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The production company for the TV show "Dirty Jobs," which airs on the Discovery Channel, has contacted Stark County about filming here, Interim Emergency Manager Gary Kostelecky said.


The show profiles disgusting and dangerous jobs from coal mining to maggot farming, according to the Discovery Channel's website.

The Stark County Commission gave the go-ahead for the show to film the erection of a communications tower northeast of Dickinson.

"At first I kind of thought it was a joke, I thought somebody was trying to pull my leg, but then after I got the phone call, I realized they legitimately want to do this," Kostelecky said. "It will be a new experience, that's for sure."

Kostelecky said he signed an authorization form for Pilgrim Films and Television, which produces the show, according to its website.

"That's just to give them permission to show Stark County and use the name in the film and things like that," Kostelecky said.

However, whether the company will film the project or whether Mike Rowe, who hosts the show, will grace the county isn't set in stone, Kostelecky said.

"I haven't gotten confirmation that he's going to be here personally himself," Kostelecky said.

Terri Thiel, executive director of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau, is also excited.

"I like the show!" she said. "It would be fun to meet the host and maybe we have a possibility of showing him around all the different things that are going on around Dickinson."

She said it would be good exposure for the area as well.

"We'll look at it as an opportunity for education and highlighting what's going on around Dickinson," Thiel said.

Construction on the tower may begin within two weeks, weather permitting, Kostelecky said.

Once construction begins, it should take six to eight weeks to complete, he added.

It will replace the existing tower, which is about 60 years old.

"It was starting to show its age and it was decided we needed to build a new tower about four years ago and now its finally happening," Kostelecky said. "Any time you have a metal tower like that, even the rivets and bolts and everything, there's corrosion problems with it and we just felt that it's time to replace it before it does fall down on us."

The new tower will be 330 feet tall -- 30 feet taller than the existing tower, Brent Pringle, former emergency manager said in January. Both he and Kostelecky have worked for years on making the project a reality.

Pringle expected the tower to cost about $250,000, and commissioners awarded a $185,750 bid to Great Plains Towers in January.