Let’s be proud of this, and let’s call it The Igloo!

Commentary: Let’s be proud of this, and let’s call it The Igloo!

It’s back for its second season. Gaze North across the valley, and you’ll notice it; it’s the giant white marshmallow-like structure near the college. We call it the Air Supported Dome — it’s an accurate if not particularly catchy name. And from my perspective, it’s hard to imagine the community getting better bang for our local dollar in seeing it realized. I bring up the ‘bang for buck’...

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Imagine, Minot and the amazing technicolor elevator

Commentary: Imagine, Minot and the amazing technicolor elevator

What do you see when you look at Minot’s downtown grain elevators? For long-time Minoters, these icons of past industry have bled into Minot’s background. Sure, they’re there, but how many of us see them anymore? That’s a shame. What would it take to turn your eyes up to them? What would it take to make you notice them again? Better yet, what would it take to make...

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Minot, Let’s call it Diagon Alley

Commentary: Minot, Let’s call it Diagon Alley

When was the last time you went for a drink at the Blue Rider? If it’s been a while, put it on your ‘to do’ list. When you go, take a moment to walk across the street and check out the buildings and the well-hidden diagonal alley along the railroad tracks. It’s not much to look at right now so be careful about muttering your thoughts out loud,...

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News: Viking, elves, trolls gather in new Manitoba park

Icelandic tradition runs strong on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Gimli, Manitoba has been celebrating their Icelandic heritage with Islendingadagurinn for more than 85 years, but it’s only more recently that mythical creatures from Icelandic folklore have been given homes in a City park. Viking Park in Gimli has embraced the old stories by creating homes for elves and trolls. To get a sense of the effort, follow this...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: North Dakota’s Top Correction Officer Learns from Norwegian Example

It’s not often you’ll find a ‘Mother Jones’ article referenced on The Minot Voice. The reporting there makes many North Dakotan’s angry because we quickly draw adversarial lines opposed to their editorial positions. But occasionally, they cover a story that’s worthy of consideration. This is one of those examples. North Dakota’s top corrections officers took a trip to Norway to learn what they could about incarceration. The experience...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Guns N’ Roses Covered by Traditional Finnish Band

Great Performances: Guns N’ Roses Covered by Traditional Finnish Band

Well, traditional Finnish band may be a stretch. But the instruments at least look traditional. The band is Steve ‘N’ Seagulls. The song is “You Could Mine” originally by Guns N’ Roses. And this isn’t the first look at these guys on The Minot Voice. The “November Rain” cover was perhaps more remarkable. And that our Scandinavian second cousins are producing musicians and music of this variety invites...

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News: Alphabet’s (Google) Sidewalk Labs wants to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is heading to Toronto to take up the work of designing the neighborhoods of the future.  A few specific priorities they’ve expressed interest in so far include flood protection plans, affordable housing opportunities, green technologies. Sound familiar? Perhaps a delegation from Minot should invite Sidewalk Labs to make Minot a side project in a rural environment.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg: City hall committee shows its spirits, gives downtown distillery a green light

When it comes to alcohol, consumer trends are outpacing regulator’s ability to keep a handle on the new and emerging business models. One example is the emergence of boutique local distillers, a business type that’s hard to fit in many cities licensing policies. But in Winnipeg, they made room. Patent 5 Distillery is expected to open in February with gin, vodka, and whiskey distilled from local agricultural products.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: What’s a ‘Pop Up City Hall’? Popsicles, an umbrella and a Grand Forks official

Back on July 16, the City of Minot threw itself a birthday party. You may not have known we just turned 130. It was a great event for many reasons, but perhaps most significantly for the way it made city officials and services public and accessible in a non-traditional setting. And shortly after that celebration, there’s news out of Grand Forks that they’re attempting similar events. It’s a...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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When it come to flood protection in Scotland, a wall makes a nice canvas

Commentary, News: When it come to flood protection in Scotland, a wall makes a nice canvas

With $330 million as our local cost for flood protection, there’s no distance too far to look when it comes to searching out good ideas that may tie into the project in some way. And though this idea isn’t directly related to saving life and property, it may be a way to enhance the project. If you’ve driven by the water treatment plant on 16th St. SW, you...

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News: Prairie Roots Food Co-op opens in Fargo with mix of natural, organic foods

The manner in which shop for groceries is evolving and there’s no better evidence than the opening of another food co-op in the state. Prairie Roots Food Co-op opened their doors in downtown Fargo yesterday. The member-owned business uses 5,600 square feet to provide organic and natural food, much of it locally sourced.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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