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Minot issues 2nd-highest total of building permits

Minot, North Dakota
Minot, North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- The value of building permits issued in North Dakota's fourth-largest city last year was the second-highest total in Minot's history.

The city says $261.2 million worth of permits were issued in 2013, second only to the $305 million in permits issued in 2012. The second-highest amount had been $204.6 million in 2011.

City Manager Dave Waind says officials expect the growth to continue due to energy development in the western part of the state.

Minot's population is now estimated at more than 50,000 people, up from the 2010 census count of just under 41,000.