Year in Review

#1: Dry conditions plagued 2017

The weather took the Minot region, and most of North Dakota, for a wild ride in 2017. The year started with drifts of deep snow courtesy of a series of three blizzards that began in late 2016. From all appearances it looked like the winter of 2016-17, at least for snow depth, was going to be ...

#2: Fixing up the city

Mayor Chuck Barney cut the ribbon at a ceremony in October to celebrate the completion of the nearly $35 million, three-year downtown Minot improvement project. A number of dignitaries were on hand for the event. The project was the largest reconstruction effort in the city’s history to ...

#3: Contracting economy impacts budgets

Taxing entities facing declining property valuations and lower revenue forecasts had to make difficult decisions at budget time in 2017. Taxpayers who were to receive their statements just before Christmas likely saw higher bills, particularly with the elimination of the 12 percent state ...

#4: New Ward County Jail

Ward County opened a new jail addition in 2017. The expansion, which increased inmate capacity from 104 beds to 300, was officially completed Nov. 3. Prisoners were ushered into the new facility in mid-December, a schedule that allowed ample time for staff from the sheriff’s department to ...

#5: Flood protection inches forward in 2017

Construction bids that were lower than expected on the initial phases of flood control in Minot could help to speed the completion of flood protection in the Souris River Basin. Favorable bids were among good news about flood protection that developed during 2017. On Dec. 4, Minot City ...

#6: Revamped city council seated in 2017

Minot’s City Council was given a completely new look in 2017. Voters who had made the decision to cast off the system of 14 aldermen that had been running city government, two councilmen from each of 7 Wards, voted for six of nine candidates to provide new direction for the city without Ward ...

#7: Historic Day: Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Vice President Mike Pence promised airmen at Minot Air Force Base the Trump administration will rebuild the nation’s military. Speaking to about 200 airmen in a B-52 hangar at the base on Oct. 27, Pence told the group it’s a great honor for him to serve as vice ...

#8: Trinity on track in 2017 with new medical complex plans

Trinity Health was on track in 2017 to issue $380 million in tax-free bonds by year’s end to finance a new hospital and medical park in southwest Minot. Anticipating construction to begin in earnest in the spring, Trinity sought approval from the Ward County Commission in November to issue ...

#9: Wilder murder case

The year 2017 was bookended by hearings for a husband and wife who plotted a murder and, in the process, effectively orphaned three children. A jury found Richie Wilder Jr. guilty in December 2016 of the brutal stabbing murder of his ex-wife, Angila Wilder – the woman he had battered during ...

#10: Drugs were a growing problem in North Dakota in 2017

The drug problem in Minot is on display every day at the Ward County Courthouse, in the endless parade of people charged with drug dealing or drug possessions, in thefts to support their habit, in the partners they have assaulted while high on drugs and in the children who have been neglected ...

Year in Review 2016

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#1 – Minot decides to change city government structure

Minot residents stated unequivocally in June that they want a smaller city council. The culmination of several months of activity by #MakeMinot, the June 14 election gave the citizens group a 75 percent margin of victory in its efforts to change the structure of city government. The ballot ...

#2 — Minot was construction city in 2016

Many Minot residents could be forgiven for thinking that 2016 was the year of never ending road and building construction in downtown Minot. The first of two downtown parking structures was opened in February, following a 2 1/2 year long saga that city officials called “challenging.”  ...

#3 — 2016 provided new opportunities for leadership

Throughout 2016, the city of Minot experienced several transitions. From the reconstruction of Minot International Airport to the steady transformations downtown, a new era of leadership is taking place in the Magic City. When reviewing the 2016 highlights, the first shift in leadership ...

#4 — Oil field slowdown afflicts Minot area

The slowdown in the North Dakota oil patch influenced many lives and facets of the city of Minot and surrounding area in 2016. Oil production in the state hovered around slightly more than a million barrels a day for much of the year, then dropping from a million barrels a day to 981,039 ...

#5 — Drugs fuel crime in Minot

Crime continued to dominate the headlines in Minot in 2015. In January, Anthony Campbell was convicted of beating and stabbing Shannon Brunelle to death in an apartment garage on Sept. 15, 2015. Campbell, who maintains his innocence, will serve 30 years for the crime. In mid-December, ...

#6 — Weather woes presented challenges for farmers and ranchers

After experiencing the warmest winter in 14 years, farmers and ranchers across North Dakota faced excessive amounts of precipitation alongside weather related damages to crops and fields in 2016. Pam Brekke, a farmer from Edmore, described 2016 as an overall nightmare. “We got over 39 ...

#7 — Health-care providers advance plans in 2016

The rezoning of a piece of Trinity Health’s property in southwest Minot in November was a major step toward breaking ground on a new medical park this coming spring. It was among medical news ranging from grants for nursing programs to hepatitis C lawsuits that made headlines in ...

#8 — Jail up, sheriff out in 2016

Construction on a new addition designed to expand the capacity of the Ward County Jail, and the removal of the county sheriff in favor of an interim sheriff, provided continued news on the county front during 2016. Jail construction was one part of a county building project included in a tax ...