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Emily How, Ward County Extension Officer for Horticulture, left, and Emily Burkett, Ward County Extension Officer for Youth Development, sit in the lobby next to the reception area of ​​the office of the newly transferred county extension service. The offices opened in the new location on August 15.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Ward County office has relocated, and staff are considering potential opportunities with the new space.

The extension service opened its new offices in the former Ward County Highway Department building in southeast Minot on August 15.

“Some differences – some good, some things we gave up. But overall, we’re here and we’re making the space our own,” said extension worker Emily Burkett, who works in youth development.

Burkett said the public is gradually learning about the new location. An open day is planned but no date has yet been set.

Nine employees work at the county extension office. The overall space is comparable to the former Ward County Administration Building space, but there are a few thoughtful touches, Burkett said.

The new Jill Schramm/MDNA kitchen is included in the NDSU Extension Service office space in Ward County at 900 13th St. SE.

There is a work room, a storage area and two conference rooms for meetings and classes. A new kitchen can also be used for cooking classes.

The extension will still have access to shared meeting rooms in the administration building and the North Central Research Extension Center if needed to accommodate larger functions.

Visitors will find parking much easier and staff are taking advantage of the trees and greenery outside their windows, Burkett added. There is also open space for outdoor programming.

“I’m interested to see what the potential is for other programs,” said Burkett. “I think it lends itself to some opportunities that the other place didn’t have.”

For example, she noted the opportunity for forage plantations to help the course judging program.

“Because that’s the hardest part of range practice is finding a spot that hasn’t been plowed or that everyone can get to,” she says.

The Highways Department moved from the building at 900 13th St.SE in November 2020 to a new headquarters in a former energy company complex east of Minot. The original office building now provides a storage area for the Sheriff’s Department as well as housing the extension offices. A former store building is used for the county and extension bookmobile and additional storage.

The office building was built in 1968, with an addition built several years ago. Increased security monitoring has been added.

Gold NDSU banners mark the entrance to the property from 13th Street and a sign has been erected near the building.

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