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Mayor Shaun Sipma, left, and city manager Tom Barry, second from left, walk in downtown Minot during a visit from Lt. Governor Brent Sanford, center, and Governor Doug Burgum, right. Minot Daily News photo

Mayor “Discouraged” City Government Will Have to Start Holding Meetings Which Are Accessible to the Public

Mayor “Discouraged” City Government Will Have to Start Holding Meetings Which Are Accessible to the Public

I like Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma, though I’ll admit I was more enamored with him when he was candidate Sipma pushing for reforms in city government. Since becoming mayor, he’s spent far too much time serving city government as opposed to those who elected him. In particular, Sipma seems in the thrall of city manager

Minot City Manager Tom Barry stands outside City Hall Dec. 8. Jill Schramm/Minot Daily News

City Tells Citizens Who Can’t Vote in City Elections They Have to Pay Double for Building Permits

Extra-territorial zoning is an odd bit of North Dakota law which allows for municipal governments to extend their governance beyond city limits. Unfortunately for the people who live in those areas, they don’t get a say in city government. A particularly egregious example of this is the plight of Patti Eisenzimmer, a resident of rural Minot

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