Bismarck Human Relations Committee Holds Listening Forum

The Bismarck Human Relations Committee is hosting a Community Conversation Forum to discuss the struggles faced by its residents. It’s a relevant topic for Minot locals who experienced the controversial disbandment of our own human relations committee in 2023. The forum, taking place at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, is an effort to foster

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A Place Where Local Food Meets an Engaging Atmosphere

The importance of farmers markets and community engagement is something we’re all familiar with here in Minot. It’s always inspiring to hear of successful ventures in this sphere, like the one in Humble, Texas. In 2015, Jonathan and Andrea Haskin opened Fall Creek Farmers Market, turning it into a vibrant hub of diverse vendors and

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West Fargo School Growth Offers Minot a Point of Place to Place Comparison

West Fargo Public Schools is on a trajectory to outpace all North Dakota school districts, including our own in Minot, and become the largest within the next three years. Current projections indicate an influx of over 1,300 students by the 2028-29 academic year, pushing total enrollment to nearly 14,255. Factors such as residential growth, demographic

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City Council Member Lisa Olson Will Seek Republican District 38 Nomination at June Primary

Long-time City Council Member Lisa Olson has been denied membership in Minot’s District 38 Republican Party due to a four-year-old social media post in which she encouraged women to become more engaged in politics. District Chairman Roger Neshem confirmed to KX News that party leadership had voted to deny her membership. Olson announced her intent

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FTC Holds Up Mega Grocery Merger Due to Consumer Harm

The Federal Trade Commission is trying to stop Kroger from buying Albertsons for a huge $24.6 billion. They say this, the biggest supermarket merger in U.S. history, would make prices go up and be bad for people who work in the grocery business. Minot’s market is dominated by a single grocery firm. So when the

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‘Canoe safari,’ riverfront walk and more among proposed features in Cedar Rapids’ Greenway Plan

As Minot continues to rebuild and add protection following the 2011 flood, we need to be on the look out for other communities on the same path. Cedar Rapids is one of those places. They are currently seeking community input for their riverfront Greenway Plan, which aims to enhance the area with new parks, sports

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Will God Be in the Voting Booth With You?

Our founders wrote separation of church and state into our constitution. Our constitution is subject to interpretation. American religion is also subject to interpretation according to the actions of its citizens. According to the Minot phone book, there are 44 different churches in Minot. There are 16 miscellaneous Protestant churches of various ideologies. Additionally, there

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Minot’s School Budget Crunch Not Unique

In the wake of Minot Public Schools grappling with potential closures of two elementary schools due to budget constraints, a similar scenario is unfolding in Iowa City. The school district there is deliberating on how to cut costs by $7.5 million over the next two years, with options such as changing class size rules and

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The Real Results of Proposed Property Tax Reforms?

The many questions I have asked about the elimination of real estate taxes have not been answered. There are more which were not included in a prior article. Minot has a high percentage of sales tax revenue for obvious reasons. Thanks to the grace of God and industrious citizens, Minot is the regional center for

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Weighing In for the Battle for Local Control

In 2024, North Dakota voters will probably vote whether or not to eliminate real estate property taxes. It looks like it will be a proxy war between the obvious factions within the North Dakota Republican party. Republicans in recent history have comprised roughly 75% of North Dakota voters. Is the Republican party still the party

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It’s Time to Open Up the North Dakota State Fair

His name is Eric Johnson. His trade name is Eric the Sour. If you see him on the street, you might even say he looks like a Viking. But he’s not a Viking; he’s a brewer. His beer Gin & Spruce won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2022. Inspired by Juniper

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Grand Forks citizens question conflicts following Fufeng

The plan to develop a Chinese-owned corn mill in Grand Forks is dead following alarms raised by the U.S. Air Force, but the conversation over the project continues. In the wake of the project’s end, Grand Forks citizens are questioning the close ties between the City of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Region Economic

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Ward County Commission Meeting, February 21, 2023

The Ward County Commission will meet Tuesday, February 21st at 9:00 am for the second of their regular monthly meetings. The meeting will take place at the Ward County Administration Building on 3rd Street in downtown Minot. The Commission will consider the following agenda:

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Minot Park Board Meeting, February 21, 2023

The Minot Park Board will meet for its monthly meeting Tuesday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. Park Board meetings take place in room 203 of the Municipal Auditorium and are live-streamed from the Park District’s Youtube channel here. The agenda linked here will be considered.

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Downtown & MDN Editors Lukewarm on ‘Free’ Parking Plan

Last week, City Council voted to make parking in the Renaissance Parking free starting April 1. It was the solution to making sure City staff had parking when City Hall moved downtown later this spring. Following that decision, Minot Daily News reporter Jill Schramm reached out to downtown business owners to get their thoughts on

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City Presents Comprehensive Plan at Open House

The City of Minot has been working on its 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the past year. It’s a significant document that will inform decisions and the direction of the community for many years. And on Wednesday, the public got a chance to hear from the team that put it together and see the document in

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