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Editorial: Introducing Minot Magazine page 5

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Meet 5 Local Game Changers | Featuring Jon Lakoduk, Megan Laudenschlager, Matt Dunlevy, Allison Auch and Shaun Sipma page 7 Activate Your {Health} Go Inside 3 Local Fitness Classes page 18 Prairie Grit: Learning to Win, Lose and Share page 26


Get Ready, Get Set, Magic City Discovery Center is Almost a Go page 32


Upcoming Events and Drink Specials page 37



team Co-Founder & Publisher

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Terri Philion

Chelsea Gleich

contributors Original Photography


Editorial Board

Feldner Creative

Rebecca Keller

Jonah Lantto

Layout & Design

Tanya Watterud

Lorena Starkey

Chelsea Gleich

Emily White

The Minot Magazine editorial board serves as advisors in our corner helping to make the publication the best it can be. We’re currently looking for more editorial board members. If you think you’d be a good fit, let’s talk.

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Favorite Things

Each issue, we’ll feature a few things we’ve found in Minot that our team loves. If you have a suggestion for something we should feature, let us know!

The coloring sheet coffee sleeves at Broadway Bean & Bagel. Creativity + coffee is our favorite combination!


Photo from Broadway Bean & Bagel Facebook page.

The view of the city from the future site of the Magic City Discovery Center on North Hill. Photo by Tanya Watterud

The crazy flavor combos at Bearscat Bakehouse. The Elvis is our current frontrunner. Photo from Bearscat Bakehouse Facebook page.

from the founders introducing



f you’re reading this, thank you! This magazine was made for you and we’re so glad you’ve decided to come along with us on this journey.

So, why Minot Magazine? We could tell you it’s because there was an opening in the market for promotion of our local businesses outside of traditional media (which is true). Or, we could tell you that we thought Minot needed an attractive marketing piece for outsiders and this fit the bill (it does and we do hope you share!). But, at its heart, this magazine is a passion project for us. We know that Minot sometimes gets a bum rap. People think because we’re a smaller community that we can’t have the same amenities larger communities do (check out Jon’s interview on page 8 for his take on that) or that we don’t have people here who have big ideas (Ali, page 16, and Megan, page 10, might beg to differ) or organizations that are doing fantastic work (see page 25 for two of those). However, we believe that Minot is on the cusp of something special. We’re coming into our own as a community, laying down the groundwork for the future and embracing who we are. This magazine is here to celebrate that — to celebrate the doers, the risk takers, the helpers, the dreamers. All those who choose to make Minot their home and are working to make it the best it can be every day. Chelsea and Terri are friends, moms and marketers by trade. Terri is a self-described local boomerang who’s bounced between Minot and nearly a dozen other communities in her adult life only to come back to the Magic City. Chelsea is a North Dakota girl who grew up in Fargo but moved to Minot by way of Bismarck in 2015. The Minot Magazine was born one Saturday

morning around Chelsea’s kitchen table while drinking big cups of coffee and listening to five out of our seven collective children playing nearby/ interrupting us every 2 minutes. Chelsea had been asked just that day how she stayed current on the fun, new things happening in the Magic City. When she thought about it, it came down to two things: 1. Intentionally keeping an eye out for new activities and adding MANY to her Facebook event list, and 2. Having friends and connections who would fill her in on what was happening. Now, the first one is easier to emulate - just like every Facebook page in town, check out the event calendar and go from there. But, the second is harder. How do you reach people outside your circle to spread the word? Well, you expand your circle. So, that’s what this magazine is. We’re taking those conversations you’d have at the water cooler or Saturday dinner with your friends and putting that information right into your hands. We hope you’ll share some fun stories with us too. The Minot Magazine is a quarterly publication supported by our local business community through advertising. In short, we’re here to tell the stories of the people, the places and the organizations making the magic happen in Minot. If you’d like to help support this publication, please reach out. If you have a great story idea, let us know. This publication is truly made for you. We’re here to tell the authentic stories of Minot. We hope you’ll follow along, share this issue with your friends and let us know what you think! Thanks for helping us make magic happen.


Chelsea & Terri Co-Founders


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Perspectives to make you think, laugh and wonder The story behind a local podcast network Submitted by Jonah Lantto


n a world overpopulated with talking heads fighting over who is right or wrong, the variety of content produced on the Good Talk Network simply aims to grow listener perspectives through meaningful, often comical conversation. Not only does the podcast regularly feature community leaders and difference makers, the co-hosts have also seamlessly integrated Big Lebowski quotes in more than 156 episodes, the bulk of the series. So, what is the Good Talk Network? In short, it’s a locally produced internet show and podcast that has continuously evolved since it's inception in late 2016. The Good Talk began with a deep, roaming discussion into the world of automated vehicles (or robot beer trucks as the hosts would fondly refer to them). From there, things took on a life of their own. Jonah Lantto, host of the Good Talk didn't intend on being restrained by a singular genre or focus in content. The goal was to bring people onto the show who didn't fear big questions or lengthy, contextualized discussion. This opened the door to many brilliant, influential guests including authors, world travelers, professors, musicians, philosophers, nonprofit directors, social/civic leaders and more. Always open to new topics and opportunities, GoodTalk Minot was created in partnership with Josh Wolsky, publisher of the Minot Voice in early 2017. A locally-emphasized show aiming not only to help foster a more civically and socially engaged community, but also give difference makers in Minot a little recognition along with the chance to

purposefully engage in high level conversation. So far, GoodTalk Minot has hosted, among many others, former Mayor Chuck Barney, Minot State President Dr. Steven Shirley, legendary ND artist Walter Host Jonah Lantto Piehl, restauSubmitted Photo ranteur Myron Thompson, original 'Minot-er' Ben Tollefson, and many other savvy business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The Network has spawned many other beloved features across a variety of topics including the Good Coffee Talk, After the First Glass (a local show co-hosted by Eric Hansen of Urban Winery & vivacious insurance agent Dawn Dugan Palumbo), the Game of Thronescast (returning this April), and Football Talk, as well as many special episodes emphasizing various aspects of public education and showcasing area educators. With a love for new ideas, Jonah and the Good Talk Network are hopeful that more partnerships will present themselves in the coming months as the studio upgrades it's production capabilities in an improved location. Be on the lookout for a new partnership with the Minot Magazine out soon!

