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Paul Simonson carves a “Wood Spirit” from cottonwood bark. The Minot man says no two Wood Spirits are the same.

Believe in the Wood Spirit

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A Minot man has an unusual ability to discover good luck and share it with others. Paul Simonson creates Wood Spirits, long the legend of bearers of good luck and good fortune, by working his own magic on, of all things, aged cottonwood bark. Simonson retired after a working career where he ...

So, you think you know presidential history?

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1. Who was the first president to call his residence in Washington D.C. The “White House?” 2. Who was the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House? 3. Has there ever been a tie in the Electoral College in a presidential election? 4. Who installed the first bathtub ...

No settlement reached in lawsuit against school district

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No settlement has been reached in a $1.9 million lawsuit by Servpro against the Minot Public School District. A settlement hearing was held Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, but court documents show the two sides failed to reach an agreement. The Minot Public School Board met in ...

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Sunnyside Elementary principal Cindy Cook is the 2016-2017 National Distinguished Principal for North Dakota.

Cindy Cook named distinguished principal

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Minot principals won awards at the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals conference earlier this month. Cindy Cook, principal at Sunnyside Elementary, won the 2016-17 National Distinguished Principal Award for North Dakota. “The culture in Sunnyside Elementary School is ...

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An open house is held Feb. 12 for a home for sale in northwest Minot.

State of the estate

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The Minot-area real estate market has settled into calmer times as it moves away from the frenzied activity spurred by a flood and energy development. It’s meant a somewhat slower pace of sales and a leveling off of property prices. The number of homes being sold is down about a third from ...

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Minot High coach Justin Racine, left, celebrates with wrestler Brody Armstrong, center, after Armstrong won the Class A 126-pound state title Saturday at the Fargodome.

24 years in the making

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FARGO – Minot High wrestling coach Justin Racine couldn’t help but feel disappointed Friday. After entering the state wrestling meet with state title aspirations, the second day of the tournament was less than ideal for Minot. The Magicians dropped both of their team dual meets, saw six of ...

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Area students, pictured, participated in Tech Day at Minot State University on Feb. 15. Jan Repnow, business teacher education coordinator and Minot State University business education students Alex Westman, Kaylee Rodman, Krista Savage, Kyla Grandy and Kaitlin Grandy coordinated the event. The Business Information Technology Department sponsored the event. Vern Dosch, president and chief executive officer of National Information Solutions Cooperative, was the featured speaker. 
Corporate sponsorships included SRT Communications, Grand Hotel, First Western Bank and Trust, CompuTech, Town and Country Credit Union, First International Bank and Trust, The Computer Store, and Bremer Bank.

MSU Tech Day brings area students together

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Winners in different categories: Accounting: Shay Miller, Surrey, first place; Bradon Peterson, Burke Central, second place; Sara Nelson, Bowbells, third place. Business communication: Eden Johannes, Underwood, first place; Travis Dean, Stanley, second place; Jasmin Johnson, Berthold, third ...

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Children could have their faces painted during the CHI Children’s Olympics event Saturday at the Minot State University Dome by people dressed up as Cinderella or Spiderman. They also had a chance to shoot basketballs or attempt soccer goals. 
Other activities at the free event for elementary school age children included an inflatable obstacle course, football toss and healthy snacks. The event was sponsored by St. Alexius. All participants received a medal.

Children’s Olympics at the Dome

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Andrea Johnson/MDN Children could have their faces painted during the CHI Children’s Olympics event Saturday at the Minot State University Dome by people dressed up as Cinderella or Spiderman. They also had a chance to shoot basketballs or attempt soccer goals. Other activities at the ...

City service hours for Presidents’ Day

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In observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 20, the following city offices will be closed: City Hall, Public Works, Minot Auditorium, Inspections and the Engineering Department. There will be public transit and the City of Minot landfill will be open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. However, there ...

Safety meeting in prep for ramp up in oil activity

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BISMARCK – The North Dakota Petroleum Council will hold its annual safety meeting on Monday in Bismarck in conjunction with the North Dakota Safety Council’s Safety and Health Conference. The meeting will review current injury and fatality statistics and update best practices for the oil ...

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Rep. Dan Ruby answers a question during the legislative forum held at the State Fair Center on Saturday.

Legislative forum held Saturday in Minot

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A medical marijuana bill is continuing to give local legislators headaches, said Sen. Karen Krebsbach, R-Minot, while Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, said he would be in favor of making raw milk legal in North Dakota if only the feds hadn’t made it illegal. They were among local legislators who ...


Normal temps ahead says long-range outlook

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Temperatures for the Minot area through May should generally fall in the “normal” category. Rainfall? Well, that could be a bit more than usual over the same time period. That’s the latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. The CPC says the modest La Nina influence that likely ...

Trump leaps back into campaign mode

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Hoping to shift attention from his troubled White House, President Donald Trump hit the road Friday to deliver a pep talk to American workers and the rest of the nation, resurrecting the jobs promises that powered his election victory and pledging in a ...


Hearing set for right- of-way dedication

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A public hearing will be held next month on a Ward County policy requiring the dedication of road right of way in the platting of new lots. The Ward County Planning Commission on Thursday set a hearing to take place during its next meeting on March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Ward County Office ...

Pentagon cites evidence of Islamic State ‘exodus’ from Raqqa

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the Islamic State group's self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. IS leaders "are beginning the process ...

‘Dizzy the Clown’ elected 3rd vp of international clown group

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Ken Gillespie aka “Dizzy the Clown,” one of Minot’s best known clowns, was elected to one of the top officers’ positions of the International Shrine Clown Association, Thursday afternoon. Gillespie was unanimously voted in as third vice president during the organization’s Mid-Winter ...


Gunshots fired downtown

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Deangol Simmons, 26, Minot, was arrested by Minot Police today. Officers responded at 12:50 a.m. to the 100 block of West Central Avenue for a report of gunshots. When they were in the downtown area they heard six gunshots.The investigation revealed shots were fired in the alleyway in the 100 ...


Watford City man charged with luring a minor

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23 in district court in Minot for a 26-year-old Watford City man who is accused of falling for an online Ward County Sheriff’s Department underage sex sting. Derrik Dustin Childs, whose address in court records is given as Pleasant Grove, Utah, ...

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Minot man facing theft charge

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A 24-year-old Minot man is now facing another theft charge. According to court documents, Tucker Kruze St. Croix is accused of selling property taken during a burglary at a northwest Minot home on Oct. 1, 2016. An Xbox One gaming system, three Xbox controllers, a Turtle Beach wireless ...