This is a Flawed Location for a Transit Center; We Can Do Better!

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the Council will take up the proposed location of a downtown transit center. If you’re not familiar with that idea, that’s a central hub to which all the public transportation routes eventually return. It’s basically a start, and end, and a transfer station to other routes. The location proposed by

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City Council Agenda, December 18, 2023

Minot’s City Council will meet tonight 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 consideration of a suspension of a liquor license for The Spot,

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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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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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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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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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A Plan to Spend the Legacy Fund? 

Projected Legacy Fund earnings for the next biennium are $550 million. That’s a lot of money to work with, and ND House Majority Leader Mike Lefors has a plan for it. House Bill 1379 outlines the earmarks, but it’s a combination of tax relief and strategic investments. Get the full story from Jeremy Turley writing

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Minot City Council Agenda, February 6, 2023

Minot’s City Council will meet Monday, February 6, 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.

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Legislative Round Up: February 5, 2023

Looking for a quick catch up on the week’s legislative news? Here you go. Tax Out of State Dollars for Political Contributions? Are out of state dollars contributed to North Dakota political issues a problem? One lawmaker says yes, and his solution is to tax them at an very high rate so as to lower

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Minot Air Force Has Economic Impact of $595 Million in 2022

The importance of Minot Air Force Base to the identity and overall economy of Minot was made clear this week. The Budget Office of the 5th Bomb Wing Comptroller presented its annual economic impact analysis report for Minot Air Force Base at a meeting of the MACEDC Military Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 2, 2023. The group

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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 Booking.com; 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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Air Force declares Grand Forks Fufeng project ‘significant threat’

The proposed corn milling project in Grand Forks by Chinese-owned Fufeng Group is dead. The U.S. Air Force has made it clear they view the project as a threat to national security. Senator Hoeven and Senator Cramer issued the following joint statement: “City leaders have asked for clarity from leaders in the federal government regarding

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Low and other Minnesota bands fight for rights to their master recordings

The music business has many tales of bands and artists becoming trapped in contracts and losing control of their careers because of the fine print in industry contracts. And it becomes even more confusing when music ownership rights transfer among huge industry mergers and acquisitions. It’s forcing bands into the courtroom to reclaim what they

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Saskatchewan nursing union says recruitment plan to address worker shortage moving too slow

It doesn’t matter where you look, recruitment of workers and staffing are the challenges facing communities. This story from The Regina Leader-Post highlights the Saskatchewan’s provincial need for nurses. Those on the job are burning out at a faster and faster rate, and the impact on health care is becoming evident. What are they doing

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