|Minot’s new, busy normal|
Minot continues to experience unprecedented growth and impact, as our roads, underground infrastructure, wastewater treatment plant, landfill, housing supply and schools are all being stressed to the maximum. As a community we are doing all that we can, and more, to maintain a high quality of life for those who have called Minot home for years and those thousands who continue to move to the Magic City to start a new chapter in their lives. This combined Minot e-newsletter is being sent to you as part of our on-going efforts to communicate who we are, the challenges we face and the needs that remain to be addressed. I feel confident that the two or three minutes each month it will take for you to read what is happening in Minot will go a long way to help all within the state see the realities of our new, busy normal.
Mayor Curt Zimbelman, Minot
Minot takes on significant debt to finance Bakken boom
In November, the Minot City Council approved a record $37 million in debt obligations – nearly 10 times typical bonding levels. The city generally bonds around $4 million. City Manager Dave Waind attributes this record debt to growth as a result of oil production in the region. "Clearly, the debt that is being incurred is the result of the growth we are experiencing," Waind told the council. City Finance director Cindy Hemphill explained to the council that the city’s credit rating may suffer as a result. Click here to read more
Public Schools overflowing, with nearly 500 students in portables
The effect of increased oil and agriculture activity statewide is impacting the number of students at Minot Public Schools. MPS reports steady growth, from 6,097 students in 2007-08 to more than 7,400 students this year. The district currently has nearly 500 students in 24 temporary classrooms throughout the district. A demographic study indicates another 1,000 students are expected within five years.
Voters are being asked on December 10 to approve the sale of $125 million in general obligation bonds to expand district capacity to accommodate the new growth. Click here to read more
Minot, the Trauma Capital
What’s the busiest trauma center in North Dakota? If you guessed Minot’s Trinity Hospital, you’re right.
The Trinity Emergency/Trauma Center logs more trauma cases on a yearly basis than any hospital in the state – and more than Bismarck’s hospitals combined. “That’s based on state trauma data,” says Trinity ETC Medical Director Jeffrey Sather, MD. “With increasing population numbers throughout our region, we’re now seeing an average of 110 patients per day in our ER.” He notes that Trinity is not the busiest ER; Sanford Health in Fargo sees more emergency patients overall. But, Trinity Hospital receives more emergency cases that involve injury, or trauma.
New businesses keeping Minot full of red ribbons
The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors have been leaving behind a lot of red ribbon. That's because they have been hosting a record number of ribbon cuttings for new business, additions and renovations in the Magic City. Over the last fiscal year, the Chamber had 67 ribbon cuttings. Since October 1, seven have already taken place. The pace continues for the New Year as more businesses are on the horizon.
More roads means more snow to clear
With more roads to clear, and more cars to deal with, the City of Minot is implementing a new snow plan for 2013-14. The city was forced to increase its snow routes by adding new streets and incorporating other secondary routes. This more efficient plan is necessary, as the city now has more than 500 lane-miles of road to clear after a storm. Click here to read more
‘Get Out & Play’ showcases events in Minot
A new community-wide initiative allows the thousands of newcomers to Minot to see what is happening in town, all in one spot. Visit Minot recently launched the new city-wide “Get Out & Play” initiative. Area partners came together to update and enhance Minot's community calendar and make it user-friendly for mobile devices.
The campaign encourages Minot residents, as well as visitors to the area, to discover local events and things to do by visiting the community calendar at visitminot.org. Click here to view the calendar
Young adults and young families fueling growth
For the second year in a row, North Dakota ranks the top state for young adults, as many young families are establishing themselves in Minot.
The proof is in the hospitals and schools. The number of babies born at Trinity Hospital has jumped more than 25 percent between 2010 and 2013. And about 750 kindergarteners started school this fall, compared to more than 420 graduating seniors in May 2013.
Public Schools flood recovery almost complete
The majority of the repair work on all major flood recovery projects will be complete as students moved into the new Erik Ramstad Middle School on December 2nd. Additions at Lewis and Clark and Jim Hill are also complete. The other major flood repair projects included Headstart, the Adult Learning Center, Longfellow Elementary (including the Lincoln replacement square footage) and the Perkett Site.
A significant amount of paperwork and follow up remains to be completed as the School District begins to close out the multitude of large and small projects.
Hope Village leader awarded highest citizen honor
Pastor Paul Krueger of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Minot is the most recent recipient of the Genie Award from the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. Krueger was part of the driving force behind Hope Village, the community of volunteers from around the country who helped rebuild Minot after the 2011 flood. The community has been experiencing a housing crunch due to the energy impact in the area. After the flood, Krueger recognized the great need and opened a faith-based, community-supported site for volunteers to use for housing. Hope Village helped more than 500 families rebuild their homes in the 18 months since it opened.
Minot Park District honors veterans
A flag raising ceremony on Veterans Day honored the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The event was held at the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial in Roosevelt Park in Minot. The North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2007. The memorial commemorates recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor.
Along with statewide dignitaries, former Staff Sargent and Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha was also in attendance for the ceremony and gave closing remarks.
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New physicians join Trinity Health
Trinity Health recently added physicians in the specialties of Family Medicine, General Surgery and Urology. Dr. Gaurav Bansode completed his family practice residency at UND’s Center for Family Medicine in Minot, where he was elected Chief Resident and received the Outstanding Resident Physician in North Dakota Award. Dr. Gary L. Wease, FACS, is a general surgeon who joined Trinity after practicing many years at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, MI. Dr. Michael Van Bibber, a urologist, has practiced the last three years at Ogden Clinic in Utah.
Minot State celebrates the Great Plains
Minot State University is directly connected to place: to the northwest region of North Dakota and to the larger global environment. To commemorate MSU's Centennial Celebration, a “Great Plains Symposium” featured the university’s legacy, place and vision with speakers, presentations and performances. The symposium featured topics on MSU's Centennial history, Great Plains immigrants and the region’s future. This event was co-sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the MSU Board of Regents.
Click here for more information on Minot State's Centennial