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           The City of Milnor is located in southeast North Dakota along North Dakota Highway
13 in a bustling community of agriculture and industry.  Milnor is very progressive with a variety of businesses, three churches, an activity center, an excellent park and recreational system, golf course, swimming pool, library and school. 
            Our business district includes businesses that have been a part of the community for over 125 years as well as new and beginning businesses.  In the past couple of years we’ve had several entrepreneurs remodel their facilities and the elevator expanded their grain storing capacity an additional 2.7 million bushels, added a new grain drying system and a second receiving pit.  First National Bank has remodeled and expanded and Dahlstrom Funeral Home has built a new facility. We have added six new Main Street businesses: Mrs. Klean Car Wash, Tiny Tykes Daycare, the Front Porch, a unique boutique of reclaimed and custom creations, The Keg, an ice cream and snack business, Crossroads Electric, a heating/air-conditioning and electrical company and Sakry Plumbing, a plumbing contractor.  We have also welcomed Sheyenne Valley Tree Service, Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Stitch an Image.  Milnor recently annexed 44 additional acres into our city as an industrial park on the south side of town with approximately 27 acres still available.  Sheyenne Valley Veterinary Service has built their 5,000 square foot facility in this new subdivision and other businesses are inquiring about this newly developed area. 
            Our City Council is very proactive; encouraging individuals, families and businesses to move to our community with incentive packages.  We have recently opened a new subdivision with 49 lots available for new homes.  We have established a Renaissance Zone and at present have five projects in process and 50 completed projects.   In 2014, Milnor was chosen as City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities.  This is a highly prestigious honor, and we are proud of this award. 
            The City has worked with our Community/Senior Citizen Center, which also houses our city office, to make improvements that include air-conditioning, new windows and roof, new tables and chairs, ceiling tiles and handicap accessibility.  In 2013 a handicap accessible ramp and door have been added to this facility thru a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation
            The City of Milnor has recently replaced several sidewalks, putting in crosswalks at nine intersections and installing handicap ramps at six intersections using a grant from the Department of Transportation - Safe Routes to School.  Recently, a Safe Routes to School grant replaced an additional six blocks of sidewalks.  These grants will ensure safer walking and biking for our children. The City has also added two LED stop signs on Main Street for safer walking and driving for all our citizens.
            In 2008, the City purchased 200 small trees which were used by the City in public areas and given to citizens for personal use.  The City of Milnor was awarded several grants through the North Dakota Forest Service and an additional 116 trees were planted in the past five years.  Milnor is, and has been a member of Tree City USA for many years and has received the Growth Award.  Milnor was chosen by the North Dakota Forest Service to be one of 40 North Dakota communities to be included in a new street and park tree inventory program, Community Threat Assessment Protocol that was conducted in 2012.
            Milnor, along with many other communities in the state, has suffered overland and creek flooding.  In 2009, the City constructed an earthen dike along the north and west edge of the city to protect our community from flood waters that had previously entered our residential areas.  Additional culverts and landscaping were installed to alleviate potential problems for individuals close to Storm Lake.  Although we may still be threatened by high water, our citizens feel safer.
            All homes and business in Milnor have direct fiber-optic connections for ultra-high-speed internets.  Residents and businesses enjoy the safety, security and slower pace of a rural lifestyle but need not compromise on technology in business, health care or education.
            The Milnor Municipal Airport has recently been renamed the Milnor Harris Lunneborg Field and although it may be considered small, we are proud that many private planes use the facility.  The local flying club, Milnor Aviation Inc., uses the airport on a regular basis and each year holds a fly-in breakfast to raise funds for improvements.    In the past three years they have added a new lighting system for safer nighttime and bad weather landings, fuel tanks, rural water and a courtesy car to be used by individuals flying into the airport. In 2011, a new hangar was built by the Milnor Airport Authority and was partially funded by a grant from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.  In 2013 trees were planted on the north perimeter of the airport and a terminal was built, funded in part by ND Aeronautics Commission.
            The Milnor Fire Department is an all volunteer group and in the past couple of years has had over 20 new recruits.  In 2010, the Fire Department purchased a new fire truck featuring a 1,000 gallon tank and 1,250 gallon per minute pump with a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 2012 a larger 3,000 gallon tanker and new extrication equipment were purchased and in 2014, a tracked vehicle was bought.  The Milnor Ambulance Department is a combination of volunteers and two full time EMT's, which provides basic life support services in the community and surrounding area.  The Milnor Ambulance Department acquired a new ambulance in 2014, which has made our ambulance and fire department a “state of the art” instrument for our community.
