Eating the $336 Million Flood Protection Elephant

Commentary: Eating the $336 Million Flood Protection Elephant

The discussion on how to fund the local share of flood protection — about $336 million — is finally happening. Personally, I’m frustrated by the fact that we’re six years removed from the high water and just now talking about how to pay for the plan. But frustration alone doesn’t typically deliver better outcomes. So, in the hopes of moving us toward a solution, I’m going to serve up […]

City Council Candidates Comment on the Zombie Home Problem & Solutions

News: City Council Candidates Comment on the Zombie Home Problem & Solutions

Question seven of twelve in our online City Council candidate’s forum is on Governor Burgum’s Main Street Initiative and the role downtown will play in Minot’s future. For more on this forum and information about Minot’s City Council election and candidates, check out our election headquarters here. If you appreciate this content, please share it with a friend. What role should the City of Minot play in reducing […]

Council Candidates Comment on the Main Street Initiative & Downtown

News: Council Candidates Comment on the Main Street Initiative & Downtown

Question seven of twelve in our online City Council candidate’s forum is on Governor Burgum’s Main Street Initiative and the role downtown will play in Minot’s future. For more on this forum and information about Minot’s City Council election and candidates, check out our election headquarters here. If you appreciate this content, please share it with a friend. Please comment on the role of downtown in the city’s […]

Earth Recycling Fire Draws Multi-Department Response

News: Earth Recycling Fire Draws Multi-Department Response

Correction: At the time of publishing, this article referenced the City of Minot Fire Department as one of the responding jurisdictions. That was partially incorrect. The City of Minot FD was on-site providing air-quality monitoring but did not contribute manpower or equipment directly to the fire response. A significant fire on Minot’s Northwest edge has drawn a response from most of the area’s fire departments including Rural Minot, […]

Flood Protection Funding Remains in Question

News: Flood Protection Funding Remains in Question

The City of Minot’s Sales Tax Reform (Flood Protection Funding) Ad Hoc Committee met yesterday to continue the discussion on funding the local share of our long-term flood protection plan. Following the legislature’s estimated appropriation of $70 million in the current biennium, a $20 million carryover from the last biennium, and written intent to appropriate another $123 million in coming bienniums, the state has basically stepped up and […]

City Council Candidates Comment on Efficient Use of Community Facilities

News: City Council Candidates Comment on Efficient Use of Community Facilities

This week it’s questions five and six in our online City Council candidate’s forum. Below, you’ll find comments on question six relating to making the most of our existing community facilities. Check out their answers below. To learn more about this forum, the introductions to the first week’s questions tell you a bit more about it, and you can also check out our City Council Election Headquarters. Read […]

Council Candidates Comment on the $74.3 million NDR Award

News: Council Candidates Comment on the $74.3 million NDR Award

This week it’s questions five and six in our online City Council candidate’s forum. Below, you’ll find comments on question five relating to the $74.3 million National Disaster Resilience award. Check out their answers below. To learn more about this forum, the introductions to the first week’s questions tell you a bit more about it, and you can also check out our City Council Election Headquarters. Read the […]

The Challenges that go with Speaking out in a Small Town

Commentary: The Challenges that go with Speaking out in a Small Town

In the latest discussion on The Good Talk Minot, myself, Jonah Lantto of The Good Talk Network, and Alderman Shannon Straight dig in on the challenges that come with speaking out in a small town. Perhaps it’s part of our North Dakota culture and personality, perhaps it’s just human nature, but we don’t do ourselves any favors when we go along to get along. Have a listen below […]

Is the way we think about charity dead wrong? Watch and consider

Commentary, Learn: Is the way we think about charity dead wrong? Watch and consider

We’ve all seen the graphic about various nonprofit organizations that tells us what percentage of donated dollars go towards the ’cause’ and how much goes toward ‘administration’. If you haven’t seen the chart, it’s likely you’ve had the conversation with someone. And if you’re like me — you were probably captured by that quick hit statistic. I know I formed an opinion based on that information, and I’ve continued […]

Evidence for a New Economic Development Model?

Commentary, News: Evidence for a New Economic Development Model?

Economic growth, economic diversity, these are buzzwords in North Dakota and in Minot right now. The City’s NDR application talks about it; our consultant on the project, CDM Smith, even has a $300,000 budget to create an ‘Economic Development Strategic Plan for Minot & Ward County’. We also have the MAGIC fund, a sales-tax-funded pot of money earmarked toward providing ‘incentives’ for primary sector businesses. Luring new businesses […]

Bismarck High School Solves IT Challenges with Tech Club

News: Bismarck High School Solves IT Challenges with Tech Club

Bismarck’s Legacy High School is on the newer end of the spectrum, but it’s not just the building that has a different feel — there’s also some new approaches to education. One example, instead of employing an IT staff to take care school’s computers and tech hardware, they’ve insourced the job directly to students. The Video below from NBC News tells the story. Commentary: this is exactly the […]

City Council Candidates Comment on the MAGIC Fund

News: City Council Candidates Comment on the MAGIC Fund

Here’s the second of this week’s questions for our City Council candidates: please comment on the roles of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and the Minot Area Development Corporation and if you believe that public incentives for economic development (i.e MAGIC Fund) should be modified. Check out their answers below. To learn more about this forum, the introductions to last week’s questions tell you a bit more […]