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Erik Anderson of MSU wins First Annual Young Composers Competition

The Minot Symphony Orchestra announces Erik M. Anderson, Minot, as the winner of its first annual Young Composers Competition with his original composition, “Prologue.” Anderson’s work will be featured at the March 10 Minot Symphony Orchestra concert at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot ...

Budget deal includes carbon capture legislation

WASHINGTON – A budget deal passed by Congress and signed by the President Friday included a bipartison bill to encourage technological innovation in carbon capture utilization and storage while reducing carbon emissions. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and three other senators took the lead ...

Smoke but no fire at courthouse when heating unit malfunctions

The Minot Fire Department was called to the Ward County Courthouse Friday morning after a heating unit in a third floor office malfunctioned and started smoking. Glen Hardy, battalion chief, said there was no fire and the courthouse was not evacuated. “It didn’t even cause the alarm to ...

Budget deal makes more disaster assistance to agriculture

WASHINGTON – Expanded assistance will be available to farmers, ranchers, and honey bee producers impacted by disasters with the passage of a budget deal by Congress. The budget deal removes the funding cap for the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program. The program is currently capped at ...

Beavers fall 80-78 in double overtime

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minot State men’s basketball team’s losing streak hit five games on Friday after coming up just short of a road victory against Minnesota Duluth. MSU fell 80-78 in double overtime. Tied at 65 apiece in regulation, MSU had a chance to win on a last-second shot, but ...

Free tax prep being offered at MSU

Minot State University is opening its doors for those who qualify for VITA to get free help from nine of their accounting students in getting their taxes done. These services began on Feb. 5 and will run until April 7 to offer those who are able to have the time to go and receive the help. ...

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Berthold’s Councilman and Police Commissioner, Travis Sorenson, left, presenting Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt, right, with the Beyond the Traffic Stop Award in this photo by Marvin Baker of the Kenmare News.

Berthold police chief Al Schmidt receives state award

Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt was selected to receive the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Beyond the Traffic Stop Award, which was presented to him Feb. 5, at Berthold’s City Council meeting. He received the award for exceptional enforcement and investigation ...

Three charged with drug offenses following raid

Three people face drug charges in district court in Minot following a Ward County Narcotics Task Force raid on a northwest Minot residence on Tuesday. Chris-tina Mendiola Crisostomo, 36, is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, both Class ...

Court scheduled for man charged with ramming patrol vehicle

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 14 in district court in Minot for a Minot man charged with fleeing a Surrey police officer and ramming a patrol vehicle on Oct. 25, 2017. Jacob Michael Bauer, 25, is charged with two Class A misdemeanors, fleeing a police officer and reckless ...

Barnes sentenced on reckless endangerment charge

A 35-year-old Idaho man pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor reckless endangerment in district court in Stanley earlier this week and was ordered to serve 360 days in jail. A felony child abuse charge and felony assault charge was dismissed against Travis Edward Barnes, along with a Class A ...

Oxycodone dealer sentenced

A 30-year-old Las Vegas man will serve about two years in prison for intending to deal oxycodone in Minot in January 2017 and in March 2017. Kevin Terrell Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of Class B felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on Tuesday in district ...

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Council members Mark Jantzer, left, and Shaun Sipma, right, unfurl Minot’s new flag as other city council members and Mayor Chuck Barney, far left, look on during the State of the City event at Magic City Campus Thursday.

‘Much accomplished, much to do’

Minot’s commitment to flood control and quality of life were key themes as Mayor Chuck Barney delivered a first State of the City address at Magic City Campus Thursday. At the event featuring the unveiling of a city flag and recognition of a fifth-grade essay winner, Barney spoke of the ...

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Colby Tanner with BNSF addresses the MADC annual meeting in the Sleep Inn & Suites Thursday.

Minot poised for development

Minot is well situated to grab the attention of companies scouting for new locations, according to a Burlington Northern Santa Fe official who keynoted Minot Area Development Corp.’s annual meeting Thursday. “I would say you are poised really good right now,” said Colby Tanner, ...

Little expected from Saskatchewan runoff

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN – Residents along the Souris River have learned to closely monitor snowpack conditions in southern Saskatchewan. Snowmelt that drains into the Long Creek, Souris River and Moose Mountain Creek drainages can result in high water conditions, even flooding, throughout the ...

Minn. man charged in ND attack calls priest a rapist

TOWNER — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a rural North Dakota priest last month referred to the victim as a rapist during a court hearing Thursday. Facing three felonies, including attempted murder, Chad Legare of Alexandria, Minn., appeared in North Dakota’s McHenry County ...

New date to be set in robbery, aggravated assault trial

A new trial date will be scheduled for a mother and a son charged with robbing a north Minot storage unit on Sept. 4, 2017, physically assaulting a 22-year-old woman and interfering when the woman and her 95-year-old grandmother tried to call 911. Vaneica Ann Erickson, 46, and her son, Scott ...

Sprenger to go to trial on GSI charge

A 31-year-old former Minot man was set Thursday to change his plea to guilty of sexual abuse of two babies and toddlers over a decade ago. However, Timothy Sprenger changed his mind and now wants to go to trial. Sprenger is charged with gross sexual imposition and continuous sexual abuse of a ...

Man pleads not guilty to burglarizing, setting fire at Gourmet Chef

A 22-year-old Makoti man entered not guilty pleas Thursday to charges that he smashed a window at Gourmet Chef on Jan. 4, “trashed” the business, set it on fire and afterwards rifled through a motor vehicle outside that didn’t belong to him. Anthony Carl Frederick is charged in ...