The Good Talk Network releases new content weekly with each show airing first on Facebook live. You can tune in live at or Afterward, the shows are distributed nearly everywhere podcasts can be found. Listen on: iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

introducing 5 local

GAME CHANGERS Who is a Game Changer? Someone who is flipping the script, making a difference, trying something new and pushing to make Minot the best it can be. Meet Jon Lakoduk, Megan Laudenschlager, Matt Dunlevy, Shaun Sipma and Allison Auch — just a few of Minot’s Game Changers. Articles by Chelsea Gleich

Photo by Feldner Creative


Drinks, Dogs & Memorable Experiences “It’s my mission to bring a little big city to Minot,” said Jon Lakoduk. Jon is a Minot native, the owner of three local businesses, and a man on a mission. Located in the basement of the building on the corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue downtown, his first business, The Tap Room, is North Dakota’s only 100% craft beer establishment known for its drinks, passionate staff and game nights. Right next door, you’ll find Saul’s, a speakeasy-style bar specializing in unique wines served in glassware designed to bring out the best of each variety. Saul’s is rumored to be haunted by its namesake who was the manager of the men’s clothing store that used to be located on the main floor of their building. When Jon and his team started noticing mischief happening like kegs knocking together, they figured 8

their friendly ghost Saul must be thirsty so they now leave a drink out for him each night. To add to the atmosphere of prohibition, you’ll need a secret password to get in. Just text 701-401-2105 and you’ll receive a clue or a riddle. Solve it for the password for that day. You’ll buzz in with the password when you get there. If you shake your head at the thought of peanut butter and jelly on a hot dog, you definitely haven’t frequented Jon’s third business yet — Fun on a Bun. This hot dog cart is taking on East Coast-style hot dogs with some crazy topping combinations. According to Jon, other favorite flavors include the mashed potatoes and gravy hot dog and the bacon mac n’ cheese hot dog. “I don’t think a city should be limited in the amenities and experiences it offers based on size,” said

Jon. A Minot native, Jon is inspired by the concepts he’s seen on his travels, driven to fill holes he sees in the local market and a desire to make our community better as a whole. In addition to owning three businesses, Jon is also one of only two cicerones in North Dakota. A cicerone is a certified beer professional trained to elevate the beer experience for consumers who’s proven their knowledge through multiple exams. Jon’s known for building local collaborations based on his expertise. You might recognize his recent Beer & Donuts events with Bearscat Bakehouse, his beer pairing classes at Gourmet Chef and leading the effort behind the Little Chicago Pub District downtown. Jon is no stranger to hard work to make all this happen. When he first took over The Tap Room, he also had a full-time job at UPS. After a long shift during the holiday season, he was known to still stop by the bar late at night to see how he could help. After UPS, he worked as an energy specialist through CHS in addition to managing the day-to-day operations at The Tap Room. When the energy industry declined, Jon pulled the trigger and jumped into his businesses full time. As the owner/manager of both Saul’s and The Tap Room, and the resident beer and wine expert, he’s become the face of the bars. It’s not unusual to hear someone say, “I’m going to see Jon at The Tap Room” when describing their plans for the evening.

“I don’t think a city should be limited in the amenities and experiences it offers based on size.”

A family man, Jon has four simple goals: 1. Make Minot better, 2. Give people the option to have a big city experience “in our little slice of heaven up here,” 3. Pay the mortgage, and 4. Feed his three kids. When asked how he’d rebrand Minot, Jon’s quick with a positive spin. Instead of Why Not Minot?, flip that to “Why Yes.” Why not prompts people to come up with negative reasons, where as Jon wants to focus on the possibilities. “I think we can all find pride in the community we live in, whether or not it’s our first choice of where we want to be,” said Jon. Jon’s here for the long haul, and not ashamed of it. “It’s okay to stay where you’re from,” he says. Some of his classmates viewed staying in Minot as a failure, but Jon doesn’t think so. He loves being an entrepreneur and making his own destiny here in the Magic City. Always full of ideas, we asked Jon what was next for him as a serial entrepreneur. He’s got some things “in the works,” he says. While we’re waiting, I guess I’ll just have to share a late night glass of wine with Saul.

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MEET MEGAN LAUDENSCHLAGER Supporting nonprofits in doing good Megan prides herself on being a connector. A small-town girl from Warwick, ND, Megan’s heart is rooted in the rural communities and that way of life. Through her nonprofit organization Strengthen ND, Megan is able to support and accelerate community development in rural North Dakota, as well as provide resources for local nonprofits. A graduate of Minnewaukan High School, Megan didn’t have a wide view of career opportunities for when she graduated with healthcare and education topping that short list. First, she went to Jamestown College to be a radiological tech. In less than two years, she quickly realized that was not the right fit, so she transferred to Minot State University. She graduated with a BA in math and


attended grad school for statistics while teaching pre-calculus at Montana State University-Bozeman. Soon after, she decided that teaching wasn’t the right fit either and took a position in the nonprofit sector where she remains today. “They let me fail a lot and didn’t let me feel bad for it,” says Megan regarding her parents. “I feel really lucky that they never doubted my ability to do anything and trusted me to figure it out.” Megan solidified her nonprofit knowledge while working as the finance and program director at the Minot Area Commnity Foundation. So, how did Strengthen ND begin? Megan saw a vision for an opportunity where her background, current skillset and passion overlapped, and once that became

clear it wasn’t hard to make the leap to startup nonprofit. Plus, she had the support of local funders like the Otto Bremer Foundation to get her work off the ground. That’s not to say that Megan’s success has come without hard work, however. “My parents instilled in me a work ethic like no one else,” she said. “When it gets tough, we don’t give up. We white knuckle it and figure it out.” Megan’s passion for supporting rural communities is palpable. “There are so many people committed to that lifestyle and preserving the community. They’re keeping up the church, the cemetary,” she said. “Their families are so rooted there they can’t see it not exist.” And Megan is working to make sure that happens. By partnering with small communities and nonprofits, Megan is the glue connecting the pieces, the ignition that kicks off a new idea and the blacksmith who supplies the right tools for the job.

an inclusive and collaborative effort to utilize local foods to spur economic opprotunity and to provide space for innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors to advance their ventures creating opportunity for the future. The Center offers office and meeting space, maker space and, of course, a commercial kitchen that can be used to prepare foods for retail or restaurant sales, as well as hobby cooking. “We’re able to be the catalyst for good things to happen in these communities,” said Megan. “There are so many good people here, there has to be a way we can support their biggest dreams.” Megan offers that support by being a vehicle of information for these communities. “I get to be the glue that holds things together,” she said. “And that’s a really rewarding place to be.”

“We’re able to be the catalyst for good things to happen in these communities.”

Strengthen ND is built around three pillars: Nonprofit and rural capacity-building, advancing regional issues and supporting community solutions. For rural capacity-building, Megan focuses health and wellness, seniors and vulnerable populations in an effort to retain residents and discourage depopulation. Through advancing regional issues, she is working with the North Dakota Local Food Development Alliance to not only create a sustainable plan to promote local food and small farmers and ranchers but to also promote inclusion and equity within the industry. By supporting community solutions, Megan gets the opportunity to build connections and empower the people in these communities to own create solutions to their problems. A great example of this is the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center which won a Main Street Excellence Award in 2018 from Governor Burgum. The Innovation Center was created when the Tuttle Public School closed, leaving a beautiful and spacious building empty. Community leaders reimagined the space and it is now

In addition to her work in rural communities, Megan is also committed to helping provide support and education for local nonprofits and community members. She does this by offering nonprofit courses through Minot State University and being a consultant to local nonprofits for fundraising and strategic planning. In addition, she organizes or assists with larger scale connection building activities including organizing a trip to and scholarships for the BushCONNECT conference (which our editor Chelsea got to attend, thanks Megan!) and the Change Network through the Bush Foundation designed to encourage a cohort of participants to make systems change in their communities. “I want to be remembered as a helper,” says Megan. “So many times there are people who only help because they’re something in it for them. We’re in a place where we can help because it’s for the greater good of North Dakota, which is so good.” When she’s not out helping others make change, you’ll most likely find Megan at home with her husband and her beloved dogs or drinking Broadway Bean & Bagel home roasted coffee (shoutout to their coffee sleeves on pg. 6.) “My favorite part of Minot is the spirit of giving like through the Magic Day of Giving. There’s no other community that pitches in and gets things done like we 11 do,” said Megan.


