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St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s Twice Blessed Results Reach $1.1 Million  

 St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation shared results and distributed checks from the 6th Annual Twice Blessed Program. The Twice Blessed program is a matching gift program to double contributions given between November 15 – December 31 to pre-determined grant approved organizations. Checks totaling $915,437.38 were distributed for projects that impact…
January 27, 2023

Liberty skates to win over visiting Minot State women 

No. 1 Liberty 4, No. 3 Minot State 1  LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Minot State women’s hockey team’s first shot at a road upset came up short Thursday night.   The third-ranked Beavers (15-7-1 overall) got a power-play goal from Sydney Spicer midway through the second period, cutting the host Flames…
January 27, 2023

Top Ranked Beavers Topple Waldorf

No. 1 Minot State 4, Waldorf 0  MINOT – Minot State University ran into a tough defensive foe Thursday night, but eventually the host Beavers broke through.   Reece Henry scored the game-winner early in the second period when a shot by teammate Brayden Pawluk caromed off Henry’s skate and into…
January 27, 2023

Burdick-Broadway Injury Accident 

Minot Police  Date: 01 26 2023 Time: 1203 Hrs.  Mo.   Day Year  Type of incident: Accident W/Injuries  Location of incident: S. Broadway and Burdick Expy. W  Identity of persons involved (unless protected):  Name: Matthew Mclain Gender: Male Age: 43 Address:                  Minnesota  Injury involved: Yes  Name of attending medical facilities:…
January 26, 2023

Minot Area Legislative Forums Begin This Weekend 

Six Scheduled For 2023   Minot – The Minot Area Chamber EDC Government Affairs Committee invites the community to engage with their local lawmakers at the first of six Legislative Forums to be held throughout the 68th Legislative Assembly.   WHAT: Legislative Forum   WHEN: Saturday, January 28 | 9:00 AM…
January 26, 2023

Minot State men remain No. 1 

Minot State women climb to No. 4   MINOT – The Minot State hockey teams remain two of the best in the ACHA according to the latest poll as the Beaver men’s team remained No. 1 in the ACHA Division I men’s poll, while the Beaver women moved up one spot…
January 26, 2023

Minot State Welcomes New Head Football Coach 

Ian Shields Named to Lead Beavers  MINOT – The Beavers have their man.    Minot State’s Director of Athletics Kevin Forde is pleased to introduce veteran college coach Ian Shields as the next head coach for the Beaver football program.    Shields, a former head coach at the NCAA Division…
January 25, 2023

Fire at Southeast Minot Home 

Damage Extensive   A fire severely damaged a home in southeast Minot. Minot Fire Department units responded to 4600 16th Avenue SE at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.   The first firefighters on the scene found heavy smoke coming from the structure, and made entry into the home to find the…
January 25, 2023

Monday's High School Basketball Scores 

The Associated Press  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Beulah 53, Hazen 46  Bishop Ryan 55, Lewis & Clark/Berthold Co-op 51  Bottineau 69, Velva 29  Bowman County 78, Hettinger/Scranton 46  Central McLean 80, Flasher 33  Des Lacs-Burlington 48, Surrey 32  Four Winds/Minnewaukan 51, Benson County 39  Glenburn 56, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 35  Grant County/Mott-Regent 61,…
January 24, 2023

Trinity Health Offers DASH 

Dietary Approach to Hypertension  MINOT -- Trinity Health’s Outpatient Nutrition Services will offer a grocery store tour, “DASH Eating Plan for Heart Health,” Tuesday, February 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. at MarketPlace Foods, 1930 South Broadway.   DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a heart…
January 24, 2023

Hot Topic: Deer Baiting Bill 

Hundreds Testify Pro and Con  BISMARCK – House Bill 1151 is perhaps the most talked about bill at this year’s session of the North Dakota State Legislature. It also may be shortest.  HB 1151 – Baiting deer for hunting not prohibited.  The department may not issue rules or adopt a…
January 24, 2023

Names Released in Velva Double Fatal 

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Two-person fatality crash   Where: Highway 52 near mile marker 115, Approx. 1 mile north of Velva, ND   When: January 22nd, 2023, at approximately 4:25 pm CST   Road Conditions: Dry   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs. Vehicle   Type of…
January 23, 2023

Minot State Men’s Hockey Wins 

Gets revenge on UMary, beats Marauders 4-1   MINOT, N.D. – The only team to beat the Minot State men’s hockey team this season didn’t get the chance to make it two in a row.   The top-ranked Beavers scored early then dominated the third period, skating away from the University of…
January 22, 2023

Working in the Place He Loves 

Minot’s Public Works Director  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Public works is not an easy job, but Minot’s director has it down after 16 years of working in that department.  Dan Jonasson, originally from Milton in northeast North Dakota, has lived in Minot since September of 2006, when he was first employed…
January 22, 2023

Fear of Falling Trains 

A Slice of Life  This isn’t easy to write about, but here it is. I have a fear of falling trains. Stay with me now.  In my attempt to explain why, there is a bit of history that must be recalled, at least vaguely. It involves a landmark of sorts…
January 22, 2023

Friday's High School Basketball Scores 

The Associated Press  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Century 63, Bismarck 34  Drayton/Valley-Edinburg 52, Midway-Minto 29  Grafton 65, North Border 38  Grand Forks Red River 81, Fargo South 23  Hatton-Northwood 62, Larimore 15  Kenmare/Bowbells Co-op 64, Powers Lake/Burke Central Co-op 27  Kidder County 37, Linton/HMB 30  Minot 79, Mandan 51  Richland 50,…
January 21, 2023

In-Home Therapy for Families in the Area 

The Village Part Two  PIX—village logo  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Though The Village provides out-patient and school-based therapy, it also has many other services that go with those, such as in-home therapy.  Mallary Schaefer, regional program supervisor for The Village in Minot and Bismarck, described in-home therapy as therapists going into…
January 21, 2023

Shooting in City Results in Arrest 

Man charged with Reckless Endangerment  Date:   18 2023 Time: 2247 Hrs.  Mo.   Day Year  Type of incident: Reckless Endangerment   Location of incident: Minot Area  Identity of persons involved (unless protected):  Name: Charles M. Johnson Jr. Gender: M Age: 22 Address:                  Benton LA  Name:       Gender: Age:    …
January 20, 2023

Sixth annual State of the City  

Scheduled for February 9   The sixth annual State of the City event will be held Feb. 9 at The Depot in downtown Minot.   The lunch portion of the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Tom Ross’ State of the City address will begin shortly after noon. The…
January 20, 2023

New Highway Patrol Commander Named 

Will Serve Northwest District  NARRATIVE: Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion and reassignment of Sgt. Adrian Martinez, who has been promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as the Northwest Regional Commander.   Martinez joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in July 2011. He attended the Highway Patrol Academy, graduating December 22,…
January 19, 2023

MSU Men’s Hockey Remain Retains No. 1 Ranking 

Top Spot for Sixth Consecutive Ranking  UNION LAKE, Mich. – Minot State University keeps the top spot in the 2022-2023 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 11 for the sixth consecutive ranking period.  The Beavers (19-0-0), undefeated in Men’s Division I action this season and No. 1…
January 19, 2023

Names Released in Williams Count Fatal 

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Fatality   Where: Highway 2 near mile marker 37, approximately 12 miles north of Williston, ND.   When: January 18, 2023, at approximately 0625 AM CST   Road Conditions: wet   Weather Conditions: cloudy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Vehicle   Type of Crash: Rear…
January 19, 2023

Latest 3-month Weather Outlook 

Below-normal temps, above-normal precipitation  MINOT – Sheesh.   Oh well. North Dakotans are used to it anyway.  The latest 3-month weather outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center calls for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation for the Minot area. The long-range outlook was released Thursday morning.  Here’s the gist of…
January 19, 2023

Minot water tower project wins award  

New Tower in Southwest Section of City  The City of Minot’s southwest elevated water storage tank project has earned an award from the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association.   The $4 million project earned the Gold Star Winner award in the Governmental Category. The tower project was…
January 18, 2023

Minot City Council Passes Opt Out Recycling 

Aldermen Approve in 5-2 Vote   MINOT – Residents of Minot will be charged an extra $2.50 if they choose to recycle due to the City Council’s vote Tuesday.  The Council was given options A and B to vote on, with city staff recommending B, but it was Option A that…
January 18, 2023

Below Normal Missouri River Basin Runoff Projected 

Potential Low Water Year for Lake Sakakawea  RIVERDALE – Albeit early in the runoff forecast season for the Missouri River Basin, January projections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for spring runoff is 81% of normal. That would mean another year of very little rise for Lake Sakakawea.  Lake…
January 17, 2023

EMS Conference Set for Minot 

MINOT—Emergency medical professionals will gather in Minot for the Northwest Region EMS Conference January 20-22 at the Grand Hotel. The conference is designed to refresh ambulance professionals on issues related to the delivery of pre-hospital care.  Four preconference sessions will be held Friday, including a hands-on anatomy lab and simulation…
January 17, 2023

MSU Men’s Hockey Complete Sweep  

No. 1 Minot State 5, Oklahoma 1  EDMOND, Okla. – After a pair of wins over Top-10 foes, the Minot State men’s hockey team wrapped up a successful weekend at the Battle at the Edge hosted by Central Oklahoma by skating away from Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.   The Beavers opened…
January 16, 2023

Ice Fishing Fun 

Annual Longbeards Ice Derby held at Lake Darling  FOXHOLM – Forty-one two-man teams took advantage of the opportunity to partake in the annual Souris River Basin Longbeards Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Darling this past Saturday. The weather more than cooperative for an ice fishing derby with the temperature hovering near…
January 16, 2023

Minot State Invites Two Football Coaching Candidates to Campus  

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State’s search for its next head football coach has moved into its final stages and Beaver Athletics is pleased to announce that two candidates have been scheduled for on-campus interview next week.   On Tuesday, January 17, the Beavers welcome Chris Stutzriem to town to meet with…
January 13, 2023

Sports Betting Resolution Passes North Dakota House 

Minot Representatives’ Mixed Speeches  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Sports betting may be a measure on the November 2024 ballot for citizens of North Dakota.  The House narrowly passed House Concurrent Resolution 3002 by a vote of 49 to 44. The resolution would put sports betting on the general election ballot as…
January 12, 2023

MSU Annual Spring Honor Dance and Powwow 

Scheduled for April 2023  MINOT, N.D. – Mark your calendar for the 33rd annual Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration at Minot State University on April 21 and 22.  The two-day celebration, hosted by the Native American Cultural Center and Native American Cultural Awareness Club, will be held at the…
January 12, 2023

NAWS Project Progress 

Max pumping station construction   MAX – One of the key components to the Northwest Area Water Supply project is a pumping station immediately east of this community.  Nearly all the exterior construction on the station was completed by late fall. Some of the roofing was delayed due to cold…
January 11, 2023

NDHP Promotes New Minot-based Sergeant 

Trooper Matthew Peschong  NARRATIVE: Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion of Trooper Matthew Peschong to Sergeant. Peschong attended the Highway Patrol Academy and graduated in June 2010 after earning an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, MN. Trooper Peschong was stationed…
January 10, 2023

University of Mary Sings at Minot Assisted Living 

Cappella at The View   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Residents at The View Assisted Living watched quite the show Tuesday when Cappella from the University of Mary in Bismarck, sang for them.  Director Doctor Rebecca Raber, described the choir as a special program, using college athletics as a model.  “I travel around,…
January 10, 2023

City of Minot offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday  

City of Minot offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department.   The regular City Council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.   The Minot Public Library…
January 10, 2023

Injury Crash near Crary  

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Injury   Where: US 2 7 Mi SW of Crary   When: 18:50 PM (06:50 PM) on 1/9/2022   Road Conditions: Good, normal winter conditions   Weather Conditions: clear/dusk   Crash Involvement: Vehicle v. Vehicle Type of Crash: Rear-End   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Ramsey SO,…
January 10, 2023

New Justice to North Dakota Supreme Court 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a judge and veteran litigator Monday to replace Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who had been the longest-serving chief justice in state history.  Judge Douglas Bahr will join the North Dakota Supreme Court on Feb. 1 after serving in the South Central…
January 10, 2023

An Experience with Prayer

Minoter Shares Her Story MINOT – To many people in Minot, prayer is meaningful. Donna Dahl grew up in Ozark, Alabama and moved to Minot in 2018. With a Bachelor of Arts degree, Dahl has experience in multimedia graphic designing. She has worked as a government contractor for the past…
January 8, 2023

Therapy for those in Need 

Outpatient and School-Based  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The Village provides therapy services for all people in the area, young or old.  Mallary Schaefer, regional program supervisor for The Village in Minot and Bismarck, said there are several offices across the state as well as some in Minnesota.   “Truly our main office…
January 7, 2023

Public Funeral for Minot PD Officer 

Patrick Blanchard Honored at MSU Dome  MINOT – There was a large presence of fellow police, sheriff’s officers, and first responders from throughout the state at the Minot State University Dome Friday morning for the funeral of Minot Police Master Officer Patrick Blanchard.   Blanchard, a U.S. Army veteran, joined…
January 6, 2023

Council Approves Cell Seven 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – An addition to the city’s landfill is underway after the City Council approved plans and specifications for a seventh cell Tuesday.  The new cell is projected to cost $2,359,187. It was budgeted at $3 million.  Though cells four, five and six still have capacity, they have reached…
January 5, 2023

Minot Legislator Recovering from Fall 

One of Two legislators recovering from injuries   BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota legislators are recovering from injuries suffered in falls.  82-year-old Republican Sen. Karen Krebsbach, Minot, is using a walker after she slipped off a curb in Minot and broke her hip and left wrist. She still…
January 5, 2023

Council Approves TIF for EPIC Companies 

Tracks Moving Forward  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – A large development and recreational area underway will continue after the City Council approved a Tax Increment Financing district Tuesday.  Constructed by EPIC Companies, The Tracks, north of the new Trinity Hospital, is planned on a 15-acre lot with 7 buildings, apartments, condominiums, and…
January 4, 2023

Tuesday's High School Basketball Scores 

The Associated Press  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Bowman County 67, Killdeer 46  Carrington 53, Medina/P-B 25  Center-Stanton 48, Richardton-Taylor 43  Central Cass 66, Shiloh 37  Century 66, Bismarck 44  Fargo Davies 70, Fargo North 44  Fargo Shanley 77, Fargo South 29  Garrison 45, Hazen 35  Grand Forks Red River 66, Valley…
January 4, 2023

Burgum Touts North Dakota's Energy Sector  

Delivers state of state address  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted the successes of the state's energy sector during his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, while also calling on lawmakers to provide tax relief and address workforce shortages that he says continue to…
January 4, 2023

Sexual Offender Update 

Minot Police Press Release  On 12/29/2022, CHRISTOPHER BRIAN HARRELL updated his registration information with the Minot Police Department as a SEXUAL OFFENDER showing he is living within the city limits of Minot.    HARRELL is currently listed with an UNASSIGNED RISK LEVEL with the ND BCI and, as such, is…
January 3, 2023

Monday's High School Basketball Scores 

The Associated Press  BOYS PREP BASKETBALL  Glen Ullin-Hebron 87, Richardton-Taylor 48  Minot/Ryan Co-op 80, Dunseith 70  New Salem-Almont 58, Grant County/Mott-Regent 46  South Prairie 71, Nedrose 35  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Bottineau 78, Glenburn 22  Central McLean 53, Our Redeemer's 38  Dickinson Trinity 45, Hettinger/Scranton 37  Glen Ullin-Hebron 52, New Salem-Almont…
January 3, 2023

Funeral Information for Police Officer 

Minot Police Department   The funeral service for Master Officer Patrick Blanchard will be Friday, January 6th at 10:30 AM. Service will be at the Minot State University Dome and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on the Minot PD Facebook page for those that cannot attend in…
January 3, 2023

December to Remember, or Forget 

Weather cold, snowy  MINOT – December 2022 is in the rear-view mirror, and it proved to be one of the coldest, snowiest Decembers in this city’s history. Evidence can be found throughout the region, with giant piles of snow pushed up from roadways and parking lots and such.   Total…
January 2, 2023

Minot State Saturday Basketball 

Men, women lose  Men: Bemidji State 81, Minot State 73   BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minot State men's basketball team got a 27-point performance from the bench but fell 81-73 to the Bemidji State Beavers on the road Saturday on NSIC action.   The Beavers (7-5 overall, 4-4 NSIC) had four players score…
January 1, 2023

Minot’s New Year’s Baby 

Final for current hospital  Just as New Year’s revelers were winding down their festivities, a Minot family was welcoming their newest member into the fold.  Laura Price and Joseph Charboneau are proud parents of the first baby born in 2023 – a daughter, Olivia Charboneau, who entered the world at…
January 1, 2023

Saturday's High School Basketball 

The Associated Press  BOYS PREP BASKETBALL  Central Cass 61, LaMoure/L-M 44  Ellendale 67, Enderlin 25  Kindred 71, Shiloh 47  Minot 79, Legacy 72  New Year's Shootout:  Harvey-Wells County 66, Parshall/NSP Co-op 45  Nedrose 70, Ray 39  Warwick 96, Mandaree 35  Roughrider Tournament:  Dickinson Trinity 50, Bowman County 49  Heart River…
January 1, 2023

US wins Group B in world junior hockey 

Defeats Finland 6-2  MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Minnesota freshman Jimmy Snuggerud had a goal and three assists and the United States beat Finland 6-2 on Saturday to win Group B in the world junior hockey championship.  The Americans will face Germany — the fourth-place team in Group A —…
January 1, 2023

Walkin’ on Water 

A Slice of Life  A non-resident asks, “What makes you darned North Dakotan’s so special?”  Resident -- “Well, we do walk on water.”  Incredulous non-resident -- “Are all North Dakotans so arrogant and pompous?”  Resident -- “Nope. Some don’t ice fish.”  That kind of sums it up.   Oh yes. In…
January 1, 2023

A Smile in the Office

Working for the County lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Numbers and math aren’t everyone’s strong suit, but some people love it. Sarah Walker has been an account technician for the Ward County Auditor and Treasurer’s office for six years. Her job deals with property databases and transferring deeds with the recorder’s office…
January 1, 2023

Friday's High School Basketball Scores 

Associated Press  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Beulah 58, New Rockford-Sheyenne 28  Bishop Ryan 44, Dunseith 27  Buffalo, Minn. 68, West Fargo Horace 51  Divide County 30, Ray 21  Garrison 78, Tioga 60  Kidder County 44, St. John 33  Mandaree 73, Holy Family Catholic, Minn. 59  Our Redeemer's 55, Stanley 35  Wahpeton…
December 31, 2022

