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Year in Review

Year of the coronavirus

It started slow. Very slow. Then the number of people with coronavirus began to climb. So did the concern. Eventually, the North Dakota Department of Health updated coronavirus information on their website and on Facebook, a sort of macabre scoreboard of COVID-19 versus state residents. As ...

Unemployment increases during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic had a serious impact on livelihoods in the Minot area in 2020. In the spring Gov. Doug Burgum had issued executive orders that closed or placed restrictions on certain high-contact businesses such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gymnasiums, hair stylists and ...

Schools grapple with pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic meant challenges for parents, teachers and students across the state in 2020. School buildings were closed in March by order of the governor and classes were delivered via distance learning, an entirely new method of education delivery for many. When classes resumed ...

Outdoors offered pandemic relief in 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic had a negative impact on almost every aspect of daily living in 2020, it created a remarkable surge in outdoor activity. It is there, outdoors in North Dakota, where social distancing was easily achievable and provided numerous avenues of relief from COVID caused ...

New faces, new places

The past year brought a new city manager and progress toward a new city hall for the City of Minot. Harold Stewart II, former city manager in Warrensburg, Missouri, assumed the city manager position Dec. 28 following a candidate search that drew 50 qualified applicants and resulted in ...