- Associated Press - Sunday, March 19, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot’s Downtown Business and Professional Association is looking to bring back street music to downtown in an effort to enhance people’s shopping experiences.

The association is trying to replace an older speaker system that used to be tied into light poles, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2npOT4k) reported. The city replaced the light poles as part of an improvement project, and the new ones aren’t compatible with the speaker system.

The association has launched a campaign to raise money through sponsorships to install 25 new high-quality speakers. Sponsorships per speaker are $400. Sponsors will be recognized with an engraved plaque that will be displayed on the speaker.

Debbie Harris, project coordinator, said the association is planning to invest in installing some of the speakers, but the goal is to get others to help with the effort.

“In the community, there’s a lot of people who love the downtown, and their love for downtown can be shown with a sponsorship or half a sponsorship,” Harris said. “It could be that you just have a pride in our community.”

Harris said the association also is hoping to use portions of future fundraising dollars to help pay for the work.

“We can’t just lean on our downtown association to do everything for us. We have to take ownership of our downtown,” Harris said.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com


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