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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 see ...

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 ...

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Souris Valley United Way making big strides

Souris Valley United Way has been an important part of the Magic City for quite a long time. And with the help of donations, SVUW is hoping to be around for years to come. SVUW was founded in 1930 as the Minot Community Chest, which at the time was the name of the United Way. In 1985, the ...

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The massive dragline that removes earth above veins of lignite coal at the Falkirk Mine near Underwood operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It began operation in 1980.

North Dakota lignite then and now

UNDERWOOD – Coal and coal mining has been an important part of North Dakota history since the time of the first settlers arriving in the region. One of the earliest known efforts to lay claim to a lignite coal vein occurred in Dakota Territory in 1873, scarcely a year after the town of ...

Growing by leaps and bounds

The Pursuit, a nondenominational church in Minot, is not only one of the community’s newest church, but is also one of the fastest growing as well. The church was established in January 2014 by Pastor Tom Foisy. “It was a couple of families in a living room praying and dreaming of ...

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Erika Kelly, interior designer with Souris River Designs, visits with a visitor to the Home and Garden Show in Minot March 4. Builders and home companies were at the show to show what’s available for 2017.

Home designs cater to easy living

Homeowners crave “living spaces,” and homebuilders are catering to their wishes with home designs that are lifestyle-friendly. Minot builders, remodelers and designers agree that clients are wanting homes that are livable, organized and efficient. People are looking for open concepts and ...

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Across the wall of Ken Kitzman’s (to the left) office, are framed photographs of the hundreds of donors who have entrusted their gifts to the Minot Area Community Foundation. Each day, Staci Kenney, right, and members of the foundation are reminded of their responsibility to honor the visions of their donors.

Impactful giving

Over the span of 17 years, the Minot Area Community Foundation has established a trusting bond with its donors while building positive partnerships throughout the city of Minot. Ken Kitzman, president of the Minot Area Community Foundation, is proud of the foundation’s progress and honored ...

Source: Minot Housing Supply and Demand Analysis Update

Construction boosts Minot’s housing inventory

Minot’s housing stock has more inventory and is weighted somewhat more heavily toward multi-family apartments than it was six years ago. A housing study released by the City of Minot in March found the number of housing units increased by 29 percent, from 15,854 to 20,394, from 2010 through ...

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Terri Philion, executive director of the Minot 
chapter of the American Red Cross, poses by a sign in the Red Cross office on March 22.

Serving at American Red Cross

The American Red Cross in Minot has been serving the community for 100 years. The first chapter had its beginnings in a group of women from Carpio who sought permission to start a branch of the Red Cross Auxiliary during World War I. Over the past decades, the Red Cross has changed and ...

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From the left, Jessie Veeder, singer and writer from Watford City; Trey Wilson, chairman, CEO and president of MBI Energy Services; and Scott Hennen, host of the “What’s On your Mind?” radio show are shown at Energy Day held in Bismarck, March 7 . Energy leaders including Oneok, National Federal of Independent Business, Bakken Backers, Consumer Energy Alliance and North Dakota Petroleum Council were sponsors.

Economic output from oil & gas in ND remains strong despite downturn

BISMARCK – The petroleum industry’s economic contributions remained strong in 2015 despite struggling commodity prices, according to the preliminary findings of a study being conducted by the North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. The study was ...

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First Lutheran Church’s second parsonage.

First Lutheran Church is Minot’s first congregation

Minot’s First Lutheran Church was the first congregation in Minot when it was established in 1884 by the largely German and Norwegian Lutheran pioneers who had settled in the railroad town on the banks of the Souris River. According to a history of the church written for its 125th ...

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Lynn Helms, 
director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said, “Operators are shifting from running the minimum number of rigs to incremental increases throughout 2017 as long as oil prices remain between $50 a barrel and $60 a barrel West Texas Intermediate.”

North Dakota’s oil production remains high

North Dakota’s oil production grew from 235,925 barrels of oil a day in January 2010 to an all-time high of 1.23 million barrels of oil a day in December 2014. Although the state’s oil industry as well as the entire petroleum industry has gone through a decline in production as a result ...

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First Baptist Church is old but vibrant

First Baptist Church is 129 years old but it is vibrant, thanks to its multitude of young church members, said its pastor Rev. Barry Seifert. “We have a lot of young families (with) a lot of eagerness to grow and learn and be engaged in the community,” he said. “I think people want to be ...

This graphic shows North Dakota exports with and without oil from 2000-2016.

Most ND oil, oil-related products go to Canada

FARGO – Nearly all of North Dakota’s oil and oil-related products go to Canada, according to the head of the U.S. Commercial Office in Fargo. “99.5 percent of North Dakota’s oil-related products went to Canada and 88 percent of this was crude, with the rest being other oil-related ...

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Over the course of 18 years, St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation continues to provide financial gifts that provide life-saving tools and  defibrillators to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

The power of giving

Providing hope for the future by strengthening communities defines the intended impact of St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation. Throughout Minot, the shelves of food pantries are being filled as shelters continue to prepare beds for families in need. During the span of 18 years, the ...

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Alison Ritter, public information officer for the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said rig efficiency is one of the major changes in the oil industry.

Rig efficiency, spacing, DUCs

When the Bakken, the newest oil boom in North Dakota named for the lucrative oil formation called the Bakken, began depends on who you ask, said Alison Ritter, public information officer for the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources in Bismarck. Ritter laid out a timeline of the ...

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Sprucing up St. Leo’s

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church is the mother church of the Catholic world in northwest North Dakota, said the Rev. Justin Waltz, the current pastor. “It’s the first Catholic church in Minot,” said Waltz and has been an important symbol for Christianity in general in Minot. The ...

Electric co-ops serve North Dakota

North Dakota’s system of 16 distribution cooperatives brings electricity to 250,000 state residents. It is an astounding success story. Electric cooperatives were formed for the purpose of providing rural customers with electricity in a reliable and affordable fashion. More and more ...

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SkySkopes Chief Instructor Pilot 
Cory Vinger 
flies a drone during a 
January power line inspection near Wilton.

Not just for the military anymore

Minot is getting an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a burgeoning industry with an announcement by SkySkopes last December that it is expanding its unmanned aircraft operation to the city. The company has received a great reception from companies in the Bakken that could benefit ...