T here's Magic in the Air with UAS


hen you ask Matt Dunlevy how he decided to bring his company to Minot, he’ll tell you about the fortuitous day in Louisiana when he met Stephanie Hoffart, Minot Area Development Corporation President and CEO. They were at an international Unmanned Aerial Systems conference and Matt had recently decided to focus his business on the energy and utilities sectors but needed just the right location. When Stephanie and the delegation told him about Minot and how our community could support his company, Matt was sold.

aerial systems business in Minot, but for him it all makes sense. “I always loved everything about aviation, learning how to fly gliders and unmanned aircraft at a young age. I could fly legally before I could drive legally,” Matt laughs. He credits his university studies with giving him insights on various aspects of his business — from building strong writing skills to branding insights to strategic decision making. He’s also always been fascinated with technology. He claims the title of one of the first people in Grand Forks to own an iPhone and, soon after, started a smartphone repair and app coding business on the side. Matt says he always dreamed of going to grad school on the coasts, but once he was at UND, North Dakota “sunk its hooks in” and he knew he just couldn’t leave. When he opened their new location in downtown Minot, he “fell head over heels” for this city too. “[My team and I] love seeing the commotion going on downtown. We feel like we can add to the good already happening downtown,” said Matt. They also enjoy being in walking distance to delicious food including the Food for Thought Thai food truck and Starving Rooster.

“What’s going on with UAS in the Magic City right now is nothing short of magic.”

You see, Matt is the President and CEO of SkySkopes, a professional UAS flight operator with a team of highly certified UAS pilots. According to their website, “SkySkopes flies a wide variety of advanced sensors and unmanned aircraft for transmission/ distribution line inspections, oil and gas applications, and other innovative use cases that focus on adding value within the energy sector.” SkySkopes was founded in Grand Forks, a national hub for unmanned aerial systems development, but expanded to Minot in spring of 2017. “Our Minot office is burgeoning faster than we thought,” said Matt. He credits this growth to geographical location, government leaders who are champions for the UAS industry, and the support of the community. They’re currently hiring a few more pilots to join their Minot team and plan to continue to grow. “What’s going on with UAS in the Magic City right now is nothing short of magic,” said Matt.


A Twin Cities native and history grad from UND, Matt may seem like an unlikely candidate to run a cutting edge unmanned

When you hear Matt talk about his business, you can hear the passion in his voice, but when he gets to talk about the technology and the future, that’s when he really lights up. Due to government restrictions, only visual line of sight missions —drone flights where the pilot can see the drone at all times —- are allowed currently. According to Matt, there are many applicable use cases for visual line of sight missions which SkySkopes offers and will continue to offer and grow. However, once it’s legal to fly outside your visual line of

sight, the industry opens up so many new, amazing possibilities. “I love working with people who are working with new technology; like-minded people who are willing to have this conversation. It’s really exciting,” Matt said. Because of Grand Forks’ status as a UAS hub, companies like SkySkopes, the UAS education programs and military bases here, North Dakota is home to many of the best UAS subject matter experts in the country, many of which are more than willing to discuss the future of the industry with Matt and others. Matt has a heart for teaching and sharing UAS with students and others. He’s an adjunct professor at UND in the College of Business and Public Administration, and actually started SkySkopes with some of his students in 2014. One of those students is still an integral part of the business to this day. He’s also working with Minot State University on possible UAS programs. If DIY is more your style, his company has training for that too. SkySkopes Academy offers anyone the ability to learn professional drone flying from industry pilots. Their prep course for the pilot exam that’s required by the Federal Aviation Administration (Part 107) is available at for $195. There is a quote by Arthur C. Clarke that says, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you believe that, said Matt, “When SkySkopes is flying UAS in Minot, there is truly magic in the air in the Magic City.”

Photo by Feldner Creative

Photo by Feldner Creative


Mayor,Anchor, Carpenter, Changemaker


s a teen growing up in Bowman, North Dakota, Shaun Sipma did a little bit of everything— working as an electrician, carpenter, farm hand, and more. At the age of 14, he had the opportunity to become a radio DJ on the local station and his career in media kicked off from there.

unfortunately ended after just a season and half when Shaun threw his arm out. Once he could no longer play baseball, he threw himself into his career opportunities. He was working fulltime for KMOT during his sophomore year and switched to full-time on the KX News morning show by his junior year.

He attended Minot State University to play baseball and pursue a degree in broadcasting. The first part of that goal

After kicking off his career so quickly, Shaun had multiple out-of-state job offers by graduation, but he didn’t want to go. “I wanted to be a


North Dakotan as long as possible,” Shaun said. He felt he had the freedom here to do the job justice and enjoyed working with the KX team. Like many Minot residents, Shaun’s life hit a turning point with the 2011 flood. He covered the story for the news while watching his own home be destroyed. Shaun and his family were forced to move out of their home and take out a second mortgage to be able to afford the repairs. His experience as a carpenter and electrician came in handy during the recovery process. “I rebuilt 95% of my home myself,” Shaun says proudly, and continues to work on it to this day.

to run. During that campaign, there was a need for a recognizable and passionate spokesperson to champion that cause and Shaun stepped forward to fill that role. “Mayor wasn’t the goal,” says Shaun. “But, as a champion for more representation in City Council, I felt that I needed to throw my hat in the ring to become an Alderman.” Shaun was elected to the Council in 2016 and was reelected for the newly formed Council in 2017. He ran for mayor successfully in 2018.

“I’m not in it to leave my mark. I just want to have a community that’s a lot more prepared for the future and in a better position to handle whatever comes up.”

Being personally affected by the flood, gave Shaun the opportunity to not only tell the story of our resilient people in the news, but get a more holistic view of the Minot community from within. With a new need to increase earnings to support his family and pay for their rebuild, Shaun made the switch from news anchor to insurance agent with ND Farmers Union Insurance. This change also made it possible for him to become more involved in local government. Shaun’s first step into activism was leading the Zombie Home Initiative. “I was seeing the dysfunction there with over 300 vacant and abandoned homes, but there were significant improvement opportunities available that I wanted to help make happen.” Building on that experience, Shaun helped put the #MakeMinot activism group together which successfully advocated for changing the council structure in 2015 and encouraging more people

If you ask Shaun what makes him uniquely qualified to fill the role of Mayor, he’s quick to point out that it’s not because he’s special. “I invest the time to learn all about the issues — the how, the why and where there is room for improvement. I’m careful to base my decisions on fact rather than emotion, and always vote for what’s in the best interest of our community for the long-term.” So, does Shaun have higher political aspirations? No. “I chose to be here in Minot. I see so much potential within this community for the long-term with just minor adjustments. The impacts will be felt by my kids and their kids. I’m not in it to leave my mark. I just want to have a community that’s a lot more prepared for the future and in a better position to handle whatever comes up,” says Shaun. When not helping clients with insurance claims or plotting the course for the future of Minot at City Hall, Shaun can be found relaxing with scotch and a cigar, helping his wife Keri with her rock jewelry business, or hunting or fishing in the middle of nowhere.


