News: Greyhound exit from Canadian Prairie expected to spur innovation in transportation

A couple days ago, we called out an article from the Winnipeg Free Press noting a soon-to-be void in their transportation network because of the discontinuation of several Greyhound bus routes across the prairie. A few days before that, there was an article on how creating a void in a system fuels innovation. This article really ties the thread together.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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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: Winnipeg talks trash — expects few problems with new garbage collectors

In ‘socialized’ Canada, we see an unexpected example of business-focused privatization. Here in North Dakota’s larger cities, municipal trash pick up is the exclusive territory of government. In Winnipeg, the model is the opposite. Trash pick-up is served by private contractors who provide services based on contracts let by the City. It’s a worthwhile perspective as here in Minot, our City Council will be considering a policy to...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Endangered butterfly shows trouble is waiting in the wings

The thing about losing a species — no matter how seemingly small and insignificant — is it’s a signal that something in the system is going awry. And when one of those species plays the role of a pollinator, the cascade effect becomes harder to quantify. The northern prairies are home to several endangered butterflies; this article from the Winnipeg Free Press features one of them.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Farmer promotes food, farming, and ranching in Saskatchewan

More and more, modern food consumers have less and less sense of where their food comes from and how it’s produced. And in a place like North Dakota and our agricultural neighbors to the North, that’s a problem we need to be conscious of. That problem is what’s inspired many farmers and ranchers to take up the task of educating the rest of us who aren’t intimately connected...  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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Oh Canada, Our Funny Neighbor to the North…

Commentary: Oh Canada, Our Funny Neighbor to the North…

After a week in British Columbia, Canada, it is hard to believe we won’t need to build a wall to keep the Canadians out of the USA. Canada has socialized medicine. Canada has sales taxes that are roughly twice as high as ours. Canada has higher income taxes than us. Canada has higher gasoline taxes than us. Canada has higher tobacco taxes than us. Canada has higher liquor...

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News: Regina to Estevan Passing lanes draw criticism from committees

Our Canadian neighbors have been discussing a dramatic improvement to the road that connects Estevan to Regina. In Canada, the improvement is call twinning, here in the states, we’d call it four-laning. Whatever the language, and improvement to the road would solidify Minot’s position on an important trade corridor. But it seems the Canadians are thinking twice about the twinning plans and are now consider a smaller project...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg economic development agency holding Railside Promenade ideas competition

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...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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

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...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Let’s get started on rail relocation

Commentary: Let’s get started on rail relocation

One of the reasons The Minot Voice focuses on news from other areas is because it’s rare that a community like Minot confronts a wholly new and unique problem. Whatever our challenge, and we have plenty, there are good odds that some community somewhere has faced a similar challenge. And the more we read around, the more likely we are to find outside ideas and solutions that match...

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