Minot Murder Victim Named 

Minot Police Department  DATE: 12 30 22   TIME: 0140 HRS.   TYPE OF INCIDENT: Murder   LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 200 16th St SW Lamplighter Lounge   IDENTITY OF PERSONS INVOLVED (UNLESS PROTECTED): NAME: Justin McDermott  GENDER: M AGE: 34   ADDRESS: Minot   NAME: Kenny C. Javar   GENDER:…
December 31, 2022

Minot Charities Look to New Year

Nonprofits Look Back at 2022 lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Many nonprofits in the area have been helping people for years. The Dakotan spoke with two of them to get a look back at the old year, and see what they’re looking forward to in the new. Formed in 1975, 2nd Story…
December 31, 2022

Minot Businesses Look to New Year 

Look Back to Old, Look Forward to New  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The New Year can be a fresh start for many things, and one of those is business.  Some businesses in Minot told The Dakotan what they experienced in the 2022 and what they’re looking forward to in 2023.  Two…
December 30, 2022

Man Murdered in Minot 

Minot Police Department News Release  The Minot Police Department responded to a report of gunshots in the parking lot of the Lamplighter lounge at approximately 1:40 a.m. on 12/30/22. On arrival officers discovered a 36 year old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  …
December 30, 2022

A Look Back at 2022

Sort of anyway..... MINOT – No. This is not your typical rehash of what happened in the past year, at least not the way it is normally presented by broadcast and print media year after year after year.  Informative? A little. Boring? Absolutely.  What's in the past is in the…
December 30, 2022

Fun in the Warm Winter

Activities in Minot lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – After a bitterly cold week, the outdoors are finally warming up. With the warmth comes more people venturing outside. Many of those outdoor winter activities include tubing, sledding, ice skating, cross country and downhill skiing, or even just strolling downtown. Kayden Hudson, Minot, likes…
December 29, 2022

Outdoor Winter Activity Hours

Minot Parks Special Holiday Hours Outdoor Rink and Warming House Locations: Corbett Field – 600 13th St SEPolaris Park – 712 26th Ave NWRoosevelt School – 619 9th St NEPerkett School – 2000 5th Ave SW Outdoor Rink Warming House Hours: (XC Ski and Snowshoe Rentals are available at the…
December 29, 2022

Ice Fishing Access 

Early ice, snow cover creates concerns MINOT – Record and near record snowfall in December has had an impact on a favorite winter activity – ice fishing. Deep snow, often drifted hard by strong winds, settles onto frozen lakes and makes both access for ice fishermen and traveling around a…
December 28, 2022

Winter Camp for Kids

Discovery Center Promotes Learning During Break lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Though this week is a holiday break from school for many kids, some are still learning new things. The Magic City Discovery Center put on a Winter Break Camp Tuesday and Wednesday for kids ages 5-11 at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.…
December 28, 2022

Minot Businesses After Christmas

Locals Still Shopping lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Christmas season usually provides good sales for many local businesses. Some of those businesses at the mall and downtown spoke of how Christmas sales went, as well as how it’s going this week now that Christmas is over. Jennifer Ahmann, manager of Chico’s at…
December 27, 2022

Wildlife Feeding Concerns 

North Dakota Game and Fish Department  Tough winter conditions thus far in North Dakota have some citizens concerned about the stress on wildlife.  Kevin Kading, state Game and Fish Department private land section leader, said harsh winters often generate conversations and questions about feeding wildlife, particularly deer and pheasants.  “The…
December 27, 2022

Raccoon Woman Sentenced 

North Dakotan who brought raccoon to bar gets probation  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman who brought a wild raccoon into a bar earlier this year will spend a year on probation.  Erin Christensen of Maddock, 38, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of providing false information to law enforcement, tampering…
December 26, 2022

Credit Union Helps Domestic Violence Crisis Center 

Aspire Participates in Twice Blessed  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Businesses around town have been participating in a campaign that helps those in need.  The campaign, the Twice Blessed giving program, is put on by St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation who will match businesses’ donations to several charities by the end of 2022. …
December 26, 2022

Minot to Warm this Week 

Return to Normal Temperatures  MINOT – The Minot region should see some relief this week from what has been one of the coldest December months in recorded history.  Tuesday’s weather forecast calls for a high temperature in the mid-30s, quite a difference from a lengthy stretch of icy temperatures and…
December 26, 2022

Light Show in North Minot

Schlecht Christmas Light Display lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Light shows have become more and more fancy as technology evolves. One Christmas light show at 309 24th Street Northwest is put on by Dave Schlecht and his family, who described his show as computerized lights that are set to music. “You can…
December 25, 2022

A Snowman in Sunshine  

A Slice of Life  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  KEY LARGO, FLORIDA -- I’ll admit it’s a goofy concept, at least that’s one perfectly acceptable way of looking at it. I’m talking about a North Dakotan going to the Sunshine State and completely covering up in opposition to it.  Yup. Goofy.   Wait now.…
December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas from the Dakotan 

Light displays brighten the season  MINOT – Lighting displays are a Christmas season tradition for many. Who doesn’t take a moment to stop and enjoy colorful lights and reflect on the most joyous season of the year.  The lighting displays were photographed in Minot with the exception of a few…
December 24, 2022

Child Abuser Sentenced 

Four-year-old victim beaten  MINOT – A lot of tears and a lot of emotion was evident in a Minot courtroom Friday. Calvin Richard, 28, faced sentencing for child abuse resulting in permanent loss or impairment.   The case began October 18, 2020, when Minot Police responded to the Trinity Hospital…
December 23, 2022

Christmas Eve Services

Churches in Minot lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Many enjoy attending church on Christmas Eve. Here are some services in Minot that are scheduled for Saturday, December 24. Cornerstone Church, located 1000 Third Street Northeast, has scheduled a service at 5:30 p.m. More information can be found here. First Lutheran, located at…
December 23, 2022

Employed in the Cold 

How Outdoor Workers Fare  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Though even just a few seconds in minus 20 degrees and strong winds can leave your face in pain, some must bear through it all day as they work outside for a living.  Dan Jonasson, Minot’s public works director, said all work outside…
December 23, 2022

Cold December Confirmed 

Already a month for the record book  MINOT – Just step outside and you know. December has been a cold month, even by North Dakota standards.  Minot’s average December temperature at the International Airport, if anything weather related can be average in North Dakota, is 19.6 degrees. So far this…
December 23, 2022

Snowpack Eases Dry Conditions 

Early Glance at Spring Runoff  MINOT – You curse it, shovel it, get stuck in it, but there is some good in that snow on the ground – believe it or not.   “For the time being, I’ll take all the snow we can get.” said Allen Schlag, National Weather Service…
December 22, 2022

Sen. Cramer on $1.7 Funding Bill 

This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed a $1.7 trillion government funding bill. It now heads over to the House of Representatives for final passage. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, released the following statement:   “I continue to oppose the utter dysfunction of Congress. Ramming through must-pass bills like this omnibus spending package…
December 22, 2022

Health Effects of Frigid Cold 

Tips on Staying Healthy Through Freezing Temps  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With cold season often comes sick season, but thankfully there are ways to help prevent it.  Doctor Casmiar Nwaigwe, director of infectious diseases at Trinity Health and infectious disease specialist, said there are various ways in which the winter season…
December 22, 2022

Minot Tourism Faring Well 

Update on Visit Minot lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Numbers according to Visit Minot seem to be faring well as far as tourism and economic impact this year.  Stephanie Schoenrock, Visit Minot’s executive director, said at Monday’s city council meeting that she tries to be conservative when estimating the dollars that come…
December 21, 2022

Hoping for Zero Fatalities 

County Hears Vision Zero Plan  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT — An effort is being made to bring fatalities in car accidents to zero, as heard at Tuesday’s meeting of the county commission.  Vision Zero provides educational outreach programs to keep people safe. One program it provides is Vision Zero Schools, where it…
December 21, 2022

Counting Birds for Christmas 

Extreme cold, wind, snow greets observers  UPPER SOURIS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – The sun came up. Didn’t help the temperature. It was minus 22 when volunteer observers began the annual Christmas Bird Count here Tuesday morning.  Christmas bird counts are held throughout the nation annually with data forwarded to the…
December 21, 2022

Legislative Concerns 

Minot City Council Discusses Upcoming Session  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Daycare and other issues were among the members’ top concerns during Monday’s city council meeting, where a discussion on the upcoming legislative session was held.  “This is so important to every community in North Dakota, but in Minot in particular is figuring…
December 20, 2022

Burgum appoints Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller to serve as lieutenant governor 

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the appointment of Governor’s Office Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller, former CEO of Border States, to succeed Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as lieutenant governor of North Dakota. Miller begins her new role on Jan. 3.  Miller has served as chief operating officer in the Governor’s…
December 20, 2022

Sen. Cramer Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford announced his resignation:  “Kris and I thank Lieutenant Governor Sanford for his work for and dedication to our great state during the past six years. Brent’s long and decorated career in public service took…
December 20, 2022

Lt. Gov. Sanford Resigns 

Gov. Burgum to appoint successor  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford announced Tuesday he will resign Jan. 2, citing a desire to return to the private sector and focus on his family and career.  Gov. Doug Burgum, in a statement, said Sanford "has made a positive impact on…
December 20, 2022

Former Minot State lineman to make NFL debut  

Sebastian Gutierrez activated by Raiders  LAS VEGAS, Nev. – It’s been a patient and determined road, but former Minot State offensive lineman Sebastian Gutierrez is set to officially make his NFL debut.   The former Beaver and 2021 All-American was promoted by the Las Vegas Raiders from the team’s practice squad…
December 19, 2022

Life Without the Possibility of Parole 

Re-sentencing of Christopher Vickerman  MINOT – Christopher Vickerman, Minot, convicted in March of this year in the shooting death of his father, Mark Vickerman, Minot, on May 10, 2019 will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Christopher Vickerman was originally sentenced by North-Central District Judge Douglas Mattson…
December 19, 2022

Wind Chill Week Ahead 

 Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Warning  MINOT – Even for those accustomed to winter in North Dakota the upcoming stretch of cold and wind is a bit out of the ordinary. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning lasting through Christmas Eve.  “There’s very cold Arctic air…
December 19, 2022

City of Minot Offices Closed for Holidays 

Closed Dec. 26, Jan. 2   All City of Minot offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department. City offices will also be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year holiday.   City buses…
December 19, 2022

Minot State Men Defeat Visiting UMary  

Minot State 82, Mary 76  MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot State men's basketball team got head coach Matt Murken his first win over former assistant Jack Nelson and now can celebrate Christmas with a smile.   The Beavers got a 30-point showing from the bench on the way to an 82-76 victory…
December 18, 2022

Minot State Women Fall to visiting Mary  

Mary 59, Minot State 54  MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot State women's basketball team took a 45-35 advantage into the fourth quarter but could not hang on and fell 59-54 to the Mary Marauders at home Saturday in NSIC action.    The Beavers (5-7 overall, 1-5 NSIC) had two players score in double…
December 18, 2022

In the Food Business

From Big City to Small lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Cooking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for some people it’s a huge favorite. Olivia Kimberlin has lived in Minot for four years and has been working at Gourmet Chef almost as long, being an event coordinator for two years and assistant…
December 18, 2022

Amazing Bird Encounters 

A Slice of Life  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan,com I saw my first whooping crane sometime in the 1970s. There were nine of the endangered birds on the ground near Crosby.   I also remember there were about 50 uniformed agents, mostly from the Fish and Wildlife Service, keeping watch over the tall birds. The…
December 18, 2022

Minot State Hockey Adds Defender  

Logan Rands transfers for second half of season   MINOT, N.D. – Ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Minot State men’s hockey team is still looking to improve as head coach Wyatt Waselenchuk is pleased to introduce the addition of a star two-way defender to an already potent lineup.   Coach…
December 17, 2022

Stranded Travelers opt for Amtrak 

Minot-bound flights cancelled by snowstorm  MINNEAPOLIS – Cancelled. Cancelled again. And again. And again.  That was the message Minot-bound passengers received repeatedly while waiting at Gate C24 at the Minneapolis airport. The Delta Airlines flights from Minneapolis to Minot were cancelled repeatedly during the recent spell of icy, snowy, windy…
December 17, 2022

Tour of Lights Canceled

Due to Cold and Snow lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Though plans were made for Eastwood Park Holiday Tour of Lights' second straight year following a 10-year hiatus after the 2011 flood, it was unfortunately canceled Friday due to the weather. The Tour of Lights had been scheduled for Sunday, December 18…
December 17, 2022

Storms and School Closure Decisions

Each storm is different lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Canceling school isn’t an easy choice, but in some weather conditions it is unavoidable.  Mark Vollmer, superintendent of Minot Public Schools, said when there’s severe weather in Minot, such as has been the case this week with heavy snow and high winds, the…
December 16, 2022

Storm Moves Up MSU Basketball Games 

Mary Marauders to Invade Beaver Lodge  MINOT, N.D. – The NSIC and Minot State basketball teams announced that the Beavers will host in-state rival the University of Mary this Saturday, December 17, at the MSU Dome at 1 and 3 p.m.   The Minot State women will tip-off at 1 p.m.…
December 16, 2022

Trinity Health Rural Clinic Closures 

Blizzard related  Trinity Health says 4 of its rural health clinics will remain closed today (Friday) due to the blizzard.  Trinity clinics in, Mohall,  Velva, Garrison and New Town won’t open today. Patient appointments will be rescheduled. 
December 16, 2022

Snow Craziness

Towing what they can lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Yet another storm has hit Minot, and this means more work for the plow operators, the tow trucks, the auto body repair shops, and more.  The Dakotan contacted a lot of these, but unsurprisingly couldn’t get a hold of many. “The ice had…
December 15, 2022

Fire in Southwest Minot 

Destroys garage, vehicle   A fire destroyed a detached garage and a vehicle in southwest Minot on Wednesday afternoon.   Fire units were called to 823 6th St. SW at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday for a garage on fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single detached garage engulfed in flames. Crews…
December 15, 2022

Marooned in Minnesota 

Storm cancels flights, strands Minot bound  MINNEAPOLIS – I was not alone. It happened to others too. Lots of them.  The big arrivals/departures board in the airport assured that, despite a snowstorm, the flight from Minneapolis to Minot was “on time.” Then the board switched to “delayed” for one hour.…
December 15, 2022

Winter Storm Impacts Continue  

Travel Impacts Continue - Turning Cold Sunday  Key Messages West / Central ND   ➔ Periods of light snow today and tonight, especially central ND and the James River Valley. Actual snow amounts will be hard to measure given the winds.   ➔ Winds gusting to 50 mph today will create blowing…
December 15, 2022

Public Helps Homebound through Tree

Ryan Nissan Provides Angel Tree lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – The public can help those in need this week through Ryan Nissan’s angel tree. Kristen Brown, event coordinator and reputation management for Ryan Nissan, said Ryan Nissan partnered with the Minot Commission on Aging.  “We collect new unwrapped gifts until December 16,”…
December 13, 2022

City provides help for residents to dispose of holiday trash, trees 

 The City of Minot will offer free dumping at the City Landfill between Dec. 27 and Jan. 7 to help Minot residents dispose of household waste that could accumulate during the holidays.   City of Minot Sanitation Superintendent Josh Kraft said residents receiving City sanitation services can dispose of trash…
December 12, 2022

Winter Storm Decends on State 

Key Messages from the National Weather Service  ➔ Periods of freezing drizzle or accumulating freezing rain are expected  ➔ Periods of snow, heavy at times, through Thursday   ➔ Widespread snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast   ➔ Gusty winds will cause periods of blowing and drifting…
December 12, 2022

Anamoose Crash Victims Identified 

 McHenry Fatality Crash   What: Fatality   Where: Highway 52 near mile marker 153, approximately 1 mile east of Anamoose, ND   When: December 10, 2022, at approximately 10:10 AM CST  Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle   Type of Crash: Head on   Agencies…
December 12, 2022

A Hundred Cheers for A Hundred Hours

First Western Volunteers  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – One hundred cheers for one hundred good deeds. That’s the goal of First Western Bank & Trust every Christmas. Vince Azzarello, marketing and public relations specialist for First Western, said the idea of 100 Cheers started in 2014 to celebrate the bank’s 50th anniversary.…
December 12, 2022

Dark Early Here 

Shortest days yet to come  MINOT – Take pride, fellow North Dakota residents, in experiencing life in the dark – and the shortest days are yet to come.   Today Minot will have 8 hours and 25 minutes of daylight, the time between sunrise and sunset. That's not much daylight at…
December 12, 2022

Minot State Women’s Hockey Wins Again  

No. 5 Minot State 7, No. 14 Jamestown 3  JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Beavers will head into the Christmas break with a good feeling.   The Minot State women once again turned in on in the second half of their game Saturday, pulling away to beat in-state foe Jamestown, 7-3 on…
December 12, 2022

Minot State Men’s Basketball Tops St. Cloud 

Minot State 96, St. Cloud State 74  MINOT, N.D. -- Cam'ron Dunfee led the way in Minot State's 3-point barrage as the Beavers shot 54.2 percent from beyond the arc on the way to a 96-74 victory over the Saint Cloud State Huskies at home Saturday in NSIC action.    Dunfee tied an…
December 12, 2022

MSU Hockey with Sweep 

No. 1 Minot State 7, No. 5 Central Oklahoma 2   MINOT, N.D. – A close game turned into a fantastic finish for the No. 1-ranked Minot State hockey team.   Knotted up 2-2 after two periods, the Beavers broke the game open with a dominating third-period effort, skating to a 7-2…
December 12, 2022

Always Liked Reading 

Administrator of Ward County Library  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Not everyone’s hobby is reading, but for some people, books are more than a hobby.  Ward County Public Library Administrator Kerrianne Boetcher grew up in Lansford, but moved to Minot in 2012, where she has been working as the director of the…
December 11, 2022

McHenry Fatality Crash  

Near Anamoose  What: Fatality   Where: Highway 52 near mile marker 153, approximately 1 mile east of Anamoose, ND   When: December 10, 2022, at approximately 10:10 AM CST   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle   Type of Crash: Head on Agencies   Involved:…
December 10, 2022

Minot State Men’s Hockey dominates 

No. 1 Minot State 8, No. 5 Central Oklahoma 1   MINOT, N.D. – The top-ranked Minot State hockey team flexed some muscle in a top-five tussle Friday night.   Bouncing back strong from their first loss of the season a week ago, the top-ranked Beavers (14-1-0 overall) took control midway through…
December 10, 2022

