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Learning about the military

ChargingEagle Matthews, a junior at New Town High School, climbed up onto and then into the North Dakota National Guard’s Armored Personnel Vehicle to get a closer look at this type of military equipment. Matthews, along with about 60 other junior and senior year students at New Town, ...

Stanley High hosts Skittle Skool

Junior high and high school students learned about health issues on Wednesday during the “Skittle Skool” sponsored by the Mountrail County Health Foundation, the Stanley Park District and the Stanley High School, according to a press release. The idea for Skittle School started last ...

Legislation increases Indian Health Service’s accountability

Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on Wednesday joined Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Thune of South Dakota to announce the committee’s passage of their Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017. The legislation, ...

Regional child support offices will temporarily close April 24-26

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ regional child support offices in Minot and other North Dakota locations will be closed from April 24 to 26. The closure will allow employees from the Child Support Division to attend annual training to improve the service they provide to child ...

Man charged with firing rounds in air while drunk, after death of mother

A 33-year-old Minot man is accused of firing multiple rounds into the air outside the Polaris Park Apartments in northwest Minot on Wednesday evening. Marcus Jerome Hill’s mother had just died and he was drunk and emotionally distraught, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the ...

Minot Police receive report of phone scam

The Minot Police Department has received several reports of a fundraising scam attempt, according to a press release. Callers are reporting that an organization identifying itself as “Police Action Fund” is raising donations on behalf of the Minot Police Department. No agreement exists ...

MSU offers new degree for non-teacher licensure programs

Minot State is now offering a bachelor’s of science degree in early childhood education for educators in non-teacher licensure programs such as Head Start, according to a press release from MSU. The new degree is different from the bachelor’s of science degree in early childhood education ...

‘Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents’ course planned

NEW TOWN – “Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School System,” a free Department of Homeland Security certified course, will be held May 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, west of New Town. “In the event of ...

Ward County pay comes under review

Ward County employee salaries appear to be below the market based on information presented to the Ward County Personnel Committee Wednesday. Law enforcement salaries are 17 to 26 percent below those of other sheriff’s departments in selected North Dakota and Minnesota counties, according to ...

Snakes slither to court

For heaven’s snakes, a recently passed City of Minot ordinance is scheduled for a hissing contest. Or is it? Let’s uncoil the facts. A Minot man appeared in Municipal Court Wednesday to appear before Judge Mark Rasmuson on a charge of keeping prohibited animals. In this case it was ...

Alleged shooter charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment

A 20-year-old Minot man is accused of shooting another man in the ankle on Feb. 6. Alvaro Javier Beltran is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault and two counts of Class C felony reckless endangerment. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, authorities ...

Radar under the weather, upgrades underway

DEERING – The weather radar that is used by the National Weather Service to track weather developments in the Minot area is down for repairs. Technicians began refurbishing the radar’s transmitter earlier this week. “Basically the wiring is very old. That’s what they are doing,” ...

Man sentenced for trashing, setting fire to Gourmet Chef in January

A 22-year-old Makoti man was ordered to serve 10 months in prison Wednesday for smashing a window at Gourmet Chef on Jan. 4, trashing the business, setting it on fire and afterwards rifling through a motor vehicle outside that did not belong to him. Anthony Carl Frederick pleaded guilty to ...

BLM holding public comment period for September ND lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management is holding a 15-day public comment period for nominated oil and gas lease parcels located within McKenzie, Divide and Bowman counties in North Dakota. The 15-day period will end on April 18. The public comment period is intended to solicit input on issues and ...

Dine to Donate for the Humboldt Broncos

WILLISTON – Williston State College and Teton Men’s Hockey will host a Dine to Donate Fundraiser, Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Humboldt Bronco Hockey organization. Hosted in the Teton Lounge and open to the public, the meal will include pancakes and sausages for a free-will donation. ...

Online sex trafficking bill becomes law

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill to hold websites accountable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking online has been signed into law by President Trump, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. Heitkamp co-sponsored the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which passed the Senate 97-2 last ...

PSC reminds to ‘Call Before You Dig’

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month in North Dakota. In recognition, the North Dakota Public Service Commission is reminding everyone of the potential dangers and consequences of digging without first calling 8-1-1, North Dakota’s Call-Before-You-Dig ...

Hoeven selected for Defense Appropriations Committee

Sen. John Hoeven on Tuesday announced he has been selected to serve on the Defense Appropriations Committee, a key position responsible for funding the Department of Defense, including North Dakota’s Air Force bases and National Guard. “Our military does a tremendous job keeping our ...