#GoodTalkMinot – Middle-earth and Park District 5-Year Planning

Commentary, News: #GoodTalkMinot – Middle-earth and Park District 5-Year Planning

What do Middle-earth, the mythological realm of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Minot Park District’s 5-year planning process have in common? They’re both topics of this week’s #GoodTalkMinot conversations. On our first hour we’re joined by Director Kena Davidson and Actor Cade Solberg. Out topic: the Magic City Playmaker’s upcoming production of The Hobbit. Watch below to hear a few tricks of the theater trade, what it’s like to catch...

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United Airlines Adding a Flight Between Minot and Denver

News: United Airlines Adding a Flight Between Minot and Denver

Air travel from the Magic City is about to get easier. The news release below was issued by the City of Minot Public Information Office. — Official News Release, City of Minot — United Airlines has added a third daily round trip flight between Minot International Airport and Denver International Airport, boosting the number of daily seats available by 50 percent. The new flight will begin June 6,...

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Minot City Council Agenda & Alderman Comments, February 19, 2019

Meetings & Agendas: Minot City Council Agenda & Alderman Comments, February 19, 2019

Minot’s City Council will meet Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. The full agenda along with the comments of one Alderman can be found below. 1. ROLL CALL 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 3. PERSONAL APPEARANCES 4. PUBLIC HEARING Alderman Notes: On each of the public hearing/second reading items below, I expect to approve. That said, I’m concerned about the manner in which these are presented with no other supporting...

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City Council Agenda, February 4, 2019

Meetings & Agendas: City Council Agenda, February 4, 2019

Outlined below are the agenda items for the City of Minot’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting for February 4, 2019. Also included are brief comments of one Alderman. Regular City Council Meeting Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM City Council Chambers – City Hall Any person needing special accommodation for the meeting is requested to notify the City Clerk’s Office at 857-4752. 1. ROLL CALL 2. PLEDGE...

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City Council Agenda & Alderman Notes: January 22, 3019

Meetings & Agendas, Opinion: City Council Agenda & Alderman Notes: January 22, 3019

Minot’s City Council will meet Tuesday, January 22, 2019 to consider the following agenda. Below you’ll find the full agenda along with the thoughts of one Alderman on each. And if you’re wondering about the cover image, there’s a related agenda item. Regular City Council Meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM City Council Chambers – City Hall Any person needing special accommodation for the meeting is...

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Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free bag

Commentary: Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free bag

If you weren’t aware, a group of passionate Minot citizens appealed to Minot’s City Council to take up the issue of single-use plastic — particularly disposable plastic bags. After months of information gathering and taking public comment, the group offered several recommendations intended to curb consumption. One of the primary recommendations is a 10-cent tax on plastic bags. The theory with a tax is that it will reduce use...

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MSU student life and contributions and entrepreneurship and innovation in the energy sector

Commentary: MSU student life and contributions and entrepreneurship and innovation in the energy sector

GoodTalk Minot is a weekly collaboration between myself and Jonah Lantto of The Good Talk Network. Our focus: Minot and the people that make it interesting and keep it moving. This past week’s conversations featured the President of Minot State Student Government, Aaron Richard, and one of the founders of the region’s fastest-growing energy sector service companies, Kevin Black of Creedence Energy Services. Find and follow the #GoodTalk...

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Bismarck’s downtown market analysis to identify business gaps is a call to action for Minot

Commentary, News: Bismarck’s downtown market analysis to identify business gaps is a call to action for Minot

Over the past year, Minot’s been host to a ton of conversation about downtown. Both the future of the area and its role as a part of our larger economic engine feature significantly in the City’s International Economic Development Council report delivered last summer. Applecart-upsetting, table-turning, they’re both adjectives that could be used to describe the some of the recommendations in the IEDC report. Taking those recommendations to...

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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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City Council Agendas and One Alderman’s Comments

News, Opinion: City Council Agendas and One Alderman’s Comments

The City of Minot City Council Committee of the Whole will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:15 at City Hall to consider items on the agendas below.  Below you’ll find full agenda items along with links to staff-provided supporting documents. In red, you have the chance to take a peak inside the thinking of one Alderman. City of Minot City Council and Committee meetings are streamed live on...

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News: Task force recommends three-board governance model for higher ed

The Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education has concluded their work. Their recommendation: a three-board governance models that tasks one board to each research university and one board to the regional and community college network throughout the state. Read the full news release from the Governor’s office below. — Official News Release, Office of Governor Burgum — BISMARCK, N.D. – Members of the Task Force for Higher Education Governance...

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Alderman Notes — City of Minot Committee of the Whole Agendas & Thoughts

News: Alderman Notes — City of Minot Committee of the Whole Agendas & Thoughts

The City of Minot’s City Council Committee of the Whole meet’s this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The agendas are below along with notes from one Alderman. Of primacy in community concern, the disucssion on the future of Minot’s landfill will take place Tuesday. Committee of the Whole Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 4:15 PM City Council Chambers 1. AUDITORIUM MAIN ARENA FLOOR REPLACEMENT – FINAL PAYMENTS The...

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