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Year in Review

#1 Still seeking space

Minot hadn’t settled on a location for a downtown gathering place at the end of 2019, but hope remained alive despite the frustrations surrounding the project. Plans for a downtown park-like space are part of the city’s $74.3 million National Disaster Resilience Program, from which $6 ...

#2 Trinity Health’s new campus progressing

Exploding propane tanks at the construction site of Trinity Health’s medical campus in southwest Minot on an evening in mid-March shook houses and other buildings in the city, rattled windows and fireballs shot into the air. That night of March 22, crews from the Minot Fire Department ...

#3 Record rain in late 2019

Dry conditions, suggestive of a possible drought emerging, marked the first half of 2019. However, as the months passed any thought of drought gave way to concerns about too much moisture. Record rain fell in September in many areas of the state. Minot set an all-time record for September ...

#4 Community engagement

It was a year of challenges for Minot city government in 2019. In some cases, it also was a year of public discontent with city government, whether over city actions or inactions. From an open meetings violation to lack of movement on curbside recycling, the Minot City Council and the public ...

#5 Slim Chickens, Culver’s among new businesses in Minot

Some new businesses opened their doors in Minot in 2019. Among the most eagerly awaited was Slim Chickens. “We opened the store on November the 4th and currently have about 80 employees,” said Wendy Howe, director of marketing and brand compliance for the Preferred Restaurant Group. ...

#6 Society changes in 2019

Legal marijuana as medicine, the repeal of the Sunday closing law and the rising concern about youth vaping and addiction generally changed the landscape in North Dakota in 2019. A bill repealing Sunday opening passed the House 56-35 and Senate 25-21, lifting restrictions on Aug. 1 that had ...

#7 Minot Parks

New African lion habitat opens and tiger habitat being completed, Magic City Discovery Center continues to move forward and Minot Park Board makes plans for 2020 – all happening in 2019. Visitors to Roosevelt Park Zoo had the opportunity on Sept. 26 to see the Severson Ahart African Lion ...

#8 Year of records, activity

North Dakota’s oil and gas industry ended 2019 on a high note with new all-time high production numbers for both oil and natural gas. Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, reported on Dec. 13 that for the first time in history the state had reached ...

#9 Flood control construction highlights 2019

The massive Souris River flood control project dominated the construction scene in Minot in 2019. Pump stations, flood walls and other necessary aspects of the multi-phase project were visible sites of activity throughout the year. “We got a good jump on the first three phases of flood ...

#10 Pioneer Village museum now in Burlington

After it lost a long legal battle against the North Dakota State Fair Association to keep its pioneer village on the state fairgrounds, the Ward County Historical Society board decided against an appeal. Instead, they wanted a new start in a place where they could grow and expand the pioneer ...

#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 ...