Beaver women’s hockey starts strong in win 

No. 5 Minot State 4, No. 14 Jamestown 2  MINOT, N.D. – The Beavers started strong and made sure their in-state rivals stayed winless in this head-to-head series.   A pair of first-period goals ignited the fifth-ranked Minot State women’s hockey team, which skated to a 4-2 win at the Maysa…
December 10, 2022

Minot State Men’s Basketball Drops Home Game 

Minnesota Duluth 95, Minot State 82  MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot State men's basketball team could not keep up in a 95-82 loss to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at home Friday in NSIC action.    The Beavers (4-4 overall, 1-3 NSIC) had four players score in double figures, led by Cam'ron Dunfee…
December 10, 2022

Minot State Womens Basketball Falls  

Minnesota Duluth 77, Minot State 54   MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot State women's basketball team hit 8-of-18 attempts from three-point range, shooting 44.4 percent from deep, but couldn’t sink the visiting Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at home Friday in NSIC action.   The Beavers (5-5 overall, 1-3 NSIC) had two players score…
December 10, 2022

Volunteering for Those in Need

Christmas Mall at Journey Church lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – As with many good causes, Journey Church’s Christmas Mall is put on by many volunteers. The Christmas Mall is an event Thursday through Saturday where guardians or parents who registered can come shop for free gifts that fit their children’s ages at…
December 10, 2022

Trinity Homes Welcomes New Administrator

MINOT —Trinity Health President and CEO John M. Kutch has announced that Wade Peterson, MBA, a healthcare executive with 30 years of long-term care experience, has been named administrator of Trinity Homes. He succeeds Rhonda Walter, RN, BSN, who is retiring as vice president and nursing home administrator after a…
December 9, 2022

Gifts for a Good Cause

Christmas Mall at Journey Church lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – The holidays can be a stressful time, but Journey Church is attempting to ease the stress for some families with its Christmas Mall this weekend. Amanda Jost, co-coordinator of the event along with Jamie Shwartz, said the church is in its fifth…
December 9, 2022

Gov. Burgum unveils record $18.4B proposed state budget 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday unveiled a proposed $18.4 billion budget that increases state spending by more than 3% and includes $3 billion in infrastructure funding, and increases workforce development funding and public employee salaries.  The second-term Republican governor's…
December 7, 2022

High School Boys Basketball Tuesday's Scores 

The Associated Press   Minot 101, Williston 87  Century 94, Dickinson 58  Devils Lake 85, Valley City 64  Fargo Davies 68, Grand Forks Central 42  Grand Forks Red River 77, Fargo Shanley 65  Jamestown 78, St. Mary's 66  Mandan 88, Bismarck 69  Wahpeton 96, West Fargo Horace 85  Watford City 62,…
December 7, 2022

Minot State Women Drop Road Game 

Mary 61, Minot Stats 44  BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minot State women's basketball team got a 16-point performance from the bench, but fell 61-44 to the Mary Marauders on the road Tuesday in NSIC action    Vilborg Jonsdottir led the Beavers (5-4 overall, 1-2 NSIC) with four points, five assists, and three steals. Kate Head tacked on…
December 7, 2022

Honors for Minot State Soccer Goalie  

Maddie Kindred named an Academic All-American   MINOT, N.D. – Minot State’s star goalie Maddie Kindred has been named an Academic All-American.   Kindred, who set school records for single-season and career shutouts this season and was named to the All-NSIC First Team, was named a Second Team Academic All-American by the…
December 6, 2022

Bus Concerns Addressed

City Council Hears Explanation lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – After hearing complaints about the bus stop near Walmart, the city addressed concerns. At the city council meeting Monday, Dan Jonasson, public works director, addressed concerns from a resident about the distance between the bus stop and Walmart. “Number one, getting off the…
December 6, 2022

Fjeldahl Elected Chair

Olson Takes His Seat lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Commissioner John Fjeldahl was elected chairman of the Ward County commission Tuesday. Fjeldahl was nominated by Commissioner Howard Anderson, and won a silent ballot vote of 3-2, though he himself nominated previous Chairman Jim Rostad. Rostad nominated Commissioner Shelly Weppler for the vice…
December 6, 2022

Construction in the City 

Several projects underway  MINOT – Several construction projects in this city remain in progress despite winter weather. All are in various stages of completion. Let’s take a look at some of them. 
December 6, 2022

Cooking Class Offered by Trinity Health 

MINOT, ND — Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will present a cooking class, “Recipes for 1 or 2,” Tuesday, December 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center.    One- and two-person households are a growing sector in North Dakota…
December 6, 2022

Coffee With A Cop 

Stuff-a-Squad Toy Drive   Saturday, December 10th Noon – 2 p.m. at Starbucks Coffee Company – 1340 South Broadway   Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.   This event will be similar to the previous…
December 6, 2022

Panel keeps electronic pull tab moratorium in place 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative panel refused to change a rule Monday that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores.  Lobbyists and some lawmakers have promised that the issue will come up…
December 5, 2022

Behind the Dancing Decorations 

The Work to Build Christmas Trees  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The joys of the holidays don’t always come easily, and one couple in Minot works hard to bring people joy.  Barry and Judy Olson, owners of Olson Decorations, have been setting up dancing lights for 20 years at their house on…
December 5, 2022

Beavers men roll to NSIC win at home 

Minot State 82, Northern State 62  MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot State men's basketball team hit 12-of-26 attempts from beyond the arc, shooting 46.2 percent from deep in an 82-62 win against the Northern State Wolves at home Saturday in NSIC action.    The Beavers (4-3 overall, 1-2 NSIC) had four players…
December 5, 2022

Buzzer-beater leads Minot State women to win 

Minot State 67, Northern State 66  MINOT, N.D. -- Natasha Elliott knocked down a buzzer-beating shot as time expired to lead the Minot State women's basketball team over the Northern State Wolves 67-66 at home Saturday in NSIC play.   Elliott's buzzer-beater came after Rianna Fillipi's three with 1.5 seconds left game…
December 5, 2022

Minot State names interim head football coach 

Defensive coordinator Lee Pronschinski tabbed  MINOT, N.D. – Minot State football’s defensive coordinator Lee Pronschinske is stepping up to lead the Beavers in the team’s time of transition. The announcement was made by Minot State Director of Athletics Kevin Forde.   Pronschinske led a Beaver defense this past season.  Prior to joining…
December 5, 2022

Serving in Every Way 

A Police Officer for the Community  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Many police officers work hard and even risk their lives for their community, and some even take extra time out of their day to help those in need.  Aaron Moss has been a police officer since 1994 and serving the Minot…
December 4, 2022

Boys High School Basketball -- Friday's Scores 

The Associated Press  Minot 94, Devils Lake 60   Bismarck 89, Moorhead, Minn. 56  Century 89, Moorhead, Minn. 56  Froid/Medicine Lake Coop, Mont. 50, Mon-Dak 34  Garrison 56, Beulah 38  Grand Forks Central 77, East Grand Forks, Minn. 59 
December 3, 2022

Gov. Burgum, North Dakota tribes sign gambling compacts 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has signed agreements with North Dakota's American Indian tribes that lowers the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 at tribal-owned casinos and allows gamblers on reservations to use credit or debit cards to…
December 3, 2022

Beavers Men’s Hockey Battles to Win 

Minot State 3, Mary 1   MINOT, N.D. – Relentless determination paid off for the Beavers on Friday night.   The Minot State men’s hockey team relentlessly pressured visiting in-state rival Mary, eventually breaking through and scoring a 3-1 win in the battle between ACHA champions.   Scoreless near the midway point of…
December 3, 2022

A Tree for a Good Cause 

Ward County Sets Up Angel Tree for Employees  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – There are many ideas on what to put under the Christmas tree, and one local tree is taking items that will be given to charity.  Kerrianne Boetcher, Ward County library administrator, was inspired last year to set up an…
December 3, 2022

Minot State women’s hockey turned aside

No. 3 Midland 2, No. 5 Minot State 1  MINOT, N.D. – The Beavers couldn’t find a way to crack Hannon Stone, and it ended up costing them in a close Top 5 battle.  An early goal gave the Minot State women’s hockey team an early edge, but 32 saves…
December 2, 2022

Alrich Out as Minot State Football Coach 

Six season record of 10-45  MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University will be looking for a new head football coach.  The University announced today that coach Mike Aldrich's contract is not being renewed, marking the end of his 6-year tenure as head coach of the program.  "Discussions about the future of the Beaver…
December 2, 2022

Trees that Dance for All to See 

Olson’s Decorations and Light Show  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Part of what makes Christmas is the endless houses decorated with shining lights. One couple has been taking lights to a whole new level for two decades.  Barry and Judy Olson are in their 20th year of setting up Christmas trees, inflatables,…
December 2, 2022

Fire damages exterior of Minot home  

Chimney flue pipe source  The Minot Fire Department responded Thursday night to 700 5th St. NE for smoke coming into the home from behind a rock veneer wall that surrounded a fireplace. Firefighters arriving on scene discovered flames coming from the flue pipe and from the siding and exterior wall…
December 2, 2022

Minot State Women Drop NSIC Opener 

MSU Moorhead 57, Minot State 33  MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Kate Head scored 10 points and Jaime Skeggs had 10 more, but the Beavers fell to the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons 57-33 on the road Thursday in the NSIC opener for the Beavers.   Vilborg Jonsdottir added four assists and four steals for Minot…
December 2, 2022

Minot State men fall on road to host Minnesota State Moorhead 

MSU Moorhead 84, Minot State 63  MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Minot State men's basketball team got a 43-point showing from the bench, but fell 84-63 to the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons on the road Thursday in NSIC play.  The Beavers (3-3 overall, 0-2 NSIC) had two players score in double figures,…
December 2, 2022

Sportsmen Voice Concerns at Stanley Meeting 

Issues include elk licenses, electronic posting  STANLEY – A complaint about electronic posting opened the public comment portion of a North Dakota Game and Fish Advisory Board meeting here Tuesday.   In his opening remarks, Jeb Williams, NDGF director, talked about the state’s electronic posting law that went into effect…
December 2, 2022

From Minot to the North Pole and Back 

Minot Parks Santa Mail System  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Not everyone who writes a letter to Santa gets the privilege of a return letter, but the Minot Park District has set up a system where you might just get one.  Madeline Knutson, multi-media coordinator for Minot Parks, said there is a…
December 1, 2022

Saskatchewan Winter Conditions Forecast 

Generally dry throughout Souris River basin  MOOSE JAW, SASK. -- The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency’s 2022 Conditions at Freeze-up Report indicates that most areas of the province are on the dry side going into the winter. While some areas of the province experienced higher than normal spring and early summer precipitation,…
December 1, 2022

North Dakota lawmakers to organize for 2023 Legislature 

Return to Capitol City  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers will return to Bismarck next week to prepare for the 2023 Legislature, where they will lobby for prime committee assignments and get briefings on legislative procedures and ethics.  The three-day organizational session that begins Monday also includes such mundane…
December 1, 2022

Fundraising for the Radio 

Real Presence Radio  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – People raise money for many charities, and one unique charity is the radio.  Lori Kalgard, marketing director for Real Presence Radio Network, said the station has eight fundraising banquets every year, and Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. it plans to host its first…
November 30, 2022

Sen. Cramer on Possible Rail Strike 

ND Republican’s clear message  “Congress’s role is not to help negotiate a rail settlement, it’s to approve one. You don’t need 535 arbiters negotiating the details of a labor agreement. At the end of the day, averting a shutdown of service and a full-blown economic crisis is critical. As important…
November 30, 2022

MSU’s Storm Ravaged Bubble Rising 

Athletic oasis in winter  MINOT – Patched up and soon to be inflated, the bubble is expected to rise soon over the turf field at Herb Parker Stadium on the campus of Minot State University. Work was scheduled to begin on Monday of this week but, with uncooperative weather conditions,…
November 30, 2022

ND Patrol Receives Accreditation Award 

11th time honored   NARRATIVE:   Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol was awarded advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The NDHP has been accredited since 1989 and received meritorious recognition for being accredited for more than 15 continuous years. The NDHP…
November 30, 2022

Tennessee Pastor Upsets Some in Minot 

Minoters' Response Mixed lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – A high profile conservative spoke at Sleep Inn Tuesday night, leaving some Minot area residents concerned and some joyful.  Greg Locke, founding and lead pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, spoke on several hot topics, giving a firm conservative stance…
November 30, 2022

Plaza School Threat Investigated 

*Press Release*   On November 27, 2022, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department received a report from the North Shore Plaza School of a photograph of a student that depicted the student holding a handgun and with the caption stating don’t come to school tomorrow.  The Ward County Sheriff’s Department investigated…
November 30, 2022

Hockey Huge in Minot 

Over 600 in Hockey Boosters program  MINOT -- In their first year they can barely stand on skates. The Mites program, for kids age 4 and 5, offers an introduction to hockey. From there the Minot Hockey Boosters program offers plenty of chances to advance.  “We’ve got a little over…
November 29, 2022

Minot Mall Receives Good Black Friday Numbers 

Dakota Square Mall busy place  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Though Black Friday may not be the only day to get good deals during the Christmas season, that day and week brought hundreds of shoppers to Dakota Square Mall.  Mikalah Auer, marketing director, said Black Friday numbers have trended very strong for…
November 28, 2022

New Skating Rink Downtown 

Citizens Alley ice rink  MINOT – It's a first for downtown – a skating rink in the heart of the city. The rink is expected to add to the downtown shopping experience during the holiday season and is lit with a holiday lighting theme for skating after dark. The rink…
November 28, 2022

Magic City Discovery Center Launches Memberships

Early 2023 opening planned MINOT, N.D. – Give the gift of play, exploration, and discovery this holiday season with an annual membership to North Dakota’s world-class Magic City Discovery Center. Gifting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education provides hands-on learning experiences for the entire year. The Magic City…
November 26, 2022

Behind the Scenes of Christmas in the Park 

A Good Cause in the Park  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Sertoma Club’s Christmas in the Park has grown over the years, with people in the community looking forward to viewing the lights at the park and supporting a good cause.  For over 25 years, Sertoma has displayed countless light animations for…
November 26, 2022

Oak Park Christmas to Debut Black Friday 

Setting Up Christmas in the Park  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Christmas season is ready to kick with Minot Sertoma Club’s Christmas in the Park, with funds going to charity.  Dave Gowan, club member of the non-profit Sertoma and organizer of Christmas in the Park, said the park will be open Black…
November 24, 2022

The Process of Rescue 

Fire Department Conducts Ice Break Drill  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The fire department is preparing for rescues on ice this year, seeing ice danger as a bigger threat than some may realize.  Jason Babinchak, Minot Fire Department battalion chief, said people falling through ice is an extreme danger, and the department…
November 24, 2022

Early Ice Awareness 

Safety Advice from North Dakota Game and Fish  Outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters.  A few reminders include:  Edges firm up faster than farther out from shore.  Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid ice formation, hiding…
November 24, 2022

More Than Hunting and Fishing 

Tioga NDGF Advisory Board Meeting  kimfundingsland@mydakotan.com Sportsmen gathered at the Tioga Community Center for a North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meeting on Monday. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  TIOGA – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department kicked off its fall round of Advisory Board meetings in this…
November 23, 2022

6th Annual Stuff-a-Squad Toy Drive  

Sunday, November 27th Noon – 4 p.m. Walmart Supercenter   The Minot Police Department and North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police – Souris Valley Regional Lodge #7 are again partnering to accept donations of new unwrapped toys for less privileged families in the region. All donations are divided evenly between…
November 23, 2022

Special Assessment for Traffic Signal

Request to Council by Trinity Health lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – City council voted 4-3 to create the city’s first special assessment district for a traffic signal at the intersection of 23rd Avenue Southwest and 37th Avenue Southwest, requested by Trinity Health, near its new campus.  Alderman Paul Pitner, who voted no,…
November 22, 2022

Sexual Offender Press Release 11/16/2022 

On 11/16/2022, CHRISTOPHER BLAKE DLABAJ, updated his registration information with the Minot Police Department as a SEXUAL OFFENDER showing he is living within the city limits of Minot.    DLABAJ is currently listed with an UNASSIGNED RISK LEVEL with the ND BCI and, as such, is treated as a HIGH…
November 22, 2022

 
New Councilman Takes His Seat 

Scott Burlingame Sworn In  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Scott Burlingame was sworn into office for a city council position Monday.  Burlingame was voted in at the general election in early November over Roscoe Streyle, who previously occupied the seat. Streyle had been appointed by council in July to temporarily fill the…
November 22, 2022

Minot Airport Director shares tips for holiday traveling  

Thanksgiving week is the busiest airline travel time of the year, but there are ways to make your trip less stressful.   “During the holidays, we tend to have a lot of passengers who don’t travel on a regular basis,” Minot International Airport Director Jennifer Eckman said. “We want everyone…
November 22, 2022

Eagles Wings Church Hosts Christmas Tree Fundraiser  

One Tree at a Time  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Christmas trees can be beautiful to look at, but thanks to Buy a Tree Change a Life, they can also help those in need.  Dani Clements, site director for the fundraiser and outreach coordinator for Eagles Wings church, said the fundraiser was…
November 22, 2022

 
Progress on New City Hall 

Moving in the Spring  MINOT – It has been a long time coming, a few more months even, but all is on schedule for the city’s new City Hall.  “The project is going very well. We are on time and under budget,” said Lance Meyer, city engineer. “Overall, we’re happy…
November 22, 2022

Former tribal official sentenced 

Pled guilty of accepting bribes  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Three Affiliated Tribes official was sentenced Monday to six years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that involved soliciting and accepting bribes and kickbacks from a contractor providing construction services on the Fort…
November 21, 2022

Minoter Makes History

David Hogue to Lead Senate
November 21, 2022

Minoter Makes Legislative History 

David Hogue is Senate Majority Leader  MINOT – David Hogue, R-District 38, was elected Senate Majority Caucus Leader by fellow legislators on the evening of November 14 at the State Capitol, making Hogue the first Minot resident ever elected to the position according to the N.D. Legislature website. Records on…
November 21, 2022

Man Dies of Injuries in Car/Bus Crash

Ward County FATAL Crash - UPDATE   What: Two Vehicle Fatality Crash   Where: Highway 52 mile marker 73, 5 miles east of Carpio   When: 11/15/2022 approximately 4:10 PM CST   Road Conditions: Dry   Weather Conditions: Overcast   Crash Involvement: Two vehicle crossover SUV vs. school bus  …
November 20, 2022

