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Despite Controversy City of Minot Approves Roughly $1 Million Contract for City Manager

Despite Controversy City of Minot Approves Roughly $1 Million Contract for City Manager

After initially trying to slip it through as a last-minute addition to the agenda, the Minot City Council approved this week a new contract for controversial City Manager Tom Barry. The Council also approved a substantial pay raise for themselves, though I think that move was sorely needed. “If we devalue public service by not paying

Minot’s City Manager Took the Fire Chief on a Pricey Trip to Nashville

Last month, October 20-23, the International City/County Management Association held its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Minot City Manager Tom Barry attended the conference and brought along Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel. This was interesting for a couple of reasons: Why was Kronschnabel, who is not a city or county manager, attending a conference for city and county managers,

Fresh Off an Open Meeting Violation, Minot’s Mayor Is Trying to Be Sneaky About Major Changes to City Manager’s Contract

You readers are probably aware of the phenomena called a “Friday news dump.” For the uninitiated, it’s the tactic of waiting until late in the day on a Friday to make public things you don’t really want the public to notice. The idea being that by Friday evening, the people who would notice are in

Attorney General: City Violated Open Meetings Law by Holding Council Meeting Out of Town

Often entities of North Dakota’s government, particularly local governments and committees and agencies, hold meetings far from their usual place of business. I’ve been critical of this practice in the past, such as when a board at North Dakota State University decided to hold an annual meeting in Minneapolis. How can a meeting of a

The City Of Minot Should Welcome An Outside Review

Over the holiday weekend news broke of yet another defection from the City of Minot’s government. Top planning official Carter Thompson resigned her position and accused city leadership of ethical issues. That came just weeks after Minot airport manager Andy Solsvig abruptly resigned to “pursue other career opportunities,” and also after a former city attorney

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With Pension Fund Only 49% Funded, City Of Minot Considering Defined Contribution Plans

All over the country, defined benefits pension plans are crumbling. Public sector plans for state and municipal workers are under water. Federal pension plans are under water. Even Social Security, which is little more than a sort of universal, defined-benefits pension plan is under water. And the fundamental problem with each of those plans is