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Progress

Spotlight on properties

In striving for a more vibrant downtown, Minot leaders are looking to spruce up buildings, create more options for under-utilized buildings and find new uses for properties that Trinity Health eventually will no longer need. City government should have a role in ensuring these changes happen, ...

Investing in downtown

Golfers will want to check out a new restaurant and bar coming to downtown Minot this fall. Construction is starting this spring to renovate a downtown Minot building for Whiskey Nine, a golf-themed establishment to be located at 111 W. Central Ave. The business will have golf simulation ...

Stepping outside

Some Minot businesses are taking advantage of the summer sun while it shines. Others are finding ways to take advantage of sunshine year round. Outdoor venues have long been popular with diners and shoppers, and Minot is looking to increase those opportunities, particularly around its ...

Dakota Square welcomes new businesses

It’s been a hard year for businesses at Dakota Square Shopping Center in Minot, but marketing director Mikalah Auer said shoppers are starting to come back. “As the weather warms up and events are starting to happen again” there should be more activity, said Auer. Target has been ...

Thriving on the prairie

HARVEY – When Paul Gunderson arrived in Harvey in January 2018 to direct the local Jobs Development Authority, CP Rail had just announced plans to decommission its terminal in the city, eliminating dozens of local jobs. Community leaders were worried how the blow might impact the town of just ...

Learning the business

WILLISTON – Eddie and Megan Wold have learned a lot in building their Williston businesses in the past 10 years, and they don’t mind sharing that knowledge with other fledgling small businesses. Williston Economic Development tapped the Wolds as a contact for some of its new businesses ...

Carrying on tradition

STANLEY – Traditions help define the identity of a small town, according to the owners of a long-time Main Street cafe that has been part of the Stanley community’s tradition. Cory and Jamie Rice not only carry on Joyce’s Cafe, started by Cory’s grandparents, but they have retained ...

When the river raged

In this year of severe drought conditions the Souris River looks lifeless and tame and harmless. But in 2011 it rampaged and tore through the City of Minot and the entire Souris River Basin in a devastating and historic fashion, flooding homes and businesses and leaving mud, debris, and ...

Slowly building as quickly as possible

Building flood protection for the Souris River Basin as fast as possible can be a slow process. The future of flood protection rests on the ability to get funding, said Ryan Ackerman, administrator for the Souris River Joint Board (SRJB). “We will build as quickly as we can afford ...

Supt. Vollmer remembers flood of 2011

The Souris River flood of 2011 lives on in the memories of Minot residents for the devastastion it wrought but also the can do attitude that was displayed by the community’s residents, particularly by teachers and students. “It was such an incredible time of uncertainty,” said ...

MSU professor Kibler recalls Souris River flood 10 years later

It has been 10 years since the Souris River flood that devastated Minot and memories are still vivid for those who lived through it, including Robert Kibler, a professor of humanities and literature at Minot State University. “Out at our farm in Burlington, we decided to wait the flood ...

Progress 2021

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Area hiking trail fun

By KIM FUNDINGSLAND Outdoors/Staff Writer kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com With the winter season in the rear view mirror thoughts quite naturally turn to spending quality time outdoors, which often takes the form of exercise. Utilizing an area hiking trail is an ideal way to accomplish ...

Denbigh Forest worth the visit

DENBIGH – A forest on the plain of North Dakota? Yes sir. Believe it or not, an area designated the Denbigh Experimental Forest is located about 40 miles east of Minot on the south side of U.S. Highway 2. No, it wasn’t a naturally occurring feature on the North Dakota landscape, but it ...

Souris River Canoe Trail

UPHAM – It is one of the most scenic and interesting trips in the state – the Souris River Canoe Trail located within the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. Canoeists can choose from 5 1/2, 7 1/3 and 13-mile trips. This year though, due to very dry conditions, paddlers are reminded ...

Scenic drives to remember

By KIM FUNDINGSLAND Outdoors/Staff Writer kfundingsland @minotdailynews.com There’s several places within easy driving distance of Minot where beautiful scenery and wildlife abounds, and it can all be accessed from the comfort of your vehicle. A camera, binoculars or spotting scope, ...

New season at Star City Golf Course already underway

As the weather forces blood-red mercury farther up the thermometer with each passing week, the return of perhaps the only sport to be relatively unimpacted by the COVID-19 pandemic last spring is upon us once again. Golf courses and country clubs, and those who operate them, continued to ...

Fort Mandan opening for 2021 season

Interpretive services for 2021 begain at Fort Mandan April 1, including guided tours and personalized interpretive experiences. Tours originate at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, or a $25 family pass and includes entry into both the ...

Hygge Hills offers farm-centered fun

NOONAN – Since starting a pumpkin patch in 2016, Hank and Lucy Frandsen have been transforming their Noonan farmstead into a place for all sorts of family fun. Hygge Hills has been a work in progress for the Frandsens since moving back to Lucy’s home community in 2015. Hygge is Danish ...

Hwy 83 Lawn, Leisure & Tools opens near Garrison

GARRISON – What started as a place for boat storage developed into Hwy 83 Lawn, Leisure & Tools, owned by Russ and Jeanne Gohl and located along U.S. Highway 83 near the Six Mile Corner (intersection of Highway 83 and N.D. Highway 37) east of Garrison. Hwy 83 Lawn, Leisure & Tools ...