Trinity to Hold Skin Cancer Screening 

Free Opportunity  (MINOT, ND)—Trinity Health will conduct a Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Wednesday, November 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. The screening, which is free to the community, will be held on the 5th floor of Trinity Health Medical Arts, 400 Burdick Expressway East.   Skin cancer is the most common…
November 20, 2022

Chairman Discusses Term Limits, Legislative Session 

ND Legislature begins in January  MINOT – North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved passage of Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 1 in the November 8 election. The measure places limits on the amount of time the governor or legislators can serve.  Ward County voters voiced their approval with a 59% yes vote.…
November 19, 2022

Christmas Tree on Main Street 

Lighting ceremony set lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Early Christmas is in the air with ornaments and lights almost ready to shine on the big Christmas tree on Main Street.  Chad Wright, board member for Minot Downtown Business Professional Association and organizer of the Christmas tree display, said many organizations and people…
November 18, 2022

City offices closed Thursday 

Thanksgiving holiday   All City of Minot offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department.   City buses will not run on Thursday, and the Minot Public Library will be closed. The City landfill will be…
November 18, 2022

North Dakota-owned oil, gas mineral rights valued at $2.8B 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An estimate of oil and gas mineral rights owned by North Dakota pegs their value at $2.8 billion, an 18% increase from last year, according to an appraisal released Thursday to the state Land Board.  The increase comes largely from strong…
November 17, 2022

Ward County Deputy Receives Ten-Year Award 

MINOT –Jason Kraft, officer at the Ward County Sheriff’s Department, received a ten-year service award at the Ward County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.  “It’s actually his second time at the Sheriff’s department,” said Sheriff Robert Roed. “He left us briefly to become an electrician and definitely liked this job better.”  Roed…
November 17, 2022

Winter outlook: Cold, Snowy 

Latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center  MINOT – Well, cripes, any chances of a warm, dry winter are heavily refuted by the latest long-range weather outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center. All indications favor colder than usual temperatures for North Dakota through February 2023. Look for more than…
November 17, 2022

Government Should Not Be Involved in the Marriage Business 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after voting in opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act:   “Today’s vote is the first step leading to the normalization of religious discrimination, and it’s a bridge too far. The Respect for Marriage Act opens up religious institutions and non-profits…
November 17, 2022

County Discusses Four-Lane for Highway 52 

Query about Minot to Voltaire section    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Some Ward County commissioners want Highway 52, from Minot to Voltaire, to become a four-lane highway.  Commissioner Howard Anderson brought up the off-agenda topic at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday to county engineer Dana Larsen.  “Since the road between here and…
November 16, 2022

Names Released in Carpio Bus Accident 

Ward County Injury Crash - UPDATE  What: Two vehicle injury crash  Where: Highway 52 mile marker 73, 5 miles east of Carpio  When: 11/15/2022 approximately 4:10 PM CST  Road Conditions: Dry  Weather Conditions: Overcast  Crash Involvement: Two vehicle crossover SUV vs. school bus  Type of Crash: Right angle  Agencies Involved:…
November 16, 2022

City of Minot Compost Sites to Close 

Last day November 23    The City of Minot’s 10 compost sites will close for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Crews have begun removing containers from the City’s 10 sites, but one container will remain at each site until Nov. 23.   As a reminder, the City’s sanitation crews do…
November 16, 2022

Youthworks Faces New Issues 

Youthworks Gives November Update to County Commission  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – An organization that helps youth in Minot is having a few issues since it moved to a new property in the southwest section of the city, including maintaining staff.    After the county voted in June to help fund a new property…
November 15, 2022

Minoter Chosen to Senate Leadership 

North Dakota GOP lawmakers elect House, Senate floor leaders  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New House and Senate leaders have been elected by Republican majorities in the North Dakota Legislature.  Sen. David Hogue, a Minot lawyer, and Rep. Mike Lefor, a Dickinson businessman, were chosen Monday night to serve two-year leadership…
November 15, 2022

ND Game and Fish Rule Change Proposals 
Administrative Rules Hearing Set Dec. 16 

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed new rules and amendments to Title 30 of the North Dakota Administrative Code. The hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the agency's main office in Bismarck.   The purpose…
November 15, 2022

Game and Fish Advisory Board Meetings Announced 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board will host public meetings this fall at eight locations across the state. In addition, the district 7 meeting in Bismarck will be streamed live on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.  These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens…
November 14, 2022

City Hall Wall Project 

Completion expected in 2023  MINOT – A major construction project to replace an aging rock retaining wall on the east and south sides of City Hall began earlier this year. While extensive progress was made throughout the summer and fall, the project, as expected, will not be fully completed until…
November 14, 2022

Memorable Snowfall Totals 

Minot sets record  MINOT – It was a nasty way to get the winter underway, one of the deepest November 10 snowfalls on record in many places in the state. Minot’s official dump was a record for the date at 7.3 inches. The previous mark was 4.2 inches in 2012. …
November 11, 2022

And Snow It Begins 

Fall turned into winter  MINOT – Winter made a rather rude arrival Thursday, bursting through the front door with a vengeance – heavy snowfall and high winds combined. The strong storm resulted in the usual school closings or shortened hours and the like, and, of course, made travel difficult in the…
November 10, 2022

New Trinity Hospital on Schedule 

Extensive Planning for Big Move    MINOT – One of the largest construction projects in this city’s history is nearing completion. It wasn’t without challenges, including an explosion and fire, and changing contractors, but the new Trinity Hospital campus is within months of beginning full operation.  “Our revamped timeline following…
November 10, 2022

Highway Patrol Vehicle Smashed 

Accident on I-94 Wednesday  On Wednesday, November 9th, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a ND Highway Patrol (NDHP) patrol car was struck westbound on I-94 MM 260 at Jamestown.   The NDHP Trooper had witnessed a semi jackknife at this location and the semi was partially blocking the roadway. The trooper…
November 10, 2022

County Commission Shuffle 

Olsons gains commissioner seat  MINOT – Jason Olson is the newest member of the Ward County Commission. Olson, Minot, and John Fjeldahl, Berthold, were the top two vote getters in Tuesday’s election for two spots on the commission.  Fjeldahl and Olson each received 29% of the vote, 8.318 to 8,253.…
November 9, 2022

New City Councilman

Burlingame Bests Streyle for Unexpired Term MINOT – Scott Burlingame defeated Roscoe Streyle in Tuesday’s election, ending Streyle’s brief time on City Council. Streyle was appointed to the council in July to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Tom Ross. Ross vacated his council seat after winning the mayoral race. …
November 9, 2022

North Dakota voters OK term limits for governor, legislators 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Voters in North Dakota on Tuesday approved term limits for their governor and state legislators after a campaign largely funded by an outside term limits group and boosted within the state by far-right conservatives.  The ballot measure adds an article to…
November 9, 2022

North Dakota voters reject ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana 

Approved in Maryland, Missouri  By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Voters approved recreational marijuana in Maryland and Missouri but rejected it in two other states, signaling support gradually growing for legalization even in conservative parts of the country.  The results mean that 21 states have now…
November 9, 2022

Complete Election Results 

ND Secretary of State website  The latest election returns for North Dakota can be found at:   Secretary of State | (nd.gov) 
November 8, 2022

Election Day Voter Turnout

Polling sites busy MINOT – Activity appeared to be brisk at two polling locations in the city this Election Day, but the total number of voters filling out ballots won’t be known until after the polls close at 7 p.m. At mid-morning at the State Fair Center one poll worker…
November 8, 2022

Migration the Real First Snowfall 

Geese on the move  MINOT – It happens every spring and fall, waterfowl on the move in the Central Flyway that crosses North Dakota.It is the fall migration that attracts the most attention, with great flocks of snow and blue geese dominating the skies and fields in much of the…
November 8, 2022

North Dakota sees advertising, campaign blitz before vote 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of crisscrossing the state stumping everywhere from tiny town cafes to big city venues, North Dakota's U.S. House candidates were making a final push Monday attempting to garner voter support mostly through social media and television and radio interviews…
November 7, 2022

Election Day Information 

Where, when to vote MINOT – Here is election information for eligible Ward County voters.   2022 GENERAL ELECTION- NOVEMBER 8TH Early Voting: Monday, Nov. 7th from 10am-6pm @ Ward County Administration Building  Election Day Vote Centers 7am-7pm:   *Ward County Voters can vote at any of the centers*    >State Fair Center (Minot) 2005…
November 7, 2022

City of Minot offices closed in observance of Veterans Day holiday  

All City of Minot offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department.   There will be no public transit on Nov. 11. The Minot Public Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.…
November 7, 2022

A Tree for Those in Need

County Library to Set Up Angel Tree lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Though Christmas time isn’t quite here according to some, Ward County is planning ahead. County Commissioners approved Tuesday an angel tree to be set up in the employee lounge at the County Administration Building. Kerrianne Boetcher, Ward County library administrator,…
November 4, 2022

Large Turnout at Dakota Patriot Rally 

Decorated speaker delivers strong message  MINOT – What was promoted as an evening to join fellow patriots proved to be a very large gathering at the State Fair Center Thursday evening. The Dakota Patriot Rally featured Lt. Col. Daniel MacArthur Gade as the featured speaker.  Gade was born in Minot…
November 4, 2022

Letter Supporting Term Limits 

Election Day November 8  A YES vote on Measure 1 will be good for North Dakota. It would apply an 8-year term limit to the ND Governor, and members of the State House and State Senate.  Term limits improve citizen access to the process, encourage more candidates to run, and increase…
November 4, 2022

North Dakota: What to expect on election night 

By The Associated Press   Tuesday's ballot offers some intrigue for North Dakotans in the reliably red state — from late congressional entries by independent candidates to term limits and marijuana legalization.  North Dakotans will decide whether to endorse changing the state constitution to limit the terms of the governor…
November 3, 2022

Drought Creeping In 

Flash drought conditions  MINOT – What the U.S. Drought Monitor refers to as “flash drought” conditions have crept into much of North Dakota in the past week. The Drought Monitor is issued each Thursday.  A flash drought is defined as the opposite of flash, or sudden, rainfall or flood. It…
November 3, 2022

Lake Sakakawea Below Average  

2022 runoff at 75%  RIVERDALE – Lake Sakakawea avoided what was on track to be very low summer water levels this year, thanks to a big dose of precipitation that boosted June runoff into the state’s largest reservoir.  Nevertheless, annual runoff in the Missouri River Basin for 2022 is projected…
November 3, 2022

Changes to Magic Fund Guidelines 

Committee defines conflict of interest   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The Ad Hoc committee discussed Wednesday its drafted updates to the Magic Fund Guidelines, including changes to its conflict of interest rules.  The Magic Fund is subsidized by one percent of the city’s sales tax for the purpose of providing businesses with…
November 3, 2022

Fire damages home in Woodridge Mobile Home Park 

No injuries reported   A fire damaged one home in Woodridge Mobile Home Park Wednesday morning. Crews from the Minot Fire Department responded to 405 31st Ave SE #40 at 9:10 a.m. today (Wednesday) for smoke and fire coming from a mobile home. All occupants of the home had safely evacuated…
November 2, 2022

Six Minot State soccer players earn All-NSIC honors 

Led by 1st-Teamers Kindred and de Boer   MINOT – Fresh off a playoff win Monday night, the Minot State soccer team racked up a slew of honors for their efforts this season as six Beavers were named to the NSIC All-Conference Team on Wednesday.   Leading the way for Minot State…
November 2, 2022

North Dakota County Elections 

Races Outside Ward County  By Kim Fundingsland and Lydia Hoverson  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT -- Some counties in the Ward County area have contested races this election, giving voters decisions to be made within the next week. Absentee and early voting is underway with Election Day November 8.  McHenry County  Two…
November 2, 2022

Burgum rejects tribes' plea for online gambling rights 

Legal gambling age lowered  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has rejected a plea by North Dakota's American Indian tribes to give them exclusive rights to host internet gambling and sports betting because it isn't allowed under state law, his spokesman said Wednesday.  But…
November 2, 2022

Election Enthusiasm 

Expected voter turnout   MINOT – Election Day is November 8, but absentee and early voting is already underway. Given the political atmosphere across the country, many might expect larger than usual number of votes to be cast.   However, it is a non-presidential election year, which traditionally means substantially fewer votes…
November 1, 2022

No Room for After Prison Program 

Program Requesting Space from County Building  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – County commissioners denied Tuesday a request for the use of meeting rooms by an after prison program.  Brian Vangsness, facilities management director for Ward County, told the commissioners he had received an emailed letter from a program that deals with inmates…
November 1, 2022

Trunk or Treat Time 

Halloween fun    MINOT – A number of Minot businesses were into the Halloween “spirit” Monday with several hosting Trunk or Treat events. Children and adults turned out at various locations for some family fun.   The costumed characters manning some very creative Halloween displays were enjoying handing out sweet…
November 1, 2022

MSU Soccer Wins Playoff Game 

Next stop on the road  MINOT -- Minot State got a pair of goals from Hadlee Paxman in a 3-0 shutout win over Northern State Monday, Oct. 31st, at home at Herb Parker Stadium. The win boosted Minot State's record to 9-2-8 overall.   How it Happened   The Beavers broke the…
November 1, 2022

Hundred Million Dollar Project Groundbreaking

Hit the Ground Running MINOT – Community leaders and the public gathered Monday morning for the groundbreaking ceremony of Minot North High School, after much work has been put into building it. “Thank you to our voters, who passed the first question with nearly an 84% yes vote,” said Minot…
October 31, 2022

Early Voting Underway 

Election information  MINOT – Early voting for the upcoming general election got underway Monday morning at the Ward County Administration Building.  Here is election information for eligible Ward County voters.   2022 GENERAL ELECTION- NOVEMBER 8TH Early Voting: October 31st through November 4th & 7th from 10am-6pm @ Ward County Administration Building  Election…
October 31, 2022

And boo to you! 

Halloween Hike, family fun    GARRISON – As the sun set, shadows lengthened, and it became dark in the woods it created a perfect setting for a Halloween Hike. The weather was agreeable too, remarkably pleasant for late October in North Dakota.  Fort Stevenson State Park hosted a Halloween Hike…
October 31, 2022

Two for Vacant Council Seat

Candidates Race for City Council Seat MINOT – Two candidates are in the race for a vacant council seat left vacant after former council member Tom Ross was elected mayor in June. The council voted to temporarily fill the seat in July with former state legislator Roscoe Streyle. They also…
October 30, 2022

Making Kids Feel Safe 

Overview of Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center  lydia.hoverosn@mydakotan.com   MINOT – After children have a traumatizing experience, telling their story is extremely difficult, and that’s why the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center strives to make that experience easier on a child.  “Children’s advocacy centers were basically created to provide a MDT,…
October 29, 2022

Sexual Offender Update 

Press Release 10/28/2022  On 10/27/2022, JOSHUAL PAUL KOTASEK updated his registration information with the Minot Police Department as a SEXUAL OFFENDER showing he is living within the city limits of Minot.    KOTASEK is currently listed with an UNASSIGNED RISK LEVEL with the ND BCI and, as such, is treated…
October 28, 2022

Opposing Views on Term Limits Measure 

Wednesday news releases from both sides  LOBBYISTS, CAREER POLITICIANS & SPECIAL INTERESTS OPPOSE THE PEOPLE’S TERM LIMITS Powerful And Well Connected Who Donate Huge Amounts of Money to Candidates and Millions on Lobbying Rally Together  Bismarck, ND -- Today, North Dakota for Term Limits called attention to the unholy combination of…
October 28, 2022

Beautiful Day for a Treat Downtown 

Trick or Treating in the City  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Not every Halloween is a nice day for trick or treating, but Friday seemed the perfect weather for a downtown stroll.  Downtown Minot hosted a Treat Trail for families with young kids to walk around and pick up candy and other…
October 28, 2022

Dermatologist to Share About Skin Care 

Children’s Story Hour  (MINOT, ND)—Mary Logue, MD, a dermatologist with Trinity Health, will visit the Minot Public Library Saturday, November 12, to lead a special Family Story Hour.   The hour, which runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will feature children’s stories and a craft project dealing with skin, doctors…
October 28, 2022

Poll workers can't demand proof of US citizenship 

Wrigley: No power to do that  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Some poll workers in North Dakota who created confusion and frustration in the spring primary by demanding proof of United State citizenship, particularly from immigrants and people of color, had no power to do that, the state attorney general says. …
October 27, 2022

County Commissioner Race On 

Candidates make their pitch to voters  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – The race is on for the candidates of the Ward County commission as they round third and head home for Election Day on November 8, with early voting starting soon.  Four candidates are contending for two positions, with only one residing…
October 27, 2022

Lawmakers: Term limit defeat has chance with groups' support 

Measure on November ballot  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican legislative majority leaders on Wednesday predicted a narrow defeat by voters on a measure to impose term limits on lawmakers and the governor.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and GOP House Majority Leader…
October 26, 2022

Trio of Candidates Seek Single Seat  

North Dakota’s U.S. Senate Race  MINOT – Three candidates are on the ballot for a North Dakota seat in the United States Senate – incumbent John Hoeven, R-ND, Jamestown challenger Katrina Christiansen-D, and Bismarck challenger Rick Becker, an Independent. Election day is Tuesday, November 8.  Hoeven was the choice of…
October 26, 2022

Sexual Offender Update 

Minot Police Department release  On 10/25/2022, JASON FLOYD AUNE updated his registration information with the Minot Police Department as a SEXUAL OFFENDER showing he has moved within the city limits of Minot.    AUNE has been deemed a HIGH RISK offender that is required to perform LIFETIME REGISTRATION.   AUNE…
October 26, 2022

Former North Dakota tribal official pleads guilty to bribery 

Sentencing date set  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former government official of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks from a construction contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in North Dakota.  Randall Phelan, 58, of Mandaree, was an elected representative of the governing body…
October 26, 2022

Loan Approved for Rugby Hospital 

Rural development loan for Heart of America Medical Center   RUGBY, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved more than $55 million in USDA loans for Heart of America Medical Center to construct a new hospital, clinic and long-term care facility in Rugby.…
October 25, 2022

Hunters Encouraged to Have Deer Tested for CWD 

Hunter-harvest surveillance continues  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2022 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from select units in the western portion of the state, and unit 2B in the east.   Samples will be tested from deer…
October 25, 2022

Trinity to Host ‘Trunk or Treat’ 

Public welcome  (MINOT, ND)—Trinity Health employees will host a Trunk or Treat event for the community Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by Trinity’s Great Place to Work Committee, will be held in the parking lot north of Trinity Health West, 101 3rd…
October 25, 2022

