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Full Steam Ahead

“Workforce is the new challenge for growing our economy,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer, keynote speaker for the Minot Area Development Corporation’s annual meeting. “Minot has always been an example of being on offense,” he said. He also told the group North Dakota leads the nation in ...

Local decision-making

In support of local people making local decisions, the Minot City Council postponed a decision on hiring a consultant to assist a steering committee that is rewriting the zoning ordinances. Council President Mark Jantzer mentioned how quickly an earlier consultant-assisted rewrite failed in ...

Bradley Morales appeals murder conviction to Supreme Court

A defense attorney for a Minot man convicted of murder last year is arguing that the presiding judge violated his constitutional right to a public trial by closing the courtroom on multiple occasions without first considering alternatives and by denying his request to represent ...

State legislator survives moose crash

He is back at work at the state Legislature. Quite lucky to be too. Rep. Marvin Nelson, District 9 Democrat from Rolla, survived a highway collision with a moose while returning home from a legislative session in Bismarck last Friday. Nelson had slowed slightly as a moose crossed the roadway ...

Five years of exceptional work

Ever wonder how a print studio can educate, inspire, create and collaborate? What happens when you take professional artists, mix in a creative community of artists, students and faculty, add ink and paper and turn them loose? The result is “How the Beaver Got its Flat Tail,” an ...

Raleigh Hastings, Minot, charged with terrorizing

Raleigh Douglas Hastings, 37, Minot, is accused of brandishing a handgun and making threats against a man who allegedly had cut him off in traffic on Saturday. Hastings is charged with two counts of Class C felony terrorizing in district court in Minot. According to the probable cause ...

Brandon Lafrombois, Minot, sentenced to prison for intent to deal meth

Brandon James Lafrombois, 27, Minot, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, with all suspended but three years, for intent to deliver methamphetamine, on June 20. Court records show that Judge Richard Hagar also sentenced Lafrombois to three years of supervised probation and gave him ...

Raven Ware, Minot, sentenced to jail for role in Paradise Spas burglary

Raven Elise Ware, 23, Minot, will serve 60 days in jail for her role in the Paradise Spas burglary on July 10. Court records show that Ware pleaded guilty to Class C felony conspiracy to commit burglary in district court in Minot on Wednesday. Judge Richard Hagar sentenced her to a total of ...

Levi Hillestad, Minot, sentenced for aggravated assault

Levi James Hillestad, 37, Minot, entered an Alford plea to a Class C felony aggravated assault charge on Wednesday and was sentenced to 360 days in jail, all suspended but 30 days, and 18 months supervised probation. North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar also ordered Hillestad to ...

Crystal Johnson, Minot, sentenced to jail for multiple offenses

Crystal Amanda Johnson, 34, Minot, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for fleeing a police officer at a high rate of speed early Tuesday morning, for a fifth offense of driving with a suspended license within five years, and for refusal to halt. Johnson pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday ...

Michelle Red Eagle charged with delivery of oxycodone

Michelle Red Eagle, 27, is accused of delivery of oxycodone to a confidential informant working for the Ward County Narcotics Task Force in Minot in December 2017. Red Eagle is charged with a Class B felony in district court in Minot. She allegedly sold 10 oxycodone tablets to the informant ...

Floodplain fix

The City of Burlington is looking to fix a building permit snafu that – in a worst case scenario – could cost residents their flood insurance discount or even raise their premiums. Amanda Schooling, Ward County Emergency Management director, sought and received permission from the Ward ...

Minot area Democrats to hold reorganizational meetings

Democratic-NPL Districts 3, 5, 38, and 40 will hold reorganizational meetings this Sunday at the IBEW Local 714 hall at 125 35th Ave. NE in Minot. The purpose of the reorganizational meetings, which are required to be held every two years, is to elect officer positions within each district.

For young zoogoers

Magic City Lions Club is investing $12,500 toward the “Little Lion’s Den” at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot. Officers presented the check to Zoo Director Becky Dewitz on Tuesday morning. The new African Lion Savannah will feature a 3-foot by 3-foot by 3-foot cave with a viewing window for ...

Get ready to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Mary Poppins is making a comeback all around here in Minot. First “Mary Poppins Returns,” the sequel to the original 1964 film, was released in theaters at the end of 2018. Now Central Campus Playmakers are bringing the original memorable characters to life on the stage with Mary Poppins ...

Ward County 4-H members win at Stanley & Bismarck Hippology Contests

Seven Ward County 4-H members traveled to Stanley for the Hippology and Horse Quiz Bowl contests. The contests were held at the Mountrail County South Complex on Feb. 2. Hippology is divided into four categories: horse judging, written test, team problem and stations. At the Stanley contest, ...

Nursing moms protest bill’s defeat

Advocates for infant breastfeeding are disappointed with the defeat of legislation they say is needed to support nursing mothers. House Bill 1330, rejected 32-61 by the North Dakota House Feb. 12, would have removed “discreet and modest” from language in state law giving women the ability ...

Garrett Smith, Halliday, sentenced for beating pregnant ex-girlfriend

Garrett Shawn Smith, 26, Halliday, originally charged with Class C felony aggravated assault for assaulting his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Minot in May, pleaded guilty on Friday to Class A misdemeanor simple assault. Court records show that Smith was sentenced to 360 days in jail, all ...