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January 24 2018

Best Cities to Live

Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck make list of top 100 cities to live in
By Barry Amundson on Jan 23, 2018 at 6:01 p.m.

The setting sun baths downtown Fargo in a golden glow in early August. Doug Burgum is taking his interest in downtown revitalization on the gubernatorial campaign trail with a newly announced pitch he calls his Main Street Initiative.    Photo Credit: David Samson / Forum News Service


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January 23 2018

Burgum: State of the State is one of unlimited promise and potential

MINOT, N.D. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at Minot State University, reflecting on the state’s challenges and collective accomplishments during his first year in office and outlining strategies to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


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January 18 2018

Lt. Gov. Sanford brings 'Main Street Initiative' to Bottineau

BOTTINEAU, N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., has vowed to support business owners across the state with his Main Street Initiative.

He and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, R-N.D., have toured the state to meet and chat with local merchants.

Sanford had his eye on Bottineau Wednesday, speaking with local officials and small business owners about the Main Street Initiative.

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January 17 2018

New Businesses in Watford City

A number of new businesses set up shop in in Watford City in 2017. News businesses include:


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January 17 2018

Moving Back to North Dakota and Loving It

The rise in population stemming from the Bakken oil development has transformed the community of Watford City, a once small rural town of 1,200, into a blossoming community of over 15,000 people.

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January 13 2018

From the mayor: Implementing the Governor’s Main Street Initiative into Sloulin Field Redevelopment

The following is an Editorial from the Williston Herald:

The entire Williston City Commission had the opportunity to visit with Gov. Doug Burgum last week.

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January 11 2018


2018 Main Street Initiative Summit slated for Feb. 12-13 in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the featured speakers for the 2018 Main Street ND Summit which will be held Feb. 12-13, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center.

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January 03 2018

Burgum announces 2018 Main Street ND Summit, encourages nominations for Main Street ND awards

BISMARCK, N.D. (Jan. 3, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit will be held Feb. 12-13, 2018, in Bismarck, bringing together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens in envisioning North Dakota’s future.

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January 02 2018

Kenmare North Dakota offers Main Street Clean Up Grant

Owners of property in Kenmare consisting of uninhabitable homes or other types of structures may be eligible for a grant from the Kenmare Community Development Corporation to demolish those structures.

The Kenmare Community Development Corporation will pay up to $3500 to demolish structures if eligible for the program.

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January 02 2018

Store opens for the love of North Dakota: Starboard began as a way to help teen enjoy the area

People ask why Starboard’s Lenny Johnson moved here from California. They’re thinking it was probably for the oil, but he was in North Dakota before the last boom was a Bakken twinkle in Wall Street’s eye.

Johnson was a recent presenter at Million Cups, a monthly Williston event that brings new entrepreneurs together with seasoned business owners and community leaders. 

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January 02 2018

Devils Lake revises downtown infrastructure project

DEVILS LAKE — Longtime City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard says public input meetings for road improvement projects generally don't draw a crowd, but that was not the case at a recent open house to discuss downtown infrastructure.

"We had 30 people there, and that speaks volumes for the interest of downtown," Grafsgaard said.

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January 02 2018

Road diet: Jamestown explores reducing lanes in downtown

The new year will bring a new diet to Jamestown. Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the city will hold public meetings to discuss a “road diet” that may lead to the city shedding an unwanted driving lane in the downtown area.

“We’re trying to define the scope of what we’re looking at,” he said. “But the discussion is narrowing Main (First Avenue) from four lanes to three.”

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December 12 2017

Building a Business-Friendly Main Street in Hankinson

A strong main street is the heartbeat of a community. Hankinson citizens know this well. Located in southeast North Dakota, 60 miles south of Fargo, this traditionally agricultural community has turned its attention to Main Street. The result? A prosperous, business-friendly town that is a thriving place to live.

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December 12 2017

Community planning keeps Hazen’s main street vibrant

The residents of Hazen have always known that main street development is important in having a vibrant and successful community. The town along with its 2500 residents, has an active community development office and an army of volunteers that continues to push the town towards success.

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October 09 2017

Burgum, Sanford congratulate Minot on major downtown infrastructure revitalization project

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today congratulated the city of Minot on the completion of a three-year, nearly $35 million downtown infrastructure improvement project that spans approximately 26 blocks.

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October 04 2017

ND Rural Development Council to be reconvened; application period to open soon

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Rural Development Council (NDRDC) is being reconvened to support the development of rural communities across the state through collaboration between government and the nonprofit and private sectors.  

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September 19 2017

Burgum meets with city leaders in Beulah, Hazen on Main Street Initiative

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum met today with community leaders and residents in Beulah and Hazen, kicking off a series of meetings on his Main Street Initiative to determine how the state can best assist communities in promoting smart, efficient infrastructure development and creating healthy, vibrant main streets to help attract and retain a skilled workforce.

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