Former Minot Mayor Orlin Backes passes away at 82

Orlin Backes, the former mayor of Minot and an influential figure in the Minot community, has died. He was 82 years old.

Backes passed away peacefully Thursday night, surrounded by family and friends, following a battle with cancer, his son Jon Backes confirmed.

Backes attended Minot State University and studied law at the University of North Dakota. He eventually went to work for what is now the law firm of McGee, Hankla & Backes, and served on the firm for five decades. He also practiced law with his son Jon for 20 years.

Backes served as mayor of Minot from 1994-98.

Backes is credited as the first chair of the city’s Magic Fund Committee. He was also involved with the Real Estate Commission and several other social groups in Minot.

“He was, at his core, a promoter of Minot,” his son Jon said.

Orlin’s wife Mildred ‘Millie’ Backes passed away last November. Earlier this year, Orlin and Millie were inducted into the Bishop Ryan High School Hall of Fame.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Photo courtesy: Peter Hankla