Minot Junior Golf gives $100,000 to Children’s Museum capital campaign

Submitted Photo Board members and employees of the Minot Junior Golf Association and the Magic City Discovery Center celebrate the Junior Golf Association’s $100,000 donation. From the left are Mark Lyman, Wendy Keller, Lila Golly, Jon Ries, Reed Argent, Dusty Zimmerman, Ron Roglestad, Carol Gefre and Steve Kottsick.

The Minot Junior Golf Association has donated $100,000 to the Magic City Discovery Center toward a capital campaign to build a Children’s Museum on Minot Park District land on North Hill in Minot.

“We at Minot Junior Golf are pleased to be a part of the Magic City Discovery Center Project,” said Reed Argent, president of the Board of Directors of the Minot Junior Golf Association. “A year-round children’s museum will provide one more option for the families in our area, especially during the winter months. We look forward to partnering with the Magic City Discovery Center in creating joint programs and events utilizing the facilities of both organizations.”

Minot Junior Golf Association began in 1989 and operates the Jack Hoven Wee Links junior golf course at 900 Forest Road SW in Minot. Wee Links hosts a variety of golf events, promotions, tournaments and programs throughout the season. Their primary mission is to promote and support junior golf activities and to support any activities that benefit children.

“We want to thank the Minot Junior Golf Association Board of Directors for this generous contribution to the Magic City Discovery Center,” said Mark Lyman, president of the Children’s Museum of Minot Board. “This wonderful donation will help us immensely in our goal of creating a location that engages all of us in the magic of life-long learning through discovery, creativity and play.”

A capital campaign is currently underway to raise the $7 million estimated to construct a 20,000- square-foot building, design and build four to five exhibit galleries of varying sizes, and set up funding for a museum endowment along with other items.