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Students at Erik Ramstad Middle School cleaned up the school grounds on Friday in honor of Earth Day.

Earth Day cleanup

Submitted Photo Students at Erik Ramstad Middle School cleaned up the school grounds on Friday in honor of Earth Day.

A high price

Ward County taxpayers have paid more than $322,821 in jail and legal costs stemming from a state report more than two years ago that found major deficiencies in jail operations. The costs include a full-time jail monitor who has been in place since January 2015, legal costs of a special ...

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Dave Kulczyk, an artist from White Earth who is world-renowned for his work in bronze sculptures, was commissioned to create this sculpture of the famed “North Dakota Six Pack,” six N.D. cowboys who rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, shown in this photo by Ken Howie. The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora starts its 2017 season with a Premiere event, Saturday.

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame opens 2017 season with Premiere

MEDORA – The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame opens with its 2017 Season Premiere Saturday, in The Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora. The center is located at 250 Main Street. The semi-formal event, beginning at 5 p.m., will include special guests Ashley (Andrews) Alderson, ...

Storyteller to present program at Crosby’s Dakota Theatre

CROSBY – Storyteller Gloria Anderson-Hegg will present a program Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Dakota Theatre in Crosby. Vidda Lodge, Sons of Norway, and the Meadowlarks Arts Council are hosting the event. Anderson-Hegg grew up listening to stories and thinking she would love to tell ...

City schedules annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection days

The City of Minot will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on May 5-6 at the Public Works building. The program is only for Minot residents receiving sanitation services. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days, all household hazardous waste not normally ...

Oil emulsion spill in Bowman County

Approximately 14 miles of Little Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Little Missouri River, has been impacted by an unknown amount of oil emulsion resulting from a pipeline leak. The spill was discovered last Saturday about five miles southwest of Marmarth. According to a release from the North ...

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Becky Zahn Walcker displays her homemade canned and baked goods at the Big One Art & Craft Fair in Minot April 8.

Good memories, large smiles

Becky Zahn Walcker has good memories of times spent with her parents and grandparents, both on the farm where she grew up near Westhope and in the kitchen. Canning and baking in her own rural Minot home sparked an idea for Zahn Walcker. If homemade jams and cookies could bring a reminiscing ...

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Unofficially, around a half inch to an inch of snow covered the area Sunday as shown in this photo taken of geese by the Souris River in Minot’s Oak Park. By later in the day, much of the snow had melted. The National Weather Service forecasts rain and snow likely today and then a chance of rain.

Wading through more than water at Oak Park

Eloise Ogden/MDN Unofficially, around a half inch to an inch of snow covered the area Sunday as shown in this photo taken of geese by the Souris River in Minot’s Oak Park. By later in the day, much of the snow had melted. The National Weather Service forecasts rain and snow likely today and ...

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Ryan Ackerman, left, Ackerman-Estvold Engineering, explains how future improvements to recreation paths will be incorporated into Minot’s flood protection plan in the area of the Wee Links and the Water Treatment Plant. The stop was one of several held during Saturday’s “Ride the River” hosted by the Friends of the Souris River.

Improving the river experience

Perhaps the most impressive factor in Saturday’s “Ride the River” event hosted by the Friends of the Souris River was the number of participants. Or maybe it was their level of interest. It could have been their shared vision of what the benefits can be other than flood protection as ...

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From left to right, National Honor Society members Parker Larson, Raquel Egge, Abby Folk and Areana Altschuler hold banners with their adviser Nicholas Cavallo at Minot High School Central Campus.

Students support troops

In an effort to give thanks to the brave military members serving in Afghanistan, members of the Minot High School Central Campus National Honor Society have organized a donation program to send care packages overseas to the North Dakota National Guard’s 136th Combat Sustainment Support ...

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The Minot Amtrak station at 400 1st Avenue SW is the hub for passengers boarding and leaving the passenger train in Minot. Minot had the highest number of Amtrak riders in North Dakota in fiscal year 2016 – more than 29,000.

ND passenger train service

Minot and Williston serve the most people in North Dakota along the Amtrak Empire Builder’s route. Amtrak reports Minot had the highest number of ridership in fiscal year 2016 with 29,829 people boarding and alighting the passenger train. This was followed by Williston with 28,062 boardings ...

Total recall

Recent handling of the sheriff’s resignation by the Ward County Commission has led to some public disgruntlement with their elected officials. The word “recall” has even been brought up. But just what would it take to recall a county commissioner? According to state law, citizens ...

17th Annual Marketplace For Kids on Tuesday

WILLISTON – Marketplace For Kids is happening Tuesday in Williston. The event is an entrepreneurial day for students in grades 3-8 in its 17th year in Williston. It will be held on the campus of Williston State College and the Williston Area Recreation Center and is organized by a local ...

Area resident receives Governor’s Travel and Tourism Award

BISMARCK – An area resident has received a Governor’s Travel and Tourism Award. Loren Yellowbird, a National Park Service ranger and an Arikara historian at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston since 2000, was presented the Heritage Award for a Front-Line Tourism ...

Williston State College Foundation hosts alumni week

Community members and alumni of Williston State College are encouraged to attend the Williston State College’s Foundation’s first ever Alumni week, April 24 through 28. Events include Teton Trivia on Monday. Cherry Creek Media (660 KEYZ, 95.1 & 96.1) will broadcast trivia questions on ...

North Dakota awarded federal grant to fight opioid abuse

The North Dakota Department of Human Services will receive $2 million to reduce and prevent opioid abuse and overdose deaths, according to a press release. The federal funding will be provided to all states to address the public health epidemic. In 2015, 61 people in North Dakota died of ...

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Robert Kibler, Division of Humanities chair for literature and foreign language at Minot State University, answers a question during a panel discussion on Friday. At right is Paul Cristofaro.

Professors, students celebrate Shakespeare during conference

English professors from across the U.S. and Canada have gathered at Minot State University this week to celebrate Shakespeare Fest. Robert Kibler, Division of Humanities chair for literature and foreign language, said more than 32 professors and a few students attended the event on Thursday ...

Williston seeks homeowners for tree study

WILLISTON – Homeowners who the City of Williston has removed a diseased boulevard tree in front of their house in the last 10 years may be eligible to participate in an North Dakota State University extension center study. The study would provide homeowners with a new boulevard tree at no ...

Hearing set to discuss proposed New Town Northwest Route

NEW TOWN – A public hearing will be held Thursday, April 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the New Town Civic Center, 103 Soo Place, to discuss the proposed New Town Northwest Route. The proposed route would connect N.D. 23 west of New Town and N.D. 1804/N.D. 23B north of New Town. The hearing ...