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Native American history abounds throughout North Dakota

This month’s frigid weather might have some North Dakotans longing for summer and the months when they can explore the outdoors. Fortunately, there is so much history to be seen in North Dakota that many people might not need to plan trips for outside the state. Hundreds of years before ...

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Police: Dakota Square shoplifter pulls gun on officer

The Minot Police Department is asking for assistance with locating 23-year-old Eric Lee Skorick of Minot. At approximately 3:45 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a store in Dakota Square Mall to investigate a report of a shoplifter in custody. When the officer arrived just before 4 p.m. and ...

Changes ahead for Minot AFB bomb wing leadership

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base will have a change in top leadership this spring. Col. Matthew Brooks will conclude two years as the bomb wing’s commander, a position he has held since June 2016. He will be replaced by Col. Bradley Cochran, currently vice ...

Border officials seize stainless steel sinks at Portal Port of Entry

PORTAL— U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Portal Port of Entry recently targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Portal. CBP officers inspected two rail containers and discovered merchandise in violation of intellectual property ...

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A Friday morning fire claimed a shop and warehouse at Roughneck Auto on Minot’s east side. There were no injuries reported.

Fire destroys warehouse

City of Minot and Minot Rural firefighters responded to a call about 9:30 a.m. Friday. When they arrived on the scene at Roughneck Auto, 1425 Railway Avenue, flames were visible coming from a single-story warehouse and storage shop. The warehouse, which was fully engulfed, was a total loss. ...

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Police: Dakota Square shoplifter pulls gun on officer

The Minot Police Department is asking for assistance with locating 23-year-old Eric Lee Skorick of Minot. At approximately 3:45 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a store in Dakota Square Mall to investigate a report of a shoplifter in custody. When the officer arrived just before 4 p.m. and ...

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National event at Lake Metigoshe

The North American Ice Fishing Circuit, which includes the top names in ice fishing today, is scheduled to open up their championship series Sunday morning at Lake Metigoshe. The Lake Metigoshe event is the first in a series of eight tournaments that comprise the 2018 NAIFC ...

Man charged with burglary, starting fire

Three additional charges were filed Friday against a man in connection with a break-in and fire at Gourmet Chef in downtown Minot on Thursday. Anthony Carl Frederick, 22, New Town, is charged with Class B felony criminal mischief, Class C felony burglary and Class C felony endangering by ...

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A recently established preservation fund will continue for future generations to maintain and preserve Ryder’s cemetery

Ryder Cemetery Historical Preservation Fund established

RYDER – Preserving the final resting places of family members can become difficult as family members move away or for other reasons can no longer take care of the burial sites. The local community also may have declined in population and few people are available to care for the cemetery. ...

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Traditions in Norway celebrated Sunday

On Sunday at 1:30 p.m, local Nordic Minot ladies are invited to attend a cultural presentation “Soups and Sweaters, Traditions in Norway.” Soup in its traditional form was made largely from what was available in the different regions of Norway. Most soups were based on game and fish. ...

State dismisses criminal trespass charge against Dumas

The state has dismissed a Class C felony criminal trespass charge against a Minot man. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Daniel Norman Dumas had been accused of opening up the window to a back bedroom of a Minot mobile home in June 2017, climbing into the bedroom ...

New law creates flexibility for fire departments

WASHINGTON – Fire departments will be able to use certain federal funds to promote part-time or paid on-call firefighters to full-time under provisions of a bill signed into law by President Trump. The provision, co-sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, is part of a bipartisan bill to ...

Missouri Basin snowpack above average

The Missouri Basin snowpack is measured at above average. Information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows that the snow water equivalent as of Jan. 1 in the “Fort Peck to Garrison” reach was 134 percent of average. The “Total above Fort Peck” was recorded at 118 percent of ...

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Exterior siding is nearly complete on this home project on West Central Avenue Thursday.

Building activity drops in Minot in 2017

The value of building permits dropped noticeably in Minot in 2017, with more attention paid to remodeling last year than to new construction. The City of Minot’s building permit report shows $43.85 million in permits issued in 2017, down from $71.5 million in 2016. Pat Bailey, manager at ...

State taxable sales rise in third quarter

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the third quarter of 2017 showed a slight increase, reflecting a second consecutive quarter of growth, according to the North Dakota Tax Department. Taxable sales and purchases for July, August and September totalled $4.7 billion, ...

Man acquitted of disorderly conduct, other charges dismissed

A Minot man was acquitted Tuesday of disorderly conduct for a December 2016 incident, court records show. Clenter Lee Williams, 38, had been accused of making threats against Antwan Alexander at the Ward County Courthouse. According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, Alexander ...

Minot legislator takes heat for social media comments

Minot legislator Roscoe Streyle says he made mistakes with his posts on social media recently and plans to do better going forward. Streyle, a Republican who has represented Minot’s District 3 since 2011, came under fire from Democrats recently for multiple Twitter comments that used a term ...

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A student government group at Minot State University builds bird feeder enrichments for inhabitants of Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot.

Adult Ed-Venture Series planned at zoo

Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot will hold its first Adult Ed-Venture Series on Monday, Jan. 15, from 10-11:15 a.m. “It’s brand new,” said Jennifer Kleen, executive director of the Minot Zoo Crew. She said the program is offered for adults “of all ages.” Participants will be able to ...

Dickinson man sentenced for luring a minor by computer

A 51-year-old Dickinson man will serve 30 days in jail on a Class C felony charge of luring a minor aged 15 to 17. Court records show that Marvin Jacob Faulhaber pleaded guilty to the offense on Thursday in district court in Stanley. A Class A misdemeanor charge of solicitation of a minor ...

Gourmet Chef broken into, vandalized

Gourmet Chef in downtown Minot was broken into and damaged by fire early Thursday morning, according to Minot police. Police say they arrested a 23-year-old New Town man outside the business after they found him rummaging through a vehicle in a nearby parking garage. Anthony Carl Frederick ...