Leaning Against the Majority on Hens and Snakes

Commentary: Leaning Against the Majority on Hens and Snakes

Tomorrow night at Minot’s special City Council meeting, I’m leaning towards allowing snakes as pets and backyard hens. And if my support ends up in those columns, it would be in spite of what I consider a majority of public input that’s opposed to both. So, with that being the case — me likely voting against a majority of public input, I thought it appropriate to share my...

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Pitbull Potpourri & Where this Council Member is Leaning

Commentary: Pitbull Potpourri & Where this Council Member is Leaning

Last month I wrote about the fact that I do think pit bulls — as a breed — represent a danger to public safety. It’s because when they bite people, they often do more damage than when other breeds bite people. And with that in mind, I think it’s appropriate for City Council to address that risk and look for ways to mitigate it. But, is a pit...

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Recycling in Minot… Where’s it at?

Commentary: Recycling in Minot… Where’s it at?

In case you didn’t know, the City of Minot had a plan to begin recycling this year. The first phase of the plan was automated garbage pick-up; that got done last summer. The second phase was building a transfer station at a cost of about $2.5 million; that was scheduled to begin about now. The third phase was to distribute another cart and begin picking up recyclable material...

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Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

Commentary: Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

In November of 2017, two studies were made public regarding the effect of NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) were it to be repealed. One study was done by BMO Capital Markets and the other by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The third most vulnerable state were NAFTA to be repealed would be North Dakota. The two most vulnerable states are Michigan and Wisconsin. The other states...

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City of Minot Committee of the Whole, January 3, 2018

Agendas, Happening: City of Minot Committee of the Whole, January 3, 2018

Minot’s City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole in preparation for their full City Council meeting on Monday, January 8. The agenda follows below and can be viewed here. Committee of the Whole Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – 4:15 PM City Council Chambers BUILDING RELOCATION REQUEST- 5337 ZAHARIA DRIVE The building to be moved is a 2015 year built 1643 square foot single family residence....

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City of Minot Committee of Whole, January 2, 2018

News, Watch: City of Minot Committee of Whole, January 2, 2018

Minot’s City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole in preparation for their full City Council meeting on Monday, January 8. The agenda follows below and can be viewed here. Updated with meeting video ——- Committee of the Whole Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – 4:15 PM City Council Chambers APPROVE THE 2018 POLLING LOCATION The June 2017 Municipal Election was conducted utilizing a central polling location...

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Paying people to move to rural locations

News: Paying people to move to rural locations

The efforts to reenergize and repopulate rural portions of the United States are an ongoing topic for politicians. Often framed under the idea of ‘economic development’, the hope is that government can incentivize a behavior deemed to be beneficial to an area that’s not taking place on it’s own through the private sector. In Georgia, there’s a new intiative that aimed at simply getting people to move into...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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