Visit Minot continues to tell Minot’s story

Dear Minot: We’re all familiar with Minot hosting two of the largest events in North Dakota in the North Dakota State Fair and the Norsk Hostfest. But there are countless community partners who work to help Minot expand its reach beyond our city limits and beyond the borders of our state to attract visitors to

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North Dakota Local Elections Are No Place For Local Control

When it comes to electing City officials, Fargo has broken ranks with the rest of us. They no longer select the one candidate they want elected, they select all the candidates they approve of getting elected. Whoever gets the most approvals gets elected. It’s an adaptation Fargo turned to given the high number of candidates

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Dickinson boosted revenue with 28% increase in oil impact and highest sales tax collections in 7 years

Dickinson is in the heart of oil country, and like Minot the city benefits from oil-impact dollars that come from production taxes on the industry. And last year, Dickinson saw a big jump in revenues from both the oil impact fund and sales taxes. And in other Dickinson news, their downtown gathering space concept is

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Residential chickens considered by East Grand Forks council

The East Grand Forks City Council has heard a request by a citizen to change its zoning ordinance to allow for backyard hens. The request was made in light of significant increases in the price of store-bought eggs. Meghan Arbegast with the Grand Forks Herald has the full story. And why does it matter in

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Grand Forks Invests in Community and Health with Blue Zones Initiative

The idea of ‘Blue Zones’ was born from a couple of Minnesota brothers who traveled the world looking for the places with the longest-lived residents. And once they discovered the places, they figured out what they all had in common. Then they came back to their hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and started copying what

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Stark County’s Pretrial Recovery Program Aids Sobriety in North Dakota

A new criminal justice program in Stark County is proving useful at keeping people out of jail and off drugs and alcohol. It’s called a pretrial recovery program, and for non violent offenders, they can stay out of jail if they agree to drug and alcohol monitoring. The program started early in 2022, and the

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Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth, and Horace Team Up for Fargo area State of the Cities Event

The mayors of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth, and Horace gathered up for a joint ‘State of the Cities’ event recently. They teased exciting projects in the works, including some Fargo Dome news, and talked about the good things happening in their respective communities. Get the full story on what’s happening in the Fargo area

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Bills aimed at speeding up construction in Montana see little opposition in Senate committee

The Montana legislature may be budging in on the local development and building approval process. The state is facing a housing shortage, and lawmakers are looking to get bureaucracy out of the way of construction. Two bills, one to allow local jurisdictions to combine forces in the planning and approval phase, and another to force

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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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Minnesota county uses large-scale food waste composting to free up landfill space

Otter Tail County in Minnesota is taking a chunk out of what goes into its landfill by stopping food waste before it gets there. The County-wide program is focused on schools, healthcare facilities, and restaurants intentionally, as those are the largest producers of landfilled food. For families, the focus is on a backyard solution, home

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There’s a Right Way and A Wrong Way to Do Government Accountability

The recall of an elected official is organizing in Bismarck. And then there’s the Capitol riot that took place on January 6, 2020. They’re both examples of citizens exerting power over their government, but they are not the same. Rob Port has commentary on the differences and why they matter in the article linked below.

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City of Helena absorbs curbside recycling rate hikes for Helena residents, Rates on the Increase

Resident recyclers of Helena, Montana receive city-subsidized recycling rates, and both the rate and the subsidy are increasing in 2023. The cost for the City for the remainder of 2023 will be $16 per month, the cost to the resident will be ~$8 per month with the City of Helena subsidizing the difference. Both the

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Our little town just became a Metropolitan Planning Area

The magic number in the Magic City has long been 50,000. That’s how many people we wanted here; it opens the door to forming a Metropolitan Planning Organization, which in turn opens other doors to dollars and planning. Well, we made it. Jill Schramm with The Minot Daily News has the full story and all

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