North Dakota’s U.S. House Race 

Two candidates seek election  MINOT – Two candidates are on the ballot for a North Dakota’s lone seat in the United States House of Representatives – Republican incumbent Kelly Armstrong of Bismarck, who is seeking his second term, and independent challenger Cara Mund, Bismarck, who is making her first run…
October 25, 2022

Less Oil Revenue for North Dakota Treasury 

Falling prices mean lower taxes for North Dakota drillers  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Unless oil prices increase dramatically in the remaining days of October, North Dakota's treasury won't be banking the benefits of a tax increase on drillers that has bumped state tax collections by…
October 24, 2022

Marijuana on the Ballot 

North Dakota to Vote on Cannabis Measure  By MIKE CATALINI Associated Press  Recreational marijuana could be legal in half the country if the handful of states with cannabis measures on ballots this November pass them.  North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Maryland, and Missouri have measures on their ballots this fall…
October 24, 2022

Dealing Death in North Dakota 

Fentanyl: Big money, big problem  MINOT – It's a dangerous drug, as dangerous as ever seen by law enforcement on the streets of the city. A miniscule dose of fentanyl all too often results in the death of the user.  The illegal drug comes in small packages with a big…
October 24, 2022

First Accumulating Snow Expected 

Tonight and Monday  The first accumulating snow of the winter season is expected across western and parts of central North Dakota tonight into Monday.  BRIEFING LINK: https://www.weather.gov/media/bis/DssPacket.pdf 
October 23, 2022

Ten Years on the Highway 

Quiet Leadership  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Ten or more years in the same job can reap rewards.  Jerry Hammer, a Ward County Highway Department employee, received an award at Tuesday’s county commissioner meeting, an award for sticking to his job for 10 years.  “I’m happy to present this 10-year award to…
October 23, 2022

Scouts Lead Pledge 

Mayor Invites Scouts to say Pledge of Allegiance lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – As part of Mayor Tom Ross’ new tradition, he invited a young scout group of girls to lead the pledge of allegiance at Monday’s city council meeting.  Scout Troop 5401, six girls, proudly stood by the flag in City…
October 22, 2022

Dakota Patriot Rally Set 

A gathering of conservatives  MINOT – Election Day, November 8, is fast approaching. So too is a big event sponsored by the District 3, 5, 38, and 40 Republicans. It will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 at the State Fair Center.  “Obviously it is for the mid-term election,” said Stephanie…
October 21, 2022

Bond Set for Alleged Arsonist 

Minot Man Gets Cash-Only Bond  By Lydia Hoverson   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   TOWNER – A Minot man who allegedly started multiple fires from Minot to Bottineau received a $100,000 bond Friday.  Justin Hanson, 42, allegedly started over a dozen fires from Minot to Bottineau Wednesday afternoon, causing an estimate of hundreds of thousands…
October 21, 2022

Burlington Man Sentenced to Two Years 

Final defendant in fake military gear scheme  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The third and final defendant in an illegal scheme to supply $20 million worth of substandard counterfeit clothing and gear made in China to the U.S. military has been sentenced to two years in prison, federal prosecutors said.  Terry…
October 21, 2022

Minot Postal Service Delays, Short-Staffed 

Grateful for Workers  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With many in Minot waiting many days for their mail, the Minot Post Office is advertising for employees.  Lisa Olson, a Minot city council member, mentioned at Monday’s city council meeting that she would like to hear from a representative of USPS to explain…
October 21, 2022

Colder Than Usual Winter Ahead 

NWS outlook not favorable for North Dakota  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – If you were hoping for a warmer than usual winter, maybe with little less snow than usual, don’t read any further.  Well, phooey. As much as I despise the phrase, it is what it is. Sorry.  The National Weather Service…
October 20, 2022

Minot Man Charged with Setting Multiple Fires 

Damage costly in rural areas  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  TOWNER – A man who set multiple fires from Minot to Bottineau Wednesday may have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property damage, says McHenry County Sheriff Trey Skager.  Skager said though fire departments involved are still in the process of locating…
October 20, 2022

Sidewalk Improvement 

Council Moves Forward with Planning  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Improvements to sidewalks near busy places in Minot may be in order.   The Minot city council voted Monday to move forward with planning on the possible installation of a crosswalk and improvement of the sidewalk along the south part of 21st Avenue…
October 20, 2022

Becker Proposes Elimination of Property Tax 

Will announce proposed legislative measure Thursday  Bismarck, ND — Representative Rick Becker (R) District 7, Bismarck will announce Thursday afternoon a proposed legislative constitutional measure which will eliminate and replace the property tax in North Dakota.  If approved by the 2023 legislature, the measure will be on the ballot in…
October 19, 2022

Ward County Highway Speed Reductions 

Commissioners Reduce Speed Limit near City  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Ward County Commissioners voted Tuesday to reduce speed limits for two areas near Minot.  Both areas will be reduced from a speed limit of 65 mph to 55 mph. The first one is on the northeast bypass of Minot that connects…
October 19, 2022

Trinity Hospital Third Floor Evacuated 

Electrical panel fire, no injuries  An electrical fire at Trinity Hospital caused the evacuation of the building’s third floor on Tuesday afternoon. The Minot Fire Department responded to Trinity Hospital at 1 Burdick Expressway West at 1:51 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of a small explosion on the third…
October 19, 2022

City Council Hears from Disappointed Citizen 

Minot Resident Speaks Against Property Tax  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com    MINOT – Not everyone was pleased with the Minot city council’s final approval of its 2023 budget, as one Minot resident expressed Monday at a city council meeting.  Scott Samuelson, who has lived in Minot for 33 years, said he had voiced his…
October 18, 2022

Minot State soccer’s Rebecca Storr Honored 

Named NSIC Defender of the Week   MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State soccer team continues to shut down opponents, and those efforts continue to earn the Beaver players awards.   After recording back-to-back shutouts on the road over the weekend, Minot State freshman defender Rebecca Storr was honored by the league…
October 18, 2022

New Town Man Dead South of Parshall 

McLean County Crash   What: Fatality Crash   Where: Highway 1804 Approximately MM 212, 17 Miles South of Parshall   When: October 16, 2022 at approximately 0603 AM CST   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Clear   Type of Crash: One Vehicle Rollover   Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway…
October 16, 2022

Belcourt Man Victim in NW Crash 

Williams County Crash   What: Fatality   Where: 4800 block of 153rd Ave NW, approximately 17 miles west of Williston, ND   When: October 14, 2022, at approximately 0420 PM CST   Road Conditions: Good Weather   Conditions: Clear   Type of Crash: One Vehicle Rollover   Agencies Involved: North…
October 15, 2022

Bringing STEAM to Minot 

Full STEAM Ahead Helps the Community  MINOT – No one can teach everything, and that’s why Full STEAM Ahead brings unique education to children where schools may not have the resources to do so.  Ali Auch, executive director of Full STEAM Ahead, said it is a local non-profit focusing on…
October 15, 2022

Elevator Art 

Massive mural to be painted in Minot MINOT – No question that it’ll be a big attention getter, easily the largest in the city and a huge showpiece for the state. The Union Silos Public Art Project has announced a transformation is in the works for one of this city’s…
October 14, 2022

Pumpkin Business 

Minot Parks Host Pumpkin Walk  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT — Pumpkins can be seen in many places, but this fall you might find a few, or many, on the Woodland Trail.  The Minot Park District is hosting its third annual Pumpkin Walk at Woodland Trail, for the whole family to come enjoy…
October 14, 2022

Over Thirty-eight Million Raised 

Minot State Empower Campaign  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Minot State University has announced over $38 million has been raised for a $50 million campaign.  At a president’s luncheon Thursday, where donors and other MSU affiliates were present, Vice President of Advancement Rick Hedberg announced the public phase of its $50 million…
October 13, 2022

Minot Man Killed in Rolette County 

Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash   What: Fatal/Injury Where: Highway 281 & Rolette County Road 15 When: 10:06 PM CST on 10/12/2022   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Dark/Cloudy/Windy   Crash Involvement: Two passenger vehicles   Type of Crash: Angle   Agencies Involved: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rolette County Sheriff’s Office,…
October 13, 2022

Wind and Fire Danger  

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October 13, 2022

Cold Justice Targets Killer  

Knutson Murder Case Delays  MINOT – A national television show investigative team is credited with murder charges being filed in one of the highest profile murder cases in this city’s history. However, the subsequent arrest of Nichole Rice, accused of murdering roommate Anita Knutson in 2007, has been slow to…
October 12, 2022

Blankets for Kids  

United Way Delivers Blankets to Children’s Advocacy Center  MINOT – A little work goes a long way.  After a big event at Magic City High School, called Magi United, Souris Valley United Way delivered some blankets made at the event to Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center Wednesday.  Christy Miller, new…
October 12, 2022

New Light on the Hill 

Discovery Center Lighting Ceremony  MINOT -- The lights came on Monday night, brilliantly illuminating the Magic City Discovery Center that overlooks the city.   Situated atop north hill, the lighting of the exterior of the Discovery Center signified completion of major construction of the building that will soon be a destination…
October 11, 2022

Women’s Wrestling a First for MSU 

Minot State Kicks Off Inaugural Women’s Wrestling Season  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Women’s wrestling has come to Minot State University for the first time, with its official season having started Monday.  Brittney Mitchem, head coach for women’s wrestling at MSU, said men’s wrestling coach Evan Forde and MSU’s former athletic director…
October 11, 2022

Bringing Light to the Darkness 

Minot State Hosts Domestic Abuse Awareness Month  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Some may find it hard to talk about traumatic and abusive experiences they’ve had, but some places in Minot are working hard to bring awareness to these situations.  Minot State University is all purple this month, to shed light on…
October 10, 2022

Improving a Community

Coleharbor playground, clean-up  COLEHARBOR – This community’s ongoing effort to improve “curb appeal” continues to move forward. The latest improvement project is an updated playground and picnic area. New basketball courts too.  “It’s an upgrade to our park which was originally built in 1975. There’s been no major improvements or renovations…
October 10, 2022

Minot to Host Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo 

Top rodeo cowboys, cowgirls at regional rodeo finals    Minot – The toughest, most talented men and women in the Badlands rodeo world will be in Minot this weekend.  And they’ll be competing at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, to prove who’s the best of the best.  The circuit finals,…
October 10, 2022

Rugby Wreck Death Identified 

Fatal 2 Vehicle Crash   What: Fatality   Where: US Highway 2 MM 215 approximately 3 miles east of Rugby When: 18:45 PM CDST on 10/6/2022   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Sunny/Windy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle Type of Crash: Right angle and rollover   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Pierce…
October 9, 2022

Making the World a Better Place 

Building Confidence for Girls in the Midwest   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  SOUIX FALLS – Though there isn’t an official Girl Scouts troop in Minot, there are still many girl scouts in the area.  Bailey Brooker, director of communications for Dakota Horizons out of Sioux Falls, said there is an office out of Bismarck…
October 8, 2022

A Future City Manager 

Minot High Schooler Interns for the City lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – A Minot teen has given himself a job this school year, and not at any business in the city, but rather the whole city itself.  City Manager Harold Stewart announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Hayden Fredrickson, senior at…
October 7, 2022

Fatal Crash near Rugby 

Two vehicles collide  What: Fatality   Where: US Highway 2 MM 215 approximately 3 miles east of Rugby When: 18:45 PM CDST on 10/6/2022   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Sunny/Windy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle   Type of Crash: Right angle and rollover   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Pierce County…
October 7, 2022

Ward County Section Line Dispute 

Boy’s and Girls Ranch Requests Change   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Section lines can be complicated to deal with but is a situation the Ward County Commissioners sifted through at their meeting Wednesday.  Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation requested the vacating of a portion of a section line within its property…
October 6, 2022

Minot Parks hosting Pumpkin Walk at Woodland Trail 

Goal of 1,000 pumpkins  Minot -- The Minot Park District will host their third annual Pumpkin Walk at Woodland Trail on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15.  The walk will run from 7-9 p.m. with carved pumpkins lighting the trail.  This event is free to attend.   Minot Parks…
October 6, 2022

NDFB, Farmers Union opposed to term limits 

Official statement  North Dakota Farm Bureau and North Dakota Farmers Union announce their joint opposition to an initiated measure that will appear on the November election ballot, limiting the time in office a governor or state legislator can serve.  If passed, the constitutional amendment would limit the governor to two…
October 6, 2022

Death Investigation 

Sheriff’s Office seeks public help  On October 1, 2022, the Ward County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased male, found in rural area near the 4500 block of Highway 83, south of Minot.  Estimates are that the male has been deceased for approximately six (6) weeks. No…
October 5, 2022

Ramstad Teacher Recognized 

Ward County Teacher Receives Award lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Though many teachers work hard to educate their students, only one can receive the Ward County Teacher of the Year award.  So was the case for Brian Walz, a math teacher at Erik Ramstad Middle School, who, after being recognized at Wednesday’s…
October 5, 2022

Budget Approved 

Council Approves 2023 Budget   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Minot’s 2023 budget has been unanimously approved after several amendments at Monday’s city council meeting.  The final budget would be increased by around 15% from last year. The budget will still receive funds from increased property taxes but much of that is…
October 4, 2022

Nonprofit Alliance to Recognize Winners 

Nominations are now open   MINOT – Nominations are being accepted for the Minot Alliance of Nonprofits fourth annual Community Recognition Luncheon now through October 5th .   “The Minot Alliance of Nonprofit membership represents agencies from every sector and size of nonprofit in our community. This group benefits every…
October 3, 2022

Youth Pheasant Hunt 

Pheasants for the Future Event  MINOT – Not even a cool, windy morning could keep youngsters from enthusiastically anticipating a chance to hunt the state’s favorite game bird – the rooster pheasant. Same with volunteers, parents, and eager bird dogs.  Minot’s Pheasants for the Future staged their annual Youth Pheasant…
October 3, 2022

Cloggin’ through the Fest 

Volunteer Paints Clogs at the Hostfest  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Paint isn’t just for paper. Clogs can make for a nice item to display crafty designs on.  Deb Wilson, Garrison, has been rosemaling for almost 25 years, and has been doing it on clogs as a volunteer for the Norsk Hostfest…
October 1, 2022

Painting Norwegian Style 

Rosemaling at the Hostfest  PIX-----hostfest woman with rosemaling  Cutline***Teresa Thompson, Cloquet, Minnesota, with both finished and unfinished Telemark Rosemaling at the 2022 Norsk Hostfest. (Photo: Lydia Hoverson/The Dakotan)***  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With so many ways to paint, one woman at the 2022 Norsk Hostfest makes use painting to honor her…
October 1, 2022

Viking Cats

Norwegian Cats at the Hostfest lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – A Viking’s mouse trap might come in the shape of a cat, as shown at the 2022 Norsk Hostfest. Betty Jean Kauffman, originally from Sherwood, showed in the Viking Village at the Hostfest her Norwegian Forest cats which she has been breeding…
September 30, 2022

Hostfest Concerns Addressed 

EPIC Events Addresses Hostfest Complaints  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With many people confused and even upset over changes to the Norsk Hostfest after its two-year hiatus, the brand-new management this year addressed some of the concerns.  EPIC Events, the company doing most of the operations for the Hosfest this year, changed…
September 30, 2022

The Battle of the Beavers

 Match-up Returns to Herb Parker Stadium MINOT -- Sixty minutes wasn’t enough to decide the victor in last weekend’s battle between Minot State and Southwest Minnesota State. As the clock hit triple zero the Beavers and the Mustangs were knotted up at 20. Down 10 with just over 5 minutes…
September 30, 2022

Sledding Norsk

Kick Sleds at the Fest lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Is it sledding season yet? A booth at the 2022 Norsk Hostfest is ready for it! Brent and Kristie Fingerson, owners of Scandia Kicksled of Houston, Minnesota, are selling Norwegian kick sleds and Scandinavian merchandise at the Hostfest this year, September 28…
September 29, 2022

Light Up the Fest 

Hostfest Concert Lighting  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Concerts at the Norsk Hosfest can be fun, but they probably wouldn’t be as much without lighting.  Adam Zastrow, who works for Theatrical Media Services out of Omaha, Nebraska, said his company is doing all the lighting in the All Seasons Arena where the…
September 28, 2022

Return of Swedish Meatballs 

Hostfest on the Way  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Lefse was ready to cook, and meatballs were ready to steam Tuesday at the North Dakota State Fair Center as vendors set up their booths for the 2022 Norsk Hostfest.  Kasha Nels, Minot, said she has been setting up her and her family’s…
September 27, 2022

ND Senator Seeks End to COVID Restrictions Along Border 

Hoeven: It’s Time for the Biden Administration to end COVID Restrictions Along Canadian Border  WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after Canada announced that all COVID-19 testing, quarantine and vaccination restrictions along the northern border would end as of October 1.   “As Canada has ended their…
September 27, 2022

Washburn Man Earns Book Award 

Contributor to The Dakotan  BRANSON, MISSOURI -- Geremy Olson, Washburn, was recognized by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers for producing the “best book” for 2022. “Campfires, Kids, and the Outdoors” earned top honors.  “When I came I knew I won something but I didn’t know what I was…
September 25, 2022

100 years and counting… 

Upside Down Under  It isn’t easy to stay in business for 100 years, especially given that in the past century, any business to survive that long had to endure the Great Depression in the 1930s.  But there are two businesses that have daily impact on many North Dakota residents, and…
September 25, 2022

Why Not Stock 

Minot State Hosts NOTSTOCK Festival  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Whether making it or watching someone else make it, art can be a very interesting project that comes in all shapes and sizes.  The Northwest Arts Center in Minot is hosting its 17th annual Minot State NOTSTOCK Festival Thursday through Saturday, a…
September 24, 2022

Fill the Holes 

Petition to Fix First Avenue  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Bumpy roads can be quite annoying, especially for those who own a business near one.  Baelee Reiter, owner of District 89 Salon in downtown Minot, has started a petition to fix First Avenue Northeast, which she said she’s been advocating for almost…
September 23, 2022

MSU Football Hits the Road 

Night Game Against SMSU  This past weekend the MSU Beavers fell to 0-3 on the season. A home loss to Wayne State University gives Minot State its third defeat in three games. Despite a 50-yard pass to open their first offensive procession, the Beavers could only muster 10 points against…
September 23, 2022

Hands On Environmental Learning  

Annual Envirothon Staged at Upper Souris NWR  FOXHOLM – It was quite a day of learning, and sharing what was learned, for northwest area high schoolers. Sixteen teams of four to six students, freshmen through senior class, participated in the Mouse River Loop Envirothon Wednesday at the Upper Souris National…
September 22, 2022

