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Downtown Business Pushes for More Noise

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Noise is nothing new to the ears of downtown residents. But when summer rolls around, higher temperatures may also bring higher volumes. 

"I think that you will see more activity downtown and more venues that will be outdoors," said Steve Pine, downtown owner."I do think that it's appropriate that the time frame that they are allowed to have excessively loud music or something that's going to interfere with a residential area, that has to be watched out for."

The owner of Lucky Ducks Deli started a petition calling for an increase in the decibel level allowed in downtown Bismarck for live music and outdoor events. He's expanding his outdoor patio and stage to accommodate larger crowds. But he declined to talk about the issue publicly.

"We've had complaints before," said Mike Frohlich, owner of Laughing Sun Brewery. "Especially in the summer when our garage door is open, the sound projects out there a little bit, but I wouldn't say it's louder than any of the motorcycles or the train going by or any of that stuff.

Frohlich says that the Laughing Sun does its best to be good neighbors, and stops playing live music by 11 p.m.
 
 "I can see other places that want to have it increased, I can see their point as well, it might affect us and benefit us too," said Frohlich.

Pine says that as an owner of a new building with 17 luxury condos and a bar and grill, he believes businesses should respect residents.

"If you have residences in the Patterson building, and stuff like that, there's elderly folks that live there. If it's very loud and later at night, it could be an inconvenience to those folks who are trying to sleep, I can understand that," says Pine.

Pine also says that as Bismarck continues to grow, residents and businesses are going to have to compromise.
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