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Second place a big first for Minot clown

February 23, 2009 ATLANTA – If a clown can ever sound a little disappointed, it may have been detectable in the voice Ken Gillespsie of Minot. “I really wanted Clown Of The Year. more »»

Volunteering as a lifestyle

February 23, 2009 Phil Blong of Minot has a reputation for dependability as a volunteer. more »»

Heading to nationals

February 16, 2009 RAY – Ray High School’s award-winning Lifesmarts team doesn’t have any slackers. The state champions are headed to the national competition in St. more »»

Accordion-playing Marles Smestad, 81, records a CD

February 9, 2009 On any given day and floor at Trinity Homes you may hear the distinct sound of accordion music floating through the air – and it’s not coming from any speake. more »»

Volunteer Cathy Hegre: Food pantry rewarding

February 2, 2009 Cathy Hegre began volunteering at the Our Lady of Grace food pantry in Minot about eight years ago. more »»

‘Dizzy the Clown’

January 26, 2009 Ken Gillespie, best known as “Dizzy the Clown,” has been a clown for many years. He’s a volunteer clown for the Shriners and also a contract clown, or a clown who gets paid for his work. more »»

A Boldt for the blue

January 19, 2009 When you listen to her talk, you might be convinced she was born underwater, or at least with her feet dangling off a dock. Then again, it might have been in a cabin in the dead of a Canadian winter. more »»

Beyond the classroom

January 12, 2009 JoAnn Schapp’s love of teaching her students doesn’t end when they graduate from Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. more »»

Minot’s new city engineer hits ground running

December 29, 2008 Books and a few family photos lined the shelves but empty pegs were all that showed on bare walls in the Minot city engineer’s office in mid-December. more »»

‘Hidden jewel’

December 22, 2008 Minot Public Schools Career and Technical Education Director Pam Stroklund calls the Web site created by career counselor Steve Beutler “a hidden jewe. more »»

Clinical Nurse Specialist enjoys work with Dakota Family Services

December 15, 2008 Courtney Kondos, a board certified clinical nurse specialist for Dakota Family Services in Minot, held a longtime interest in psychiatry and mental health. more »»

Workin’ for the Workers

December 8, 2008 Deanette Piesik has gotten her hands dirty, both physically and metaphorically, to ensure the safety of North Dakota workers partaking in the state’s leading industries. more »»

Winchester collector enjoys displaying history

December 1, 2008 In the days of the Old West, it was almost a given that a citizen on the frontier would have a Winchester rifle sitting across the saddle of his horse or ready to draw from a leather scabbard. more »»

Man, savior meet 40 years later

November 24, 2008 Brian Leet never expected to find a soldier with a heartbeat in a body bag. more »»

Colorful career

November 17, 2008 After a long career on the East Coast that included painting a giant 65-foot elephant and a historic Philadelphia house, Len Haabak came back home to finish one final project in Minot before startin... more »»

The badge of a leader Long-time N.D. lawman retires

November 10, 2008 BINFORD – Bob Roggenbuck was in law enforcement for more than 38 years. In a way, his career is a link to “throwback” days – a true link to the “old days” of North Dakota law enforcemen. more »»

Outreach impresses new Community Action director

November 3, 2008 When Willy Soderholm joined Community Action Partnership in Minot as executive director in June, he knew as much about the anti-poverty agency as most people. more »»

Magnuson never tires of math

October 27, 2008 Jim Hill Middle School math teacher Todd Magnuson saw first hand just how much some people dislike math when he worked in the tire department at Westlie Motor Co. more »»

Ward County Public Library welcomes new administrator

October 20, 2008 The Ward County Public Library, which serves Ward County and parts of Mountrail County, welcomed a new administrator in August. more »»

She wears many hats

October 13, 2008 She wears many titles — wife, mother, lobbyist, magazine editor, public relations officer, advertising manager and most recently communications director, but now Julie Schaff Ellingson adds the... more »»



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