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Golf carts replace longtime wagon shuttles on fairgrounds

Wagon shuttles that transported visitors on the grounds of the State Fair for many years are a thing of the past. They have been replaced by golf carts this year. Beth Ryan, marketing director for the North Dakota State Fair, said the wagon shuttles were a safety concern of having big ...

2017 North Dakota State Fair Parade

The North Dakota State Fair Parade for 2017 is in process. These are a few views of the parade. https://youtu.be/gXHkhoSJwSY

A pedestrian crosses the Anne Street Bridge into downtown Minot.

Council keeps amenities alive in flood plan design

Minot is keeping its options open when it comes to flood wall openings and pedestrian/bike trails associated with a future flood protection project. The Minot City Council met in special session Friday to approve design work on four different amenities it would like considered as plans for ...

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A garbage cart is hidden Wednesday behind other trash left out in southeast Minot for the city collection service. The city has been collecting all garbage during the first week of automated collection but will be moving to garbage cart use only.

New garbage system brings expected hiccups

The first week of Minot’s new automated garbage collection went much as anticipated, according to Minot Public Works Department. “Everything has kind of gone as planned. We knew we would have some hiccups but they were hiccups that we were expecting, and we are working through them,” ...

Senate committee supports flood protection projects

WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water has approved Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation supporting comprehensive flood protection for Minot and other communities in North Dakota, Sen. John Hoeven, a member of the committee, announced Friday. “We have ...

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Inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame during a July 14 ceremony in Garrison was, from the left, Clayton Folden, New Town; Paul Haug, Fargo; Richard Fink, Bismarck and the Lake Region Anglers of Devils Lake represented by Bob Gibson, Jay Hagen and Dave Magnuson.

Welcome to the Fishing Hall of Fame

GARRISON – It was a very proud moment and a great honor for the most recent inductees into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame. Three individuals and one organization were recognized for their contributions to the sport of fishing in North Dakota during a ceremony at the Garrison City ...

No show for late alcohol sales

An issue that the city hoped would be determined in a Ward County courtroom will have to wait. The man charged with state and local liquor license required failed to show for a scheduled court appearance Friday. Judge Stacy Louser issued a warrant for his arrest. Jeffrey Young, 55, was cited ...

Agencies offer opioid treatment information to public at State Fair

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is teaming up with the state’s licensed opioid treatment programs to share information about evidence-based treatment options at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, through Sunday, according to a press release. ...

Man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend

A 29-year-old Sawyer man is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Weston James Aho is charged with Class A misdemeanor stalking and could face up to a year in jail and $3,500 in fines if convicted. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the woman contacted the Ward ...

Minot man accused of dealing oxycodone

A 35-year-old Minot man is accused of selling oxycodone to a confidential informant working for the Ward County Narcotics Task Force in December 2016. John Nush is charged with Class A felony delivery of a controlled substance and could face up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 in ...

Burdick named scholarship recipient

Zach Burdick has been named a recipient of the Prochnow Educational Foundation/ North Dakota Bankers Association Scholarship. Burdick, a commercial loan officer at United Community Bank of North Dakota in Minot, will receive a $1,300 discount from the regularly charged fees for each of the ...

Belcourt woman one of three injured in crash

A 35-year-old Belcourt woman was injured in a crash near Grand Forks on Thursday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Shanell Azure was a passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet HHR driven by Melvin Morin Jr., 43, of Grand Forks, who was also injured. The driver of the other vehicle, Adam ...

Tioga hosts drone camp for kids

TIOGA – Tioga Economic Development and Enel Green Power North America will be hosting the second annual Drone Camp for Kids! in conjunction with local STEM tech camps held across western North Dakota this summer. Tioga’s two-day event on Aug. 5 and 6 will instruct 80 students in grades ...

ND approved to cover ABA services for young individuals with autism

The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced Friday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved its Medicaid State Plan to provide coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to qualifying individuals from infancy to age 21 diagnosed with an autism ...

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Welcome to 2017 ND State Fair

Glowing lights, towering ferris wheels and multistory amusement rides will grace the Magic City skyline, today through July 29, during the 2017 North Dakota State Fair. Nicknamed “The Place Where Summer Shines,” the State Fair has this year attracted some of the biggest names in music ...

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Randy McDonald, director of the Souris Valley Animal Shelter, speaks to the Community Development Committee Thursday about a proposed shelter expansion, as shown on the poster board behind him.

Marathon meeting ends in indecision

Nearly three hours of testimony left members of Minot’s Community Development Committee without immediate answers for applicants seeking nearly $12 million in community facilities sales tax dollars Thursday. Committee members pushed back any decision until after release of the preliminary ...

Judge refuses to lower bond for alleged murder conspirator

North Central District Court Judge Stacy Louser cited community safety Thursday when she refused to lower the $1 million bond for accused murder conspirator Cynthia Louise Wilder. Wilder, 26, a former Minot Public Schools elementary teacher, is accused of helping her husband, Richie Wilder ...

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Shallow wetlands that have held water for several years have begun to dry up in a wide area of the state where precipitation this year has been several inches below normal.

Drought Monitor drops again

One month ago, the Climate Prediction Center issued a long-range weather forecast that contained an “above normal” chance of rainfall for much of drought stricken North Dakota. No more. The latest CPC long-range weather outlook no longer calls for an increased possibility of rainfall ...

Man says charges are false, wants jury trial

Judge Doug Mattson scolded the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office Wednesday for being slow in making a plea offer to a man charged with aggravated assault and terrorizing for a November 2015 incident. “Part of the back log in this district is the state’s attorney’s office is not ...