City Council Approves Lane Reduction for 4th Ave NW

Are more lanes the best way to handle traffic? It’s an assumption that’s shaped communities, including Minot, for decades, but as traffic engineers gather more data, they’re learning ‘more’ isn’t always better or safer. Well, Minot’s going to put that idea into practice. 4th Ave NW from Broadway to the bypass is going to get

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Architecture Firm plans to revitalize oft-ignored corner of downtown Fargo

What does it take to turn a blighted empty building into a productive space again? In Fargo, an architecture firm is answering the questions with a simple answer — vision. Craftwell Architecture and Construction is a Fargo firm in the process of designing a space for itself inside a former car service business. Inforum has

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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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The Art of Designing a Dangerous-Looking Playground

How do we introduce kids to a world of wonder while keeping them safe? How about give them places to play that spur their imagination, tease their adventure bone, but do it in a chaotic-looking but intentionally safe form. If that’s the answer you were thinking, than you’re going to love the article linked below

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These 4 Communities Are Leading the Way in Making Their Places Stronger

When it comes to places, the Bismarcks, and Minots of the world are more alike than they are different. We struggle in the same ways, we copy each others ideas, and the results we get leave little to get excited about. It’s a whole lot of meh. So, what does it take to make a

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5 Reasons Minot Should Create More Green Spaces

Minot’s got a great park system. And it may be providing more benefits than we give it credit for. It turns out public green spaces are key ingredients in successful places, and worthy of continued investment. And we’re not the ones saying it. The article linked below from Route Fifty points to research from the

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Fargo’s State of the ‘Cities’ is An Idea Worth Stealing

Tomorrow, Mayor Tom Ross will deliver the State of the City address. In its sixth year, Minot’s State of the City is a relatively new event, but the tradition is a good one. An annual check-in is important. Maybe more important than we realize.  Of course, Minot didn’t invent the idea. We copied it from

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Making the most of an icy winter in St. Paul

When winter gives them cold and ice, they make the most of it in St. Paul. And it turns out cold and ice are the exact ingredients needed to spin up an ice sculpting competition. Watch the full story at the Star Tribune video linked below.

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North Dakota Make among most welcoming places in the world for 2023 (How Do We Build On This?)

The ranking comes from; they used over 240 million verified reviews from their website. North Dakota made the top 10 in the world’s most welcoming places. Get the full story from CNBC linked below. And we know we’re a friendly place, the question is: now that we have some recognition for it, how do

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Local professor awarded Mentor of the Year honor

Taking time out of your day and giving it to a young person is an act that can have profound effects on the world. So much so that non profit Companions for Children has organized to fulfill the mission of pairing up kids with mentors on a regular basis. And each year, they recognize a

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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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Construction of natural playground to start this spring in Moorhead

If you were a kid again, what would look like more fun, a red plastic slide, or a real-life set of an Indian Jones movie? It’s a question intended to trigger your imagination, with the final goal of asking is there a better way to build playgrounds? The Fargo Moorhead Rotary Club has answered the

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State AGs Urge US Supreme Court to Address Blocked Railroad Crossings

Eighteen states (not including North Dakota) want to limit the amount of time freight trains can block railroad crossings; they’ve pushed the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court and are hoping the court will accept the case. Increasingly, the freight industry is using longer trains resulting in more an longer blockages. The issue these blockages

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Prairie Grit expanding programs and opportunities

New space and new programs are a part of exciting news coming from Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports these days. Jill Schramm with The Minot Daily has the full story on the partnership with the YMCA and the new opportunities its creating.

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Fargo’s Downtown rink becoming popular site for lunch-time hockey

Lunch hours these days, downtown Fargo is alive with the sound of hockey. It’s not a complicated affair; it’s taking place with light equipment, no nets, and in the style of an old-fashioned pick-up game. It may not be a ‘field’ of dreams, but Fargo is proving that if you build it, they will come.

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Dollar Stores Are the ‘Fastest-Growing’ Food Retailers In US, Study Finds

Food is one of those items we all need. But in communities across the country, access to fresh, local grocery stores is increasingly difficult to find. The trend is measurable, and the food source making up the difference — dollar stores. The problem is, food at dollar stores don’t carry fresh food. The second problem

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