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Residents in northwest Minot won’t have to wait much longer for improved fire protection.
Although heavy equipment has already been working at the site along Fourth Avenue NW for weeks, Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel and others helped “officially” break ground for Fire Station 5 on June 6.
“Every time I drive by here, I think back to when the discussion of Fire Station 5 in this location first began, and I appreciate how far we’ve come with this project,” Kronschnabel said at a groundbreaking ceremony. “For the past couple years, we’ve a sign here that says ‘Future home of Fire Station 5.’ Well, the future is here. We’re happy to become part of this neighborhood. I’m looking forward to seeing you all here again next summer when we celebrate Fire Station 5’s grand opening.”
City Manager Harold Stewart and Mayor Shaun Sipma joined Kronschnabel in celebrating the construction of Fire Station 5.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction and pride taken by this community with regards to our fire department, and we want to continue to hold that standard,” Stewart said. “Improvements like this will help us to continue to hold that standard and improve that standard for the foreseeable future.”
Sipma highlighted the ongoing commercial and residential growth happening in northwest Minot, as well as a new high school on north hill, as reasons why Fire Station 5 is so important.
“The changing landscape of northwest Minot requires that the City of Minot’s commitment to fire safety must evolve, too. That’s why we’re here today,” Sipma said. “It’s critical that the expanding business community in northwest Minot is afforded the same peace of mind regarding proper fire and emergency response as other parts of our community. That’s why we’re here today.”
Construction on the approximately $3.8 million project is under way and expected to be complete in the spring of 2023, with the station being operational later that summer.