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Jumping into the lake to help the fight against cancer

NEW TOWN – The frigid, ice-covered water of Lake Sakakawea will be the site of the third annual Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation’s Polar Plunge on Monday, Feb. 26. The Polar Plunge will be held at the 4 Bears Marina, west of New Town. Money raised from the charity event will benefit ...

Man sentenced for interfering with emergency call

A 45-year-old Browning, Mont., man was sentenced to time served and unsupervised probation for interfering with an emergency telephone call made by his ex-wife during a domestic dispute on Dec. 8, 2017. Andrew Wayne Littledog pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor on Friday in district ...

Witness the Beatles through 1964 The Tribute

Experience The Beatles live all over again or for the very first time on Feb. 10 at Ann Nicole Nelson. 1964 The Tribute has been heralded as the “best Beatles tribute on Earth” by the Rolling Stone Magazine. Around for 34 years, 1964 has worked hard and traveled all around from the US to ...

Sign up for Citizens Academy

The Minot Police Department is accepting applications for their Citizens Academy, May 8-29 on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to invite members of the public to learn about various areas of law enforcement operations performed by the Minot Police ...

Minot AFB to host senior leadership conference

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Senior leaders from Air Force Global Strike Command bases and Global Strike Command headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana will be at Minot AFB this month for a senior leadership conference. Besides Minot and Barksdale AFBs, Global Strike Command bases ...

Two charged with conspiracy to deal meth

Two people are accused of conspiring to deal methamphetamine in Minot in August 2017. Zachary Wayne Berry and his co-defendant, Jessica Leigh Besselman, 39, are each charged with one Class B felony count of conspiracy to deliver meth. Besselman is also charged with delivery of meth, a Class B ...

Man sentenced to probation for damaging patrol vehicle

A Bismarck man was sentenced to four days in jail and supervised probation on Friday for trying to kick open the door of a Ward County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle after he was arrested following a fight in Douglas on April 6, 2017. Anthony Craig Garner, 48, pleaded guilty to one ...

Energy impact film released

The Badlands Conservation Alliance and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation are calling for public input on oil, gas, and energy development in North Dakota. “To that end, we are releasing a film, Keeping All the Pieces, describing the crisis from industrial oil and gas development that is ...

ND team to help provide security at Super Bowl

BISMARCK – Eighteen North Dakota National Guard members with the Bismarck-based 81st Civil Support Team will be helping provide security at the Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium on Sunday. The team will be assisting the U.S. Department of Energy with radiological and area monitoring, according ...

Boosting the economy

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Minot Air Force Base continuously contributes more than half a billion dollars to the local area’s economy. In fiscal year 2017, the base’s economic impact came to $580.4 million, slightly lower than the 2016 economic impact of $591.5 million. Maj. Douglas ...

City wants recycling study

Curbside recycling, and possibly future landfill plans, could be subject to more study, based on discussion by Minot City Council members Wednesday. “There’s no question in my mind we need to go forward with recycling. The question is how,” council member Stephan Podrygula ...

Former deputy files complaint against county officials

A former Ward County sheriff’s deputy who has been at odds with the county has filed a criminal complaint against the county commission chairman and sheriff. Tim Poston, who was fired from the sheriff’s department in December, said he filed a complaint this week with the Minot Police ...

Committee acts on airport rental issues

Assured the city won’t be tied up in financial legalities, Minot city council members agreed to allow the airport’s new fixed-base operator to use its ground lease as partial backing for a mortgage. Council members, acting as Committee of the Whole Tuesday, passed the recommendation on to ...

No groundhog for Minot

“Good luck with that story,” said the voice on the other end of the phone, drenched in sarcasm. Well, cripes! However, even those words from a previously highly regarded wildlife professional weren’t about to stop this intrepid writer from burrowing into the furry essence of this story ...

Historical society trial concludes; ruling not expected until March

A ruling is not expected until March or later on whether the North Dakota State Fair Association can evict the Pioneer Village Museum from the state fairgrounds. Arguments in the civil trial ended late Wednesday afternoon. Debra Hoffarth, the attorney for the Ward County Historical Society, ...

Returning home

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – A large contingency of airmen and four B-52 bombers along with support equipment are returning to Minot Air Force Base this week from a deployment to Royal Air Force Fairford in England. The bombers arrived home earlier this week. Many of the personnel were scheduled ...

PSC sets hearing on proposed gas plant near Watford City

WATFORD CITY – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Watford City Feb. 15 on a proposed gas-processing plant in McKenzie County. Arrow Field Services, LLC, has submitted an application for a permit to construct the Arrow Bear Den Gas Processing Plant II ...

Hobby Lobby shoplifter sentenced to 120 days

A 22-year-old Minot man will serve 120 days in jail for shoplifting $4,000 in property from the Hobby Lobby in Minot last month. Dustin Finley Johnson pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft of property on Thursday in district court in Minot, according to court records. Judge Richard Hagar ...

Walker sentenced on GSI charge

A 39-year-old Stanley man will serve five years in prison for having sex with a girl when she was 14 in 2012. Shadwick Walker entered an Alford plea in August 2017 to the Class A felony charge. The Alford plea means he maintains his innocence but acknowleged he might be found guilty if the ...

Pennsylvania discount travel company banned in N.D.

A Pennsylvania man who operates a questionable discount travel service under several fictitious names has been banned from doing business in North Dakota for violating the state’s consumer fraud, transient merchant, and business licensing laws, according to a press release from the State ...