Child Stuck by Vehicle 

McKenzie County Pedestrian Crash   What: Serious Injury   Where: Hwy 23 mile marker 45 approximately 4 miles west of New Town, ND   When: September 22, 2022, at approximately 0700 AM CST   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Pedestrian   Agencies Involved: North…
September 22, 2022

Trollin’ Strollin’ Downtown

Downtown Minot Hosts First Ever Troll Stroll    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – In the spirit of Scandinavian culture, combined with the Norsk Hostfest coming up next week, downtown Minot has jumped in with another idea.  Denise Lindbo, owner of Gourmet Chef and board member of Minot Downtown Business & Professional Association,…
September 22, 2022

DOD Announces 2 & 52 Road Funding 

Improvements to Prevent Road Washouts  WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong have announced that the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation within the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $2.9 million to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. This funding was made available through…
September 22, 2022

Politics and Death 

Driver claims political argument preceded teen's death  MCHENRY (AP) — A driver charged with fatally striking a teenager in North Dakota allegedly told investigators he purposely hit the teen with his SUV after they had a political argument, according to court documents.  Cayler Ellingson, 18, was struck and killed following…
September 21, 2022

City Says OK to Pit Bulls 

1987 Ordinance Repealed  MINOT – It was serious business when City Council passed a ban on pit bulls within the city limits in 1987. At the latest City Council meeting, on the second and final reading, aldermen voted to remove the breed specific ban.  Citizen Kim Albert addressed the council,…
September 20, 2022

City Hall Wall 

Project May Extend Into Spring  MINOT – It is taking shape, but not quite as quickly as hoped. The retaining wall project on the south and east sides of City Hall may not be fully completed until next spring.  The project has disrupted some parking on the north side of…
September 19, 2022

Driver Charged in Street Dance Death 

McHenry Pedestrian Fatality Update   What: Fatality   Where: Jones and Hohneck street (City of McHenry)   When: September18th 2022 at 255 AM   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Cloudy   Crash Involvement: Pedestrian   Type of Crash: Head on   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Foster County Sheriff’s Department, Carrington…
September 19, 2022

Leaders of Tomorrow

Making a Difference: Boy Scouts Right in Minot lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Whether it's camping, building, entrepreneuring, or simply adventuring, Boy Scouts Northern Lights Council is all of that in one. The Boy Scouts of America is divided into councils, and the Northern Lights Council serves all of North Dakota as…
September 17, 2022

Hoeven Declines ND Senate Debate  

Statewide TV Event Set for Washburn  Bismarck – BEK TV will host an exclusive prime time live statewide broadcast of a North Dakota U.S. Senate debate on Monday, October 3, from 7-9 p.m., located in Washburn’s Memorial Hall, 805 Main Avenue.    Confirmed candidates include Democrat Katrina Christiansen and Independent Rick…
September 16, 2022

Here’s Our Winter Forecast 

Latest Prognostication from the Climate Prediction Center  MINOT – Keep the snow shovel, rain gear, winter coats, and light jackets handy. Another unpredictable North Dakota winter is on the way. You never know what you are going to get.  Sorting it all out is the task of the Climate Prediction…
September 16, 2022

Sex Offender Status

From Minot Police JASON FLOYD AUNE updated his registration information with the Minot Police Department as a SEXUAL OFFENDER showing he has moved within the city limits of Minot.    AUNE has been deemed a HIGH RISK offender that is required to perform LIFETIME REGISTRATION.  AUNE was convicted in Montana…
September 15, 2022

Bottineau Man Injured in Crash 

Motorcycle Rollover  What: Injury   Where: 1 mi east of Michigan on US 2   When: 09/14/2022 @ 15:40 CDST   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: Windy and Overcast   Crash Involvement: 1 Vehicle   Type of Crash: Rollover and ejection   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Guardian Life Flight, Nelson County…
September 15, 2022

9-1-1 Outage 

Repairs Underway  A fiber-optic line north of Bismarck was damaged today and is causing issues with LANDLINE 9-1-1 calls in the Western portion of the state.  This issue could persist for several hours until crews are able either splice or re-attach the line.    Landline 9-1-1 callers will experience “dead…
September 15, 2022

Beaver Football Seeks First Win

Philled In: Minot State vs Wayne State Preview  Minot State returned home from Sioux Falls, South Dakota last weekend with a tough road loss, dropping their record on the year to 0-2. The Beavers opened their season at home on the new First Western Bank and Trust turf field against…
September 15, 2022

Trash Christmas

She's Not From Around Here  MINOT--My favorite biannual holiday starts on Monday.  That’s right, I’m talking about Trash Christmas.  I know a lot of new folks have moved into Minot since the last Trash Christmas, so I thought it only fair to write about it again. (Read my first article…
September 15, 2022

Leash Lengthened for Pit Bull 

City Ordinance Change in Process  MINOT – Well I’ll be doggoned. Or will my dog be gone?  It was that kind of an appearance for a Minot man who was called before a Municipal Court judge Wednesday. Tyrome West had been issued a citation under statue 7-34 of Minot’s Code…
September 14, 2022

Minot Rodeo Donates Funds 

Giving Back to Nine Area Charities  Minot – The “bucks” in the rodeo arena at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo and Rodeo Minot are much more than the horses and bulls as they try to get cowboys off their backs.  They’re the “bucks” that are generated by the rodeo and…
September 13, 2022

From the World to Minot

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – There are many artists in Minot, but Minot is also a center for art around the world. The Northwest Arts Center is hosting its 28th annual International All Media now through September 15. According to the center’s director Greg Vettel, this is the first time it has…
September 12, 2022

Immigrants Lead Pledge

Two Airmen from the Minot Air Force Base Lead Pledge at Council Meeting lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Immigrants expressed their reverence for the United States by leading its pledge of allegiance in Minot. As part of his tradition of having people from the community lead the pledge before city council meetings,…
September 11, 2022

Hot Topic Outdoors

Chronic Wasting Disease kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT – It's a hot button topic with the state’s deer hunters, no doubt about that. Knowing that to be the case, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently conducted meetings in Fargo, Dickinson, and Minot to discuss chronic wasting disease.  Minot’s meeting was held…
September 11, 2022

Educating where it’s Needed

Making a Difference: Minot Literacy Volunteers lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Educating people of all ages on all subjects has been the mission of Minot Literacy Volunteers for over three decades. Angelina Edison, executive director and program coordinator, said she has been working at MLV since 2000. Pat Bolyard, president, said she…
September 10, 2022

Sheriff: Brothers' dispute led to triple murder-suicide

CANDO (AP) — A dispute between two brothers led to a triple murder and suicide last month in a North Dakota wheat field, authorities said Friday.Towner County Sheriff Andrew Hillier said autopsy results and evidence at the scene suggested Robert Bracken, 59, killed his brother, his son and a third…
September 9, 2022

Zoo Decides Giraffe's Future

MINOT – Over the past several years the staff at the Roosevelt Park Zoo has been treating the 21-year-old male giraffe, Mashama, for pain issues related to his front legs.  Working with giraffe veterinary experts within the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), x-rays showed a variety of age-related issues…
September 9, 2022

Abatement Denied, Fairness Questioned

Council Votes to Deny Abatement Request lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – A request for a tax abatement was denied by the Minot city council and fairness was questioned. The Minot city council voted Tuesday to deny a tax refund or abatement requested by HL Development, LLC for two vacant lots located near…
September 9, 2022

Home Sweet Home and Beyond

Council Votes RFP for Home Sweet Home lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Questions about properties were raised as the council made decisions on how to deal with Home Sweet Home. The Minot city council voted Tuesday to set up a Request For Proposal for the disposal of a property where the building…
September 8, 2022

Rice Pleads Not Guilty

ND woman pleads not guilty to killing roommate in 2007 MINOT (AP) — A woman accused of fatally stabbing her roommate 15 years ago in Minot pleaded not guilty Thursday after a judge determined there was sufficient evidence to send her to trial on felony murder.Nichole Rice, 34, appeared in…
September 8, 2022

Three Workers Recovering from Oil Explosion Burns

Three burned workers recovering from ND oil rig explosion, fire STANLEY, N.D. (AP) — Federal, state and local investigators in northwest North Dakota are looking into the cause of an oil rig explosion and fire that sent three workers to the hospital.The crew members were taken to a burn center…
September 7, 2022

Council Votes to Repeal Ban on Pit Bulls

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – The Minot City Council voted Tuesday on the first reading of repealing the ban on Pit Bulls. The motion was presented by Councilwoman Carrie Evans to repeal ordinance 7-34, regulation of Pit Bulls, which prohibits residents from owning animals that are predominantly of breeds known as Pit…
September 7, 2022

New Foreman for Beaver Dam Construction

Meet MSU's Athletic Director School is back in session at Minot State, which means fall athletics is in full effect. MSU Football and MSU Soccer are slated to kick off their 2022 seasons at Herb Parker Stadium on the brand new First Western Bank and Trust turf field. New turf…
September 7, 2022

What’s With All The Wallering? 

Facts of Law  In the Appalachian Mountains, where I grew up, to “waller” meant to lay around lazily and do nothing, like a pig in the mud. It’s a slang term for “wallow,” with a Southern twang.  In North Dakota, “Waller” has taken a whole new meaning. The U.S. Supreme…
September 7, 2022

Commissioners Frustrated

Weed Problems Continue lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Weeds appear to plague parts of Minot as commissioners of Ward County discussed Tuesday how to deal with a property that is within city limits but not part of the city. An abandoned, weed-filled property just south of Erik Ramstad Middle School has caused…
September 6, 2022

An Evening of Fun 

Outdoors Festival Marks 15th Year  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT -- Festivals are all about fun, and this one never disappoints.  The Outdoor Youth Festival was held last week at the Conservation and Skills Park on the State Fairgrounds. It marked the fifteenth year for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department sponsored event.…
September 6, 2022

The Brittney Griner Case

A Former Captive’s Opinion  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Among all the opinions of the Brittney Griner case, a former captive recently shared his at a conference in Minot.  Minot Women Connect hosted an event with keynote speaker Sam Goodwin, an American entrepreneur and advocate for political hostages who was held captive…
September 5, 2022

Close But Not Close Enough 

MSU Football Drops Opener  MINOT -- Despite falling 24-10 to Winona State, Minot State has clearly elevated the talent level of their football team.  Minot State was flying around the field and smashing away on Winona players at MSU’s Herb Parker Stadium this past Saturday.   Bigby and Cayko just…
September 4, 2022

Terrific explosion revisited…

 Upside Down Under  Marvin.baker@mydakotan.com  Some locals in the Carpio area still talk about an explosion on a nearby farm that happened 100 years ago on Aug. 31.  This was no ordinary explosion like you would think. It wasn’t gasoline and it wasn’t spontaneous combustion. This bomb went boom when 500…
September 4, 2022

Walleye Series State Championship

Father/Son Claim AIM State Title  HAZEN – Winning is great. Winning with your son as a partner is even better.  Ross Grothe and his son Roger, 12, both Baldwin, won the AIM Weekend Walleye Series North Dakota championship held here August 26-27. The father/son duo built a sizeable day one…
September 4, 2022

Different Parenting Techniques 

MINOT – There are many opinions on the best way to raise children, and one center shared its opinions, saying they are science-based. Holly Arnold, extension parent educator for the Parent Family Resource Center, said the center is a grant and research extension funded program, extension meaning federal dollars that…
September 3, 2022

Minot Interest Rates 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – With inflation and all that comes with it, a Minot banker says interest rates are back to normal, saying they have risen from historically low rates. Brock DesLauriers, president of First International Bank and Trust, gave his perspective on interest rates now compared to the past, saying…
September 2, 2022

Alleged Attacker in Court

 Defendant Faces Myriad of Charges  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – When each of five charges were read to the defendant the response was the same, a loud and firm “not guilty.”  Karleon Gregory, 24, Minot, had a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Gary Lee in North-Central District Court Thursday. The charges…
September 1, 2022

Former Political Prisoner Speaks in Minot

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Prison is a dark and uncertain place to be for those who don’t deserve it, according to former political prisoner Sam Goodwin, who spoke in Minot Wednesday. Minot Women Connect hosted Goodwin at the Grand Hotel, where he spoke to a large crowd about his experience of…
August 31, 2022

Trial Set for Accused Killer 

Mother Allegedly Shot Father  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT -- “The murder of one parent by another is the ultimate act of child abuse,” Judge Gary Lee told an accused killer and her attorney during a pretrial conference in a North-Central District courtroom Wednesday.  The accused was Heather Hoffman, 24, Minot. Moments earlier…
August 31, 2022

Serious Injury Crash Near Minot

Ward County Injury crash – US #83, 4 miles south of Minot What: Serious injury crash  Where: 4 miles south of Minot, ND on US #83 When: 8-30-22   2:00 PM Road Conditions: Good clear driving conditions Weather Conditions: Sunny Type of Crash: One vehicle rollover Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway…
August 30, 2022

Four Dead in Wheat Field

Possible murder-suicide  LEEDS – Four men were found dead of gunshot wounds in a nearby wheat field Monday evening, according to a press release issued by the Towner County Sheriff’s Office.  The release said evidence from the scene indicated the incident was a murder-suicide and that there is no known…
August 30, 2022

Minot Rescues Helping Animals

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Several shelters and rescues in Minot are helping animals find a safe place to live. The Dakotan contacted these rescues which include Animal Empowerment League, For Belle’s Sake Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc, Prairie to Peaks Animals Assistance Foundation, and Hairball Haven. Souris Valley Animal Shelter Executive Director…
August 30, 2022

Beware of Bad Beetles

Trapping Invasive Species  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT – Keeping beetles at bay is one of the reasons for various traps designed to capture the sometimes unwelcome bugs. Three different beetle traps have been in use in the City of Minot this summer.  According to Guy Hanley, Minot Parks entomologist, the black, funnel-type…
August 29, 2022

Paris on the Prairie

Upside Down Under Marvin.baker@mydakotan.com A woman with four young children stopped by the farmers’ market last week and she said they had just moved to North Dakota from Louisiana. “From hurricanes to blizzards,” she said. But she seemed happy to be in Minot and her kids were relaxed and appeared…
August 28, 2022

A Tale of a Big Fish

Outdoors with Kim  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com What follows, dear reader, is a tale of a big fish.  This story would go unpublished were it not for the urging of fellow workers. Okay, one fellow worker who threatened to have one or more writers interview me for what he perceived as story of…
August 28, 2022

Fear Free for Animals in Need

Making a Difference Lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Animals can be hard to work with, but Souris Valley Animal Shelter seems to have found a way to help several animals in the Minot area. SVAS’s executive director Shelbi Waters, from Enid, Oklahoma, said when she moved to Minot near the end of…
August 27, 2022

Minot Man Killed

FATAL ROLLOVER CRASH NEAR WATFORD CITY   What: Fatal Single Vehicle Rollover Crash   Where: McKenzie County, 28th St., 5 miles east of Watford City   When: 6:00 AM Central Time   Road Conditions: Dry, gravel road, good summer driving condition Weather Conditions: Mostly clear sky, 59 degrees, 5 mph winds…
August 26, 2022

Minot's Newest Trail

Phase One of Fun Lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Trails can be a nice way to get both exercise and fresh air, and Minot seems to be growing in its number of them.  The Minot Park District recently finished Phase One of a new trail, called the Outdoor Recreational Trail, west of…
August 26, 2022

Prison for Murder Assistant

Whitney Racine Sentenced in Emotional Courtroom MINOT – Whitney Racine, 35, Minot, was sentenced to 18 months in the State Penitentiary during an appearance in a Minot courtroom Friday, August 26.   Racine was arrested and charged with Facilitation of Murder-Extreme Indifference-Adult victim, on February 25, 2022. The charge is a…
August 26, 2022

Counties to Meet Less

When to Meet  Lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – As days can get busy, one conference decided to cut back on its number of meetings per year.  Members of the Elmer Jesme conference, a quorum of county representatives in North Dakota, voted Tuesday in the Ward County Administration building to meet twice a…
August 26, 2022

Just Can’t Mow Those Weeds

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com    MINOT – What should the county do about a property within city limits that isn’t part of the city? Ward County commissioners set out to look at the property Tuesday, after receiving multiple complaints from Minot city resident Travis Johnson. Johnson lives next door to a property of a…
August 25, 2022

Sawyer Multi-Vehicle Crash

Multi-Vehicle Crash – Hwy 52 – Sawyer  NARRATIVE:   At approximately 7:59 a.m. Thursday, August 25, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a multivehicle crash on Hwy 52, approximately one mile southeast of Sawyer. The crash involved four commercial motor vehicles and eight passenger vehicles. Heavy fog at the…
August 25, 2022

Train Victim Identified

MINOT – Terrance Ferdinand, 68, Foxholm, has been identified by the Ward County Sheriff’s Department as the man killed when struck by a train during the early morning hours of August 24.   The accident occurred in Foxholm on the Canadian Pacific Railway line and was not at a crossing. 
August 25, 2022

Minot Man Seeks State Office

Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com   Charles Tuttle Seeks Secretary of State Post BISMARCK – A Minot man who carries the title of a government watchdog, has submitted petitions in the capital for the purpose of getting his name on the November general election ballot for the office of Secretary of State.  Charles Tuttle says…
August 25, 2022

Hoeven Slams Biden Administration

News Release: HOEVEN STATEMENT ON BIDEN STUDENT DEBT CANCELLATION   GRAND FORKS – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Biden announced his plan to cancel student debt.    “The Democrats’ reckless spending has caused record-high inflation, and now the Biden administration wants to spend billions more…
August 24, 2022

State Tax Relief Proposed

Burgum pushes to eliminate income taxes for lower earners  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday proposed eliminating state income taxes for lower-earning North Dakotans while shrinking them for higher earners to a small flat tax, which he said would save taxpayers about $250…
August 24, 2022

Choosing Private or Public School

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Discussions of parental rights as well as public school versus private seem to be growing in this present time. Two Minot men expressed their opinions on why parents are increasingly switching the enrollment of their kids from public to private Christian schools. Bishop Ryan High School’s Father…
August 24, 2022

Cramer Bashes Biden "Stunt"

Sen. Cramer Statement on Biden’s Student Debt Cancelation Announcement  FARGO – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced the cancelation of up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower and up to $20,000 of debt for some borrowers who previously received a Pell grant.…
August 24, 2022

High Profile Court Cases

Court Appearances  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Two men involved in high profile courts cases appeared before North-Central District Court Judge Todd Cresap Wednesday.   Mathew Anderson, charged with Murder-Extreme Indifference, a AA felony that is the highest level of charge possible in North Dakota, sat in his Ward County Jail black and…
August 24, 2022

