Here's a great competition happening in Mandan. 

There is an essay competition through the NDLC called the" If I were Mayor" contest. The goal is to encourage kids to think about community service and leadership.

According to the press release:

The City of Mandan will select two contest winners from local submissions to the contest. Mandan’s winners will be invited to participate in an April City Commission meeting, attend a pizza party with the commissioners, receive Mandan Bucks provided by the Mandan Progress Organization and a City of Mandan shirt.


Essays should be typed, no longer than one page in length, and must answer the following questions:

  • Why is your city great – what makes it special?

  • What would you do to improve your city if you were mayor?

    Essays may deal with community issues. Originality of thought and creativity will be considered.

All essay entries should be mailed to the North Dakota League of Cities, 410 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504 and postmarked no later than March 15. Entries can also be emailed to

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