MEET ALLISON AUCH Creating Opportunities for Magic City Kids


ave you ever been out with friends when a great idea comes up in conversation, everyone gets excited for a moment, but then they move on and it dies? If that idea was a spark, Ali Auch is the fuel that starts the fire to make it happen. She is on a mission to make connections and fill in the holes in our city for youth programming and more. Ali is the founder of Make a Scene Kids Theater and Full STEAM Ahead, as well as the co-founder of the monthly, entrepreneurial meet up, Connect Minot. A seemingly unlikely startup nonprofit founder, Ali is a parttime, practicing nurse practitioner at Trinity Health who excelled in sports and academics during her time growing up in Minot. According to Ali, though, the transition makes sense.

Photo by Feldner Creative

When graduating nursing school, Ali applied for the most difficult position a new grad could get at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota — Cardiac ICU nurse. This position was typically reserved for nurses with more experience and her supervisor was clear that she didn’t belong, even after securing the position. “I’m used to going right into the fire and pushing boundaries. I was there to prove her wrong,” says Ali. And so she did.


Her willingness to try new things, push boundaries and jump in head first, has proven very beneficial with her new

ventures these last six years. When she had her second daughter, Braya, here in Minot, their daycare unexpectedly closed and Ali and her husband DJ had to make a decision. They decided that Ali would step back from her full-time career, now in the neurosurgery unit at Trinity Health, for a few months to stay home with Braya while they figured out their next step. “I never thought I’d be a stay at home mom,” said Ali. “I thought I’d be bored.” That certainly didn’t last long. That summer, the MSU Summer Theater put on the show Annie and Ali’s older daughter Maddie

was able to be in the cast. She loved it and Ali started looking for more theater opportunities Maddie could participate in. Finding none that were the right fit or age group, Make a Scene Kids Theater (MASK) was born with Ali spearheading the program. For the first year, classes were held at Lewis & Clark elementary. Their very first show was Charlotte’s Web. “We had no idea what we were getting into,” said Ali. “But it was a great show. It really put us on the map.” With no stage of their own and little budget to rent a space, Ali got creative for a venue for that first show. The Novak Barn south of town turned out to be the perfect place to showcase the timeless classic set in just such a barn. This nontraditional venue set the stage for a string of nontraditional venues in the coming years including the MSU ampitheater, The Oaks theater, home of the LeeWok music and arts festival, and coming this year, the Roosevelt Park Zoo!

“It’s all for the kids, really,” said Ali. “I see what activities like these give my child so why wouldn’t I want to give that others?” Full STEAM Ahead is now the umbrella organization encompassing Make A Scene Kids Theater, Minot Robotics, Minot 3-6 year old T-Ball, Minot Youth Kickball League and Kid’s Clay. They’ve also hosted chess lessons, songwriting and more. The diverse programming is made possible by talented independent contractors who serve as instructors, volunteer coaches, generous sponsors and collaborations with community organizations such as the Minot Public Library, Minot State University, Minot Area Community Foundation, Magic City Discovery Center and more.

“I’m definitely a cart before the horse kinds of person. But, I’m not afraid to ask, reach out, lean on people and admit when I don’t know something to make it happen.”

As a Minot native with supportive family close by (they live just blocks away from both sets of grandparents for their girls), Ali is quick to point out that her relationships with family and friends have been key to launching these programs so quickly and successfully. The sense of community connection fueled exponential growth for MASK. When Braya turned three, Ali began looking for a t-ball team she could join. After finding out that the current league was no longer operating and being gifted some of their gear, Ali found her next project in a 3-5 year old t-ball league. The previous group had about 60 kids in the league, so of course, Ali sought to double that. When registration open up, there were 210 kids who showed up! Instead of turning them away, she rallied the troops, found some more coaches and sponsors and gave all the kids the opportunity to play.

“I’m definitely a cart before the horse kind of person. But, I’m not afraid to ask, reach out, lean on people and admit when I don’t know something to make it happen,” said Ali. As she tells her mostly inexperienced robotics coaches, there is no fear in trying something new. As long as they can create the space for the kids, they can give them the ability to do it. “Just being in the theater with those kids gives you the energy to make it happen,” she continues. Connect Minot also celebrates this attitude of openness and hustle by showcasing local entrepreneurs and networking. “I think of myself as an entrepreneur, even though we’re a nonprofit,” said Ali. It takes the same kinds of connections and business knowledge to run both types of organizations, and Ali is grateful for all the connections she’s gained. While it couldn’t have been predicted, Full STEAM Ahead is now the perfect fit for where she wants to be. “Maybe it was my calling that I came back and found,” she concluded.



{your health} BY REBECCA KELLER


ear after year millions of Americans resolve to take better care of their bodies. In the Minot area, there are so many fitness options that can make keeping this resolution fun and exciting. I put myself out there to bring you an inside look at three fitness classes in town. I will take you through the process from signing up to completing the first class. Hopefully, I can take some of the guesswork out of finding a great local workout.

Inside [solidcore] [solidcore] is a new fitness class available in the Minot area and like many other people, I didn’t know what it was about or how it worked. I learned that the best way to sign up for this class is to download the [solidcore] app, they have various packages available to choose from in a range of prices. Because this class has a limited number of spots, making a reservation is required. I arrived at [solidcore] a half an hour early. However, the doors don’t open until 15 minutes before class. The lobby area is cozy and this gives the previous class time to get their coats and shoes before the next group comes in and allows the coach plenty of time to instruct firsttime clients. Once inside, I felt very welcomed by coach Christine Miller. The interior was posh and modern, like stepping into a hot new nightclub, with blue lighting, concrete floors and wood accents. Christine went over the basics and suggested that since it was my first time, I should pick a machine in the middle so that I could watch and follow those around me. Now, let’s talk about the machine, they call her [sweatlana] which proves to be very accurate. After a brief tutorial about this resistance-based machine with a sliding middle surface and a stable base on each end, I was intimidated and worried about falling on my face. Before class began, I did have some time to get myself acclimated to how it works. For attire, it is best to wear something that you can move in and isn’t too baggy. The material should also be breathable because you will sweat. The class is open to both men and women. Don’t worry about tennis shoes; most attendees went barefoot. This class does require a lot of balancing, and grip is essential, so barefooted is best. If you are uncomfortable going bare, I would suggest socks or footwear that is flexible and provides enough grip. The class is approximately 50 minutes long and consists of high-intensity, low-impact movements all done on [sweatlana]. The workout is intense and contains Submitted Photo


purposefully sequenced moves to work your core muscles and entire body. Following along was not difficult, with mirrors in the front and back of the room it was easy to see if I was doing things right and a coach is available to “Now, let’s talk help if needed.

had a newfound respect for everyone else in the room that made it through. I was encouraged for completing what I was able to and reassured that the workout could be hard for a beginner like myself. I would sugabout the machine. gest this class for a more advanced [sweatlana] which student. very accurate”

They call her [solidcore] is not proves to be for the faint of heart. About fifteen minutes into my workout, I had to excuse myself from the class and take a few deep breaths and regroup. My legs were shaky, my stomach was doing flips, and my brain was high on endorphins. Don’t worry, there is a silver lining, at no point was I called out or made to feel weak for my inability. After a few moments of pacing and sitting, I was able to return for the end of class and finish what I started. I

My initial intimidation dissolved with the welcoming, non-judgmental kindness and encouragement I received. The following day, I was sore all over, but the post-workout mood was one of positivity. Starting a program like [solidcore] is a challenge, but with each completed class you can be assured that your body is growing stronger, believe me, you’ll feel it!