            The Milnor Clinic has been a part of our community since 1985.  The Board of Directors, composed of citizens from our community, works with the St. Francis Healthcare Campus to bring this service to the community.  The clinic offers laboratory and x-ray services, along with doctors and nurses, to serve medical needs and offer quality care close to home.                                                                 Satre Memorial Milnor School Library (SMMSL) is located in the Milnor Area Community Center, which is connected to the Milnor Public School.  The library has a system that rotates recently published books thru the facility.  Books for all ages are available along with magazines, DVDs, and audio books.   The Library is on an automated system which has cataloged all the books.  This allows the library to scan books when checked in and out using barcodes and send emails to patrons when their books are overdue.  The Milnor Public School and the City of Milnor entered into a Joint Powers Agreement in the fall of 2014 regarding the Satre Memorial Library which is now known as Satre Memorial Milnor School Library (SMMSL). The Milnor School Library is also on the same automated system so patrons can search both libraries for books. The Milnor School Library Media Specialist operates the facility and provides library services to the students and the community of Milnor.
            Milnor Public School District has 216 students attending Kindergarten thru 12th grade. The Milnor Public School District developed a Long Term Strategic Plan and also a Five Year Technology Plan in 2013.  The district has been progressive with technology.  All teachers have school issued iPads and all students in grades 9-12 have iPads that were distributed the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.  There are iPads in every classroom for student use.  Some of our classes are making the move to being paperless with digital textbooks.  The Milnor School has a computer classroom with 22 computers, a computer lab with 22 computers.  In total we have 182 iPads and 123 computers.  Each elementary classroom also has desktop computers for student use.  The school library has 8 computers.  In addition to computers, Milnor School has Interactive Smart Boards in every classroom.  We are transitioning our interactive projector boards to ActivPanels, which are 70 inch LED screens that are touch sensitive.  In 2011 an Interactive Polycom classroom was constructed.  In 2012 the Interactive Television Studio was totally remodeled to include 70” flat screens. These two classrooms provide additional course offerings through a consortium, as well as connecting to any North Dakota public school and includes dual college credit course offerings for College Algebra and College English through a distance learning format.   The school continues to make improvements to the building and facilities every summer, including such things as energy efficient improvements, air-conditioning and new staff positions.  The school playground has seen the addition of playground equipment, basketball courts, a picnic table and sand box. Gainor Football Field and the Glenn Dorr Memorial Track, which is adjacent to the park, have also had improvements. The track was resurfaced, a high jump pit was added in 2012 as well as a new pole vault setup.  A new public address system was purchase in 2014.   Our athletic department is very progressive.  The Milnor Boys Basketball team took the 2013 State Class B Basketball championship and our football team has 2 class A runner-up finishes since 2010. The district has numerous other extracurricular activities in which students participate, such as: Speech, Drama, FBLA, Art Club, Yearbook, Science Fair, Student Council and Academic Olympics.         
            In 2003 the Milnor Area Community Center, also known as, the MACC was built and connected to our public school.  This activity center is a 15,750 square foot community building which serves as an activity center and is used for wedding/anniversary celebrations, auctions and fundraising/community events.  Our public school also uses the building for school related activities, athletic games and practices.  The original cost of this facility was $767,700, and the mortgage was paid in June of 2014 with donations from our community.  The Board of Directors have recently purchased two weight lifting machines for the fitness center which is also located  in the MACC.                                     
            Our Park District offers swimming lessons each year and encourages an active T-ball, softball and baseball program.  The park has recently added a new basketball court and skateboard area, constructed new dugouts and backstop, and gave the pool, which was built in 2000, a facelift.  The community has also built a handicap accessible walking/bike path along our Main Street for safer and better access to the park and downtown areas.  In 2015 an additional walking path was built connecting the Park and Main Street.                                                                                                                                       Our Community/Senior Citizen Center is a hub of activity each day as our seniors congregate for dinner and other activities such as bingo and card games.  A computer is available also for all ages to use at this center.  