News: Stretch of Mississippi River in and around St. Cloud sheds its sullied history   source: Star Tribune  

For one city in Minnesota, the Mississippi River was just a water pathway that flowed through town. It was the place they dumped their sewage; it was the home of meat-packing plants that sent their environmental impacts downstream. They stopped the environmental damage they were doing a generation ago; now their eyes are opening to the economic and recreational opportunities of restored habitat. @sourisfriends, does any of this […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Commentary: Our economic future depends on storytellers   source: Quartz  

Heard a good story lately? It’s kind of a trick question, because if you did, you may not even know it. Storytelling is a time-honored art form, but we’re just now discovering the relevance it has to what we think, who we trust, and how we act. And our ability to spin a yarn may just be the key to success in an economy that is rapidly evolving […]

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News: Marathon community facilities meeting ends in indecision   source: Minot Daily News  

The community facilities allocation of Minot’s sales tax is set at 30% of 1-cent. By the end of 2017, it’s expected to have about $4.8 million available. The first step in deciding which projects are funded rests in the hands of a subcommittee of City Council members, and they met on Thursday to review applications. Requests exceeding dollars available and a difficult financial situation for the city led […]

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News: Growing cities take proactive stance against diverse threats, building resilience   source:   

When it comes to resilience, it’s not just about being prepared. It’s about building stronger cities that deliver a higher quality of life and more economic diversity. Sound familiar? Minot is in the middle of an enormous resiliency effort made possible by $74.3 million federal grant. And we’re not the only city thinking in this language; check out this article from the Christian Science Monitor on the larger resilient […]

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News: Winnipeg economic development agency holding Railside Promenade ideas competition   source: Winnipeg Free Press  

In Winnipeg, The Forks Renewal Corporation, the city’s economic development agency, is looking to spur redevelopment in a neighborhood dominated by wide roads and parking lots. And how are they going about doing it? They’re holding a design competition. They’ve set basic goals of what they want to accomplish and the terms of what’s required to apply, and now they’re asking teams of designers including architects and developers […]

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News: Ward County asks N.D. board to stop cloud-seeding   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Yesterday, the Ward County Commission voted unanimously to discontinue the County’s weather modification program for the rest of the year. This article on the story comes from the Grand Forks Herald — particularly local coverage.  But in the article, you’ll find a bit more scientific context (along with a bit of honest commentary) on the theory of cloud seeding and weather modification.

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News: Judge is asked to halt Army Corps’ flood-diversion project for Fargo-Moorhead   source: Star Tribune  

The Fargo-Moorhead area’s attempt to build flood protection is in the hands of a federal judge. The state of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources has denied the project a needed permit. The details of the case may be of interest to the legally inclined, but the context in which this matters to Minot is this: the basin-wide approach taken by the SRJB in directing the areas flood protection […]

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News: Tips for running a successful capital campaign   source: The Current  

The Roosevelt Park Zoo, the Magic City Discovery Center, and the Souris Valley Animal Shelter are three local organizations with capital campaigns either underway or soon to get started. The success of those campaigns and the projects they intend to deliver would no doubt be a boon to our community. So, this article from The Current offering a few tips on how to run a successful money-raising venture […]

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News: A New School Model Helps Rural Districts Boost Enrollment and Ensure Student Success   source: EdSurge  

The challenges that come with delivering a high-quality education in a rural setting are real. Too often in our small towns, teachers and administrators are forced to continue delivering a high level of services amid a climate of declining resources. What’s the solution? In Alberta, Canada, one school administrator addressed the results by tearing down the system and rebuilding it to meet the needs of his community and […]

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FEMA floodplain open house your opportunity for one-on-one answers

Happening, News: FEMA floodplain open house your opportunity for one-on-one answers

Wednesday, July 19th FEMA and the City of Minot will be hosting an open house at the Municipal Auditorium from 10:00 am till 8:00 pm. As a result of FEMA’s floodplain remapping process of the Souris Valley, approximately 4,000 properties in the Minot area will be newly included in the area’s revised floodplain. That means many properties will be required to carry federally backed flood insurance if there […]

News: A Toxic Legacy: North Dakota Looks To Clean Up Old Oilfield Waste   source: Inside Energy  

One of the considerable by-products of oil production in North Dakota is the extremely salty wastewater we get back along with the oil. It’s not a new problem. And though modern practices inject wastewater deep underground, there are still a number of legacy era brine pits that continue to leach salt water contamination into nearby fields. Amy Sisk with Inside Energy has the story that hits near to […]

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News: Judge Rules Ward County State’s Attorney’s Demand ‘Not in Good Faith’   source: Dickinson Press  

Minot area criminal defense attornies and the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office have been squabbling in court recently. The incidents have brought considerable media coverage, and now a ruling against the State’s Attorney’s office. Andrea Johnson with The Minot Daily News has the coverage, but it’s not available online so you’ll have to find it via the Dickinson Press.

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