Community spirit, grit, and a small town flavor (where we know and respect our neighbors) characterize Minot and help distinguish us from these other cities.
We pull together as a community, rather than just a group of individuals – this was best seen in our resilience during and after the flood. It's just natural for neighbor to help neighbor, for people to work very hard to overcome adversity, and for us to work together.
Thankfully, we haven't had the issues with crime that have plagued Williston, it's much easier to get around than with Fargo's sprawl, we're not nearly as dependent on government as Bismarck,and are University plays an important role in, but does not dominate, as in Grand Forks. Overall, I think our quality of life compares very well.
The raw ingredients are all here, particularly in terms of our people, to become a much better city. One of the things we need to reestablish, however, is a shared vision of where we want to go, and prioritize the steps we take to get there. The MakeMinot movement deserves a lot of credit, for being a catalyst, and I very much hope we can harness its energy to keep growing better.
— Stephan Podrygula