A Chance to Heal

MINOT — Trinity Health will host an infant memorial service for families who have experienced the loss of an infant on Thursday, September 15, at 1 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery. The event is open to the community. A chaplain from Trinity Health’s Pastoral Care Department will give a non-denominational blessing…
August 24, 2022

New High School Construction

Work Underway at Minot North  MINOT – Construction has begun on what will become this city’s newest high school – Minot North.  Dirt work is underway at the location of the former Cognizant building in the northwest part of the city. The building and grounds, valued at $10 million, were…
August 23, 2022

MSU Underway

Welcoming the Students  MINOT – Both freshmen and other students were warmly welcomed at Minot State University’s Welcome Week, beginning with the convocation Monday.  Courtenay Brekhus, assistant director of the Wellness Center, said Welcome Week is meant to welcome the new students as well as returning students.  “I think we…
August 22, 2022

Minot Hosts Syrian Captive

Captive in Syria: Minot Women Connect Welcomes International Speaker   Minot -- On August 31, Sam Goodwin, an American entrepreneur will be at the Grand Hotel sharing his story of resilience after being wrongfully detained on false charges of espionage in Syria. He endured more than nine weeks of imprisonment,…
August 22, 2022

Suicide Prevention Walk

Minot Out of the Darkness Walk September 18, 2022  Today, support for mental health is needed more than ever and we are asking you to join us in the fight to stop suicide. With your help, the AFSP North Dakota Chapter will be able to maximize our mission impact in…
August 22, 2022

Wilderness Wonderment

Fly-in Fishing  POINTS NORTH, SASKATCHEWAN -- Three river otters playfully bobbed up and down in the water, watching our boat as we maneuvered down a shoreline in their direction. It was an accidental meeting. We were as surprised as they were, but a bigger surprise awaited.  An adult bald eagle…
August 21, 2022

Stop Sign Changes

More Stop Sign Changes for Minot  MINOT – Four-ways, two-ways, all-ways, runways. It can get confusing at times. More stop signs for Main Street and downtown Minot are in order.  The Minot City Council voted Monday to change three downtown intersections from two-way stop controls to all-way stop controls.  The…
August 20, 2022

Workin' Out for Dollars

Bishop Ryan Awarded for Workout Efforts MINOT – High school athletes work hard every day during the school year to stay fit and healthy for their games. However, during the summer it can get hard to keep up that routine. That’s why Bravera Bank teamed up with Minot sports broadcaster…
August 19, 2022

Badlands Body Dumping Ground

WATFORD CITY – What was found remains a mystery, but there were several agencies involved. Numerous law enforcement vehicles converged Wednesday on Badlands terrain adjacent to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  “It’s kind of a hotspot for suicide and body dumping,” said Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase, Whiteshield.  The…
August 19, 2022

More Police Wanted

  MINOT – As there seems to be a staffing shortage in many occupations, it also appears to be affecting the Minot Police Department, making it difficult for them to protect every unsafe area in Minot.  This problem was manifested at the Minot City Council meeting Monday, where city resident…
August 19, 2022

Veteran Leads the Pledge

MINOT – With the controversy of the Pledge of Allegiance and whether it should be recited, one man took to the podium with confidence to say it.  At the Minot City Council meeting Monday, Paul Stroklund, a retired 30-year active duty and combat veteran with the Army and Army National…
August 18, 2022

Search Warrant in Term Limits Tussle

MINOT – A search warrant was executed this week at the home of Charles Tuttle, an advocate for the North Dakota Term Limits Committee and general watchdog over agencies and officials of state government. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the search of Tuttle’s Minot residence.  “They did a Mar-a-Lago…
August 18, 2022

Fishing and High Prices

MINOT – This has been the summer of increased prices across the board, especially gasoline that approached $5 per gallon for a time. When it comes to fishing trips, the question all anglers wrestle with is, how much is too much? It doesn’t help that boats are notoriously bad for…
August 14, 2022

A Kid’s Best Friend: Bugs

MINOT — Bugs can be a very interesting study for people of all ages, but kids seem to find them fascinating. The Magic City Discovery Center wrapped up its last outreach educational program for the summer with its Bug Camp at the Minot Municipal Auditorium Monday through Thursday for kids…
August 12, 2022

Oddball on the Prairie

VELVA – Rate it a 10 for interesting and unique, and it buries the needle on the “what the heck is it doing out here” meter.   The David Thompson Monument might just be the most fascinating object in the state, not just for its stunning appearance, but also for its…
August 12, 2022

Free Pool Day Rescheduled

MINOT – A big event put on by local credit unions has been pushed back. Credit Union’s United Chapter had planned a pool party for Thursday, August 11 free for the public at Roosevelt Park Pool that has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 16, due to the weather. Credit…
August 11, 2022

Ask Me Anything on Minot Budget

MINOT -- City Manager Harold Stewart is hosting a series of online Ask Me Anything meetings to answer questions and provide information about the proposed 2023 city budget. Two more meetings will be held on the City of Minot’s social media platforms and YouTube channel. The online meetings are scheduled…
August 11, 2022

The Tried and True Secret to Thriving Where You Are

Today, I’m going to tell you a secret. To understand the secret, you’ll need to know the question I’m asked most often: Why, Minot? As in, “Why do you insist on liking Minot so much?” I get this question all the time. Until the moment my husband told me he’d…
August 11, 2022

Fill the Bus, Bring the Smile

MINOT – With school time quickly approaching, school supplies will be necessary for kids of all ages. That’s why Sunrise Rotary Club in Minot hosted its annual Fill the Bus event Wednesday to collect school supplies for children this year. Several organizations put the event on with Town and Country…
August 10, 2022

Free Zoo Day for Seniors

MINOT —Minot area seniors are invited to enjoy a free day at the zoo as Trinity Health, the Minot Commission on Aging and Roosevelt Park Zoo present “Senior Safari” Thursday, August 25, at the zoo. “Senior Safari” features free zoo admission for people 60 years of age and older. A…
August 10, 2022

Celebrating Independence

Minot – Independence seemed worth celebrating at a picnic in Minot recently. The picnic was put on by the service agency Independence Inc. and set up in its building’s parking lot Tuesday. Scott Burlingame, executive director of Independence Inc., said this is the 11th annual picnic that is a get…
August 9, 2022

Last Minot Taxi Service to Close

MINOT – Minot’s only taxicab service, Central Cab Company, announced Thursday on its Facebook page it will be permanently closing August 14 at 4 p.m. The post said lack of business is not the reason for its closure, and that providing a list of the reasons may end up getting…
August 8, 2022

Talking Outdoors with NDGF Director

MINOT – Jeb Williams was appointed director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department by Governor Doug Burgum on August 24, 2021. He previously served as NDGF Wildlife Division chief.  Williams visited with The Dakotan during a recent visit to the Conservation and Skills Park at the State Fair. …
August 7, 2022

Providing Independence

  MINOT – “Remove barriers and achieve dreams” is the goal of Minot’s service agency Independence Incorporated.  Scott Burlingame, executive director, said Independence Inc. is an 11-county service organization, serving northwest North Dakota for anyone with physical disabilities, learning or cognitive disabilities, mental health issues, vision issues, and blindness.  There…
August 6, 2022

Wrapping Up The Art

  MINOT – Creativity, art, and fun filled Minot this summer with the annual Arts in the Parks hosted by the Minot Area Council of the Arts.  Thursday marked the program’s final event for the summer with performances by Johnny SPUD and Soulshine, along with food trucks, art vendors, bounce…
August 5, 2022

Anglers Encouraged to Keep Deep Water Fish

North Dakota Game and Fish Department release:  North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release.  Dave Fryda, Missouri River System supervisor, said given the exceptional Lake Sakakawea walleye fishing this summer, enticing many…
August 5, 2022

Lord's Cupboard Garden -- Volunteers and Tears

VELVA – A great harvest for an even greater cause – feeding those in need in Minot and Ward County.  Produce harvested from raised gardens north of here is distributed five days a week at the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Minot. Dedicated volunteers planted the vegetables, maintained the gardens…
August 4, 2022

Local Hero Honored

MINOT – Not all heroes wear capes, and no hero truly takes a vacation. Such was the case for Scott Allen, fireman from the Minot Fire Department, who, according to the City of Minot, took a vacation in California early July with nine others from his family. As he and…
August 4, 2022

There's Nothing in North Dakota

MINOT— “I just know by the time we find a good place, the boys are going to be cranky and it’s going to be a disaster.” This was my lament last Sunday, as I wove our car up and down country roads, scanning the horizon for highlighter-yellow fields. I grumbled…
August 4, 2022

Books in the Summer

MINOT – While summer can be a great time to go outside and enjoy the warm weather while it’s here, many kids in Minot have enjoyed listening to and reading books during the hot days.  The Minot Public Library finished its last story time for the summer for young children…
August 3, 2022

Enjoying Game Warden Work

MINOT – One of the people helping youngsters on the fishing pier during the recent run of the North Dakota State Fair was Clayton Edstrom of Killdeer.   Edstrom was wearing his North Dakota Game and Fish Department uniform, smiling, and assisting young fishermen bait a hook and unhook fish caught.…
August 3, 2022

No Place for Kids

MINOT – Ward County Commissioners heard Tuesday that there is no place for children in need of shelter care as of Monday when the Department of Human Services’ new administrative rule went into effect, which requires youth in need of services be separated from youth with criminal charges.  The county…
August 2, 2022

Minot Tax Increase Proposed

By Lydia Hoverson  MINOT – Taxes may increase due to the Minot City Council’s Monday decision to give preliminary approval to the City Manager’s 2023 recommended budget.  City Manager Harold Stewart said the good news is property owners can sell their property for more than last year, seeing that the…
August 2, 2022

A Local National Night Out

The Minot Police Department announces this year’s National Night Out. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Park.   Joining us will be area Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies, as well as other area first responders showcasing their…
August 1, 2022

Fair Attendance Increase

Attendance was up at the recent North Dakota State Fair. The final number of people through the gate, as supplied by NDSF, was 314,271. 310,685 people attended the 2021 State Fair. This year's fair ran July 22-30. North Dakota State Fair attendance since 2008:  2022 – 314,271 (+3,586) 2021 -- 310,685  …
August 1, 2022

Pronghorn Apps Due, Seasons Set

Pronghorn Applications Due Aug. 3  The deadline to apply for the 2022 pronghorn hunting season is Aug. 3. Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The pronghorn license fee is $30 for 16 and older, and $10 for under 16. Applicants must be at…
August 1, 2022

Chillin' at the Fair

 MINOT – Behind the scenes at the North Dakota State Fair is a man ready to keep the drinks cool and the temperature bearable.  Randy Gravelle, owner of Absolute Ice of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, wakes up early in the morning during the nine days of the fair to deliver ice…
July 30, 2022

Volunteer Rewards

MINOT – When asked why he volunteered to help, his answer was brief and to the point. “It’s the way it should be,” said Bill Schaller, Killdeer. Nearby dozens of people, young and old, were fishing off the large pier at the Conservation and Skills Park at the North Dakota…
July 29, 2022

Utgaard recipient of Rough Rider Award  

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the late Dr. Merton Utgaard, award-winning musician, educator, and founder and long-time director of the International Music Camp, as the 47th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens.  Utgaard founded the…
July 29, 2022

Knutson Murder Case Delayed

MINOT – The lengthening murder saga of a Minot State University freshman has been extended once again.  Nichole Rice, Velva, was arrested in March of this year, charged with the 2007 murder of roommate Anita Knutson. Rice was scheduled to make a preliminary hearing August 4 in front of North-Central…
July 29, 2022

Railway Avenue Closure

Minot -– Railway Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 4th Street NE to 27th Street NE starting August 2.   Through traffic on Railway Avenue will be detoured south to Burdick Expressway, while local traffic will utilize 6th Avenue NE to access residential neighborhoods north of Railway Avenue.    The…
July 29, 2022

Fire Starter

MINOT – Almost anyone who lived before modern heating technology was invented had to not only find efficient ways to keep warm, but unique ways to create that heat. Zander Sours, Fargo, has learned several of those unique methods. Sours demonstrated his expertise at the North Dakota State Fair, with…
July 29, 2022

Process Questioned

MINOT – With the appointment of a new alderman to the Minot City Council came mixed feelings from others who ran, not because of the appointee himself, but about the process that was used to appoint him. After former legislator Roscoe Streyle was appointed to temporarily fill the vacant alderman…
July 28, 2022

Headed to the Hall

MINOT – The Minot State Athletic Hall of Fame is set to grow with the addition of four new inductees.  Minot State Athletics and the Beaver Booster Club are pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 which includes two-sport star student-athlete Jen Dixon, softball and volleyball, former…
July 28, 2022

Vast Quantity of Fentanyl

MINOT – Police say the value of Fentanyl and marijuana that resulted in felony charges against Ryan Rattler, 30, Flushing, Michigan, totaled more than three quarters of a million dollars. Rattler appeared in District Court here Thursday for a preliminary hearing and arraignment on two felony charges.  It was on…
July 28, 2022

Now There's Some Healthy Goats

MINOT – Horses and cows and goats, oh my! Young people from all over the state brought many different 4-H animals to show at the North Dakota State Fair. Granville man Will Bachmeier, 17, showed nine goats that were so healthy they all won the overall championships for their divisions.…
July 28, 2022

Daryl's Racing Pigs IYKYK

 MINOT -- IYKYK. Have you seen this cluster of letters floating through the expanse of social media feeds and stories? Total transparency: The first time I saw it I googled it. To save you the trouble, I’ll just tell you what it means. “If you know, you know.” IYKYK.  I’ve…
July 28, 2022

The Old-Fashioned Way

MINOT – Whether it's rawhide, cottonwood, or choke cherry trees, Jeremy Duckwitz, Moffit, can make almost anything a person needs to survive in the woods with no modern technology.  Surrounding his tent at the North Dakota State Fair is Duckwitz’s many crafts, tools, instruments, and even a canoe that he…
July 27, 2022

MSU Baseball Coach Resigns

MINOT – Scott Eul, Minot State University head baseball coach, has resigned.   Minot State Director of Athletics Kevin Forde has announced that Eul is resigning to take over as the head coach for the University of Missouri-St. Louis Titans.   “Coach Eul has built an incredible tradition of success for the…
July 27, 2022

Free Fair Fun

MINOT – It is a chance to be entertained, learn, participate -- all for free at the North Dakota State Fair. “There’s fishing, archery, hunter education, a pellet gun range, Fur Takers exhibit, visit with a Game and Fish biologist. A lot of great things to do,” said Greg Gullickson,…
July 27, 2022

State Fair Parade

MINOT – The North Dakota State Fair began a nine-day run at the State Fairgrounds in Minot Friday, June 22. The opening night concert featuring Kid Rock was delayed, and then canceled due to a threat of adverse weather, sending a disappointed sold-out crowd of 18,000 to the exits. Although…
July 23, 2022

MSU Turf for Sale

MINOT – The new turf is hitting the ground at Herb Parker Stadium and will be ready for action when the Minot State football and soccer teams kick off their seasons in early September.  The project began Monday with the removal of the old turf and now Beaver fans can…
July 22, 2022

Normal Weather for North Dakota, Not U.S.

MINOT – Hot weather of recent days in the Minot region, and across North Dakota, may give way to a more normal range of temperatures in the weeks ahead. Of course, normal weather in this state covers a wide range of possibilities.  Nevertheless, in their latest three-month weather outlook, the…
July 21, 2022

Fair Ready for Action

  MINOT – Whether its food, rides, indoor or outdoor displays, all seemed ready Thursday, or at least almost so, for the North Dakota State Fair.  On the food side, Old Tyme Kettle Korn and Hansen’s Festival Concessions were almost ready to sell after many days of setting up.  “We…
July 21, 2022

Meet the New MSU AD

MINOT -- He’s a native North Dakotan who has arrived on the campus of Minot State University with an ambition to “raise all levels of success.” Kevin Forde was introduced Wednesday as the new athletic director, taking over the position vacated recently by Andy Carter.  MSU President Dr. Steven Shirley…
July 21, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Creative Kindness and Good Ideas

MINOT -- The van’s bright yellow exterior, accented by pastel, candy-colored sun rays immediately grabbed my attention. My children were more focused on the massive bubbles being blown in front of the Oak Park amphitheater. I followed, but kept side-eyeing that lovely van, wondering what sort of brilliant idea may…
July 21, 2022

Experts in the Field

MINOT – While some may find the topic of agriculture somewhat complicated, touring the very place where a lot of food originates provides hands-on information and education. North Central Research Extension Center hosted its annual Field Day, where people from all over the state came to tour its fields and…
July 20, 2022

Disappointed With City Council

You will rarely ever see a letter like this from me as I understand the challenges of public service more than most, but I feel it important to address.    Monday night, Minot City Council as a whole really disappointed me and many others.  Specifically, the leadership.    Last month they called…
July 20, 2022

Council Dismisses Funding Concerns

MINOT – The Minot City Council heard a response from the Souris Basin Planning Council Monday on allegations that were made at the prior meeting of conflicts of interest in MAGIC Fund dollars dispersed to local businesses.  A Minot citizen, Leif Snyder, raised concerns at an earlier council meeting over…
July 20, 2022

Not Enough Help

Catholic Charities’ Guardianship Program MINOT – Catholic Charities has served adults with intellectual disabilities for several years. The specific program that helps the community in this area, called guardianship, is headed by Brian Osvold, guardianship worker. Osvold explained that the program provides people to be a person’s court appointed guardian,…
July 16, 2022

Can't Make it Better

MINOT -- “Whatever I do is not going to make it better for anyone,” said Judge Gary Lee shortly before sentencing Eric Rod, Minot.   Rod appeared in a Ward County courtroom Friday in shackles, handcuffs, and wearing black and white striped prisoner clothing issued by the Ward County Jail. He…
July 15, 2022

Boy's Baseball Brings Big Money

MINOT — Merchants in Minot are preparing for a positive economic bump. This weekend a baseball tournament is projected to bring in half a million dollars for Minot businesses. The 2022 12U Cal Ripken State Tournament is scheduled for this weekend, July 14-17, where 12 teams of 12-year-old and under…
July 15, 2022

Food, Fun, and Cars

MINOT - Food, fun, and festivities were enjoyed by a number of families as parents took their kids to a place the kids may not think exciting under normal circumstances. Ryan Family Dealership in Minot hosted its Food Truck Festival on Thursday in the Ryan Nissan parking lot with music,…
July 14, 2022

A Passion for Pretzels

Dorothy Henke, founder of Dot’s Pretzels, shared her success story during a Start Up Minot event Thursday. The Velva entrepreneur recently sold her business to the snack company Hershey. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  By KIM FUNDINGSLAND  MINOT – She captured her audience as soon as she picked up the microphone.…
July 14, 2022

