By Matthew Liedke
The Wahpeton City Council was briefed Monday on the North Dakota Manufacturing Day held in October and learned it was a successful venture for students, locally and statewide.
The information was given by Economic Development Director Jane Priebe in her report at Monday’s City Council meeting. According to Priebe, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple proclaimed Oct. 3, 2014 as Manufacturing Day for high school students and events were soon held across the state.
A manufacturing day event eventually made its way to Wahpeton, Oct. 22, 2014, which resulted in 203 Wahpeton High School students touring manufacturing facilities of Bobcat, WCCO Belting, ComDel Innovations and Heartland Precision.
Students were also provided a tour of on-campus facilities at North Dakota State College of Science.
Priebe said after the tour was over, a survey taken, showing 59 percent of students said they would consider a career in manufacturing, which was a 2 percent bump from 57 percent prior to the tour.
Also in her report was an unveiling of the new Visitors Guide to both Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota. Priebe explained that Wahpeton officials worked together with those across the border, saying the guides will be distributed in both North Dakota and Minnesota
In other news, the City Council moved forward on renewing a pair of franchise fees for both electric and natural gas utilities by approving two resolutions.
One resolution was for an agreement with Otter Tail Power for electric and the other was an agreement with Great Plains Natural Gas. Both renewals will extend the franchise fees through Feb. 1, 2017. The franchise fees will also stay at 3 percent. Motions were made to pass each resolution individually.
An announcement was made during the meeting that Wahpeton City Hall will be closed on Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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