Progress

Sakakawea Area Council for the Arts is devoted to all forms

Every town needs arts, whether it be a movie theater, a play, or an art show. In Garrison, the Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts has been working hard to keep the arts in the town and surrounding areas. In 1987, a group of people gained money that was raised from a city play and made the ...

Northwest Art Center has a lot to offer art

Northwest Art Center at Minot State University has a newer gallery, but that hasn’t stopped it from already offering unique shows through hard work. The gallery opened its doors in January, taking a portion of what used to be the basement of the Gordon B. Olson Library at Minot State and ...

Old theater made new

The Lyric Theater in Rugby has serviced the community, the surrounding area, and any other guests of the town with its movie playing abilities for nearly 100 years and the community has worked hard to keep it. Built in 1922, the theater was privately owned for years. Then, in 2012, the ...

Stanley arts center brings entertainment to region

Now in its 16th season, The Sybil Center in Stanley brings the arts to the small town in a big way. “We are not just a center for Stanley but the whole surrounding area,” said Linda Lumley, board member and head of the activity department. “People attend from all over northwest North ...

Three years involved and more to come

Not many think about all that goes on behind each concert that the Minot Symphony Orchestra puts on. From the many practices that the musicians participate in to the music choice to the marketing, a lot goes into making sure that the concerts are ready and the audience knows they’re ...

Bottineau community theater a fixture for half a century

The Davis Playhouse in Bottineau was named after a man who has been a fixture in community theater in Bottineau for half a century. Tim Davis, who is now retired from his day job, said he has loved being so involved in theater, musicals and children’s productions. One year he was involved ...

Essential to mission

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – They plan, design and direct construction of buildings and structures, provide emergency services and snow removal, manage real property assets and other work essential to the mission at Minot Air Force Base and in the Minot missile field. The 5th Civil Engineer ...

A reason to stop

STANLEY – When Pinnacle decided to expand its fuel and convenience store on U.S. Highway 2 in Stanley, the cooperative wanted to give the community much more than just a place for a quick stop. The new travel store and Cenex station can still get you in and out in a hurry but you might want ...

Replacing weapon systems

The U.S. Air Force is making plans for two next generation weapon systems for the nation – the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) weapon system to replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system and the B-21 bomber program to replace B-1 and B-2 bombers and eventually ...

Gymagic finds a new home

Gymnastics is a great outlet for children of all ages to sharpen their motor skills, gain strength and, most importantly, have some fun. Minot gymnastics had been housed at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds for over 30 years until September 2017. September 13, 2017, the new Gymagic ...

Building trust: Lotvedt Construction has been there for Rugby’s growth

RUGBY – Lotvedt Construction built numerous structures during its nearly 70 years of business in the Rugby area, but it also built a great deal of trust. Neil and Mary Jean Lotvedt continue in the business started by Neil’s father around 1949. Much of the construction around the Rugby ...

Construction begins on Minot’s enhanced flood protection

Construction began this spring on the Minot portion of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project. It has taken years to get to this point. Efforts began in August 2011 when the Minot City Council voted to ask the State Water Commission to sponsor a flood protection project. The ...

Bigger, better Divide County Courthouse

CROSBY – It is a showpiece. No doubt about that, and it was needed too. The Divide County Courthouse recently doubled in size. Like many aging courthouses in communities throughout North Dakota, the Divide County courthouse was bulging at the seams prior to new construction and renovation. ...

Expansion at Divide County High School

CROSBY – Progress can be seen at Divide County High School where an expansion project has added much needed space. “Enrollment numbers are going up and we needed more space for technology and to offer more diverse curriculum,” explained Nick Ator, principal. The new addition includes ...

Grocers find rural niche

VELVA – Velva Fresh Foods fills a niche with its fresh produce, store-cut and ground meats and store-baked breads. The small-town, independent grocery continually looks for ways to stay competitive so Velva-area residents have a nearby source for the food they put on their tables. “I think ...

Local businesses and others annually benefit economically from Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – About 9 percent of Verendrye Electric Cooperative’s revenue is from Minot Air Force Base, said Tom Rafferty, Member Services and Communication manager. “We serve 44 of the 150 launch sites in the Minot missile field,” said Rafferty. He said the the remainder ...

Chamber’s Ambassadors celebrate new businesses & milestones

When there’s a new business in town or one having a milestone the Ambassadors of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce are available to honor them. The ambassadors, wearing their recognizable “red coats” participate in other significant events at businesses or organization along with ...

Creating new opportunities for Minot; growing existing developments

The Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) continues to have a prominent role in the progression of Minot’s economy. MADC achieved immense milestones within the last year and is making history for the Magic City. With various projects underway in 2017, MADC focused in on creating new ...

Minot State grows entrepreneurs

Minot State University has been training entrepreneurs in its College of Business and, if everything goes to plan, the university will soon offer a major and a minor in entrepreneurship as well as a certificate. Tracey Mays, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and management, has ...

Rugby adds new businesses

RUGBY – Entrepreneurs are seeing potential in Rugby. The community has added at least 19 businesses, mostly in the past year, according to the Chamber of Commerce. The additions expand both the community’s retail and service sectors. The economic growth comes from three new downtown ...