Taking Yoga to the Air


erial Yoga at Spectrum Fitness is a gentle form of yoga done with silk hammocks which allow you to explore inversions in a freeing new way. I signed up for this class by going to their website, choosing the schedule tab and clicking the “Sign-up” button, but you can also call them to reserve a spot. Since there is a limited number of hammocks, you must sign-up to attend. If it’s your first time at Spectrum Fitness, try to arrive at least 15 minutes early because you will need to sign a release and the instructor may need to adjust the fit on your silk hammock. The lobby area is large and inviting. Upon my arrival, I checked in at the front desk on the back wall and let the receptionist know I needed to fill out forms. There were several lockers available in the lobby as well as cubbies for shoes and hangers for coats. Various types of seating, including a couch, made this space feel comfy and warm. Everyone was receptive and helpful when I arrived which made me feel welcome. 20

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Once inside the room, instructor Bre Stein did a great job making sure the silks were at the right length and that everyone knew what to do.

“The silk hammocks allow you to explore inversions in a freeing new way.” For this class, I would suggest wearing something comfortable, and that allows for ease of movement. Avoid loose clothing that can get caught while maneuvering about your silk hammock. Be sure to leave any jewelry at home. I would also suggest pants, and a shirt with sleeves as some movements will require the silk to be bunched behind the knees or under the arms. You will be hanging upside down occasionally, so choose a top you would be most comfortable in for these maneuvers. As far as footwear, most participants go barefoot while other’s preferred socks. Whatever works best for you, but I would not suggest tennis shoes. This workout will require balance and flexibility as well as moving your legs into and out of the silk hammocks. My biggest concern going into this class was my size. I was a little leery about a suspended silk hammock holding me properly, but after getting there and testing things out, I felt much better. Bre was very encouraging to all skill levels. The workout itself lasted approximately an hour and did allow me to get in a good sweat and deep stretching. The instructor was very helpful and

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often came around and gave modifications based on individual comfort levels. The workout overall focuses on yoga techniques to build a strong body. This class can accommodate various levels of yogis from beginners to advanced. Overall, the class was fun and different. I did feel like I got a good workout and walked away feeling confident and encouraged.

Martial Arts for All


f these fitness classes don’t interest you, you really should check out martial arts. Minot’s Shou Shu was where I headed next. Shun Shifu Rodger Martin has been teaching martial arts in the Minot community for over thirteen years and is very welcoming to any skill level. When speaking with him, I never felt like any of my questions were silly. His passion for what he does shines through. Minot’s Shou Shu focuses more on the

martial aspect of martial arts, ensuring that each participant is prepared to defend themselves properly in real life situations, if ever necessary. I was curious about martial arts before but worried about making myself look foolish. After my first visit I felt reassured and more confident. The atmosphere is welcoming and without judgment. Everyone there has a passion for what they do and are undoubtedly


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approachable and helpful. Call or stop in at Minot’s Shou Shu to set an appointment to sign up, ask questions, or get pricing information.

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Minot’s Shou Shu classes are open to both men and women. The environment is spacious and well lit, and the mood is energetic and accommodating. You can see what’s happening in the room as soon as you walk in. They have classes for children starting from ages three all the way to adults. Pricing varies on age and commitment levels. Whether your interest is to get to know more about martial arts, learn self-defense, build confidence, or you crave the competitive tournaments and want to reach black belt level, they’ll help you get there. The classes consist of learning and mastering martial arts movements and techniques. You will sweat, so you’ll want to wear something comfortable, movable, and breathable. Movements vary from beginner to advanced, and they focus on preparing you for real-life, self-defense situations. Barefooted is also the best form of footwear for this activity to support balance and strength. If you are uncomfortable going bare, they do allow socks. Breaking out of an unhealthy daily routine to get fit, can be difficult and a little scary. I learned that my fear is often unwarranted. Minot is a cozy, close-knit city and everyone I met was helpful and made my new experiences very enjoyable. Fitness classes provide more than just a workout; it’s about supporting and being supported by those sharing in the same journey. If you’re on a mission to get fit, don’t be afraid to explore all the fitness opportunities that Minot has to offer.

Shake up your health

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Story and Photos by Emily White

hen perusing options for a quick meal for breakfast, lunch or after a workout, fast-food choices may seem endless. If you are interested in something that does not make your previously health-focused decisions seem like a waste of time and energy, but instead provides benefits for your body while tasting like a treat, Superior Nutrition has what you’re looking for. The most popular products at Superior Nutrition are those that all come together as a trio, the refreshing aloe shot, stimulating tea, and meal replacing shake, all of which have benefits of their own. It may seem strange to drink a shot of something from the inside of a plant, but aloe offers the same soothing sensations to the inside of our bodies as it does to our sunburn. Aloe aids in cooling the stomach and in preventing acid reflux and indigestion. The energizing tea is an expert in boosting metabolisms, which allows more calories to be burned. If you think a shake is not enough for a meal, Superior Nutrition’s meal replacement shakes with 24 grams of protein, 18 grams of carbs divided between fiber and necessary fats, and 21 vitamins, minerals and amino acids all for less than 300 calories, is likely to change your mind. Superior Nutrition makes building your meal a piece of cake. (And speaking of cake, the Cake Batter shake is sure to cure your craving for something sweet without the regretful indulgence.)

Here’s how it’s done: 1. Find the tea and shake flavors calling your name from the abundant variety. 2. Write your selections down to ensure you get exactly what suits your appetite. 3. Pay the enthusiastic and welcoming staff after placing your order. 4. Enjoy your hydrating aloe shot while your meal is created. 5. Get ready to take on the day with your tea in one hand and shake in the other.


In addition to the tasty teas and shakes, Superior Nutrition offers services that appeal to all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Full-service wellness coaching is available, and the staff at Superior Nutrition can create exercise and/or meal plans to aid in anyone’s goal for a healthier, happier lifestyle. If you find your motivation through competition, Superior

Nutrition also hosts Weight Loss Challenges. Superior Nutrition has been serving the Minot community since 2014 and has grown into two locations in Minot; located at 1105 16th Street SW Suite A and inside Ask Fitness on North Broadway.

