#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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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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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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Postmodern Jukebox Takes on Cheap Trick

Great Performances: Postmodern Jukebox Takes on Cheap Trick

The song is “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick, but you’ve never heard it quite like this. Beyond the extraordinary musicianship and arrangements, the beauty of P.M.J. is they force us to experience something we know in a new way. Perhaps more importantly, in this setting, we’re rarely threatened by that new idea and experience. We may not always like it as much as the original,...

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News: New Orleans artists meet, speak on resilience with floodwall project

The project is ambitious, a 1.5-mile long mural painted on a flood wall with the hopes of educating and empowering the local kids. The article is relevant here in Minot for two reasons. First, we’ve got a lot of flood wall going up, what we’ve seen thus far is aesthetically attractive, but perhaps there is more we can do to enhance it. Second, the organization responsible for administering...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Our economic future depends on storytellers

Heard a good story lately? It’s kind of a trick question, because if you did, you may not even know it. Storytelling is a time-honored art form, but we’re just now discovering the relevance it has to what we think, who we trust, and how we act. And our ability to spin a yarn may just be the key to success in an economy that is rapidly evolving...  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: Arts and culture boost North Dakota, Minnesota economies, studies show

When it comes to economic activity, the arts and culture communities are not little players. The North Dakota Council of the Arts was a participant in a recent economic impact study conducted in 341 regions in the U.S. The findings are significant; the arts culture and communities in North Dakota annually generate $110 million in economic activity, 4,000 full-time jobs, and $10 million in direct government revenue.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Minot Pride Festival marks 5th anniversary with weekend of events

Happening, News: Minot Pride Festival marks 5th anniversary with weekend of events

This coming weekend will feature a number of events organized by Pride Minot as a part of their annual festival. Checkout the full news release below. — Official News Release, Pride Minot — Pride Minot, an organization to help strengthen and serve the LGBTQA+ population in Minot, will host its fifth annual Minot Pride Festival on July 13-16, at different venues throughout Minot. “Pride Minot is pleased to...

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News: Grand Forks Voters choose to build on Arbor Park after close vote

Grand Forks residents narrowly chose economic activity and a new development in downtown Grand Forks over keeping a park that was put in place following the 1997 flood. But a quote from Grand Forks City Council President Dana Sande is perhaps most telling in how the City will move forward. “The thing that should never be lost is, there are a bunch of people that voted ‘yes’ that wanted...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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