GROCERIES ON THE HILL It's been a long time coming, but residents of Minot's North Hill now have a full service grocery store on the hill. There have been other, smaller grocery stores on North Hill previously, of course, but nothing like the newest Marketplace Foods, which officially opened for business last week. North Hill has lacked such a store for years, and residents have pined for a large, full service store on the hill. Now, it's here. The need for a grocery store on North Hill was never more evident than during the 2011 Souris River flood, which split the city in half for a time. With access to north-south roads restricted, residents of North Hill still had to make their way to the south end of town for basic necessities. No more. Along with the new grocery store, a hardware store and fitness center will also be open, and officials from Marketplace said there will be more retail outlets coming to the new complex in the near future. All we can say is, welcome to North Hill.