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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 ...

Productive year for flood protection

Progress was made on Souris River flood control in 2020 with the completion of two phases of a protection project in Minot and the advancement of additional work in Minot and Burlington. In October, project sponsors signed off on the final completion of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood ...

Low oil prices a concern in 2020

North Dakota’s oil industry saw low oil prices this year although the active wells in the state continued to pump more than a million barrels of oil a day for most of 2020, with the exception of May and June when numbers dropped below a million, according to the North Dakota Department of ...

Drug overdose deaths quintuple on Minot

Drug overdose deaths in the Minot area increased more than five times in 2020 over last year and police said many of the overdoses could be attributed to the lethal drug fentanyl. “Often, opiate users purchase the drugs under the false pretense that they are receiving heroin or ...

#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 ...