Council Approves Sidewalk Clearing Money

Sidewalk snow clearing has been a regular topic here on Back in January, we pointed out the City’s neglect of key pedestrian corridors long after the snow had stopped falling. It’s a story we’ll be revisiting, but in the interim, there’s been action behind the scenes. And as of Tuesday, the City Council approved

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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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Minot City Council Agenda, February 21, 2023

Minot’s City Council will meet Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The following agenda will be considered. Minot City Council meetings are live-streamed through the City’s Youtube Channel found here. The meeting will consider the agenda attached below. Notable items include an adjustment to a previous MAGIC Fund investment,

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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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Souris Basin Planning Council’s Business Accelerator Fund recommended for refill

A little economic development tool with big impacts is recommended for a refill. Souris Basin Planning Council manages the Business Accelerator Fund; it delivers a local match for participation in the Bank of North Dakota’s Flex PACE program to buy down interest rates for qualifying businesses. On Friday, the MAGIC Fund steering committee recommended tapping

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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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Bismarck City Commission Approves Issuance of RFP for Economic Development Services (And Why it matters in Minot)

The City of Bismarck has issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) regarding its economic development activities. KX News has the story linked below. And why does it matter in Minot? The City of Minot conducts economic development activities through a contract with The Minot Chamber-EDC and prior to the recent merger, the former Minot Area

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Parks Director to Retire after 31 Years

Minot Parks Executive Director,  Ron Merritt announced his retirement Tuesday at a Special Board Meeting of the Minot Park District.  Merritt has been with the Minot Park District since May 2, 1992 when he became a Zoo Keeper at Roosevelt Park Zoo.  Merritt became the Director of the Roosevelt Park Zoo in 1998 followed by becoming the Executive

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Fargo scraps curbside glass recycling

What does it make sense to recycle? That’s not an answer under control of municipalities with recycling programs, because it depends on what the MRFs (material recovery facilities) will accept. And the Minneapolis-based MRF Fargo sends their recycling to is no longer accepting glass. It just doesn’t pay. It’s causing an abrupt change to Fargo’s

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It’s Your Community — Get Involved!

Dear Minot: Since being elected as your mayor in June 2022, I’ve learned a great many things. I’ve learned there is a lot going on in Minot that involves the mayor. I’ve learned residents want their voices heard. And I’ve learned that no matter how much I learn, there is always something new around the

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What exactly does a 2,500-square-foot lot look like? And Why does it matter in Minot?

In Montana, affordable housing is a growing problem. The influx of people is putting pressure on prices, and the legislature is looking at some less-common ways to help keep them in check. One idea under consideration — making small lots for developers and home builders more readily available. They’d can do that with a law

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Watch out, Minneapolis: The tow truck cometh to make room for the snow plow

When the snow falls and has to be moved, it’s the parked cars that become the biggest problems. There’s just no way to push snow over the top of them. The solution isn’t fun, but it is effective, if it’s used. And in Minneapolis, street snow is has caused enough challenges this season that they’re

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ND Senate OKs bill to provide snow removal grants to local governments

Some parts of North Dakota got a lot of snow towards the end of last year. While Minot didn’t set any records, snow removal was certainly a challenge. And for cities and towns that had to dig deep in their pockets to keep the streets clean, the legislature is moving some relief forward. Get the

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Garbage Rates to Rise March 1

Minot City Council took action on garbage and landfill rates on Monday night. The larger your bin, the larger your rate increase with increases of a dollar for the largest 95-gallon bins and 50 cents for smaller bins. Plus, we’re building a new landfill cell at a cost of $2.35 million. Jill Schramm with The

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