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Minot, ND came into existence in 1886 when the Great Northern Railroad ended its push into North Dakota for the winter. The tents that sprung up literally overnight earned Minot the nickname "The Magic City." Minot was named after Henry Davis Minot, an investor in the Great Northern Railroad. The city also earned another nickname, Little Chicago, as it became a central hub of Al Capone's liquor smuggling operation during Prohibition.
Modern day Minot is the county seat for Ward County, and boasts a population of 36,000. The local economy is buoyed by the Minot Air Force Base; additional businesses in the city include ING Financial Services and SMC Signal Management Corp. Minot also had a strong Scandinavian heritage, with over 40 percent of the city's residents boasting Scandinavian ancestry. The city is home to the Scandinavian Heritage Park and the Norsk Høstfest, North America's largest Scandinavian-American festival.
Multiple Minot lawyers have chosen to make this dynamic community their home. Attorneys in Minot can assist you with any legal issue you may face, including business, family, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, and personal injury matters.
Lawyers in Minot recently defended a local couple operating multiple home-based businesses. The couple owned three city lots within Minot which were zoned single-family residential. The City of Minot sued the couple to enjoin them from operating the home businesses as they were in violation of area zoning regulations and restrictions. The couple countersued, arguing that the ordinances were in effect a taking of their property in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The district court found in favor of the city and dismissed the counterclaim; the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the decision on appeal.
The court structure in North Dakota consists of limited jurisdiction municipal courts, general jurisdiction district courts, the state court of appeals, and the state supreme court Lawyers in Minot often argue their case in the Minot Municipal Court, the Northwest Judicial District Court, or the North Dakota Supreme Court. Minot lawyers frequently deal with the local courts and can alert you to any special rules of the courts.
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