Minot Real Estate 101, What Are Dead Loops?
When driving in the Valley area you will see the Mouse River but there are other bodies of water that look like a river but are actually "Dead Loops".
After the historic flooding of the Mouse River in 1969 many steps were taken to prevent such a flood from happening again (regretfully none of which helped to stop the great devastation of the flood of 2011). Along with building dikes and dams along the river the Corp Of Engineers redirected the river so that it would flow smoother and faster. Redirecting the river created the "Dead Loops".
A little speculation on my part is that they kept the "Dead Loops" for further flood control so they could control run-off after a heavy rain.
The Dead Loops have been the subject of many discussions over the years. There is a group currently called "The Dead Loop Gang" who would like to see the Dead Loops filled in and make use of the property commercially or for groups like the Ward County Historical Society (It's worth noting that the Ward County Historical Society likes where they are at and are not part of the movement). Some would like to see them filled in to get rid of the debris in them as well as the misquotes.
Most of the property owners along the Dead Loops like things the way they are. Their property maps show they own the dead loops as their lots extend to the middle. Many use the water to water their lawns.
From a Real Estate point of view I understand both camps on this one and have no plans on taking sides. I think it is kind of neat to know how these Dead Loops came into being and now I've shared it with you.