Minot is growing.
That's something you may have noticed with the announcements of new business and crowded streets, but now it's easily visible in the numbers.
More than $342 million dollars worth of city issued building permits shaped Minot in 2012.
The 2012 year total of 1,943 permits dwarfs even 2011's final total of 873.
Nearly 700 permits were issued for housing in Minot.
Minot City Inspections Clerk Dee Falkinburg says most of those permits are new housing, flood building permits slowed significantly in 2012.
Permits were issued for nine new hotels and around 65 new commercial, industrial, and public buildings.
Compare 2009 and 2012, the near 300 percent construction increase is anything but gradual.
(Dee Falkinburg, Minot City Inspections Clerk) "We hired two temporary people to help us through the flood stuff and we've kept them on because we are just so overwhelmed with everything. Everything is growing, including our department so we're hiring more inspectors too to help us out with this."
...and if 71 permits in nine days is any indication, 2013 could shape up in a similar fashion.
The cost of building permits has increased for 2013 from four-fifty ($4.50) to five dollars --- per $1,000 of construction value.