspects of that in my life (work and family),” said Trustem.

At the end of the day, she hopes the biggest change she makes is in the life of her kids.

“That you can be an awesome mom, a hard worker, and still balance those things to make it work,” said Trustem.

Before Trustem went to work at the chamber of commerce, she was a high school social science teacher in Dickinson.



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