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Charge dismissed against Steven Bloomquist, Berthold

A Class A felony charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity was dismissed for lack of evidence on Wednesday against Steven Lee Bloomquist of Berthold, according to lawyer Ashley Gulke. Bloomquist, 54, had been arrested in October 2017 after he reportedly got caught up in a ...

Man charged with hitting, strangling ex-girlfriend

A 29-year-old man is accused of hitting and strangling his ex-girlfriend during a dispute in Minot on Tuesday. Jason Alumbaugh, Conway, Ark., is charged with aggravated assault-domestic violence, a Class C felony, and violation of an order prohibiting contact, a Class A misdemeanor. He was ...

Two sentenced for burglary

A 20-year-old Fargo woman was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Wednesday for burglarizing her former stepfather’s house in Minot on Feb. 6, 2017, according to court records. Cierra Kaye Kesson and her boyfriend, Kale Riley Schaan, 22, were both charged with entering her former ...

Recreation commission releases summer programming

The Minot Recreation Commission has set its summer activities schedule and released its 2018 MRC Summer Brochure. The brochure can be obtained from the recreation office in the Minot Municipal Auditorium or online at minotnd.org or teamsideline.com/minot under the downloads, or the Minot ...

Surrey wins grant

SURREY – Long-standing drainage issues that have hammered Surrey’s infrastructure over the years may finally see some resolution. The City of Surrey has received a $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant from Case Construction Equipment. The 2018 grant will provide free equipment rental ...

Sales tax collections down in Minot, Ward County

Tax collections in Minot and Ward County were down last year, according to the 2017 Annual Taxable Sales and Purchases report of the North Dakota Tax Commission. Statewide, taxable sales and purchases last year totaled $17.9 billion, a 3 percent increase from 2016. “The modest 3 percent ...

Minot Democrats file for legislative seats

District 3 Democrats have filled their ticket for the November election against a field of Republican candidates who will first face off in the June election. District 5 Democrats also have candidates for two of the three positions on the ballot. In District 3, Joseph Nesdahl of Minot is ...

Volunteers needed for new Zoo Bee team

If you like birds, animals, the outdoors and more, Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo has volunteer opportunities to fit your wishes. An information session for adults 18 and up will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. for a zoo volunteer program. The session will be held in the zoo’s ...

Child neglect charge dismissed against Pilot

A child neglect charge will be dismissed against a 23-year-old Minot woman who was accused of leaving her 3-year-old son alone last December because she couldn’t afford child care. Octavia Kavon Pilot had been charged with a Class C felony after her 7-year-old daughter went to school and ...

Reduced speed for Highway 83 at Ruthville

Beginning today, a new speed limit will be in effect for an approximate two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83. The North Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, have decided to reduce the speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 55 mph from the ...

Judge says okay to pit bull

CROSBY – It was an unusual case, pitting a local ordinance against unique circumstances. In the end a District Judge ruled that a family could keep their pit bull despite the City of Crosby’s prohibition of the breed. Jenny White, Crosby, brought the case in front of Judge Kirsten Sjue. ...

Judge orders evaluation for woman accused of assaulting correctional officer

North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar ordered a mental health evaluation Tuesday for a woman who said she does not understand her rights or why she has been charged. Devyn Ann Drake, 29, Minot, is accused of breaking a television in a cell block on Saturday and punching a female ...

Baesler: initiatives to help NAEP results

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show the need for continued state emphasis on early learning and reading programs, according to a press release from her office. The NAEP, which is known as the “Nation’s ...

Woman accused of stealing from Three Affiliated Tribes

A 33-year-old woman is accused of stealing in excess of $40,000 worth of funds and amenities from the Three Affiliated Tribes Infant and Toddler Program while she was employed as an administrative assistant. Melissa Ann Mandan, also known as Melissa Ann Fyten, was indicted for Federal ...

Minot awarded funds from loan program

BISMARCK – The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program awarded loans to Minot and three other North Dakota cities and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in March. Minot was awarded $12.28 million to reroute and replace storm sewer, sanitary sewer mains and streets to allow ...

Geography of the American West presented

Geography of the American West will be presented on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. by Dakota Goodhouse at the Lewis and Clark Visitors Center near Washburn. Visitors will discover indigenous geography, mapmaking, and place names – the same things Lewis and Clark learned from Sakakawea, ...

Minot man charged with criminal trespass

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11 for a 20-year-old Minot man accused of trespassing at a residence in March. Kean Terell James is charged with Class C felony criminal trespass. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the female homeowner said she had ...

Load restrictions added on ND Highway 8

STANLEY – Load restrictions will be added on N.D. Highway 8 in Stanley from mile marker 155 to 158, effective Tuesday, April 10, at 2:15 p.m. Motorists need to check current load restrictions to determine which load restrictions implemented at an earlier date remain in effect. Statewide ...

Woman given probation on conspiracy to deliver oxycodone charge

A 22-year-old Minot woman was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation Monday on a charge of conspiracy to delivery oxycodone. Chelsea Olivia Hennessy pleaded guilty to the Class B felony, which dated back to August 2017. Judge Richard Hagar also ordered her to pay $775 in court ...