Commentary: The Missing Main Street Opening Wasn’t the Only Flaw in Phase 1

Commentary: The Missing Main Street Opening Wasn’t the Only Flaw in Phase 1

Last Monday, City Council took up the issue of adding an opening in the floodwall at Main Street. It’s been a topic of discussion and commentary here on The Minot Voice since last spring, but it ramped up recently with news that there were also discussions taking place to remove the Anne Street Bridge. Council almost added the opening; it failed by an 8-6 vote. I’ve made no […]

Council Shuts Down Access to Ann Street Bridge

Council Shuts Down Access to Ann Street Bridge   source: Minot Daily News  

The issue of the Ann Street Bridge and a new access point through Minot’s proposed flood wall at Main Street has been a topic of much discussion recently. Monday night, Minot’s City Council ended the discussion by voting to advance flood protection plans in their present form. No opening will be added for NE Minot residents. Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily provides excellent coverage.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Opinion: Congressman Cramer on the Dakota Access Easement Ruling   source: Wall Street Journal  

Congressman Cramer weighs in with an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. He lays out the facts of the issue and lays the lawless outcome directly on the shoulders of President Obama.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Ann Street Bridge Opening: Is safety really the only priority in Phase 1 flood protection?

Ann Street Bridge Opening: Is safety really the only priority in Phase 1 flood protection?

Bias at the top. I’m a regular user of the Ann Street Bridge. I support the opening proposed by Alderman Straight. And the bridge has been a recent topic here on The Minot Voice. If you want to catch up on the story, here’s everything that’s been published. The question of a pedestrian opening in the floodwall at the foot of the Ann Street Bridge on 4th Avenue […]

Ann Street Opening: When are we going to start to listening to citizens?

Ann Street Opening: When are we going to start to listening to citizens?

Bias at the top. I’m a regular user of the Ann Street Bridge. I support the opening proposed by Alderman Straight. And the bridge has been a recent topic here on The Minot Voice. If you want to catch up on the story, here’s everything that’s been published. Approximately a year ago, when the Phase 1 flood protection designs were about 30% complete, the City of Minot held a […]

Ann Street Opening: City Council should have to approve flood protection designs

Ann Street Opening: City Council should have to approve flood protection designs

Bias at the top. I’m a regular user of the Ann Street Bridge. I support the opening proposed by Alderman Straight. And the bridge has been a recent topic here on The Minot Voice. If you want to catch up on the story, here’s everything that’s been published. If you didn’t know, designs for flood protection near the Ann Street Bridge are 100% complete. Those plans are now […]

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?   source: GovLab  

Information is both the currency and lubricant that moves the world forward. But as we find ourselves in the Information Age’s period of juvenile delinquency, the challenge in filtering out the bad information and raising the good information to the top is our biggest challenge. Social media made the problem worse because it’s hastened the spread of bad information, but what is the solution. Stefaan Verhulst with GovLab […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Better Government? Why citizen input is crucial to the government design process   source: GovLab  

GovLab’s mission is to improve people’s lives by changing the way we govern. And in one of there recent articles, they key on the critical need for citizen input in developing the design of applications and solutions. The quote below was in direct reference to the design of a digital time-saving application, but it rings true more generally as well — even here in Minot today. “When developing […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Watch: Incredible and Terrifying Nature on the Galapagos Islands

Watch: Incredible and Terrifying Nature on the Galapagos Islands

What you’re about to watch may be the most incredible thing you’ll see on the Internet this year. It’s teaser footage from the BBC’s Planet Earth II filmed on the Galapagos Islands. But be careful, it may be difficult to watch if you have a strong fear of snakes, and if you’re watching at the office or in mixed company, be prepared — you may instinctively start yelling “run”. And […]

City Council to Take Up an Opening at the Ann Street Bridge

City Council to Take Up an Opening at the Ann Street Bridge

At Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Public Works Committee meeting, Alderman Straight — responding to public comment — brought forward a proposal to amend the Phase 1 flood protection design plans to add a pedestrian opening into the wet-side green-way area at Main Street, near to the Ann Street Bridge. The discussion on the issue went on for more than fifty minutes before a second opening was ultimately recommended by the […]

UND’s energy center awarded $10 million to research capturing carbon dioxide   source: Grand Forks Herald  

UND’s energy center is getting a big influx of federal dollars all with the purpose of improving the environmental sustainability of our coal-fired power plants. The money will be put to work researching ways to capture the carbon by-product of energy from coal. April Baumgarten with the Grand Forks Herald has the full story on where the dollars will be spent and comments from Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky