Weekender

State Fair taking over with food, music, and rides

The North Dakota State Fair is here. From today through Saturday, July 28, everyone can head to the North Dakota State Fairgrounds for fun, food, music, rides, and more. Each day offers something new to see or do alongside the annual rides and shopping that only appears at the fair. The fair ...

Furniture, jewelry, bathbombs and more

Tomorrow, vendors from around the area will be heading to The Spot Pool Hall for a new market to purchase handmade merchandise. The Peddlers Market, created by Engage Marketing and The Spot Pool Hall, will begin at 10 a.m. and give shoppers until 4 p.m. to make it down to peruse and purchase ...

Ace Atkins’ ‘The Sinners’ is action-packed

(AP) — Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins' superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect with members of the crime syndicate and ...

Cowboy Junkies’ ‘All That Reckoning’ instantly great

(AP) — Cowboy Junkies return from a yearslong recording sojourn with "All That Reckoning," one of the best albums of their extended career. Occasionally ramping up the quiet, haunting sounds of "The Trinity Sessions," their 1988 classic, with doses of tougher arrangements and topical themes, ...

Scavenger hunt, birds, painting and exercise

Every month celebrates something and for the month of July that celebration is Parks and Recreation. To honor that and the Minot Parks and Recreation, the Park District has planned a variety of events that will kick off with a Scavenger Hunt on Sunday. Taking place at Roosevelt Park, the ...

Independence, Inc. hosts 8th annual Celebrating Independence picnic

Independence, Inc., a Minot-based disability rights organization, will host the eighth Annual Celebrating Independence Picnic on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Roosevelt Park shelter No. 3 and No. 14. The theme for this year’s event is “We Do Disability Right” and will focus on disability ...

Minot City Band performing concert at Oak Park

With the weather warm and the days long, it is the time to be outdoors. On Sunday, the Minot City Band will be adding music to the warm days to give concert goers a relaxing, outdoor experience. Taking place in Oak Park, the band will perform two concerts in the band shell. One will take ...

In ‘Skyscraper,’ The Rock towers over action tropes

NEW YORK (AP) — I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of "Skyscraper," the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirling, woundedly mumble, "Hey, ...

Anne Tyler’s new novel is about second chances

(AP) — If you had to identify a single theme in Anne Tyler's latest novel, it would be the importance of creating a surrogate family if your biological one is irretrievably broken. And also the way traumatic events, such as divorce, abuse and abandonment, reverberate from generation to ...

Rick Astley keeps on (rick) rolling us with fine new album

(AP) — Rick Astley rick-rolled the world two years ago when he resurfaced with a very good album, his first new music in 23 years. The man who had become a jokey internet meme proved a master crafter of pop songs. Now he's proved that wasn't a fluke. The soulful Englishman with the bouffant ...

Celebrate pride in who you are

The Pride movement and celebrations have been around since 1970 and Pride Minot is working hard to make it all a part of Minot. Running from July 8-15, their annual Minot Pride Festival will be returning for the fourth year in a row and with much more to offer not only the LGBTQ+ community but ...

Dan Fesperman’s ‘Safe Houses’ is a superior thriller

(AP) — In "Safe Houses," author Dan Fesperman superbly melds a character-strong espionage thriller with a suspenseful mystery that also aligns with the #MeToo movement. As a spy thriller, "Safe Houses" eschews high-tech gadgets to concentrate on the emotional and physical peril of ...

Bracing country rock from Jonathan McEuen

(AP) — Front and center for a change, Jonathan McEuen immediately plays to his strength on "Through the Sun Gate." ''Sunshine ... sun shining in my eyes," he sings to kick things off, and his sunny tenor gives the album its distinctive stamp. McEuen made a terrific record with cousin Jamie ...

Food truck fest to promote food from God

To raise money to send people to the Bible Bee in Texas, a Manna Food Truck EXTRAvaganza will be held Saturday at Oak Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Manna Food Truck event will host 10 or more food trucks along with a bouncy house, live bands, vendors, ministry, and face painting. Entry will ...

Country stars headed to 4 Bears Casino

Luke Combs and Midland will take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight at 4 Bears Casino & Lodge. As a multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Combs is described as “one of the format’s burliest and brightest stars” by Vulture and held many number one spots with not only his songs but entire ...

Minot City Band to bring music to the stage

The Minot City Band, conducted by Joseph Alme, will present their seventh and eighth concerts of the 2018 concert season on Sunday, July 1. The 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances will be held in the band shell in Oak Park. A variety of music will be performed, including works by LeRoy Anderson, ...

Butte American Legion Celebration

On July 4, Post 270 in Butte will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Legion starting with a parade at 1 p.m. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the ...

Historical fiction author explores world of a NY socialite

(AP) — Historical fiction author Amber Brock explores the world of a New York socialite in her latest novel, "Lady Be Good." The story follows status-obsessed Kitty Tessler and her quest to snag a wealthy man in 1950s New York City. When her hotel magnate father insists that she marry his ...

‘Lost’ 1963 John Coltrane album a treasure

(AP) — It's a rare pleasure to hear this "lost" John Coltrane album for the first time. The component sounds of his classic quartet are so familiar that it's like hearing from an old friend — but the songs and solos are truly new. The original high quality tape recording, fruit of a ...

Benefit being held for boy with Batten Disease

Having a child or young family member faced with hard medical problems isn’t easy for anyone. For the families, it can be costly and stressful to give the child what they need to live with what has happened. For the Lawson family, the disease that has affected their six-year-old son is ...