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Equipment failure causes brine, oil release at Maxbass site

MAXBASS – An equipment failure caused the release of 23,100 gallons of brine and 5,040 gallons of oil at a well site about nine miles northwest of Maxbass on Sunday. Energyquest II, LLC reported the release at the W. and M. Peterson 2 well site to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division on ...

County supports library merger talks

Ward County commissioners want to see cost savings in any proposal to merge the county’s and Minot’s public libraries. Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday to support merger talks and authorized appointing a second commissioner and a rural library patron to a committee already ...

Board votes to unilaterally issue teacher contracts

The Minot Public School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to unilaterally issue teacher contracts, after months of negotiations failed to resolve an impasse. District business manager and lead board negotiator Scott Moum said the district office planned to get contracts out electronically to ...

Minot City Band to present final summer concert

The Minot City Band under the direction of Joseph Alme will present its final summer concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the band shell at Oak Park. The featured soloist will be former Surrey resident and high school graduate Tyler Schwan. A professional trombonist and cruise ship music ...

Helping others

Hess Corporation announced on Tuesday it will be providing support for the families impacted by the July 10 tornado that hit Watford City. Hess will donate 70 mattresses, frames and associated bedding to help ensure that all those impacted have a comfortable place to sleep. Hess is purchasing ...

Annual Secret Garden Tour & Garden Store set for today

Take time to stop and smell the roses at the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s 24 annual Secret Garden Tour and Garden Store today from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. This years’ event features the beautiful gardens of Joe and Paulette Dailey, Marty and Mary Graner, Kevin and Ginny Regala, Peter Hugret and ...

Human Services seeking comments on Child Care Development Fund

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division is holding a public comment meeting on Monday, July 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to gather comments on the draft 2019-2021 Child Care Development Fund State Plan, according to a press release. The plan focuses on the Child ...

Mobile Food Pantry to stop in Velva, Anamoose

Trucks supplying fresh vegetables, bakery items and boxed goods will be in the communities of Velva and Anamoose on Tuesday, July 31, as part of the Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry program. Anyone in need of food assistance in each town or neighboring communities are welcome to attend ...

Devyn Drake, Minot, charged with simple assault on police officer

Devyn Ann Drake, Minot, 29, is accused of violating a judicial order Saturday and of digging her fingernails into the arm of a Ward County sheriff’s deputy who placed her under arrest. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Drake was reportedly upset by social media ...

Andrew Thunderhawk, Cannonball, accused of assaulting sister

Andrew Lee Thunderhawk, 33, Cannonball, is accused of pushing and punching his sister during an argument on July 13 in northwest Minot. Thunderhawk is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault in district court in Minot. The sister suffered scrapes on her knee and arm and her fingers ...

Henriea Givens, accused of assaulting boyfriend

Henriea Katsy Givens, 32, Minot, is accused of slapping and scratching her boyfriend’s face and torso during a domestic dispute at a northwest Minot residence early Monday morning. Givens was charged with Class A misdemeanor simple assault as she has past domestic violence related ...

Alexis Bell, Minot, held on $11,791.27 bond in DUS case

Alexis Victoria Bell, 20, Minot, allegedly drove under suspension on Feb. 21 in McHenry County and was scheduled to go to trial on July 13 on the Class B misdemeanor charge. However, Bell apparently failed to appear for the trial and Judge Michael Hurly issued a bench warrant for her arrest ...

All about the kids

VAN HOOK – Oh my did they have fun! The 30th Annual Van Hook Association Kid’s Fishing Derby was held here Saturday. Boats and pontoons descended upon the Van Hook boat ramps shortly before the 9 a.m. start. Many of the craft were decorated in various themes for the event. Kids and ...

Business manager: negotiations are at an end

The Minot Public School Board will hold a special meeting at noon today in the board room of the Minot Public School District Administration Building regarding teacher contract negotiations, which have been at impasse, and will likely unilaterally issue teacher contracts, said district business ...

Dems rally grassroots on health care

Aided by a former North Dakota Congressman and a previous federal health official, a loosely knit advocacy group is raising an alert over what it says is a threat flying under the radar of most state residents. Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Mary Wakefield, past deputy secretary of U.S. ...

Miss America coming to First Western Bank & Trust

First Western Bank & Trust is excited to host Miss America Cara Mund as the 2018 North Dakota State Fair Parade grand marshal. In September 2017 Mund made history by becoming the first woman from North Dakota to win the national title of Miss America. In her role as Miss America, Mund ...

Poetry is always aloud at Poetry Aloud

The Minot Public Library is a place known for its variety of books on a very wide range of topics. One of those topics is poetry and a new monthly meeting that focuses on that. Poetry Aloud will be holding their second meeting on July 19 at 7 p.m. in Room B of the library. Started by Maggie ...

Minot trucker dies in accident near Ray

A fatal accident and fuel spill resulted in the closure of U.S. Highway 2 near Ray Monday. The accident occurred at 4 a.m. three miles west of Ray. The driver who died on the scene was a 67-year-old Minot man who was not identified at presstime pending notification of next of kin. The man ...