Cleaning up dead loops

Duane Brekke, J. Dean Caldwell, Bob Knudson, JoAnn Linrud, Beth Madland , Ernie Medalen, all Minot

Kim Fundingsland’s Jan. 26 article, “Thirty years of dead loop crud is too much,” endorsed the idea that it’s time to do something about the “dead loops” in our city, the river bypasses that become stagnant. Essentially, he said that these dead loops are in vital places, often smell, get filled with trash, are an eyesore to visitors, and that something should be done about them. Although Minot residents appreciate that post-flood river clean up is complex, and that many groups, including the the Army Corps of Engineers, have done very good things for our city, it’s unlikely that anyone intended for the dead loops to exist as long and as uncared for as they have.

A small group of individuals, the “Dead Loop Group” named above, is initiating an effort to start the dead loop clean-up process. While much could be done, our first focus is on the dead loop east of Eastwood Park. We have gathered some data and maps, visited with some city officials, looked at costs, and have begun to explore what it would take to fill in the dead loop, or a portion of it, to the west of the zoo. That’s just a start; there is much more to know. When and if the land is reclaimed, the possibilities for its use are numerous. Certainly, this effort would be well served by input from many other interested individuals and city officials.

Minot is a vibrant city with lots to offer families and outdoor enthusiasts. We are interested in helping our city to be the best it can be, starting with filling in one dead loop. We are hopeful that other citizens of Minot feel the same.