A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

News: A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

Extending South of Interstate 94 in Western North Dakota, you’ll find an oddity that is uniquely and inspiringly American. It is the Enchanted Highway, and with all the negativity that surrounds us these days, one journalist from Chicago sees it as a sign that our path out of the morass is in front of us. Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune. Image by Will Kincaid with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Let’s Reconnect With Our Streets

Have we reached a point where we’re more likely to have a relationship with our car than our neighbors? Perhaps that’s because we’ve lost touch with our connection point — our streets. It used to be that these keystones of our community were places to come together, now they’re conveyances out of our neighborhoods to our places of work.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

Many residents in Minot want to see citywide recycling, but before we invest big in the facilities and equipment, perhaps we should ask — what problem is it we’re trying to solve? One answer we’d expect to hear is we need to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. If that’s the case, then Matt Wilkins writing at Scientific American has a different proposal for dealing with the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Jacobs and Her Legacy of Livable Cities

Commentary: An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Jacobs and Her Legacy of Livable Cities

What makes a place remarkable? Maria Popova explores the question through an exploration of Jane Jacobs life. Her conclusion: “Out of this arises the awareness that a city, like a niche in nature, is an ecosystem. The synergy of its various human and nonhuman components — neighborhoods, parks, stores, streets, sidewalks — is what makes it thrive.”  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: EPA officials visit ND for Grain Growers Association’s 25th E-Tour | Agweek

What do you get when you put a bunch of common-sense North Dakota farmers on a bus with a bunch of Washington bureaucrats? No, this isn’t a set-up for a joke — it’s a real-life news story, and the meeting happened not-far from Minot. Agweek has the article on the meeting that’s the hopeful basis for better regulation.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Opinion: The recycling game is rigged against consumers

Minot recycling has been a contentious topic of late, and for those who support the effort, there are few reasons worthy of a delay. But circumstances far beyond Minot are wreaking havoc on the pillar of American environmentalism and forcing environmentalists to think differently about the practice. And one problem that’s been identified may surprise you — we’ve been making it too easy.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Opinion: Change makes sense for Corps of Engineers

Few places have had more experience with the Corps of Engineers and flood protection than Minot, but Southern Lousiana is one place that can probably make the claim. And with experience, comes the opportunity to be constructively critical. Check out this editorial from the Daily Comet calling for a reorganization of the Corps interior related water infrastructure work.  summary by: The Minot Voice

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News: It’s slower traffic, not wider roads that saves lives

Pedestrian versus car accidents are on the increase and the culprit is challenging a long-held engineering and design mindset. Wider roads — a design concept delivered into our neighborhoods under the guise of safety —  send signals to drivers that it’s OK to speed up, but they make life miserable for bikers and pedestrians. When there is a conflict, the car wins. Get the full story from Wired.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The story on Minot is changing

A key to Minot’s success is what other people and other places are saying about us. Word of mouth works for communities the same way it does for businesses — it’s the reference that matters most. And the conversations about Minot taking place in other places are starting to change in a good way. This article from The Economist is evidence.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: ‘Multicultural’ lunch is a showcase of students’ heritage

In Williston, the new iteration of the American melting pot has been shaping the community since the start of the oil boom. One of the positive impacts of that diversity is now an opportunity to expose a person’s pallet to flavors from around the world. The Williston Herald has the story on a new program gaining a foothold in one middle school.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Mining the magic: MN Industry leftovers reinvented by influx of silent sports

How do you take a once scarred landscape filled abandoned ore mines and turn it into something positive? One method: by embracing silent sports like mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, and kayaking. A two-hour drive from the twin cities, you’ll find the Cayuna State Recreation Area, home to a then-radical idea hatched 30-years ago that is paying big dividends for a once economically stricken area.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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