Business 2017

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Burger King installed the first drive-through fast food window in Minot in 1976. Public response was very high. Although the franchise has undergone several changes, Burger King remains in business at the same South Broadway location today.

Fast advancements in fast food

It’s a business that just seems to get bigger and better every year. Today the demand for “fast food” has never been greater. The evolution of fast food restaurants in Minot was a boon for city residents in the early years and has become an absolute must in today’s fast moving ...

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 Iconic retailers such as Target, Barnes & Nobles, Victoria’s Secret, Hallmark Gold Crown, Sears and J.C. Penney are matched with up and coming retailers Ulta Beauty, KJ’s Fresh Market, Apricot Lane and Carter’s OshKosh B’gosh at Dakota Square Mall.

Rising above trends

Throughout Minot and across North Dakota, Dakota Square Mall has earned a stellar reputation as a family friendly destination. From hosting Splashdown Dakota Super Slides, the largest indoor water park in the Midwest region, to providing holiday themed photo opportunities for families and ...

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A historic fountain stands near an intersection in downtown Minot. Re-installed after the Main Street reconstruction in 2016, the fountain is plumbed for water in the summer.

Creating resilience

In the 1980s when new malls were luring businesses and shoppers, downtown districts declined as a hub of activity. In Minot, it was a gradual, extended process of decline, but some believe a corner has been turned. “People are coming back to downtown,” said Roger Reich, president of the ...

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ABOVE: Minot Air Force Base was only two years into construction when this photo was taken in May 1957. The official groundbreaking for the base was held two years earlier on 
July 12, 1955.

Corps turned over ‘key’ to Minot AFB 60 years ago

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Sixty years ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned the “key” to Minot Air Force Base over to Maj. Joe Roberts, the first base commander. “It wasn’t much of a ceremony when Maj. Joe E. Robert, acting base commander, started moving his operations from ...

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Starbucks recently moved to 1340 South Broadway from its old location on Burdick Expressway near the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Business development on Broadway is holding strong

A drive along Broadway in Minot in either direction, and you can see the variety of companies doing business in the community. According to John MacMartin, president of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses in that part of town are holding their own. “Businesses on Broadway, I ...

Cathy and Steve Springan stand at the counter of Springan Furniture, where an heirloom cash register holds a prominent place. The cash register remains in use.

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All in the family

STANLEY – The history of America’s small towns is one of family-owned businesses, often handed down from generation to generation. In Stanley, the Springan family has kept two businesses thriving for 100 years and, along the way, have helped make sure the community shared the same kind of ...

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North Broadway, pictured on April 5, is quite different from its early days. The Broadway Bridge is currently under construction.

Broadway has seen its changes over the years

Minot’s Broadway, also known as U.S. Highway 83, has undergone a number of transformations in its more than a century of existence. One early photo owned by Minot photographer Wayne Johnson shows the flooded Broadway bridge and water over the roadway back in 1923. It is a sight that is all ...