North Dakota Tourism Unveils 2023 Plan Along With 100-Year Anniversary Highway Map

Bismarck, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum along with North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman and North Dakota Department of Transportation Division Director for Planning and Asset Management Director Scott Zainhofsky unveiled the new tourism and marketing campaign, and the 100th anniversary edition of the North Dakota state highway map

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Legislature Debating Whether to Ban or Require Teaching of Divisive Topics

It’s tough making sense of the North Dakota legislature some days. Senate Bill 2247 sets out to ban the teaching of divisive topics in the state’s institutions of higher education. The topics that are defined as ‘divisive’ center around race and sex and privilege and the past. The hearing on the bill brought out thoughtful

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Do you know the difference between a street, a road, and a stroad? Hint: it’s the reason your taxes are high

Do you know the difference between a street and a road? A street is a part of an ecosystem for building community wealth and prosperity. A road connection between places. A stroad is a mash-up of the two ideas that fails in both areas. This idea — the differences between streets and roads, comes from

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Dakota Gardener: You have to try this tomato

A friend in a community garden walked over to me. “You have to try this tomato,” she said. I was intrigued. “What’s so special about it?” I replied. “Just taste it,” she said. I looked at it. It was a golden cherry tomato. I had never seen a golden tomato before. It did not look

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Minot Public School Board Meeting & Agenda, January 19, 2023

The Minot Public School Board will meet for its regular monthly meeting today at 4:30 p.m. at the School District Administration building in downtown Minot. The attached agenda will be considered. The meeting can be live-streamed on the MPS Youtube channel found here.  The full Board member packet can be viewed here.   

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ND Leadership Uniformly Condemn Federal Revision of WOTUS Definition

The EPA in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers published the final “Revised Definition of the Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on Wednesday. The definition will be effective March 20, 2023. It’s a significant action that greatly expands the scope of federal jurisdiction to all those areas captured under the new definition,

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Oil Production: January Director’s Cut and November Production Numbers

North Dakota’s Director of the Department of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms and the Director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Justin Kringstad Director deliver a monthly webcast providing updates on the state’s oil production trends. January’s report with data through November is available below. November numbers reflect an approximate 2% decline, due by assumption to

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Ice Fishing Impacts Creates Evolving Target for Fisheries Management

We’ve seen it before. A few ice shelters can turn into a city literally overnight. Winter anglers travel from every corner of the state – some from a few states away – at the report of a hot walleye, perch, or crappie bite. Anglers wonder if the fishery can withstand the pressure? I remind myself

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Ehh, What Did These Wise Guys Know Anyways?

Our nation’s founding fathers were in search of perfection in an imperfect world. The American experiment, although flawed as is any other human endeavor, is something that has had immeasurable benefit for those of us who are lucky enough to live in this country. Separation of church and state is one of their lasting legacies.

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Ward County Commission Agenda & Packet, January 17, 2023

The Ward County Commission will meet Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 am in the County Commission room on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building. The agenda below will be considered.  The full agenda including Commissioner packet information can be found here. AGENDA FOR THE BOARD OF WARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Tuesday, January 17, 2023,

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Minot City Council Agenda, January 17, 2023

Minot City Council will meet Tuesday, January 17, at 5:30 pm to consider the agenda attached below. There are several impactful items on the agenda including approval of a new construction property tax abatement program as well as a presentation by the Minot Area Chamber – Economic Development Corporation on their annual contracted activities. Minot

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Dear Minot: Join us at the State of the City on Feb. 9

It’s early January at the City of Minot, which means we’re in the middle of making preparations for our annual State of the City event. This year’s State of the City is scheduled for Feb. 9 at The Depot (15 Main Street North). The State of the City is open to the public, with my speech

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How to re-engine a B-52 and make a new bomber fleet

Minot Air Force Base’s B-52 Bombers are part of a fleet that’s been flying missions for over 70 years. It’s a testament to the aircraft’s design and ability, and it’s a role that’s expected to continue for another 30 years, at least. But to extend the life is going to take new engines, and that’s

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Saving Snowflakes By Banning & Burning Books?

I recently completed reading The 1619 Project. I may or may not have bothered, but the fact that many political types want to ban it from public schools piqued my curiosity. The book is a compilation of essays by a number of authors of African descent giving their opinions on race relations in the USA.

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City Snow Removal Failures Continue in Minot

Following a challenging December, Minot’s streets are looking pretty good. But if you’re not fortunate enough to own a car, are a student, or someone who likes to get some fresh air through a winter walk, our City-maintained sidewalks tell a different story. The pictures in the gallery below were taken over the past couple

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Questions before granting a $14.5 million tax incentive

Let me say at the outset, that I’m a supporter of tax incentives and TIF districts. The TIF district approved for the Big M building was an outstanding use; we the taxpayers would have owned and paid for the demolition of that building had it not been saved through use of a TIF. Sometimes the

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