Catholic Charities: Adults Adopting Special Kids

Minot – Catholic Charities North Dakota serves the community in the foster care system by providing home studies and other resources. Micaela Haider, an adoption specialist and social worker for Adults Adopt Special Kids (AASK), said this program is specifically for children in foster care who are legally freed for…
July 9, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: The Community Pool

We could see the glimmer of sunshine on water before we heard the splashing or smelled the sunscreen. My husband, Derek, and I pedaled our tandem bicycle up to the bleachers near the pool and climbed off. On the other side of the chain link fence teenage boys were lined…
July 7, 2022

Bill Gates and China Concerns

MINOT – Concerns were raised to North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring over billionaire Bill Gates and a China-based company buying farmland in North Dakota. At the Golden K Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday, Clayton Guffey, president of the Minot Kiwanis Club and Richard Sabol, club member, raised concerns over Fufeng…
July 6, 2022

4th Ends with a Bang

MINOT - After many residents in Minot spent a full day celebrating their country with food and festivities, the North Dakota State Fairgrounds offered them a show of bright fireworks Monday night. The fireworks started late in the night after the Nodak Speedway races, with hundreds of cars parked around…
July 5, 2022

Catholic Charities: International Adoption and Parenting Services

MINOT — Catholic Charities North Dakota has provided numerous services for almost a century, for people in all stages of life, from birth to old age. The international adoption service, as well as the parenting and counseling services, are just two of the many programs it provides. Kristie Urness, head…
July 2, 2022

PD Fireworks Message

Police Department Fireworks Message With the Independence Day holiday fast approaching, the Minot Police Department reminds residents and visitors to the Magic City that possession or use of fireworks is prohibited in city limits under Minot Code of Ordinances 13-41. The penalty for violation of this ordinance is $150. Often…
June 30, 2022

New Mayor Sworn in, Council to Fill Vacancy

Minot — Mayor Tom Ross of Minot was sworn into office Tuesday, and the Minot City Council voted unanimously to temporarily fill his now vacant alderman seat at the July 18 council meeting. They also voted to add that position to the November ballot for the public to elect a…
June 29, 2022

Smoothing Your Life with Blissful Bee

MINOT — Bring the whole family to both enjoy and be nourished with smoothies from a brand-new shop in the Ask Fitness building in Minot. Anna Schneider, owner of the Blissful Bee Smoothie Company, a smoothie truck and new smoothie shop, says her unique smoothies are filled with nutrition. Now…
June 28, 2022

Automatic Recount Out in District 3

MINOT — Every vote cast in an election counts. When it comes to election recounts, even fractions count. That's what the Ward Counting Canvassing Board discovered Monday when they met to certify the results of the June 14 primary election. The closest race, and the one that has received a…
June 27, 2022

Making a Difference: Minot Area Community Foundation

MINOT — Matching donors to the charity they’re passionate about has been a part of the Minot Area Community Foundation’s mission for the past 24 years. Jason Zimmerman, president, described the organization as mostly an endowment system. “It was a group of community leaders that wanted to create an opportunity…
June 25, 2022

TMS Offers Hope to Patients with Persistent Depression, OCD

MINOT — Behavioral Health Services is launching an effort to increase awareness among healthcare providers and the public about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is an FDA-approved, noninvasive, nonpharmacological treatment for people with major depression -- and now obsessive-compulsive disorder -- who’ve been unable to attain relief from antidepressants or…
June 24, 2022

Dead Dogs in Court

MINOT — Two persons implicated in the deaths of two dogs and the near starvation of three others, made their initial appearance in North Central District Court this week. Kayelynn Mercier, 20, and Jim Diaz, 21, both Minot Air Force Base, are each facing five counts of Animal Cruelty, Class…
June 24, 2022

Roosevelt Park Pool Hosts World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Minot, — The Minot Park District in partnership with the Minot Swim Club will be taking part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson this Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. hosted at the Roosevelt Park Pool.  The annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson event, coordinated by the World Waterpark Association, brings…
June 23, 2022

Fake Bomb Disaster at Minot Airport

MINOT — Fake bomb, fake smoke, fake victims. The Minot International Airport put on a simulation of a bomb threat for the purpose of training first responders Wednesday. This full-scale emergency exercise is required every few years by the FAA. Volunteers of all ages pretended to be victims of a…
June 22, 2022

MSU Raises Juneteenth Flag

MINOT — Minot State University's Diversity Council hosted a celebration of Juneteenth Monday afternoon with a speech and the raising of its flag. Though the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in January 1863, Juneteenth celebrates when the federal government took control of Galveston, Texas, to ensure the slaves' freedom, on…
June 20, 2022

Minot Vistas Bounce back, Defeat Moorhead 4-3

Minot — After going 1-3 in their last four games the Minot Vistas welcomed the Moorhead Blues to Corbett Field Saturday. The Vistas opened the scoring right away in the bottom of the 1st as a leadoff single by Morgan Nygaard and a walk by Kellan Burke set up the…
June 19, 2022

Making a Difference: Disabled American Veterans

MINOT — If a veteran has any disability relating to their service in the military, there is a national organization called Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) which will help those who have served the nation by providing a place where they can socialize with other disabled veterans, and it aids in…
June 18, 2022

Minot's Changing Council

MINOT — A new mayor is about to move from one seat to another, leaving a vacancy on Minot’s City Council. Alderman Tom Ross emerged the winner in a three-way race for mayor in the recent election, garnering 1,978 votes. Fellow challenger Miranda Schuler finished second with 1,357 votes, and…
June 18, 2022

Minot Vistas Struggle Offensively, Fall to Fargo Post #2

MINOT — The Minot Vistas had their fair share of struggles as they fell to Fargo Post #2 2-0 Wednesday night at Corbett Field. Fargo’s 2 runs came in the 3rd inning on a string of three consecutive 2-out hits after a Vistas error. Fargo's starting pitcher Elias Harris was…
June 16, 2022

MSU Summer Theatre prepares for Season 57

MINOT — While rehearsals for Summer Theatre’s 57th season are held inside, construction on the amphitheater north of campus is wrapping up. “We are extremely thankful to be able to use the Arvel Graving Theatre at Magic City Campus and Ann Nicole Nelson Hall here at MSU while our primary…
June 15, 2022

Minot Election Results

MINOT — The biggest upset of the night was Alderman Tom Ross beating out his opponents Miranda Schuler and Incumbent Shaun Sipma to be the next mayor of Minot. "Now the work begins. We've got exciting times ahead of us. We're going to get people engaged," Ross said. Minot's City…
June 15, 2022

Primary Election Underway

MINOT — Poll workers are saying this year's Primary Election is taking in a steady number of voters. Bonnie Domsteen, inspector for the North Dakota State Fair Center polls, said that nothing seems to be different this year as opposed to any other year since 2016, when she first started…
June 14, 2022

County Approves Property Funds for Youthworks

MINOT — Ward County Commissioners approved using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to allow the short-term care and assessment center Youthworks to buy property for its youth to live in. On Monday, Emily Yanish, program manager for Youthworks, told the commissioners that the center has two plans of…
June 13, 2022

Dog Agility Tested

MINOT — Proud dog trainers from every corner of the state tested their pet's abilities and speed in the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch's horse barn Friday through Sunday. Agility Action in Minot, affiliated with the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), put on the trial for dogs of all…
June 11, 2022

Making a Difference: Minot Elks Lodge

MINOT — Helping people in the community has been a part of the Minot Elks Lodge’s mission for more than a century – veterans, military families, children, and more. Carolyn Bodell, secretary at Elks Lodge, said it has run in her family, as her husband, father, brother, and herself have…
June 11, 2022

Hospital Threats Lead to 13 Charges

MINOT — He told Minot Police it was his strange sense of humor. Nobody was laughing. David Wierenga, 36, Minot, is the man police say is the person responsible for a lockdown at one of Minot’s largest and most recognizable facilities – Trinity Hospital. According to police, Wierenga attempted to…
June 9, 2022

Sabre Dogs Continue Winning Ways, Blank Pierre 7-0

MINOT — The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs extended their winning streak to 6 as they shutout Pierre for the second time this season 7-0. The Sabre Dogs got off to a slow start offensively as they were sat down in order in the 1st inning. The Dogs didn’t wait long…
June 9, 2022

Sabre Dogs Extend Win Streak to 5, Defeat Pierre 5-2

MINOT — Souris Valley Sabre Dogs continued their hot start to the season with a 5-2 over the Pierre Trappers on Tuesday. The Sabre Dogs offense had another fast start as they put together a 3-run first inning with a double from Hunter Delanoy and a single from Cody Muncy.…
June 8, 2022

Minot International Airport Prepares for Emergency Exercise

MINOT — The Minot International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise on June 22 from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exercise will be held in conjunction with a number of local agencies, including the Minot Police Department, Minot Fire Department, City of Minot Public Works Department, Trinity…
June 8, 2022

Heated Dispute at City Council

MINOT — Discussion at the Minot City Council became tense as motions were made relating to changing the bylaws for Visit Minot on Monday. The change would allow for 8 out of the 9 Visit Minot board members being elected by the board, as opposed to the previous process in…
June 7, 2022

Abilities Showcased in Miss Amazing Event

MINOT — Anne Nicole Nelson Hall was full of glitz and glamour Sunday afternoon as women and girls took to the stage. Similar to Miss America, Miss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities across North Dakota to build self-esteem and celebrates what they can do rather than…
June 6, 2022

Upside Down Under: Thank you Minot Air Force Base...

Two weeks ago I was out in the field planting, or rather mudding in, transplants. As I was doing that a helicopter from Minot Air Force Base circled overhead numerous times before darting off to the east toward Minot AFB. It got me to thinking about the numerous people stationed…
June 5, 2022

Making a Difference: The Minot Family YMCA

MINOT — The Minot Family Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has been serving the community for almost 80 years. Tia Huber, director of program services, explained what the YMCA currently does. “The YMCA is a non-profit here in the Minot community,” said Huber. “And we focus on three different areas.…
June 4, 2022

Sabre Dogs Return Home, Blanks Pierre 14-0

MINOT — The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs returned home after a brief two game road trip to Grand Forks as the Sabre Dogs Shutout Pierre 14-0 in 7 innings on Friday. The Dogs offense started right where they left off as three doubles drove in three of the four first…
June 4, 2022

ORCS Standout Hendrickson Signs with Minot State

MINOT — Our Redeemer’s Christian School triple sport standout Zachary Hendrickson signed a National Letter of Intent to Minot State University on Friday. Hendrickson was joined by his parents as he signed on with MSU’s Golf program. Hendrickson is coming off a 3rd place finish with a total score of…
June 3, 2022

Handle of Harm

MINOT — Reaching for the nozzle of a gasoline pump these days is causing a lot of harm to people’s driving habits and budgets. The price of gasoline has doubled in the past year. Worse, there are no indicators that the unprecedented increase won’t continue in the months ahead. Gasoline…
June 3, 2022

Dream Catchers Kickoff 2022 Season

MINOT — Another baseball season has arrived in the Magic City, as the Dream Catchers got underway Thursday evening. Dream Catchers Baseball is a non-profit organization that provides children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in the Minot area to play baseball at a pace suitable for their abilities.…
June 3, 2022

St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation Awards Scholarships

Gives $16,900 to Minot State University Students MINOT — St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation (SJCHF) is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients  of nine scholarships totaling $16,900.  Each year SJCHF awards scholarships to Minot State University (MSU) students in the fields of Nursing, Communication Disorders and Social Work.  Students are…
June 1, 2022

Zoo Hours Change for Summer

MINOT — Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot has switched to summer hours starting today. Andrea Tronson, public program manager, said the hours are now 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Summer activities scheduled are the “Wild About Safety” event for everyone on June 7, put on by Trinity Hospital, and the…
May 31, 2022

Nodak Speedway Changes It Up for Memorial Day

MINOT — Nodak Speedway made some changes to cap off its Memorial Day Doubleheader as the Northern SportMods and IMCA Modifieds went racing without their roofs and ran a single car qualifying session before their heat races. There was plenty of action to be had to start the night as…
May 31, 2022

Broadway Corridor Study Wins Engineering Excellence Award

MINOT — The Broadway Corridor study conducted in 2021 has won an Engineering Excellence award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Dakota. The Broadway study was recognized in the Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services category by the ACEC, a non-profit, self-governing organization with the purpose of…
May 31, 2022

Nodak Speedway Sprints into Memorial Day Doubleheader

MINOT — The Nodak Speedway held the first leg of its Memorial Day Doubleheader Sunday night. Track volunteers worked nightly through the week to get the track closer to its “normal” conditions of a dry smooth racetrack. Mother nature was a big help this week with the multiple warm and…
May 30, 2022

For Those Who Died at Home

MINOT – There is a display that travels to different places throughout the area that honors those who died because of their service in the military, but not in combat as one might think. Miranda Schuler, Minot, created the display 8 years ago in honor of veterans who have died…
May 30, 2022

Pair of Home Runs Power Sabre Dogs Past Red River

MINOT — The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs continued their opening weekend series with the Red River Pilots Saturday, capturing a 4-3 win. The Sabre Dogs used a familiar formula in the first as a single by Lewis Pelayo and a walk by David Demeter, set up Chris Monroe for a…
May 29, 2022

Facts of Law: Anatomy of a Murder (Bond Hearing)

The Anita Knutson murder made huge headlines recently when Nichole Rice was formally charged and arrested in the case. She made her initial appearance the afternoon after her arrest. After being informed of her rights, the possible penalties of being convicted of murder, and setting future court dates, the Court…
May 28, 2022

Sabre Dogs Start 2022 with Shutout Win

MINOT — Summer Collegiate baseball is back in Minot. The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs began their final season Friday with a shutout 9-0 win over the Red River Pilots from Grand Forks. It was an overall team win with lights out pitching and consistent offense. The Sabre Dogs started out…
May 28, 2022

Making a Difference: 2nd Story Social Club

MINOT – 2nd Story Social Club in Minot is a place for adults with developmental disabilities to come and socialize. It formed in 1975 and started with 45 members. The club now has 350 members. “There is a great need for clubs like 2nd Story. Our mission is to enhance…
May 28, 2022

Body Found in Souris River

MINOT — The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says it, along with the Minot Police Department, Minot Fire Department and Trinity First Response, responded to the Souris River on the southeast edge of Minot to a report of a body that people kayaking found floating in the water Friday. The Minot…
May 27, 2022

SRT Distributes Nearly $2.4 Million in Capital Credits to its Members

MINOT — SRT Communications is pleased to announce the distribution of nearly $2.4 million in credits back to its members. In a decision made by SRT’s Board of Directors, the cooperative will be issuing checks that include a portion of the 2000 allocation and a portion of the 2021 allocation.…
May 27, 2022

Killer Classmate or Friend

MINOT — They were both graduates of Velva High School. The following year they shared a northwest Minot apartment. Today one is a grave and the other, charged with murder, is out on bond. Killer classmate or friend? That is the question that may be put to a jury sometime…
May 26, 2022

Formula Shortage Affects Trinity

MINOT — The recent baby formula shortage has affected some patients at Trinity Health in Minot. Dr. Diana Peterson, a pediatrician at Trinity, said the shortage, caused by a baby power manufacturing plant in Abbott, Michigan closing, has not affected those in Minot as badly as in other places across…
May 26, 2022

Scheels Complex Improvements

MINOT — The Minot Park District, along with the Magic City Girls Fast Pitch, announced new improvements to what has been known as the South Hill Complex and celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. Some of the improvements will include a new press box, better locker rooms, renovated bathrooms,…
May 25, 2022

Enhancing Dakota Square

MINOT — Two very visible additions are underway at Dakota Square Mall. One is nearing completion while the other is in its early stages. The Target store at the northwest corner of Dakota Square has begun a major makeover and expansion. Presently dirt work is being done on two sides…
May 25, 2022

City Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Memorial Day Holiday

MINOT — City of Minot offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department. There will be no residential garbage collection on Monday; pickup for residents with Monday/Thursday garbage collection will resume Thursday, June 2. The…
May 25, 2022

County Prioritizes ARPA Funds

MINOT — Ward County Commissioners sifted through several applications from projects outside of Ward County for funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on Tuesday. Though the funds in ARPA barely exceed $8.5 million, the amount that the applicants requested added up to roughly $31 million. The commissioners voted…
May 24, 2022

Full House at Movie on Alleged Election Fraud

MINOT — More than 200 people showed up to watch a documentary about possible election fraud at Oak Park Theater Monday night. The movie, 2000 Mules by Dinesh D’Souza, reviewed possible illegal ballot harvesting that may have impacted the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential race as well as the…
May 24, 2022

Safe Sitter Classes Scheduled

MINOT — Trinity Health is accepting registrations for Safe Sitter® classes this summer. Safe Sitter is a nationally approved, medically accurate program for youth 11 years of age or older. It teaches young people the skills they need to handle real life emergencies and keep children safe when they are…
May 24, 2022

Mustangs Clinch Region Championship Berth

MINOT — The Surrey Mustangs cliched a spot into the Region Six Baseball Championship Monday backed by a strong start by Senior Pitcher Kekoa Munos. Munos kept Velva batters at bay, tossing four no-hit innings, allowing two base runners on walks in the first and second innings. Velva Senior First…
May 24, 2022

NODAK Speedway Kicks Off 2022 Season

MINOT — It only took three weeks, but mother nature decided to play along and let the NODAK Speedway kick off the 2022 dirt racing season Sunday. All five of the speedways regular car classes and drivers took to the track. The April blizzard and recent rain made track preparation…
May 23, 2022

Ward County Commissioners Clarify TIF Participation

MINOT — Ward County commissioners clarified a motion regarding their participation in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the Big M building downtown in a special commission meeting Friday afternoon. Commissioner Howard “Bucky” Anderson made a motion at the regular commission meeting earlier in the week to grant EPIC an…
May 20, 2022

Walls to Tumble Down

MINOT — It’s not the Biblical Jericho, but the walls are about to come tumbling down. Renovation has begun to remove and replace the old rock retaining wall that has long existed on two sides of Minot Police headquarters and is shared with the City Auditorium. Rocks have tumbled from…
May 19, 2022

MSU Names Summer Theatre Stage after Josh Duhamel

MINOT — Minot State University announced Thursday afternoon that it is naming the Summer Theatre stage after alumnus Josh Duhamel. "We are excited to announce the MSU Summer Theatre amphitheater stage will be known as Josh Duhamel Stage. Josh is proud of his Minot State roots, a proud Minot native,…
May 19, 2022