Council's annual meeting at St. John's Parish Center in Grafton last
night. Heidkamp says the Regional Council is doing everything right. She says the issues facing the area today must be tackled as a region and not by separate communities. She says it's not enough for Grafton to have a conversation or Park River to have a conversation, but that it's important the region as a whole take on the challenges together. Heitkamp says housing is currently the biggest problem in North Dakota and not just out West. She says another big issue is day care. She says providing amenities such as childcare and facilities that will attract a younger workforce
are essential to growth in the region. Heitkamp sited Park River's plans of
building a sports complex as an example of how to attract younger families. In her closing remarks Heitkamp was optimistic that Northeast North Dakota would continue to grow. She said despite all the challenges, North Dakotan's know how to get done the things that need to be done. She told the crowded Parish Center to keep doing what they're doing. She said it fits perfectly with what she and fellow Senator John Hoeven are doing for rural development statewide. The event ran about two hours. Park River Mayor and Council Board President Dan Stenvold said it was the best turn out he'd
ever seen at their annual meeting.