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Progress

Progress 2019

Check out this year’s full publications each week online below: Energy/Technology: Tourism/Recreation: Economic Development: Arts & Culture: Education: Agriculture: Healthcare: Military:

Investing in wind

The capacity for wind energy production in North Dakota reached about 3,153 megawatts at the end of 2018, and figures from the state Public Service Commission show that number could exceed 10,000 megawatts someday with the continued interest being shown in turbine technology. In comparison, ...

Big water, big attraction

There is no question about it. Lake Sakakawea is a marvelous and well-used attraction for both local and out-of-state residents. Pick a day of the week, any summer day, and you’ll find hundreds of boats on the water at Lake Sakakawea. It is common to see parking lots at boat ramps filled ...

Staging for the future

A company that’s providing a staging ground for a future wind farm is adding value to the region’s energy industry. Watco Supply Chain has leased about 80 acres in Minot Area Development Corp.’s industrial park as a staging area for a northern North Dakota wind farm. Wind equipment ...

Preparing for zoo’s centennial

Minot’s Roosevelt Park zoo’s Amur tigers and African lions will have new homes at the zoo later this summer when buildings for the cats are completed. A ground opening for the new cat habitats is also being planned, said Jennifer Kleen, executive director of the Minot Zoo Crew. The ...

Looking back

North Dakota has come a long way in oil and gas development since nearly seven decades ago when the first oil well was drilled and completed in the Tioga area. Today, the state produces more than 1.3 million barrels of oil a day from more than 15,000 producing wells and and also produces more ...

Planning ahead

New recreational and park amenities are on Minot Park District’s drawing board, and some could be under construction soon. Minot Park Board is developing an updated plan that will lay out and prioritize projects for the next five years. Among items on the list for inclusion are greenway ...

Not the same ding-dong

Ringing the doorbell isn’t quite the same as it used to be. Neither is knocking on a door or even stepping onto the sidewalk of someone’s property. Why? An increasing number of homeowners today have discovered the advantages of installing “smart” doorbells, doorbells that record ...

Outdoor improvements to MAYSA Arena

Minot residents and visitors to the city will soon have more options to choose from for outdoor activities. Minot Parks expects to complete work this year on a frisbee golf course, mountain biking trail and cross-country running trail adjacent to the MAYSA Arena. If all goes well the facility ...

Reaching $1M: Williston Basin API to celebrate fundraising milestone

WILLISTON – The Williston Basin API will celebrate a significant achievement this year. On Saturday, Sept. 7, the group will host a public celebration at Black Magic Harley Davidson to recognize API has donated $1 million in scholarships and grants during the past eight years, according to ...

Amazing area

Within the Turtle Mountains there are many places to enjoy the expansive North Dakota outdoors. There are over 20-plus miles of mountain biking trails at Lake Metigoshe State Park that are perfect for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking in the winter and hiking and biking ...

Helping fund the state

The oil and gas industry in North Dakota has paid a total of more than $18 billion over the last 10 years in oil and gas severance taxes, says Rob Lindberg, Bismarck, director of Bakken Backers. “It doesn’t include income taxes of companies and employees have paid. It doesn’t include ...

Tennis for the whole family

With a passion for tennis and getting families involved, tennis professional Marc S. White has reignited Minot’s love and appreciation for tennis from beginners to seasoned athletes. After a nationwide search, Minot landed the United States Professional Tennis Association and the ...

Kids learn valuable skills through Minot Robotics

Area kids are going Full Steam Ahead when it comes to robotics. Allison Auch, executive director of Full STEAM Ahead, which includes Minot Robotics, said a team of 9 to 14-year-olds from Bishop Ryan Catholic School will be headed to a national competition in Detroit, Mich., on April 27. The ...

Emerging value-added products

North Dakota is a prime spot for developing and implementing new technologies with coal, such as capturing CO2 and utilizing CO2 for enhanced oil recovery, said Steve Van Dyke, vice president-communications for the council in Bismarck. The Lignite Energy Council issued about 10 different ...

Saving the bright way

Technological advances in lighting systems not only increases efficiency and saves money, but can also greatly enhance product appeal for customers when used in retail settings. Motion sensors and LED (light emitting diode) lighting are not entirely new offerings but they are increasing in ...

Magic City Discovery Center continues to move forward

With another year come and gone, the Magic City Discovery Center is continuing to move closer and closer to not only their Capital Campaign goal but to all plans of their children’s museum being finalized. According to Wendy Keller of the Magic City Discovery Center, they are now more than ...

A creative night out on the town

After a gruesomely lengthy downtown infrastructure project that left the area under construction for years, Minot’s Wendy Kimble saw a need to help local businesses pick back up after all was said and done. “After seeing how hard it was on some of my favorite local shops and art ...

Prepare the popcorn and get comfortable

Lower the lights, turn the sound up and let the movie experience take over alongside nostalgia at Oak Park Theater. A small, sub-run theater filled with memories and a long run, it offers a comfortable movie experience at a cheaper price. The Oak Park Theater in its current remodel has been ...

For the love of craft beer

Have you ever wanted a liquor store where you could crack open a cold one while looking for cold ones? Ever wanted to sample a bit of that fancy whiskey before buying the bottle? How about meeting the brewer behind making that delicious craft beer you’ve seen popping up around ...