Progress

Progress 2019

Check out this year’s full publications each week online below: Economic Development: Arts & Culture: Education: Agriculture: Healthcare: Military:

A creative night out on the town

After a gruesomely lengthy downtown infrastructure project that left the area under construction for years, Minot’s Wendy Kimble saw a need to help local businesses pick back up after all was said and done. “After seeing how hard it was on some of my favorite local shops and art ...

Prepare the popcorn and get comfortable

Lower the lights, turn the sound up and let the movie experience take over alongside nostalgia at Oak Park Theater. A small, sub-run theater filled with memories and a long run, it offers a comfortable movie experience at a cheaper price. The Oak Park Theater in its current remodel has been ...

For the love of craft beer

Have you ever wanted a liquor store where you could crack open a cold one while looking for cold ones? Ever wanted to sample a bit of that fancy whiskey before buying the bottle? How about meeting the brewer behind making that delicious craft beer you’ve seen popping up around ...

Greg Vettel takes over as executive director

The arts has been a large part of Greg Vettel’s life from his own career to that of his parents. His love, appreciation and involvement in it and in the Art Department at Minot State University have led him to becoming the executive director of MSU’s newest gallery. The Northwest Arts ...

Encouraging development, success

The Garrison Area Improvement Association is fervently passionate about the city of Garrison and its residents. We realize that small business is the heart of a healthy small town, and wish to see our residents succeed in their local business ventures as it only strengthens the community. As ...

New hobby shop hits the downtown scene

When Joe Hurt opened Chaos Games LLC, he started it to be a resource to Magic: The Gathering players in Minot. Now after almost two years, it has grown and continues to grow to be a resource for not only many trading card games (TCG), but also for a variety of tabletop games and more. Chaos ...

Continued growth and improvements in McKenzie County

Throughout McKenzie County, school enrollments continue to increase with over 2,000 students enrolled in area public schools. As of fall 2018, Watford City High School is now Class A which brings students more learning and extracurricular opportunities. Construction will begin this spring on a ...

‘Tracking for the Future’

Progress is described as the process of developing something over a period of time; from relationships to infrastructure and beyond, the Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) continues to make commanding progress in the primary sector. “Tracking for the Future: Full Steam Ahead,” ...

Get ready to learn and grow your own style

The arts seem to flow through a large portion of the Minot community as the arts scene in Minot continues to grow. Starting in October 2018, the LRL Studios opened to give children and adults alike a chance to learn and progress their art in a new environment through weekly classes. Opened by ...

Strong branding, marketing campaign economically benefit Bottineau area

In 2018, the Bottineau County EDC embarked on a year-long process of branding and marketing. The plan is to bring more visitors to the area with the long-term goal of inviting people into the community to reside permanently. As we focus on the broad perspective of community and work toward ...

Vibrant arts scene

RUGBY – As in most rural North Dakota towns, agriculture has a prominent place in Rugby. It’s difficult to miss the ag-related businesses on the main highway through town, or the grain elevator standing tall above most every building. But those who stop awhile in Rugby will see another ...

Planning for workforce

Our biggest project in Tioga is the partnering with local education to provide a superior workforce to western North Dakota. We have been working with Creation Crate sponsored by Enel Green Power North America to bring hands-on electronics assembly and programming that is STEM.org certified. ...

Everyone can do art

Minot is filled with many different galleries and chances to witness the artistic talent of local artists. One such gallery, the Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art, has been a part of the community since it was opened in 1970 by the Minot Art Association under the name of the Minot Art ...

Steady growth in Williston with business-friendly atmosphere

The City of Williston continues to see steady growth thanks to its business-friendly atmosphere. Williston Economic Development has been working hard to strengthen its relationships with public and private entities that can help attract and maintain its diverse business climate. One of the ...

New business added, others expanded in Harvey

The Harvey Job Development Authority experienced a very busy 2018. It all began with an announcement from the Canadian Pacific Railway in December 2017 that it was reducing its Harvey-based workforce by at least 62 positions and moving a good bit of its remaining railroad activity out of the ...

Medicinal Plant chemistry adds options for Minot State students

Minot State University is offering a program that might be right up the alley of people who are interested in the state’s fledgling medicinal marijuana industry. But Chris Heth, a chemistry professor at Minot State, is quick to emphasize that the university’s new medicinal plant chemistry ...

Aquaponics camp for girls this summer at DCB

Aquaponics and hydroculture are fields that many people have never heard of, but they offer a wide array of exciting career options, said Amy Koehler, specialty crop instructor at Dakota College at Bottineau. Graduates with a degree in aquaponics from Dakota College might be qualified to work ...

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Math at Ramstad

Mathematics can be both fun and tasty, students in Emelia Braun’s seventh-grade math classes at Erik Ramstad Middle School have learned. Braun set out last semester to improve her students’ performance on math facts and math literacy. Kids took quizzes on factors and multiples, the ...

Science skills could pay off in the oil industry

Science, technology, education and mathematics subjects are given a lot of emphasis in today’s schools. On March 22, eighth-graders at Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot had an opportunity to learn how brushing up on their STEM skills could pay off with a career in the oil ...