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Year in Review

#1 — City of the Year has eventful 2018

Minot was named North Dakota’s City of the Year for 2018 at the state League of Cities convention in September. The award reflected a number of completed projects and activities over the past few years and was part of the positive light shining on the region because Harvey also won City of ...

#3 — Breaking ground

Construction on the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project began in earnest in 2018. The sound of ceremonial shovels scooping dirt and equipment grinding and hauling away trees gave notice March 28 that the flood protection project residents have been waiting for since 2011 is on its ...

#4 — Voters choose new sheriff

At the November 6, 2018 general election voters chose some new people to occupy very visible potions in Ward County. Foremost was the defeat of Sheriff Bob Barnard, ousted by challenger Robert Roed. While the election of Roed may not have been completely surprising to some, the margin of ...

5 — Zoo starts construction on new cat habitats; parks, rec merger under way

The long-awaited day arrived this year in June when ground was broken at Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo for new cat habitats. This year a proposed merger of the Minot Park District and City of Minot’s Recreation Commission also came together. “We’ve been talking about it for quite some ...

#6 — The year in crime

The year in Minot was also marked by high profile crime. In May, former Minot kindergarten teacher Cynthia Louise Wilder, 28, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for helping to plan the brutal stabbing murder of her husband’s pregnant ex-wife in November 2015. Her husband, Richie ...

#7 — Businesses come and go in 2018

Though much of Minot remains the same, much changed in the business scene in 2018. From hotels closing or changing hands to new businesses and concepts coming to the area, here is a breakdown of what has changed in Minot for business. Hotels At the beginning of 2018, whisperings around ...

#8 — Trade war highlights 2018 ag issues

In early July 2018, the United States imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese good being imported into the country. China retaliated with tariffs on imported good from the U.S. The trade war between the world’s two largest economies was underway. For North Dakota farmers the ...

#9 — Out with the old

Home Sweet Home was on the move in June, crossing the street to a new home out of the path of flood protection construction. The move was just one of the changes occurring in 2018 for long-time fixtures in the Minot community. Originally a residence, the house at 103 4th Ave. NW served as a ...

#10 — 2018 mild winter, little precipitation

The saying goes if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change. But this winter of 2018 hasn’t changed into anything like many past ones with heavy snowfall and extremely low temperatures. Instead, Minot and area have been experiencing an unseasonably mild winter ...

#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 ...