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Jessica Podoll, of Westport, S.D., washes her steer early Monday morning at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. This is her first year to show cattle at the fair.

Getting ready to show

Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and more – the State Fair has all kinds of domestic livestock exhibited and being judged for awards. Jessica Podoll, washing her steer early Monday morning beside the cattle barns, came to the fair from Westport, S.D. Podoll was scheduled to ...

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Ali Gross, 10, from Gackle, brushes her horse at the Triangle Y Camp southwest of Garrison on June 28.

Fun at Triangle Y camp

The lazy days of summer means summer camp for many area kids. On June 28, a group of youngsters at the Triangle Y Camp, located 10 miles southwest of Garrison lined up for treats at the camp canteen and chattered about their favorite activities. Mya Johnson, 10, from Mandan, Maya Smith, 10, ...

Body recovered near Four Bears Bridge

NEW TOWN – The body of a missing jet skier was found by fishermen about 8 a.m. on Sunday. Chad Kanine, 41, New Town went missing sometime after 8 a.m. June 11. On that date Kanine’s riderless jet ski was found on the east shore of the Missouri River arm of Lake Sakakawea opposite the Four ...

AG says crime is down

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Friday released North Dakota’s crime statistics for 2016. The report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state. “The good news is that the overall crime rate is down slightly from last year, aggravated ...

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People hand out candy to kids during the North Dakota State Fair Parade on Saturday.

2017 ND State Fair Parade winners

Winners of the 2017 North Dakota State Fair Parade have been announced. The parade with 212 units was held in Minot Saturday. Units pay a fee to be judged. The award, winning unit and award sponsor are as follows: Grand Marshal Overall Winner – Dig It Up Backhoe Service Inc., sponsored ...

Residents return to apartments

Residents of Minot’s North Highlands Apartments have been given the OK to return to their homes. The 152-unit apartment complex on 30th Avenue NW was the scene of a fire in the elevator equipment room July 10. The fire was put out without any injuries occurring and residents remained in ...

Minot man accused of burglary

A 24-year-old Minot man is accused of burglarizing a southeast Minot apartment on March 10. Dayne Matthew Hiller is charged with Class C felony burglary in district court in Minot and could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to a probable cause affidavit filed ...

Accused heroin dealer charged

A 36-year-old Minot man is accused of dealing heroin in Minot last March. Brian Curtis Carr is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Carr was scheduled to make an initial appearance in district ...

Men face charges following hotel room brawl

Two men are facing multiple charges following a dispute at the Souris River Hotel on Saturday morning. Nicholas Afton Youngbird is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing his friend in the neck during the fight. His friend, Garrett Shawn Smith, 25, of Halliday, is charged with ...

Water supply assistance available to ranchers

BISMARCK – Ranchers in 36 counties are eligible to apply for livestock assistance through North Dakota State Water Commission’s Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program. A livestock operation must be in the governor’s most recent disaster proclamation or an adjacent, eligible ...

Warrant issued for arrest of one-time mall Easter Bunny

An order to apprehend warrant was issued earlier this month for a 25-year-old Minot registered sex offender who once worked as the Easter Bunny at Dakota Square Mall. Daniel Ewell Sanderson is scheduled to have a probation revocation hearing today before Judge Todd Cresap in district court in ...

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Krista Duckwitz, (Right) Bismarck, makes bread at the Adobe Oven booth at the Fur Traders Rendezvous Sunday afternoon. Ben Smith, (Below) from Brookings, S.D., was stripping willows to make cardage on Sunday at the Fur Traders Rendezvous. This is Smith’s first time at the State Fair.

Fur Trader fun

Photos by Andrea Johnson/MDN Krista Duckwitz, (Right) Bismarck, makes bread at the Adobe Oven booth at the Fur Traders Rendezvous Sunday afternoon. Ben Smith, (Below) from Brookings, S.D., was stripping willows to make cardage on Sunday at the Fur Traders Rendezvous. This is Smith’s first ...

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Kathy Holte returns the DD214 (military discharge paper) to Korean War veteran Glen Johnson, a resident of Brookdale Brentmoor in Minot on June 14. She found the DD214 at a flea market and then located him. June 14 was her last day of work as Ward County Veteran Service Office administrative assistant and Stanley/Minot DAV coordinator.

Kathy Holte: Dedicated to helping veterans

Kathy Holte presented Korean War veteran Glen Johnson the original copy of his DD214 (military discharge paper) on the last day of her work on June 14 as Ward County Veterans Service Office administrative assistant. Holte came upon Johnson’s discharge paper at the Minot flea market about ...

Slawson Exploration donates $50,000 to Van Hook Recreation Area water project

VAN HOOK - Slawson Exploration Company has donated $50,000 for the completion of a project to bring clean, safe and immediately accessible potable water to the Van Hook Recreation Area. A check presentation ceremony with representatives of Slawson Exploration Company and the Mountrail County ...

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World War II veteran Lynn Aas, 96, of Minot, grand marshal of the North Dakota State Fair Parade, waves a flag as he passes by the crowd watching the parade on Burdick Expressway Saturday morning. Family members rode with him in a vehicle owned and driven by Vance Castleman of Minot. Other family members walked behind the vehicle. Aas recently received France’s highest honor, the Knight of the Legion Honor medal, a medal paying tribute to the soldiers who did so much for France and Western Europe.

A sweet open

Kids ran into the street to snap up candy handed out along the North Dakota State Fair Parade route on Saturday and adults oohed and ahed over parade floats. For Mark and Valerie Watson, visiting from Rosemary, Alberta, it was their first chance to see the parade, which included 208 floats ...

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Tim Knickerbocker and Courtney DuPona paint a mural on the wall of the Mouse River Players Building in downtown Minot on Saturday morning.

Mouse River Players adds murals

Members of the Mouse River Players community theater group hope to draw attention with a mural depicting an acting company of mice. Group members are working on the mural, on the exposed alley-side wall of the building at 115 First Street Southeast this weekend. “It’s going to show a ...

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Erik Ramstad Middle School, pictured, is at or near capacity for enrollment for the coming fall.

A challenging budget

The Minot Public School District will dig into its reserve fund to pay the bills for the 2018-2019 school year, but it won’t be able to keep that up indefinitely, business manager Scott Moum warned school board members on Thursday. “This is the most challenging budget I’ve ever dealt ...

Ward County declares drought emergency

A drought emergency has been declared in Ward County. Ward County Commission Chairman Larry Louser signed the order Friday, authorizing activation of the county and City of Minot emergency operation plan. It allows for monitoring the situation, developing damage assessment and taking ...

Oxycodone dealer sentenced to supervised probation

Oxycodone dealer Derrick Tyler Gay was ordered Friday to serve three years of supervised probation and to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation. Court records show that Gay pleaded guilty to Class B felony delivery of a controlled substance , dating back to April 25, 2016. The state agreed ...