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At the Town of Minot, we are in the midst of final preparations for the annual State of the Town event.

The State of the City is scheduled for February 18 at the old Cognizant building located at 2000 21st Avenue NW. The building is now owned by the Minot public school district and is expected to become the city’s second public high school in the coming years.

The State of the City is open to the public, with my talk scheduled to begin around 12:30 p.m. You can also join us for lunch; the cost for midday lunch is $15. All other parts of the event are free. Lunch tickets are available at

I have to thank our partners this year: Minot Area Chamber EDC helped organize much of the event, and the Minot Public School District graciously allowed us to host the event at their future high school site. We appreciate their willingness to participate in the success of the state of the city.

We began organizing the State of the Town five years ago with a simple goal: to provide our community with up-to-date information on the most recent year at the Town of Minot and to anticipate the year ahead. Last year’s online video event looked a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year we’re happy to host a live, in-person event again.

Each year, it takes a team effort from our community partners and a number of City employees to make the State of the City a reality. But it’s still worth it. By looking back on the past year and focusing on the year ahead, we are able to remind ourselves of the ongoing challenges we face as a community and the successes we have experienced. And we’ve had a lot of both in 2021.

We’ll talk about that in more detail, of course, in my talk on February 18. But if we take even a moment to reflect on 2021, we will see that it was a year full of good things in our community. Flood control is progressing, including recent news of federal funding approval for the vital maple diversion phase. Voters approved our city’s second public high school. Work continues on the final stages of the North West Region Water Supply Project. Our business community is growing, including several new businesses in downtown Minot. Our intermodal port is busy and continues to expand economic opportunities. A project to renovate a downtown building into a new city hall is underway. Plans are underway to create Minot’s first technical education center. The list is lengthened increasingly.

We know there are many good things happening in our community; we just have to be willing to stop and watch. Of course, there are also challenges, and we cannot and do not want to ignore these issues. Instead, we choose to meet our challenges head-on because we know the decisions we make today will lead to a better Minot in the future.

As part of this year’s State of the City, we will announce the winner of our Citizen of the Year search. Everyone has a story to tell, and Minot is full of people doing amazing things every day. Example: I recently attended Souris Valley United Way’s annual banquet, and the room was full of people giving their time and effort to make Minot a better place to live. Everyone present that day represents the community spirit that makes Minot a unique place to live. There are so many organizations in Minot that depend on volunteers to succeed, and our community rarely, if ever, disappoints. I look forward to announcing Citizen of the Year, but I also know that there are countless residents who could have earned this title. Congratulations to all those who make Minot a great place to live.

We are expecting a big event on February 18, and I encourage you to join us. If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it on the Town of Minot’s social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. It is important that we come together as a community to share not only our challenges, but also our successes and our vision for the year ahead. Please join us on February 18.

Sincerely, City Hall

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