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County’s draft budget to include higher staff costs

Ward County commissioners agreed to include about $866,000 in new staff positions and salary increases in a proposed 2018 budget at a special meeting Thursday. The commission might decide later to trim that amount when it gets the budget draft for review. For the purposes of establishing a ...

Key Burdick Expressway intersection to reopen to local traffic

A key intersection on Burdick Expressway East will soon reopen to local traffic after concrete work and other items have been completed. The intersection of Burdick Expressway East and Ninth Street Southeast, near the entrance to Eastwood Park, will reopen to local traffic only on Saturday in ...

Jet skier still missing

There is still no recovery of a man presumed to have drowned in Lake Sakakawea. Chad Kanine, 42, Parshall, was reported missing June 11 when the jet ski he was operating was found floating on the Missouri River arm of Lake Sakakawea in the area opposite the Four Bears Marina. Kanine had been ...

Belcourt boy killed in Jamestown rollover identified

The 17-year-old Belcourt boy killed in a rollover east of Jamestown on Tuesday has been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Daniel Short. According to the Patrol, Short was a passenger in a stolen pickup driven by Wilmer Nadeau, 54, of Fargo. The 1996 Dodge 3500 rolled on ...

Staff judge advocate under investigation

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The staff judge advocate at Minot Air Force Base has been reassigned while he is under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The staff judge advocate is being investigated by OSI in relation to a previous permanent change-of-station move, ...

North Dakota Art Gallery Association receives arts grant

In support of its efforts to provide arts programming in their community, North Dakota Art Gallery Association applied for and was awarded a $6,921 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). North Dakota Art Gallery Association was among 55 recipients of the ...

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Visitors will get their hands in the clay during a pottery workshop being held at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton on Saturday.

Hands on History pottery workshop at Knife River Indian Villages

STANTON – A pottery workshop that is part of the Hands on History Series at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton will be taking place Saturday. The series offers participants an opportunity to practice various skills important to the Hidatsa culture including ...

Traveling libraries

By Maria Witham July 21, 2017 — One of the best ways to beat the heat on these long summer days is to find a little shade and open up a good book. For far-off adventures, no need to go any further than your local public library. However, for some North Dakotans in rural communities, access ...

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Fire marshal orders apartment evacuation

One fire led to another, actually four more, and it has resulted in the evacuation of what is said to be Minot’s largest apartment building. City Fire Marshal Brian Andersen issued an evacuation order for all 152 units located in the North Highlands Apartments on July 12. Since that decree, ...

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Officials on the left side of the table visit with Minot residents on the right side of the table about flood plain concerns at a FEMA informational meeting in Minot Municipal Auditorium Wednesday.

Flooding on North Hill?

Some North Hill residents have been surprised to learn their properties are in high-risk flood plains on a preliminary map released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month. Agency representatives and state and local officials held meetings this week with residents to discuss the ...

County cautious about flood elevation project

A wary Ward County Commission tabled again a proposal that aims to provide county residents with flood elevation certifications. The commission had tabled on July 6 a request from Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, to participate in a pilot study using North Carolina technology to assess available ...

Three masked men

By Carole Butcher July 20, 2017 — On this date in 1911, three masked men held up a Northern Pacific train between Tower City and Buffalo. Armed with revolvers, they collected $500 from the passengers and went to the locomotive. They ordered the engineer to stop the train so they could get ...

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An architect’s rendering shows the Drug Treatment Center being built by the Three Affiliated Tribes on the north side of Bismarck. Construction began in December. The center is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.

Treatment center being built

BISMARCK – A $24.8 million drug treatment center project is being built in Bismarck by the Three Affiliated Tribes. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Drug Treatment Center is being built in a new subdivision on the north side of Bismarck at 57th Avenue N. and U.S. Highway 83, about a ...

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This architect’s rendering shows the Three Affiliated Tribes’ assisted living facility project that will be built in Parshall. Construction on the project will start soon.

Tribes to build assisted living facility in Parshall

PARSHALL – The Three Affiliated Tribes are making plans to build an assisted living facility in Parshall. The facility will be built in the Wild Horse Subdivision, a new subdivision located northwest of the high school. Bids for the project are due in August and construction will start ...

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Burlington City Auditor Diane Fugere and city engineer Patrick Samson review a flood plain map with a resident at a FEMA flood map informational event in Burlington Tuesday.

Future floodway puts Burlington resident in bind

BURLINGTON — Jane Abel was faced with totally rebuilding her house near the Souris River in Burlington after the 2011 flood. With work unfinished six years later, Abel has discovered a new, preliminary flood plain map places her home in a floodway – a no-build zone likely to impact her ...

Impersonating officer charge ends in deferred sentence

A 24-year-old former reserve officer for the Ward County Sheriff’s Office received a deferred imposition of sentence and community service Wednesday for allegedly wearing his uniform when he was not on duty. Taylor Lee Barnett, who now lives in Mandan, pleaded guilty to impersonating a ...

Alcohol saturation patrols during the State Fair

North Dakota State Patrol troopers in the Minot area will saturate the roadways during the North Dakota State Fair to enhance safety and remove impaired drivers. All alcohol-related violations will be strictly enforced. This year alone, 17 people have died in alcohol-related crashes in North ...

Construction begins Friday near Coleharbor

COLEHARBOR – Construction begins Friday on a three-mile section of U.S. Highway 83, three miles north of Coleharbor Snake Creek Embankment. The project consists of surface overlay work in both the northbound and southbound roadway. During construction Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph. ...

Saltwater release contained at well site

WILLISTON – A contained release of 13,230 gallons of saltwater occurred at an oil and gas well near Williston Tuesday. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified Wednesday of the incident at the Tenneco State 1-19 oil and gas well about six miles south of Williston. J&M ...