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Minot's inaugural State of the City event will be available live online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBhYn9chgGkImWn0LLjeFIA/live.
Thursday’s event begins at 4:15 p.m. with an open house at the Arvel Graving Theater at Magic City Campus.
As part of the event, Minot Mayor Chuck Barney issued the Mayor's Writing Challenge to Minot fifth-graders to submit essays on “Why I Love Calling Minot My Home” in 350-500 words. The challenge generated significant interest and participation among Minot’s fifth-grade students.
“There are so many great things happening in our community, and it’s been very interesting to read about Minot from the perspective of the fifth-graders who submitted essays,” Barney said. “Their writings have certainly allowed me to see Minot in a different light and those who attend the State of the City event will enjoy reading the 13 finalists.”
Students from 10 Minot elementary schools submitted entries for the challenge, with a total of 135 entries. Edison Elementary School submitted the most entries with 45.
Barney will introduce the winner Thursday during the State of the City event. The winner will read their essay, and essays from other finalists will also be on display.
The essay finalists are Jurnee Rust, Ellie Schaefer, Maddie Hogue, Lexi Torres, Laurel Harrison, Leif Nelson, Elijah Roth, Mikiyas Asmamaw, Nicole Courure, Ethan Dangel, Adam Mrozik, Ada Bennett, and Grayson Schaeffer.
The event, with the theme of “Past, Present, and Future,” will offer attendees the chance to meet with City of Minot department heads and other City staff, in addition to gathering information about City projects. Those who can't attend the event can watch live online.
The schedule for the event:
4:15 p.m.: Open house, featuring informational booths from City departments.
5 p.m.: Program begins with color guard and national anthem. City Manager Tom Barry will make introductions, followed by a speech from Mayor Chuck Barney. The winner of the fifth-grade challenge “Why I Love to Call Minot Home” will read the winning essay, and other top essays will be on display. Video and musical interludes will be included.
6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Social hour featuring hors d'oeuvres from local area restaurants.