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ACTIVATE {dreams}

Our community is better because of the work of the many fantastic, local nonprofits here. In each issue, we’ll feature at least one of these organizations. In this inaugural issue, we just couldn’t decide, so we’re featuring two — Magic City Discovery Center who will be inspiring children’s dreams for years to come and Prairie Grit which is giving youth and adults the ability to play sports and dream big. Articles by Tanya Watterud

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learning to win, lose and share

rairie Grit Adaptive Sports of Minot provides sports opportunities for youth and adults living with physical and mental disabilities to enhance their quality of life. It removes the barriers that keep them away from sports and allows them to experience and excel at new and challenging things. “They can enjoy activities like everybody else. It’s just phenomenal,” said Becca Winter, mother to 14-year-old Sam who participates in many of Prairie Grit’s programs. “I cry just about every time I talk about it.”


It is joy that prompts her tears; a mother’s joy at seeing her child’s face beam

with accomplishment after a successful and fun sled hockey practice. Prairie Grit was founded in 2016 by Chad and Angie Thompson. “Palmer, the Thompson’s second boy, was born with spina bifida and was the inspiration for the vision of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports,” according to Chad is president of Dakota Kid LLC which owns and operates four Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants. In 2017, Chad, Angie and their business partners, Myron and Shirley Thompson, “began to donate 1% sales from Qdoba Mexican Eats in Minot, Williston and Dickinson to PGAS. This ongoing generous donation has allowed

the non-profit to hire Drew Hanson as Prairie Grit’s full-time Director and Krystal Butgereit as the part-time Program Coordinator,” the website notes. Like Palmer, Drew also lives with spina bifida. Chad and Angie came to Krystal, Palmer’s pediatric occupational therapist, with their vision for Prairie Grit and asked her to serve on the board of directors. “I said definitely without hesitation.” She now serves as part-time Program Coordinator and continues working in pediatric therapy part-time at Trinity Health. The PGAS vision started with a sled hockey program which allows people with diverse abilities to play hockey with adaptive equipment. They ride on a sled and the hockey sticks have a spike on one end to help propel them across the ice. They use the other end of the stick to hit the puck. “It takes a lot of coordination and strength,” Krystal said.

track the participants in PGAS, which number more than 100. Some travel from as far away as Bottineau and Langdon to take part in the programs. There are participants who have spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, cognitive impairments, amputations, autism or have suffered strokes, among other things. Parents love what PGAS offers. There’s not that “rigid expectation” for winning that some sports programs have, Krystal said. Parents tell them, “We’ve tried to do mainstream lessons,” she said. “They try multiple things and they never felt welcome or ‘home.’ Their child just wasn’t confident.”

Building confidence is a primary goal of PGAS. “You learn how to win, to lose, to share,” Krystal said. “We constantly hear, ‘This was the best part of my Saturday!’”

In the past year, PGAS has expanded to offer gymnastics, wheelchair basketball, yoga, swimming, curling, snow skiing and more thanks to the generosity of people in the area who are dedicated to these sports and to sharing them with those who don’t typically get a chance to participate, Krystal said. The support from the Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants provides a solid foundation for PGAS, while donations from individuals and businesses and proceeds from events, like their spring golf tournament and fall banquet, make it possible for PGAS to continue to grow. Another terrific contribution to its success is the many people who share their expertise, time and specialized equipment with the youth and adults who participate in PGAS programs. Krystal is working to develop a system to better

Building confidence is a primary goal of PGAS. “You learn how to win, to lose, to share,” Krystal said. “We constantly hear, ‘This was the best part of my Saturday!’”

The commitment of the volunteers who make it all happen is tremendous. Hockey players from the Minotauros, Minot High and Minot State help out a lot. So do volunteers from businesses, coaches, parents, grandparents and others. There are so many, in fact, that Krystal is developing a program that will help her track and organize volunteers. In addition to volunteers, “we always have cheerleaders on the side” at swim meets and other events, Krystal said. “The sense of community that has come about through our board, our participants, the Minot community – it just feels like a big family with Prairie Grit,” she said. “It’s the partnerships we make with the people who have the equipment and have the knowledge; you really rely on that volunteer base.” To learn more about Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, go to See the accompanying article, “Superman Sam,” for a parent’s view of the program.


Superman sam a participant’s view of Prairie Grit


hen Sam Winter was born at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, he suffered a massive stroke. He soon began experiencing seizures which helped doctors diagnose his condition quickly and resulted in early therapy. Doctors originally told his parents, Curt and Becca Winter, that Sam would probably never walk due to brain damage. As a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Children’s, Becca knew firsthand how difficult life could be for their firstborn son. “It was very scary,” Becca said. The months and years that followed brought countless medical appointments, hours of therapy, and trying everything they could to help Sam experience life to the fullest.

diagnosis. “They helped hold us together,” she said of their friends and the medical professionals who served Sam. After moving to Minot four years ago, they found another invaluable support system. Becca went to an event hosted by Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy called Bloom, which provides resources and a fun evening for mothers of children with special needs. There she learned about Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports and an exciting new chapter of their lives began.

Sam had tried sports in the past, Becca said, “Doctors originally told his but had bad experiences. When she convinced him parents, Curt and Becca to try sled hockey through Winter, that Sam would Prairie Grit, everything probably never walk due changed. “The first time Sam went out on the ice, to brain damage.” “My husband was the one he struggled but he kept who was very strong. He going,” Becca said. By the was the rock when we were time practice ended, “he going through hard times,” was beaming and said, Becca said. Things are still sometimes difficult ‘Mom, I found my people!’.” “but we know how faithful God is and he will not leave us.” Before she knew it, Sam was expanding into other sports. A coach from Dreams in Motion of Sam is now 14 years old and has made great Bismarck introduced them to adaptive track and progress. “His cerebral palsy is much milder than field. After five or six practices, Sam competed in we thought it would be,” Becca said, and he is the Dakota Paralympic Games in Bismarck where able to walk and run. He continues to improve in he qualified to go to Adaptive Sports USA Junior other areas with occupational and speech therNationals in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “That was a big apy. Becca home schools Sam and his brother, decision for our family, but we went,” Becca said. Matthew, which allows for more flexibility with approaching things, like math, from a variety of In Indiana, Sam competed in eight events: the angles to see what works best for Sam. As a result, 60, 100, 200 and 400-meter races, shotput, long he’s doing well in academics, too, despite the jump, discus and javelin. “He set a national record severe brain damage he suffered. for discus for his class,” Becca said. Classes are determined based on a number of factors, includBecca and Curt are thankful for the suping his cerebral palsy, balance, head injury and port system they had in the Twin Cities as others. they worked to come to grips with Sam’s 28

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He also broke national records for the javelin, the 60, 100 and 200 meter races. “Going to that event was amazing for him,” she said. “Everybody there was completely inspiring. They all can relate, and they cheered everyone on.” Now Sam has set a goal of going to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

this fall to be able to play sled hockey with his brother.” Without Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, “they never would have had that opportunity” to experience a sport together as brothers.

Even though Sam doesn’t need a wheelchair, he often rides in one so he can play wheelchair For a boy who was never expected basketball with his Prairie Grit friends. Matthew has to walk, Sam’s experiences with tried it, too.

