Year in Review


Year in Review 2016

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Lynn Johnson submits her ballot in early voting at the Ward County Administrative Building June 14.

#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 ...

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Construction workers prepare to work on the exterior cladding on one of the two parking ramps in downtown Minot. The exterior finish on both downtown parking ramps is to be completed by Feb. 10 under a bid award granted by the Minot City Council to Rolac Contracting of Minot. Total cost is $573,6778 with contingencies and architectural/engineering expenses.

#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.”  ...

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Kelli Flermoen is the first woman to be named fire chief of the Minot Fire Department. During the summer, Flermoen collaborated with the American Red Cross to inspect and install smoke detectors in the homes of Minot residents.

#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 ...

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The slowdown in the oil fields in North Dakota hampered growth in Minot and surrounding area, including real estate and housing construction.

#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 ...

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This was the home where Richie Wilder Jr. murdered his ex-wife Angila Wilder in November 2015. A memorial picture of Angila Wilder is shown in the front window of her home in northwest Minot in late December 2015.

#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, ...

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Travis Johnson, left, and his brother Tanner provide feed to the cattle at the Johnson farm in the Burlington area.

#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 ...

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R. Wayne Estopinal, president of TEG Architects, stands in front of schematics of the new medical park as he discusses the progress with the project in November.

#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 ...

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The exterior of the Ward County Jail expansion shows most of the work complete in December, with construction crews now focusing on the interior.

#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 ...

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Mayor Chuck Barney, right speaks at a news conference with now former city manager Lee Staab, left, last January to discuss Minot’s award of $74.3 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

#9 — Minot wins $74.3 million in resiliency competition

The city of Minot started off the year with big news when it was awarded $74.3 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp made the announcement Jan. 19. Minot was one of 13 communities selected from 40 applicants to receive the award. The ...

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A jogger takes a break to check his cell phone on a beautiful fall day in Minot.

#10 — 2016 wonderful weather year

Statistically, 2016 was one of the nicest weather years in North Dakota history. Statistics aside, anyone who has lived in North Dakota for a few years knew it was a very unusual year. It was so unusual that the sound of lawnmowers replaced the chugging of snowblowers, many of which saw little ...