Local News

El Nino still expected

It is taking its own sweet time but better late then never. The Climate Prediction Center issued an updated El Nino status Thursday and, as has the been case for the past few months, still anticipates official El Nino formation this winter. The CPC rates the chances at 80 percent. Although ...

Who Dunit … and to Whom?

A writer struggles to finish his newest play while problems at home start to take over. With each new day, it gets harder and harder for him to finish and it falls onto his characters to save their story. The Central Campus Playmakers will be performing their rendition of Robert Frankel’s ...

Wesley Dodson-Shahan, Minot, sentenced for assaulting wife

Wesley Dodson-Shahan, 22, Minot, originally charged with Class C felony aggravated assault, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a reduced charge of Class B misdemeanor simple assault. Court records show that Dodson-Shahan had been accused of assaulting his wife on Aug. 24. He allegedly grabbed the ...

Lance Peterson, Minot, charged with theft from State Fair

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Dec. 12 for former State Fair Association employee Lance Roy Peterson, 51, Minot, who is accused of stealing from the State Fair last January. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Peterson allegedly stole cleaning wipes, a ...

Misdemeanor stalking charge dismissed against Keith Vosseteig, Minot

The Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office has dismissed a Class A misdemeanor stalking charge against Keith Eldon Vosseteig, 64, of Minot. Court records show that a judge signed off on the dismissal on Oct. 26. A co-worker claimed that Vosseteig followed her and showed up unscheduled at ...

New Town man appeals simple assault conviction

A New Town man is appealing his simple assault conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court Joel Mejia, 35, had originally been charged with Class C felony aggravated assault after a dispute with his roommates in New Town. The charge was later amended to Class B misdemeanor simple assault. ...

Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for victims of Calif. shooting

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday directed all government agencies to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Saturday, Nov. 10, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of ...

Jamie Azure reelected tribal chairman

BELCOURT – Voters of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have re-elected Jamie Azure as chairman of the tribe. Azure received a total of 2,912 votes and Sam LaRocque Sr. received 1,312 votes, according to the tribal general election results.

Fewer than half of Ward County voters turn out

Fewer than half of Ward County voters turned out Tuesday, but numbers still were well ahead of typical in the county for a nonpresidential election. Figures from the Secretary of State show 24,363 ballots cast for a 46.1 percent turnout rate. Additional postmarked absentee ballots are likely ...

Mark Fox re-elected chairman of Three Affiliated Tribes

NEW TOWN – Mark Fox, incumbent, was re-elected to a second four-year term as chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, according to the unofficial vote count. Fox received 1,725 votes and Tex Hall received 959 votes, the Tribal Election Board office reported. Hall is a former three-time ...

Crosswalk safety

Crosswalk improvements are coming to Third Street Southeast near the Ward County buildings downtown. Minot City Engineer Lance Meyer told the Minot City Council Monday that there may be opportunity to institute some changes next year and make more improvements in coming years. “We have a ...

Videos help customers manage their electric bills

Xcel Energy is offering tailored advice to its customers in Minot and other communities to help them manage energy use and keep electric bills low. Xcel Energy has begun sharing short, customized videos with customers through email, helping them understand what may be affecting their ...

Award winning volunteers

They carry on a long and valued tradition for the National Weather Service and today several of them will be recognized. They are Cooperative Weather Observers who gather important weather information on a daily basis. “The cooperative program has history all the way back to the ...

Military retirees to receive cost of living pay increase

Military retirees including those in the Minot area will be seeing a cost of living pay increase. The Department of Defense announced on Tuesday annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2019. About 1,454 military retirees, the ...

Timothy Sprenger, Minot, to serve 20 years for sexually abusing baby, toddler

Timothy James Sprenger, 32, Minot, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually molesting a girl more than 30 times when she was between the ages of 1 and 3. He was given a second 20-year sentence, all suspended, which is consecutive to the first sentence, for sexually ...

Paul Erickson, Minot, charged with delivery of marijuana

Paul Joseph Erickson, 28, Minot, is charged with delivery of marijuana, a Class B felony, in district court in Minot. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Erickson sold two ounces of marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Ward County Narcotics Task ...

Kenneth Malsom, Minot, sentenced for misdemeanor stalking

Kenneth William Malsom, 58, Minot, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of unsupervised probation and 360 days in jail, all suspended, for stalking an area resident. According to court records, Malsom had trespassed on property on several occasions and sent threatening emails to the resident, ...