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WORLD OF WINE: Pinot noir worthy of your holiday meals

Pinot noir never received as much exposure to the general public than it did in the movie “Sideways.” There, the pseudo wine expert Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, hyped it up as the ultimate red wine for sophisticated wine aficionados to enjoy. Miles was right about one aspect of pinot ...

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Choir in the Spring doing “A World in Harmony – Benefit for Haiti” concert.

Western Plains Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert coming up

On Sunday, the Western Plains Children’s Choirs will put on its Christmas concert for all to hear. Western Plains Children’s Choir is made up of separate choirs: Western Plains Youth Ensemble, Western Plains Children’s Choir, and Western Plains Youth Choir. The three allow students ...

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Local Christmas shopping opportunities this weekend

With the first of December here, Christmas is almost upon us and that means shopping for presents has really begun. A lot of people started checking off their lists last weekend over Black Friday, but a few more unique options are coming to town for people to get special gifts at the flea ...

WORLD OF WINE: ‘Tis the season for wine bargains

In an earlier column, I listed some inexpensive wines that are available on the market and enjoyable to drink. Because the response to the article was favorable and the holiday season is upon us, I thought it timely to make some additional suggestions that are both a bargain in price and very ...

47th presentation of the Annual Celebration of Christmas

The 47th Annual Celebration of Christmas Music, with the theme of “Come to the Light,” will be presented Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estevan, Sask., at 7 p.m. and Sunday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby, at 4 p.m. A total of 53 singers from the Northwest Chorus of Crosby ...

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Magic City Campus is putting on The Addams Family Musical

In this fun, new story about the gothic Addams Family, Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a boy from a respectable family. When she tells her father, she begs him not to tell her mother, forcing Gomez Addams to keep a secret from his wife, Morticia. Then everything changes when the family ...

NBC wins ratings week, narrows season’s gap with CBS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powered by football and "The Voice," NBC won a second consecutive weekly ratings contest and narrowed the gap with front-runner CBS among total viewers for the TV season so far. For the year to date, NBC has climbed within 902,000 viewers of CBS, the narrowest gap in 15 ...

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Downtown Minot is decorated and ready for the annual Christmas Open House.  Many stores will feature discounts, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will visit, and, at 6 p.m., the Christmas tree will be lit.

Downtown holds annual Christmas Open House

Starting at 3 p.m. today, Minot’s Downtown area will host its annual Downtown Christmas Open House. Downtown has been preparing all week for this event, making the area festive and full of cheer from the snow flakes hanging from the lamp posts to the giant Christmas tree near 10 North Main to ...

Why you can stop worrying about food and wine pairings

Good food and good wine go together like love and marriage. Like marriage and love, if the two don’t complement each other in some way, the interest fades. Enjoying a favorite “comfort food”ô meal at the local Olive Garden the other night, I was intrigued by a Tuscany red blend named ...

Oldman gives us a human Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

(AP) — Words matter. That's one of the key messages of "Darkest Hour," in which Gary Oldman embodies — fiercely and memorably — the legendary Winston Churchill, who rallied his country with soaring oratory when Britain's very survival was at stake. But the same man who uttered indelible ...

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Ned LeDoux continues on his father’s path

Ned LeDoux is following in his father’s footsteps and taking over as a country singer. The son of the famous country singer Chris LeDoux, Ned LeDoux grew up with a passion for music. When he was 5, he got his first drum set. From there he joined a band in his teens and in the late ’90s, ...

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Guests telling their stories at a previous Story Hour event.

Story Hour hopes to connect Minot residents

The Minot Public Library will host the first event for The Minot Story Hour’s fourth season on Saturday. The Minot Story Hour gives those in the community a chance to tell a story about their life in 10 minutes and listen to other stories. It was started four years ago with the goal of ...

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Mouse River Players opens second play of the season

A Christmas Carol is to be performed by the Mouse River Players starting today. The play will run today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The weekend of Nov. 24, it will run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The play will be performed at the Mouse River ...

WORLD OF WINE: If wildfire smoke bothers eyes, if could affect wine, too

The wildfires of this past summer in western Canada, and the recent tragedy of wildfires in California, have affected growers and producers of wines. The worst case of destruction was in the Napa and Sonoma wine growing regions where vineyards, wineries, homes and lives were destroyed. Where ...

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Broadway veterans coming to Minot for a toe-tapping performance

Two on Tap is coming to perform at Minot State University for guests to enjoy classic song and dance performed by Broadway veterans Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. The duo has been performing together for around nine years now in Two on Tap. They dance and sing songs from 1920s to the ...

Holiday Showcase returns to State Fairgrounds

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Fair Center will be filled with vendor booths and shoppers when the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase returns to Minot, Saturday and Sunday. “This is the time and place for your holiday shopping,” said Doug Goehring North Dakota Agriculture commissioner. ...

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

(AP) — Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express " is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget ...

WORLD OF WINE: Don’t overlook fruit wines — they offer intense flavor

When asked what got me started on my interest in wines, I say something about how it started in Italy while in the Navy, enjoying their bubbly and Chianti. Or, when I experienced rhubarb wine from the Maple River Winery in Casselton, N.D. The taste of rhubarb wine was one of those “Wow” ...

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A place for children to discover and learn

The Magic City Discovery Center will open its doors for its fourth season at 10 a.m. Saturday. The center has been running for the winter months since 2013, giving children a fun, educational place to play indoors. It runs from November to March, open Wednesday through Sunday. It is open ...

Pair with a partner and learn to square

If you are looking for a fun way to get out and learn something new, the Minot Magic Square will be giving square dance lessons starting Sunday. Minot Magic Square has been around for years but recently had a restart. “It was going since way back when in the ’50s but it disbanded ...