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Thomsen root beer got its start in the 1920s and has been featured at the North Dakota State Fair for 
several generations.

Roots in root beer

It’s delicious. It’s cool and it may be the longest tradition at the North Dakota State Fair. “My grandparents came to this fair. They did root beer when the horse and buggies were around,” said Jim Thomsen, Haslet, Texas. “They started in 1920 or 22, right in that area, and went ...

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Dean and Debra Lindvall were accompanied by “Heszik” at the North Dakota State Fair Wednesday. All made the trip from McVille to enjoy a day at the fair.

Fair, folks, food and fun

People come to the North Dakota State Fair for all sorts of reasons. Some come for the food. Others for the entertainment. The exhibits are an attraction, too. Sometimes it is simply in your blood. “I’ve been coming here for almost 70 years. I was born here and lived right across the ...

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A conceptual drawing of a proposed tiger habitat shows the type of project planned for the Roosevelt Park Zoo.

Committee supports 7 facilities projects

Seven projects would share in $4.8 million from a Community Facilities Fund under a recommendation of the Minot City Council’s Community Development Committee. City-sponsored projects would get about $1.8 million and other community projects $3 million. The committee on Wednesday determined ...

Minot man to go on trial for attempted murder

A 26-year-old Minot man will be tried sometime in January for attempted murder. Steven Dolorenzo Stewart is accused in the Oct. 26, 2016 shooting at the Sports on Tap bar in Minot. He is charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, and two counts of reckless endangerment, both Class C ...

Get ready for Magic Day of Giving

The 4th annual Magic Day of Giving is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2017 in Minot. Registration is now open for volunteers and project submissions at www.magicdayofgiving.org. Last year’s event was a huge success, drawing in more than 2,500 volunteers who collectively gave back 5,925 hours of ...

1st Good Medicine Addiction Summit planned

NEW TOWN – A variety of topics will be covered during the first Good Medicine Addiction Summit scheduled for Aug. 8-9 in the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, west of New Town. Featured speakers will be Al Pooley, Ty Thompson, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum and Clinton Alexander. The ...

Alleged shoplifting accomplice gets deferred sentence

A Minot teen received a two-year deferred imposition of sentence for serving as a lookout when another teen allegedly shoplifted a revolver from Scheels in April. Brandon Fredrick Lindquist, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday in district court in Minot to a reduced charge of criminal facilitation. ...

Sundsbak elected to National Junior Angus Association board

Madison Sundsbak of Des Lacs has been elected one of 12 individuals who will serve as the National Junior Angus Association board of directors for the coming year. The board members were announced at the National Junior Angus Show awards ceremony held July 9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Board ...

Baesler: Partnership strengthens math, science, English education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said more than 180 North Dakota teachers from across the state are sharpening their classroom skills this week at a workshop dedicated to improving their ability to teach math, science and English, according to a press release from ...

Amended complaint sheds light on violent confrontation with deputy

A Dunseith man pleaded not guilty this week in district court to attempted murder of a Rolette County deputy in February. Michael James Marion is charged with multiple felonies in the case, including attempted murder of Deputy Keith Benning. A story in Wednesday’s edition of The Minot Daily ...

Local nonprofit could win creative services in KK Bold contest

A local nonprofit could receive up to $15,000 in free creative services from advertising agency KK BOLD in a contest currently open to nominations. KK BOLD is taking nominations for its Step Up! community service program on its website at kkbold.com. The agency will select several nonprofits ...

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Isaiah Ramos, son of Anthony and Danielle Ramos of Minot, and Quade Mosley, son of Tara and Lloyd Mosley of Tioga, face off in the Diaper Derby at the North Dakota State Fair on Tuesday.

Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot

The secret of 17-month-old Liam Kingfisher’s triumph in the Toddler Trot at the North Dakota State Fair on Tuesday was suckers, said his mom, Randee Kingfisher. The toddler from Minot Air Force Base was lured to the finish line by the promise of his favorite sweet. But his parents think ...

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Paislee Lozensky, 4, daughter of Deanna and Kelly Lozensky of the South Prairie area, competes in the Kids’ Pedal Pull on Tuesday afternoon at the North Dakota State Fair.

Pedals and puppies at the fair

Photos by Paislee Lozensky, 4, daughter of Deanna and Kelly Lozensky of the South Prairie area, competes in the Kids’ Pedal Pull on Tuesday afternoon at the North Dakota State Fair. Lawrence Frederick of Florida works with frisbee champion Galaxy Girl on Tuesday during the World Famous ...

Ruling favors sidelined sheriff

WATFORD CITY – The immediate fate of McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is in the hands of Gov. Doug Burgum. Schwartzenberg was suspended from his sheriff’s duties on Nov. 23, 2016, by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Dalrymple acted following a request by the McKenzie County Acting ...

Special initiated measure on WSI in the works

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marvin Nelson wants to put reform of Workforce Safety and Insurance, the agency that manages workers compensation claims in the state, to a vote of the people. Nelson, a state representative from Rolla, said he hopes to see the special initiated measure ...

Man charged with assaulting woman at Burlington bar

A Burlington man is accused of punching a woman in the face, kicking her while she was on the ground and knocking her out at the Idle Hour Bar in Burlington on Saturday, according to court documents. Jerry William Baldwin, 59, is charged with aggravated assault, a charge that carries a maximum ...

Sanderson in custody

A 25-year-old registered sex offender who once worked as the Easter Bunny at Dakota Square Mall was in custody at the Ward County Jail on Tuesday. Daniel Elwell Sanderson was scheduled to have a probation revocation hearing, but Judge Todd Cresap agreed to reschedule it because Sanderson’s ...

Informational meeting set on Ryder cemetery endowment

RYDER – An informational meeting about setting up an endowment for the Ryder cemetery will be held Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Ryder gym. A board of directors has been established. Members are Kirby Mueller, Bruce Peterson, Terry Johansen, Stephanie Hagen and Brad Haugen.

Deadline nears to raise nearly $7,000 for Salvation Army’s Minot Match

Minot Match comes to an end in a week and The Salvation Army is short of its $50,000 goal by nearly $7,000. So far more than $43,000 has been raised and will be matched thanks to the Salvation Army’s partnership with the Minot Junior Golf Association and Wee Links. “We started slowly, ...