Housebound individuals have meals delivered to their door by community volunteers                       Lakeview Golf Course is located in the northwest corner of Milnor.  This challenging 9 hole, 36 par course winds its way around Storm Lake on a gently rolling course.  The course sports a club house, golf cart rental and storage.  In 2009, the community owned golf course, completely remodeled and refurbished the club house.  The club house is used not only for golf related activities but is also rented for graduations, anniversaries and other get-togethers.                                                                             The Merchants Club is an organization that advances and helps the various businesses and promotes the local community.  The Merchants sponsor the yearly celebrations: Crazy Days, Christmas lighting and their latest project has been large beautiful baskets of flowers that hang along our Main Street.                                                                                                                                                                       
            In 2008, the Satellite Club, a community organization, the VFW and American Legion built the Freedom Park on an abandoned lot on Main Street.  The park includes a gazebo, a variety of trees and a monument recognizing the veterans from our community.  A variety of community gatherings have been held here including Centennial events, homecoming/school events and a biweekly summer event “Wednesday Night at the Park” with music, fun and food.                                                              
            Satellite Club, which is a community wide organization open to everyone, sponsors a dinner each February where the Galaxie Award is given to the most outstanding person of the year, the Miss Milnor Pageant, a scholarship to a deserving student and holiday children's events.  This group also donates each year to the area churches, the park, the library, Post Prom and RIF.                                                  
            The Bison Booster Club was created to encourage youth in sports and has since branched out to the community with fundraising for school and area wide improvements.  The club also has a gaming operation which provides a considerable amount of funding which have been used for many projects that were sponsored by other groups needing assistance. Recent funds have been used for the MACC, the swimming pool, a digital sign on Main Street that is used to display school and community announcements, and funds for the new childcare center.                                                                                   Youth Opportunity Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit corporation was recently formed.  This group received a grant from the State of North Dakota to build a new 5,000 square childcare facility.  This new facility, managed by the Board of Directors, opened in the spring of 2015 and offers childcare, before/after school care and preschool under the name Tiny Tykes Daycare, a private business.              
            In 2015, Milnor was blessed with a $4,300,000 permanent endowment fund established by the estate of brothers, Russell and Dale Brown.  The earnings from this endowment will support projects and programs in Milnor for years to come and improve the quality of life for our community.  A Board of Directors for the Milnor Community Foundation will oversee the selection of projects.                    
            If you are looking for a sightseeing excursion, Milnor is nine miles south of the Sheyenne National Grasslands which has 70,000 acres of public land that can be used for hiking, horseback riding or just enjoying the great outdoors. We also have a variety of lakes in the area for swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing.  A brochure identifying these recreational areas are available at our city office.         Milnor supports a number of fundraisers and events to help others.  Here are a few of those events our community is a part of: 
  • Relay for Life is held each summer in one of the communities in our county.  Milnor has hosted this event at the Glenn Dorr Memorial Track on a rotational basis with three other communities in Sargent County.  Sargent County has in the past raised the most dollars per capita in the United States with their Relay for Life.  
  • Each year our community supports the Saddle Up for St. Jude Fundraiser, which is a breakfast, trail ride, supper and auction held to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Many individuals from the community take part by fundraising and enjoying a fun day held at a rural location.
  • Cowboy Up Ride Against Cancer is locally held at a rural location with many individuals from the community supporting this event with their time and dollars..
  • Our community also supports the Milnor Scholarship Association with fundraisers, an annual golf tournament and the Fine Arts and Academic Award Night ice cream social for scholarships.  Each year scholarships are awarded and in the past ten years over one hundred individuals have received scholarships to further their education. 
           
            The City of Milnor has many other ideas for future projects, such as additional walking paths, more softball diamonds, a subdivision for more housing, a senior housing complex and continuing to encourage additional businesses to join us.  If you would like to visit us online, our website is www.milnornd.com or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/milnornd


            If you’re interested in Milnor, visit us sometime.  We would be proud to show you our city!
 
 

 

 

            
                      

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