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The City of Minot has assumed management responsibility of the two downtown parking structures....

    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot has assumed management responsibility of the two downtown parking structures. City Manager Tom Barry say that this month, Cypress Development, LLC, the developer and former management company for the parking structures, turned over operations for the Central and Renaissance parking structures to the City.

    Barry says as part of the transition, the City invites the community to park in the structures free of charge for the next month. Current parking pass holders will be credited with one month of free parking, and the gates at both structures will remain open during the free month.

    "We're going to be making some adjustments as far as management of the structures goes," said City Manager Tom Barry. "We felt this was a great time to open up the gates and invite everyone to try them out for a month."

    Barry says the month of free parking will extend into May as the City makes operational adjustments. Among the adjustments, the City will conduct a structural and conditional assessment of the two structures, in addition to performing clean-up work and making security improvements. Both structures will also be restriped later this spring or summer. New signage will also be installed.

    For questions about parking passes, starting an account, or the billing process, please call 701-420-4533. For anyone on an automatic payment plan, please contact the City's Billing Office to redirect your payments to the City of Minot.

    For suggestions, concerns or complaints about the parking structures, please share your concerns with the City by visiting:

    In March, the City Council voted unanimously to begin steps to terminate all agreements with Cypress and initiate a lawsuit against Cypress over the developer's failure to make required lease payments to the City. Barry says the City remains committed to seeing the commercial and residential portions of the project completed, including the construction of low-to-moderate income housing units.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston physical education teacher accused of child sex abuse is facing more charges. Everest Moore was arrested last month on three counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from incidents allegedly involving sexual misconduct with three girls under the age of 15. KXMC-TV reports that the 28-year-old Moore was arrested last week on two more charges of gross sexual imposition. His bond was set at $70,000.
    Moore was placed on administrative leave by St. Joseph's Catholic School in February, following allegations of employee misconduct. Moore's attorney, Jeff Nehring, said during a bond hearing last week that his client turned himself in on the new charges and has no prior criminal history..


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider a task force's recommendations on how to reduce wasteful flaring of excess natural gas in the oil patch and spur infrastructure development. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the commission will meet with the North Dakota Petroleum Council task force on Tuesday. The meeting comes as the oil industry is advocating for the state to keep its current gas capture targets but revise its natural gas flaring policy.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 4-year-old Mandan girl in need of a double lung transplant has landed in Houston, Texas with her parents thanks to private donors. Danica Stockwell was unable to fly commercial because of her lung disease and weakened immune system and needed to be evaluated at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston before she can be placed on its transplant waiting list.
     The cost of a medical flight ranges from $13,000 to $21,000 one-way. The non-profit organization, Aero Angel, stepped in and secured a private jet for Danica and her parents. The Bismarck Tribune says the family departed Bismarck Municipal Airport for Houston Sunday afternoon. Danica was diagnosed with the disease when she was a baby.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest.
     The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a new record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It's also the snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities. And it's the snowiest start to a calendar year, with 70.3 inches since Jan. 1.
     In South Dakota, Sioux Falls set records for a single day in April at 13.7 inches Saturday and a record April total at 24.9 inches. Huron and Mitchell set two-day record totals for April of 15.5 and 16.2 inches respectively.
     In Wisconsin, the storm ranks as the all-time second largest snowstorm in Green Bay at 23.5 inches and a record April total of more than 35 inches there.



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