Twenty-eighteen was an interesting (and good!) year. Wahpeton saw a lot of positive things happen, with much more set to come.

Let’s take a look at some of the wins in 2018. If you want to sing this to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas,” you’re welcome to, but I can’t promise it’ll rhyme. In fact, I guarantee it won’t rhyme – that would take too long.

 1. One of the biggest projects the city has undertaken in the past decade is the reconstruction of Third Avenue. Although it’s not complete, most of the work has been done. This project replaced some infrastructure that was 100 years old.

 2. New business brought Wahpeton some fresh looks, from buildings being renovated and renewed downtown, to new buildings in the north side commerce area. It was a good year for new options for shops and services.

 3. Planning and preparations have taken place for the celebration of Wahpeton’s 150th anniversary in 2019. A special thank you goes out to all that have volunteered their time already, and to those that will be working in 2019 to make all the events flow.

 4. The cities of Wahpeton and Breckenridge, and the counties of Richland and Wilkin, cooperated to form the new Southern Valley Economic Development Authority. Representatives from each of these entities meet each month toward the goal of efficient economic development for the region.

 5. The Wahpeton Police Department and Wahpeton Public School District worked together to bring a School Resource Officer to our schools. The officer works with administrators and students to provide a safer environment for learning.

 6. River Pointe Acres, just north of the 210 Bypass, was created, and lots are available for purchase to place your shop, man-cave, or she shed.

 7. Single-family lots were made available north of Walmart. There’s a terrific view to the west of your looking to build and want a summer sunset that’s photograph worthy.

 8. Holiday Lane made its debut in Chahinkapa Park and added to the holiday spirit around the community. With a successful year one nearly complete, plans are already underway to make year two bigger and brighter.

 9. A grant for John Randall Field improvements was approved, paving the way for player and spectator safety updates, and allowing the facility to host baseball tournaments for years to come.

 10. Wahpeton became a North Dakota Cares Community. ND Cares is dedicated to strengthening an accessible, seamless network of support for veterans.

 11. The city’s Renaissance Zone was extended for another five years. Also, a new block was added to the zone which will assist with plans for a new event center to take shape.

 12. Groundwork for a new marketing plan for the city, as well as a youth commission, were done in 2018 and will lead to exciting things happening in 2019.


Merry Christmas and a Happy and New Year to all!


Chris DeVries is the Community Development Director for the city of Wahpeton. He can be reached at 701-591-2109 or


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