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Ward County Commissioner Shelly Weppler, center, comments during a discussion on the hiring of a human resources director as Commissioners Alan Walter, left, and Jim Rostad listen.

County departments asked to pay for personnel help

Department heads in Ward County have been instructed to squeeze money out of their budgets to put toward hiring a county human resources director. The Ward County Commission on Tuesday determined the new staff position could cost around $100,000 annually in salary and benefits. Currently, the ...

City still seeks dismissal of strip club case

The City of Minot continues to seek dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former downtown strip club that claims it was illegally shut down in 2011. Envy Gentlemen’s Club had filed the lawsuit in federal district court last May. The city responded by asking for dismissal, and on Monday, filed ...

Heitkamp visits MSU to discuss rural health care

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp toured the Minot State University Department of Nursing Program Tuesday to discuss the nursing shortage and other issues facing rural health care. “The nursing program at Minot State is a great example of the forward-thinking approach we need to address the ...

PSC to hold hearing on NGL transmission line proposal

WILLISTON – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Williston on March 6, regarding a proposal to convert an existing natural gas gathering pipeline into a natural gas liquids transmission pipeline. The approximately 45-mile long, 12-inch diameter existing ...

State dismisses GSI charge

The state has dismissed the case against a California man who had been accused of forcing himself on his sleeping ex-girlfriend. Alexander James Fernandes, 25, of Turlock, Calif., had been scheduled to go to trial March 2 in district court in Minot on a charge of Class A felony gross sexual ...

Man charged with intent to deliver

A 22-year-old Minot man is accused of intending to deal marijuana in Minot. Riley Colton Trimmer made an initial appearance on the Class A felony charge in district court in Minot on Tuesday. The charge is a Class A felony because Trimmer has a past felony conviction. Trimmer is also charged ...

Man charged with reckless endangerment

A 28-year-old Minot man is accused of driving into a woman who was trying to repossess the vehicle she had sold to him. Jeremy Trey Smith is charged with reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, in district court in Minot. He made an initial appearance on the charge on Feb. 16 before ...

Nevada man charged with intending to deal meth in New Town

A 38-year-old Nevada man is accused of intending to deal methamphetamine in New Town. Ernesto Ruiz-Rodriguez, of Winemucca, Nev., is charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, a Class B felony, and ...

Man accused of terrorizing pregnant girlfriend while high on meth

A 24-year-old Minot man is charged with terrorizing his pregnant girlfriend on Friday evening. Patrick John Williams made an initial appearance on the Class C felony terrorizing charge on Tuesday in district court in Minot. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the ...

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Two hotel closures Saturday

Two long-time operating motels in Minot will be closing their doors to overnight customers this Saturday. The two businesses are the Vegas Motel and the Guest Lodge. Owner Greg Pekovich, Billings, Montana, announced last week that the Vegas, located at 2315 North Broadway, will be closing ...

Task force to revisit flaring issue

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Petroleum Council has reconvened a task force to explore means of pursuing higher natural gas capture and spurring additional infrastructure development. The Natural Gas Capture and Infrastructure Development Task Force met last week to establish goals and will ...

Biden to speak at Democratic-NPL state convention

BISMARCK – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will headline the 2018 Democratic-NPL State Convention in Grand Forks March 17. Biden served as a U.S. senator from Delaware for nearly four decades and as vice president of the United States from 2009-2017. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he ...

Man sentenced for assault

A 60-year-old Burlington man was given a suspended jail sentence and two years of supervised probation last week for assaulting a woman outside a Burlington bar on July 22, 2017, according to court records. Jerry William Baldwin pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor assault. He had originally ...

Congressional committee tasked with solving pension crisis

BISMARCK – A bipartisan, House and Senate Joint Select Committee has been tasked with solving a pension crisis affecting 2,000 North Dakotans and 400,000 retirees across the country who paid into Central States Pension Fund, as well as many retirees in other pension funds. The solution the ...

Man sentenced for insurance fraud

A 33-year-old Minot man was given a suspended 360 day jail sentence and one year of unsupervised probation last week for defrauding his insurance company. David Kurtis Lee pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor insurance fraud on Feb. 14. He had originally been charged with a Class C ...

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Jodi Johnson is the Ward County Superintendent of Schools.

Serious about school

Ward County Superintendent of Schools Jodi Johnson said her favorite part of the year is February, the month of the Ward County MATHCOUNTS and Ward County Spelling Bee. “I enjoy getting to see the kids,” she said. The competitions are serious and the kids take them seriously. Some ...

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Kira Lampton, prevention outreach coordinator with First District Health Unit, holds a Juul e-cigarette, which has a USB plug-in for charging, and a package of flavored nicotine cartridges that snap onto the Juul.

E-cigs heighten youth experience with tobacco

North Dakota youth are smoking less and vaping more. After years of promoting tobacco prevention and cessation programs, health officials are gearing up for a another round of public education targeting electronic cigarettes. While studies show e-cigarette use has grown modestly among North ...

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ard County 4-H Senior Freestyle competitors with their bows are, from left, Kaden Korgel, Ethan Myers and Tate Novodvorsky.

Ward County members compete at archery matches

Several Ward County 4-H members have been traveling around the state to compete in archery matches. Ethan Myers of Minot, competing in Senior Freestyle, has gone undefeated in two matches. Archery categories are split by age and type of bow. Ages are Beginner, ages 8 to 10; Junior, ages 11 to ...

Campbell launches U.S. House campaign

Grafton farmer and businessman Tom Campbell has announced he is switching from North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race to the U.S. House race. Campbell endorsed Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., in his bid against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Friday. He said he will enter the House race, bringing ...