Local News

Third Street crosswalk improvements on the way

A new crosswalk on Third Street Southeast could be installed later this year. The Ward County Commission received an update from Highway Engineer Dana Larsen Tuesday regarding improvements to the existing crosswalk in front of the administration building and Courthouse. The City of Minot, ...

Farm Rescue hauling hay to Nebraska flood victims

HORACE — Farm Rescue, a North Dakota-based nonprofit organization, is ramping up hay relief efforts in response to recent severe flooding in the state of Nebraska. The organization is again activating “Operation Hay Lift” to haul much-needed livestock feed to ranchers affected by the ...

Community Rocks gifts $37,000 to local beneficiaries

The Community Rocks board of director’s president, Erik Anderson, and vice president and treasurer Andy Bertsch presented checks to seven beneficiaries on Monday. Community Rocks raised a total of $37,000 to be gifted to various groups at their 2019 Community Rocks concert in Feb. The ...

Good start to spring

Today is the first official day of spring, bringing with it a forecast for several days of temperatures actually a few degrees above average. If the latest prognostications prove correct, the memories of a miserably cold February will soon be giving way to snowmelt and sunshine. The high ...

Susan Coons, Carpio, charged with making terroristic threat

Susan Kaye Scheel Coons, 49, Carpio, is charged in district court in Stanley with sending a threatening text message to a woman in Mountrail County on March 13. According to court documents, Coons threatened to kill the woman in the text message and accused the other woman of destroying a ...

Ervin Sampson Jr., Detroit, Mich., charged with intent to deliver oxycodone

Ervin Leon Sampson Jr., 20, of Detroit, Mich., has been charged with intent to deliver oxycodone in the New Town area, a Class B felony, following a traffic stop on March 13. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Sampson was a passenger in a vehicle traveling from ...

Change of plea scheduled for Lonnie Weiand, Minot, in aggravated assault cases

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled March 26 in district court in Minot for Lonnie Charles Weiand, 51, who is accused of beating and strangling a woman during an argument in Minot on Dec. 15, 2017, and of later strangling his ex-girlfriend and violating a no-contact order in Minot on ...

Minot man arrested for shooting incident

A 27-year-old Minot man was arrested by Minot police in connection with a shooting incident in the 10 block of 16th Avenue SW. Arrest warrants were issued earlier Tuesday for Joseph Thompson III and Thompson turned himself in to Minot police, according to a Minot Police Department news ...

State Parks seek committee members

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee. The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The RTP is ...

Trinity Homes lifts flu-related restrictions

Trinity Homes has lifted restrictions on visitation at the facility. The restrictions had gone into effect in mid-February due to an increase in flu activity in the community. “We’ve seen a decrease in influenza numbers in the community and here at Trinity Homes, which is why we’ve been ...

Private dispute, public issue?

North Dakota’s famous embrace of Theodore Roosevelt is only one example of the state’s penchant for “rugged individualism,” and in policymaking, this value often translates to a desire for “local control.” Lawmakers are wary of restricting the powers of local cities, counties and ...

Still a housing crunch

At the height of the oil boom during the earlier part of the decade, North Dakota was making national headlines as average rent prices skyrocketed upwards of $2,000 in Williston, more expensive than average prices in New York and San Francisco at the time. Oil activity has slowed since then, ...

$2 million Powerball prize sold in Minot

A New Town resident purchased the winning $2 million Powerball with Power Play ticket for Saturday night’s draw and claimed the money from the Attorney General’s office in Bismarck Monday. The winner chose to remain anonymous. The lucky ticket was sold at Safari Fuels, 1500 37th Avenue SW, ...

Minot police investigating shooting Monday in Minot

Minot police are investigating a report of shots fired in the 10 block of 16th Avenue SW on Monday afternoon, according to a press release issued by the Minot Police Department. No one was injured during the incident. According to police, a man broke into the garage at the residence and ...

Even in an ag state rural citizens struggle for access to fresh food

CENTER – This town, the county seat of Oliver County, has one school, two bars, and three churches: Methodist, Lutheran and Catholic. The one thing they don’t have? A grocery store. But they did. According to residents, Center’s last grocery store closed in March 2008 and has not been ...

Capitol Chatter

Fruit roll-ups and circuses While a sound system issue was being fixed during a Senate session March 11, Sen. Merrill Piepkorn, D-Fargo, inadvertently exposed Senate Democrats’ snack stash, kept in an empty desk beside his, when he began handing out Fruit Roll Ups to his bored colleagues. ...

NASP Tourney set for Friday and Saturday

A record number of archers are scheduled to compete this weekend in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at the State Fair Center in Minot. The tournament will feature competition in Bullseye or Olympic style, and 3-D. The tournament, to be held Friday and ...