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Late Season Lake Ice 

Cold April  MINOT – With temperatures in the 70s expected this week it will accelerate the dissipation of a lingering ice pack on many lakes. But there’s ample work for the sun and wind to do too as “ice out” this year ranks as one of the latest in history.  May 1 is the annual […]
by Kim Fundingsland
May 2, 2023

New Era for Healthcare in Minot Region  

Trinity Healthcare Campus in Full Operation  MINOT – Trinity Hospital completed a move from their 101-year-old downtown location to their new Healthcare Campus and Medical District on the city’s southwest edge. In a perfectly choreographed fashion, 59 patients were transported by a fleet of ambulances from the old to the new.   The move began […]
by Kim Fundingsland
May 1, 2023

Sleepy, Cold, and Fishing 

A Slice of Life  When my alarm woke me, I thought to myself I must be crazy. It was 3:30 a.m. Dark and cold. I had a ninety-minute drive that I wasn’t looking forward to.  Ahhh. The life of a fisherman is sometimes difficult to understand. Explaining it to someone else? Even harder.  There are […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 30, 2023

Negligent Homicide Case Continues 

Request to Dismiss Denied  MINOT – A motion to dismiss a negligent homicide charge against Scott Parizek, 33, Ruthville, was denied in North-Central District Court Thursday by Judge Todd Cresap.   Parizek’s attorney, Steven Mottinger, Fargo, told Cresap that, “This is an unusual case” and “should be dismissed at this point.” Mottinger maintained the case […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 27, 2023

Money for U.S. Highway 52 Project 

Study for Minot-Velva Stretch Included in Bill  BISMARCK – A bill containing money for a proposed highway improvement project, the widening of U.S. Highway 52 from Minot to Velva, awaits signature approval from Governor Doug Burgum.  “We got $5 million for an environmental study. We got it with good cooperation with everybody,” said Duane Brekke, […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 27, 2023

New City Hall Opens 

Final Touches Remain  MINOT – The City of Minot’s new downtown City Hall is open.   The city manager and finance department, along with most of the utility billing department, were among the first to make the move from the long-time offices at the bottom of the 6th Street southwest hill, across from the City […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 26, 2023

Trinity Medical Office Building Opens 

Located at New Healthcare Campus and Medical District  MINOT – The clinic in the new Medical Office Building attached to the new Trinity Hospital on the southwest edge of the city is receiving patients.   “It’s going great. We opened Monday in the Medical Office Building with probably 75% of the providers here,” said Thomas […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 25, 2023

Murder Trial Delayed 

Now Set for September  MINOT – The trial of a mother charged with the murder of her child’s father, has been delayed until September 9. The trial of Heather Hoffman, 22, originally set for April 24, was previously bumped to June 26, and now Sept. 9.  The change in dates has reportedly been necessitated by […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 24, 2023

Tough Winter Challenged Wildlife 

ND Game and Fish  A winter that started in early November and hung around until April tested the endurance of wildlife and landowners, both fixtures on the landscape familiar with unpredictable North Dakota weather.  “North Dakota has one of the toughest climates in the lower 48 and this winter was certainly one of the most […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 24, 2023

The Good Badlands 

A Slice of Life I’ve visited, photographed, and written about the Badlands many times, yet always feel the efforts are inadequate. That’s the effect the Badlands has on me. Others too.   The myriad of misarranged rugged buttes, variety of vegetation and wildlife, and stunning scenery in all directions is overwhelming. Far more than can be […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 23, 2023

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