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Get ready for the North Dakota State Fair

The North Dakota State Fair will be kicking off its nine days of exhibits, music, rides, food, vendors and fun. The fair will start on Friday at 8 a.m. with the first ag event, FFA Tractor Driving Contest, in the All Seasons Arena. From there, the events will kick off with activities planned ...

New things coming to the ND State Fair

A variety of new things are coming to the 2019 North Dakota State Fair for fairgoers to enjoy. These new items include a new stop for kids called the Kid’s Space, a special dedication ceremony from the United States Postal Service, a new travelling memorial, a new carnival with a new payment ...

Ward County to consider property tax to back up sales tax

Ward County property owners may be taxed to supplement sales tax collections being used to pay for recent building projects. The Ward County Commission, at the suggestion of Auditor Devra Smestad, agreed Tuesday to create a sinking fund of three mills in the preliminary budget for 2020 to ...

‘We’ll be ready for them’

Prepping the fairgrounds for three major events in three months is a big job. But North Dakota State Fair staff say they are ready. The State Fair begins this Friday and runs through July 27. The Family Motor Coach Association convention runs Aug. 14-17, and Norsk Hostfest is Sept. ...

Six-year-old alleged victim testifies at trial in GSI case

The 6-year-old alleged victim, clutching a stuffed animal on the witness stand, testified Wednesday in district court in Minot that Coby John Edwards touched her “lower parts” in a way she didn’t like. Edwards, 27, Berthold, is accused of sexually abusing the girl when she was 4 and 5 ...

Names of victims of triple fatality crash released

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of those in a triple fatality crash occurring Monday on N.D. Highway 23, 18 miles southwest of Minot. Marvin Ness, 78, Douglas, and Jonathan Zacher, 28, and Cara Zacher, 27, both Parshall, died in the crash. A female child who was in a ...

Air National Guard to feature obstacle course at State Fair

The Air National Guard (ANG) nationwide Recruitment and Retention Tour is touching down at the North Dakota State Fair, July 19-27, with their robust physical fitness challenge ‘The Beast,” according to a news release. Located by Stage 5, the obstacle course was designed to identify the ...

Minot Police announce promotion

Senior Officer Jared Foley has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. The promotion ceremony for Foley was held late yesterday at the Minot Police Department. Foley started his career with the department in December, 2010. He was promoted to Senior Police Officer in 2014. Foley has been ...

Mouse River Players begin auditions

Mouse River Players announce the beginning of its 49th season with the auditions for “Somewhere In France Is A Lily” on Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at 4 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Mouse River Players Arlene Auditorium located at 115 1st ...

Federal grant sought to replace Minot’s Third Street NE bridge

Flood protection for northeast Minot will require a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad track raise, which in turn will force changes to the Third Street bridge. The Souris River Joint Board is pursuing a $25 million federal BUILD grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation to help ...

Number of producing wells reaches preliminary all-time high

BISMARCK – North Dakota has reached a preliminary new all-time high of 15,698 producing wells. The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources released the state’s newest production numbers on Tuesday. The May numbers are the most recent numbers available. The number of producing ...

Police hunt for more officers

Officer recruitment and retention is the Minot Police Department’s biggest challenge, Chief Jason Olson told the Minot City Council Monday. The shrinking applicant pool has become a national concern, he said. “That is probably the biggest kind of crisis that we’re facing right now in ...

More water exiting Fort Peck

A higher volume of water can be expected in the Missouri River above Lake Sakakawea in the coming days. On Monday the release from Fort Peck Reservoir was increased from 12,000 cubic feet per second to 15,000 cfs, a volume that necessitated the opening of two spillway gates at that facility. ...

Change of Fair Parade route at fairgrounds

The route of the North Dakota State Fair Parade at the fairgrounds has changed. The change was done for a better traffic flow according to Jim Clifford, parade chairman. After the parade goes through the fairgrounds then it will leave the fairgrounds using the gate north of Commercial 2. (In ...

Coby Edwards, Berthold, goes to trial on charge of sexually abusing child

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of Coby John Edwards, 27, Berthold, who is charged in district court in Minot with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition. Edwards is accused of sexually abusing a young girl between 2016 and 2018. If convicted, Edwards could face up to life in ...

David Phillips, Minot, charged with aggravated assault – domestic violence

David Fiero Phillips, 47, Minot, is accused of assaulting a woman repeatedly in front of a 5-year-old girl on Monday evening. Phillips is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony aggravated assault - domestic violence. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the ...

Patrick Wagner, Minot, pleads not guilty to setting off pipe bomb

Patrick Michael Wagner, 37, Minot, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge that he set off a pipe bomb in rural Minot on April 7 and that he was in possession of bomb making materials. Wagner is charged with Class B felony endangering by fire or explosion and Class C felony possession of ...