His next step toward Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports making it to Tokyo is to For a boy who was have “been so amazing and life compete in May at the never expected to walk, Desert Challenge Games changing for all of us,” Becca said. Sam’s experiences with in Arizona where Sam will Prairie Grit Adaptive have a chance of being Sports have “been so internationally qualified, a requirement for the amazing and life changing for all of us,” Becca Paralympic Games. Track and field will also take said. His enthusiasm and accomplishments have them to Bismarck and Minneapolis this summer. earned him the nickname: Superman Sam. They might go to Fargo for sled hockey, too. “Sam wants everyone to never quit and never Sam’s younger brother, Matthew, loves sports of give up,” Becca said. “That’s the goal he has all kinds. He’d come to Sam’s track practices and taken on and the goal he wants to share with “would run alongside everyone and encourage others.” them,” Becca said. “He actually gave up football

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Powering communities since 1939

Get Ready. Get Set. The Magic City Discovery Center is almost a “go”! Photos submitted by Magic City Discovery Center


very day is a discovery for children. They succeed at a new task, learn a new rule, taste a new flavor, meet a new person. Discoveries pique their interests, build their self-esteem and help mold them into the adults, employees and professionals they will someday be. An environment of discovery is coming to the Magic City of Minot. Ground will soon be broken for the Magic City Discovery Center (MCDC), a museum unlike any in North Dakota.

Thanks to many donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, MCDC is more than halfway to their $7 million capital campaign goal. The City of Minot’s 32

Community Facilities Fund gave $1 million toward the effort while Scheels presented a $500,000 corporate donation to sponsor the Air Flow Exhibit Gallery. The Tollefson family, including Roger and Michelle Tollefson, Mark Tollefson and Peggy Visina, donated $300,000 for the Outside My Window exhibit which will allow visitors to explore immersive environments that are inspired by the great outdoors of North Dakota. The Minot Area Community Foundation committed $750,000 to sponsor the Magic Climber – a tower of paths leading children through a maze of physically and intellectually challenging activity areas. The donations, often accompanied by messages of support, confirm that children and families are a top priority in the hearts and minds of area people. For Interim Executive Director Wendy Keller, the

five years since she attended her first National Association of Children’s Museums conference as a volunteer board member have gone by in a “swoosh,” similar to the twists, turns and twirls that balls and scarves made inside the MCDC’s airways at their former temporary location inside the Dakota Territory Air Museum. “The Air Museum has been just a wonderful partner,” Keller said. MCDC was open four winters in the Air Museum, drawing more than 20,000 visitors. The MCDC Board of Directors decided to shut down for the 2018-2019 winter to focus fully on fundraising and information sharing that would help make a permanent location a reality more quickly. “We started in a temporary location because we wanted something right away” to meet the needs of the community, Wendy said. In 2014 Minot was still reeling from the devastation of the 2011 Souris River flood while, at the same time, prospering from the Bakken oil boom.

Young families were moving in for jobs and seeking healthy recreational and educational options – exactly what the Magic City Discovery Center could provide.

Wendy Keller Interim Executive Director

Things have settled down a bit since then, but the needs of families persist as businesses and corporations continue to recruit qualified employees from other states to settle in and near the Magic City. “The quality of life piece is so important to encourage families to come here

KICK-STARTING A DREAM How do we turn our passion into progress? For our Minot architecture team, it means providing pro-bono design work to the Magic City Discovery Center. In order to turn their vision into a reality and kick-start their future progress, our team put their knowledge and talent to work for MCDC right from the start. When we are able to combine our professional passions with our personal ones, everyone wins.


Magic City Discovery Center


MindSplash/ KidZibits 6/2017

The Magic City Discovery Center was open as a “Museum without walls� for 2 seasons within the Minot Airplane Museum. The photos here showcase the memories made in that location. The renderings on these pages feature two of the multiple activity rooms that are planned for the new center. Pictured bottom right is Wendy Keller, Interim Executive Director, Karen Rasmusson and Jessica Ahman, both Board members. These three have been part of making this dream a reality since the beginning.

MindSplash/ KidZibits 6/2017

MOVE & WORK Exhibit Zone

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and to stay,” Wendy said. North Dakota doesn’t have enough workers to fill all of its job openings. That means cities like Minot need to successfully compete with the amenities young families find in other communities that offer job opportunities. North Dakota needs to retain its local residents as they seek higher education and careers, Wendy said. The MCDC’s focus on STEAM – an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to help children develop critical thinking and collaboration skills – is critical for future employment of today’s young learners. Ackerman-Estvold, a Minot architectural and civil engineering consulting firm, is providing the architectural design work for the Magic City Discovery Center as a gift-in-kind. MindSplash, an educational environment design firm from Chicago, IL, created the preliminary design and schematic work for educational exhibits. The Center will be located on Park District land on north hill in Minot, offering a spectacular view from the windows of the 21,000 square foot museum. According to a MCDC brochure, the “building will have three floors, with the lower level initially left unfinished for future exhibits/growth, and the top two floors housing approximately 7,100 square feet of exhibits, two community/birthday rooms and all the amenities.” The exhibits are not like the hands-off exhibits typically found in historical museums. Each exhibit will invite children, teens and adults to play and discover. Because of the need to design the exhibits to withstand the daily impact of excited children, professional exhibit design and fabrication is a must. In addition to a beautiful facility and family-friendly educational activities, the Magic City Discovery Center will bring financial benefits to Minot and North Dakota. The MCDC Board of Directors estimates an annual direct and indirect economic impact of $2 million once the center is completed, based on a calculation from the Arts and Economic Prosperity Non-Profit Calculator.


Keller worked in banking in Fargo, Minneapolis and Minot for several years,

How You Can Help. Call to share your ideas and discuss volunteer and giving opportunities 701.858.PLAY (7529) Learn more and donate online at Get in touch! • Mail: PO Box 751, Minot ND 58702 • Email: • Facebook & Instagram: magiccitydiscoverycenter The Children’s Museum of Minot, Inc., doing business as the Magic City Discovery Center, is a 501(c)(3) organization.

before joining the board of MCDC. Her volunteer work on the board led to an unquenchable desire and determination to explain the dream of the Magic City Discovery Center to others and help make it a reality. In 2018, she transitioned from volunteer to her full-time position as Interim Executive Director. “It’s kind of consumed my whole life,” Keller said with a smile, “but it’s so energizing! I see it as such a great community project.” Her enthusiasm bubbles as she speaks of the positive impact the Center will have on families, even her own. “My goal is to have this open by the time I become a grandmother.” When she stands in line at the grocery store or is out and about in the city, she often talks with people about the Magic City Discovery Center. “Not one person has said we don’t need this,” she said. “It is just so exciting!” Keller said. “We’ve worked so hard, it’s exciting to see it finally happening.”

upcoming events MARCH Mixtape Art Show Saturday, Mar. 2 - Saturday, April 13 62 Doors Gallery & Studio Local art show inspired by your favorite songs. On display until April 13. Check out the Mixtape Art Show facebook event for more information and 62 Doors hours.

