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Water Treatment Plant foreman Mark Paddock watches a lime and water mixture flow through a trough toward a treatment basin in the plant Tuesday. The idea of local preference took hold during a city council debate over a lime supply contract.

Buy low or buy local?

Torn between the economic boost that comes from buying local and the need to pinch every penny, the Minot City Council wants to re-examine the way it awards bids for products and services. The scrutiny into bidding practices grew out of debate over who should supply quicklime, a water ...

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The posted speed limit for motorists in designated school zones throughout the city is 20 miles per hour. This photograph was taken near Longfellow School in northwest Minot.

Be aware of school zones

A Minot man learned the hard way recently about driving too fast in a school zone. He was fined $54 when caught on radar driving 44 miles per hour near John Hoeven Elementary in southeast Minot. The posted speed limit in school zones is 20 mph. Numerous signs are placed in the vicinity of ...

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The Queen Elizabus is a popular attraction at the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison, shown at a past event. This year’s event is set for Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9.

Ring in the holidays

GARRISON – Ring in the holiday season at the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison. This year’s festival is Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. Tickets for the play, afternoon entertainment and packages are all for sale by calling ...

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Sixth-grade students at North Shore Plaza School hold up letters spelling “veteran” during the school’s annual Veterans Day Tribute held at the school Thursday. From the left are Isaiah Robles, Mackenzie Woodard, Colton Davison, Hannah Braaflat, Tadyn Hathaway, Peyton Alford and Kaian Enockson. Local veterans from the Makoti and Plaza Legion clubs were honored. At the annual event each of the elementary classrooms has a part in the program and the high school band also plays. After the program everyone has cake with the veterans and visit.

Veterans Day Tribute

Submitted Photos Sixth-grade students at North Shore Plaza School hold up letters spelling “veteran” during the school’s annual Veterans Day Tribute held at the school Thursday. From the left are Isaiah Robles, Mackenzie Woodard, Colton Davison, Hannah Braaflat, Tadyn Hathaway, Peyton ...

La Nina on the doorstep

La Nina appears to be on its way. The Climate Prediction Center upgraded its previously issued La Nina Watch to a La Nina Advisory earlier this week. La Nina is a weather pattern greatly influenced by cooler than normal sea surface water temperatures in portions of the Pacific Ocean. Generally, ...

North Dakota deer hunting season getting underway

BISMARCK (AP) — Thousands of hunters clad in blaze orange are taking to the North Dakota fields in search of white-tailed deer and mule deer. Most should have a fairly good shot of bagging an animal this fall. Here's a look at the season: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Gun hunting for deer opens at ...

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Representatives of the Home Depot store in Minot presented the Minot American Legion Post No. 26 Honor Guard with a folded U.S. flag in a case on Friday to show Home Depot’s appreciation for serving veterans. An enscription with the flag and case said it is “in appreciation for serving our Veterans.” From the left are: Jimbo Morris, Minot Home Depot workshop captain who works in the Electrical Department; Richard Reuer and Dean Verstraete, Minot American Legion Honor Guard members; and Jason Barker, Minot Home Depot store manager. A folded U.S. flag in a case was also presented to the Honor Guard of the Minot Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 753 commanded by Loren Headrick.

In appreciation of veterans

Eloise Ogden/MDN Representatives of the Home Depot store in Minot presented the Minot American Legion Post No. 26 Honor Guard with a folded U.S. flag in a case on Friday to show Home Depot’s appreciation for serving veterans. An enscription with the flag and case said it is “in ...

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Minot Health and Rehab residents and veterans Mary Weber, Walter Kreie and Melvin Jenrsud enjoy coffee and doughnuts during a celebration of veterans on Friday. In the background are Air Force Airman 1st Class Madison Cole and Master Sgt. Curtis Cockrell.

Veterans Day celebration

Andrea Johnson/MDN Minot Health and Rehab residents and veterans Mary Weber, Walter Kreie and Melvin Jenrsud enjoy coffee and doughnuts during a celebration of veterans on Friday. In the background are Air Force Airman 1st Class Madison Cole and Master Sgt. Curtis Cockrell.

Man charged with robbing Game Stop also facing federal meth dealing charges

A federal charge of dealing meth is pending against a 23-year-old Minot man who is being held at the Ward County Jail on a charge that he robbed Game Stop at gunpoint in August. According to court records, Jordan Lee Ritter was indicted by a grand jury on April 5 on a charge of conspiracy to ...

City narrows ‘no hunting’ focus

An ordinance approved by the Minot City Council Monday to ban bow hunting in Minot doesn’t completely ban bow hunting. The council amended a hunting ban ordinance on second reading to limit the prohibition to city-owned lands, which addresses concerns about hunters in Rosehill Memorial Park ...

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The Ward County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village Museum is pictured on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Pioneer Village dispute set for trial

A long running dispute over whether Ward County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village Museum will be permitted to remain on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds is set for trial Jan. 30, 2018, before Southwest District Court Judge Rhonda Ehlis. Ehlis, who was appointed to the case after Judge ...

ServPro lawsuit against Minot Public Schools to go to trial Jan. 8

ServPro’s lawsuit against the Minot Public School District over unpaid flood expenses will go to trial in the federal courthouse in Bismarck at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8. The case has been reassigned to Judge Billy Roy Wilson, U.S. Senior District Court judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. ...

Man found guilty of aggravated assault

A 56-year-old Minot man was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in district court in Minot of assaulting and injuring his male roommate in March. Jesse Matthew Parker Jr. will be sentenced on Nov. 14 on the Class C felony aggravated assault charge, which carries a maximum sentence of five years ...

Man stows away in BNSF boxcar on cold night

A 31-year-old West Chester, Pa., man hopped into a Burlington Northern Santa Fe box car in Williston early Tuesday morning and rode to Gavin Yard in Minot, where he was caught by authorities. Steven Eric Slouf pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor stowing away and Class B misdemeanor ...

Stanley woman charged with terrorizing, assault on police officer

STANLEY – A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14 in district court in Stanley for a 59-year-old woman accused of assaulting a peace officer and terrorizing her son during an incident on Oct. 4 According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Ethel Neether allegedly threatened to ...

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Master Sgt. Javier Parris, left, of the 5th Communications Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, serves the noon meal to World War II veteran Norman Abernathey, right, and his wife, Gladys, center, following the Veterans Day program at the Parker Senior Center in Minot on Thursday. About 25 Minot Air Force Base active-duty members served the meals that day to the veterans and others.

‘Thank you’ to veterans

Norman Abernathey volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served for four years, from 1942 until being discharged in 1946. Abernathey and his wife, Gladys, of Minot attended the Veterans Day program at the Parker in downtown Minot on Thursday. Norman Abernathey said ...

‘Bomber Barons’

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Members of the 23rd Bomb Squadron and B-52s at Minot Air Force Base were away fighting ISIS in the Middle East when their squadron’s 100th anniversary took place in June. Today, the squadron will hold an observance at the base in honor of its 100th year. A static ...

Local Wreaths Across America program nearly halfway to goal

The local Wreaths Across America program has reached 479 sponsored wreaths and is almost halfway to this year’s goal number, according to Richard Reuer. Reuer is public relations officer for the Minot American Legion and coordinator of the local Wreaths Across America program, Through the ...