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Progress 2017

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The former Ward County commissioners’ chambers now serves as a conference room in the State’s Attorney’s office.

Historic Ward County Courthouse goes modern

Converting Ward County’s historic Courthouse into a modern justice center while preserving the beauty of the original structure has been the goal of a remodeling project that’s coming to a close. With the completion of a new county office building at the end of 2015, construction began in ...

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Note the price of attending a baseball game in this undated photograph. Also, the Keg restaurant in the background, which was located in the northwest corner of the Corbett Field parking lot, was removed many years ago.

Corbett Field: A remarkable history

At times the exterior has shown the wear of an aging facility counting down the days to the inevitable wrecking ball. But inside the aging walls the luscious green grass and beautifully groomed diamond, complete with gleaming white bases, projects a completely different perspective. It is a ...

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Workers erect a digital community sign in Washburn. The recently erected sign was the project of the economic development group and a number of sponsors.

Washburn and Burlington partner to look at assets, opportunities

The communities of Washburn and Burlington expect to have some advice for each other when they get together later this year. The cities are participating in Community Impressions, an exchange program in which a team of residents visit each other’s town to evaluate the community’s vibe and ...

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Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot is the oldest public zoo in North Dakota.

Roosevelt Park Zoo: A gathering place for everyone

Whether it s the playful river otters and red pandas, the stately African lion, the regal bald eagle or the swimming penguins, there’s many animals and birds for visitors to see at Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo. Pathways wind through the zoo area with the Souris River also winding its way ...

Underwood Area Economic Development Corp. strengthens the community

UNDERWOOD – The Underwood Area Economic Development Corporation had a busy past year. Wendy Spencer is economic development director. Commercial Park UAEDC formed a committee made up of members of the UAEDC board and City Commission to discuss the Industrial Park Land. Before any strong ...

Preparations being made for 2017 Threshing Shows

While we are just in the early stages of spring, organizers are busy at work getting ready for the various threshing shows to be held later this year in locations around the region. Threshing shows will be held in Makoti, Lansford, Crosby and Drake. The following is a plan of what organizers ...

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Lindsay Bofenkamp is the coordinator of the Garrison Area Improvement Association, an organization that strives to keep Garrison the thriving and bustling town that it is.

Community is heart of Garrison & heart of GAIA

GARRISON – The Garrison Area Improvement Association (GAIA) is fervently passionate about the city of Garrison and its residents. It realizes that small business is the heart of a healthy small town, and wish to see its residents succeed in their local business ventures as it only ...

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This was the first Minot High School hockey team to play in the new All Seasons Arena on the State Fairgrounds. The Magician’s initial season of indoor hockey was in the 1975-76 school year.

HOCKEY: Drop the puck! In the snow?

The final score was 3-0. It was the first game ever played by Minot High Magicians hockey. The opponent? Little Cando. Yes, the Cando Cubs blanked the big school skaters with relative ease. That was the start of Minot High hockey. Coach Pete McKenzie was the leader of the Magician program ...

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A former farm implement building now houses The Starving Rooster and The Lofts apartments in Minot’s downtown historic industrial area.

Preserving a fading history

Dave Dunnell tells an interesting story about the Snow White Flour made by a downtown Minot mill decades ago. The flour logo designed by his uncle, Howard Dunnell, and the sack company, Bemis Brothers, featured Snow White and two ugly dwarfs with a castle in the background. At the time of the ...

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The Pepsi Center at Maysa Arena opened to the public for the first time on Nov. 10, 2016, when the Minot Minotauros hosted Bismarck.

Maysa Arena attracking national attention

Maysa Arena is a facility everyone in the community can be proud of. And for good reason. Earlier this month, Maysa Arena was selected as a top 10 finalist for Kraft Hockeyville USA, which is a contest to determine the country’s most passionate hockey community. Kraft Heinz, in ...

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Each spring school children from throughout the region tour Prairie Village Museum. This group gets a lesson in how a telephone switchboard works from former operator Jan Norsby.

Prairie Village expands efforts to showcase history

RUGBY – Prairie Village Museum will always be a place to learn about history, but the new ways that history is being served up these days would make the early pioneers smile. “Every year we have added more programming,” executive director Cathy Jelsing said. “We have just grown that ...

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A hotel sign welcomes Canadians. Visit Minot has targeted Canada with its marketing efforts.

Tourists urged to rediscover Minot

Visit Minot wants Canadians and conference planners to know that Minot has more to offer than they might think. Phyllis Burckhard, executive director at Visit Minot, said the tourism bureau is looking to bring back Canadian traffic and conventions that haven’t been in the city for a while by ...

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This photo from the Crosby Journal shows a new addition to the Divide County Courthouse in Crosby at left of the current Courthouse in early April as construction moves toward completion.

Area county courthouses

Divide Courthouse addition to double office space CROSBY – The historic Divide County Courthouse has been a focal point at the end of Crosby’s Main Street for 100 years. A new courthouse addition expected to be finished next month won’t detract from the view. County Commission Chairman ...

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AGT President /CEO Murad Al-Katib, left, and Minot Area Development Corp.’s 2016 chairman Steve Bigelow are shown in this photo.

Minot Area Development Corporation securing Minot’s future

Founded in 1955, Minot Area Development Corp. was formed to diversify and stabilize Minot’s economy. With changes in leadership and the local economy, MADC implemented a new strategic plan in 2016, which uncovered MADC’s new mission and direction to best serve the Minot community. Today, ...

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The Railroad Museum of Minot in downtown Minot has many new projects under way to provide more activities for visitors.

Railroad Museum of Minot revitalizing

Tim Gebhart says many different projects are under way at the Railroad Museum of Minot. He said if someone visited the museum about a year ago, it would be new to them now. Gebhart, a railroad museum board member, said a model railroad display is being added in a room that will be one of the ...

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Fridley Field on the campus of the new Watford City High School helps meet the need for bigger accommodations as school enrollment is at an all-time high, shown in this photo by Chad Ziemendorf.

Watford City, McKenzie County buzzing with activity

WATFORD CITY – Things have been buzzing in Watford City and throughout McKenzie County. Our newly-opened Rough Rider Center provides expanded opportunities for the hockey club, gymnastics club, water enthusiasts, walkers, ball throwers, coffee drinkers, and more. They have also brought in ...

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Planes belonging to the Texas Flying Legends Museum are shown in the Flying Legends Hangar at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. The hangar was dedicated July 4, 2013.

Minot air museum honors, preserves aviation history

Minot’s Dakota Territory Air Museum opens its doors for the 2017 season May 13. The air museum, located north of the Minot International Airport, tells the story of the area’s aviation history, including displays of military and civilian aircraft from the early 1900s to the present. Last ...

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Downtown Williston is a thriving area.

City of extraordinary growth

WILLISTON – The City of Williston has seen its fair share of oil booms and busts; but the most recent downturn was different from before. This past year, while Williston adjusted to a decrease in oil-field activity, the City also adapted to a new larger population of 33,500. The “new ...

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The annual Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby headquarters out of Fort Stevenson State Park each July. Fishing is a major attraction for visitors to all State Parks located on Lake Sakakawea.

State Parks lead Lake Sakakawea development

GARRISON – A succession of impressive improvements at North Dakota State Parks has greatly aided development along Lake Sakakawea. Although there are several developments on the sprawling reservoir, among them cabins and homes at Wolf Creek, Garrison Bay, Van Hook and Douglas Bay, it is the ...