Movie Magic: Minot Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert Saturday, Mar. 2 | 7:30 p.m. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, MSU What would movies be without music? Join the Minot Symphony Orchestra as they perform some of the most unforgettable classical scores used in films including Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” immortalized in the film Apocalypse Now, and Ravel’s “Bolero,” in the hit film 10. The show also includes some of the most famous film composers of our time with selections from Jurassic Park, the Titanic, Mission Impossible, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars.

Minot Public Library Hosts Life-Sized Chutes & Ladders Thursday, Mar. 7 | 2 - 4 p.m. Minot Public Library School’s out so join us for a rousing game of life sized Chutes and Ladders where we will try to get to 100 without falling down the chutes! Bring the kids for this fun, interactive event.

Minot State Men’s Hockey vs. University of Jamestown Thursday, Mar. 7 | 7 p.m. Maysa Arena The Beaver hockey team faces off against the University of Jamestown. Single Game Tickets: Adults - $10, Seniors/Military/Youth - $7, Children Ages 6-12 - $4, Children Under 6 - Free, MSU Students, Faculty and Staff - Free. Call 701-3408892 for more ticket information.

KX Sport Show Friday - Sunday, Mar. 8-10 | NDSF Center Friday: 1-7 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Annual spring show hosted by KX News promoting all things pertaining to the Great Outdoors of beautiful North Dakota and surrounding states and provinces. Featuring over 90 vendors, expert seminars, a free youth fun zone and more. For more information, visit

Beer + Cookies: The Experience AND Wine + Cookies: The Experience Saturday, March 9 | The Tap Room Beer @ 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Wine @ 5-7 p.m. Beer + cookies and Wine + cookies feature that late winter or early spring treat: girl scout cookies! We’ll be hosting a bar full of cookie lovers to sample through a selection of beer or wine and cookies. You’ll learn just a little bit about what make us a little different and how we approach beer or wine. But mostly, you’ll have a great time with cookies, drinks and fun. 21+ only, ID required to enter. Find both events on facebook to purchase tickets. 37

upcoming events The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Friday-Sunday, Mar. 8-10 & Mar. 15-17 Mouse River Theater Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday @ 2 p.m. Set in the Golden Age of Theatre, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 takes audiences on a delightful romp as murder and intrigue abound! Fresh off the failure of their last musical attempt, the creative team comes together once more in hopes of impressing a wealthy patron. As the day progresses members of the creative team start being killed off one by one! The show employs classic elements of murder mysteries including hidden passageways and mistaken identity! Ticket Prices: Adults $15; Children thru age 12 $10; Seniors (60+), Students (13 thru college), and Military $13.

Connect Minot - Evening Tuesday, Mar. 12 | 7-8 p.m. Hyatt House Connect Minot is a free monthly meet-up designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs in the Minot area. This event will feature two inspiring speakers who will share for 10 minutes about business topics and personal experiences that impacted their business. This will be followed by Q&A and networking opportunities. Check out the facebook event for speaker info.

ND State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday, Mar. 14 - Saturday, Mar. 16 Minot State University Dome One team from each region around the state will compete to be the 2019 State Champions. More information at


An Evening with STYX Friday, Mar. 22 | NDSF Center STYX has the unique distinction of being the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row. STYX draws from over four decades of barn burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. STYX set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. After 14 years, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious and most rewarding album to date, THE MISSION, was finally released June 16, 2017. Tickets for the show are available in person at the North Dakota State Fair office, by calling 866-300-8300 or visit the website.

Evening to Paws Gala, Benefiting the Souris Valley Animal Shelter Saturday, Mar. 23 | 5 p.m. Grand Hotel Get ready for an evening of fun at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter’s 13th Annual Evening To Paws Gala at the Grand Hotel. This year’s theme will be Lucky 13! Tickets can be purchased at

Spring Peddlers & Vendors Market Saturday, Mar. 30 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Minot Municipal Auditorium Who will you see at this market? Peddlers: Makers, Bakers, Crafters, DIY, Canners, and all things HANDMADE. Vendors: Popular and loved non-handmade booths. Stop by throughout the day to visit their booths. Fashion show at 1 p.m. More info and VIP tickets for swag and early access available in the facebook event. Thank you to Visit Minot and the Minot Area Council of the Arts for submitting events for our calendar! Want to see yours? Email

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23 Main St. S

MON 4-7pm: Happy Hour 7:30 pm: BINGO or Adult Spelling Bee CLOSED





4-7pm: Happy Hour 7:30 pm: Trivia

4-7pm: Happy Hour

4-7pm: Happy Hour


7pm: Service Industry Night

Open at 7pm

Open at 7pm

5-7 pm: Happy Hour

5-7 pm: Happy Hour



Open at 7pm


5-7 pm: Happy Hour

12-8 pm: Open with Pizza, Pint & Pool for $15

5-7 pm: Happy Hour

The Spot 215 Central Ave. E

5-7 pm: Happy Hour

5-7 pm: Happy Hour Ladies Night Free Pool

$5 Pool All Night for Students & Military

Dart Tourney @ 3 pm

Dart Tourney @ 7 pm

Ebeneezer’s 300 Central Ave. E

The Original Bar & Nightclub

$4 Long Islands

$4 Vodka-ritas

Live Music

Live Music

$2 Morgans

3-7 pm: Happy Hour; $2.50 domestic bottles/cans, $3 wells, $3 house wines

$5 Mules

$2 Cans

Open Mic

Live Music

$3 Energy Shots

$1 Domestic Draught Beer

$2 U-Call-Its all night

3-7 pm: Happy Hour; $2.50 domestic bottles/cans, $3 wells, $3 house wines

3-7 pm: Happy Hour; $2.50 domestic bottles/cans, $3 wells, $3 house wines

3-7 pm: Happy Hour; $2.50 domestic bottles/cans, $3 wells, $3 house wines

Live Music

Live Music

Live Music

Live Music

Fireball Friday $3 shots

11-2pm: Brunch with Hitchin’ Kitchen; $3 Mimosa and $4 Caesar/Bloody Mary Bar

$6 Domestic Pitchers

720 N Broadway

Arny’s 2.0 12 3rd St. SE

The Starving Rooster 30 1st St. NE

$5 Moscow Mules all day

$4 ND Breweries all day

1/2 price wine by the glass or bottle all day

3-6 & 9-Close: 3-6 & 9-Close: $2 Off Apps 3-6 & 9-Close: $2 Off Apps & Happy $2 Off Apps & & Happy Hour Happy Hour Hour

$1 up for all Tall Taps all day 3-6 & 9-Close: $2 Off Apps & Happy Hour

11am-2pm: $6 BYO 11am-2pm: Bloody Mary & $6 BYO 3-6 & Caesars 9-Close: $2 Bloody Mary & Caesars Off Apps $10 Bottom& Happy less Mimosas 3-6 & 9-Close: Hour $2 Off Apps & 3-6 & 9-Close: Happy Hour $2 Off Apps & Happy Hour

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In our inaugural issue, we're celebrating those who activate our community. Top stories: - 5 local game changers - Jon Lakoduk, Megan Lauden...

Activate Issue | Minot Magazine  

In our inaugural issue, we're celebrating those who activate our community. Top stories: - 5 local game changers - Jon Lakoduk, Megan Lauden...

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