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Visitors stop year round to take photos at the stone cairn marking the Geographical Center of North America in Rugby. Credit:

Small towns market their uniqueness to visitors

The silver anniversary and finale run of the biking tour, CANDISC, will pull out of Garrison this August as it has for the previous 24 summers. Yet another tourist attraction, the 20-year-old Lewis & Clark Interpretative Center near Washburn, is opening its doors for free to students all ...

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Dr. C. Etta Tabe uses a heart model to illustrate the purpose of a bypass.

Cutting-edge techniques revolutionize heart surgery

Tremendous strides are being made in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and Trinity Health is beginning to bring those advancements to Minot. Dr. C. Etta Tabe, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Trinity, said new minimally invasive techniques are having a noticeable, positive impact on patient care ...

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Founded on the principles of great seating and an intimate view of the performance, the summer amphitheater has featured live performances by the Minot Summer Theatre since 1970.

The show goes on

With 52 years of showstopping entertainment, Minot Summer Theatre continues to be a premier attraction for Magic City audiences. From producing character twists to the gunslinging love story “Oklahoma,” directed by Minot artist Chad Gifford, the comical de force title “Noises Off,” ...

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Fifth- and sixth-graders at Sawyer Elementary work on a Picasso art project on April 11. Sawyer will close its high school in the fall and many of its students will attend Max High School under a cooperative arrangement.

School mergers

The history of North Dakota schools is also the history of school districts closing or consolidating with other nearby districts or forming cooperative partnerships. The most recent area school district to ponder a cooperative agreement with another district is Sawyer, which will send its ...

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The Renaissance Christmas Feast is one of the best known and most popular of events conducted by the Chamber Chorale of Minot.

Minot’s Chamber Chorale then and now

It is not surprising that Minot’s Chamber Chorale has become one of the most recognized organizations in the city. They’ve been polishing their special method of singing entertainment for 45 years. “We started in 1972 in Erdina Fiedler’s house,” said Sandy Starr, former director and ...

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Students at Minot High School-Central Campus use technology to complete school assignments.

Minot Public Schools students are tech savvy

Minot Public Schools students are preparing for a world where they use technology as tools to help them learn and create. Technology director Alicia Eslinger said the school district employs six technology coaches to assist teachers in making use of technology in the classroom, three at the ...

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The 2015 performance of “A Christmas Carol” by actors in Garrison. The Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts puts on many events.

Area arts councils help keep towns large and small vital and interesting

The Sakakawea Area Arts Council in Garrison, like others in the area, serves the community and also is a draw for big events like the annual Dickens Festival. Mike Youngs, co-chair of the theater division of the council, said 10 to 30 cast members put on some version of Charles Dickens’ “A ...

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Dr. David Amsbury stands next to the da Vinci robot surgical machine.

Robotics improve surgical care for women

There was a time when women undergoing hysterectomies could expect to spend three days in the hospital and be laid up at home for three weeks while healing from a sizable incision. Today’s laproscopic surgery, using the robotic da Vinci system, has reduced the procedure to same-day surgery ...

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Members of the Minot City Band are shown in this photo taken at the band shell in Oak Park in Minot last year. At far left is Jerry Spitzer, who directed the band from 1983-2016 and at the far right is Joe Alme, who now directs the band.

90-some years of music

The Minot City Band kicks off its 2017 season with Joe Alme at the helm as conductor. Longtime conductor Jerry Spitzer handed over the baton to Alme last year after more than 30 years in that position. “It’s a privilege and honor,” said Alme of leading the band. Actually, this is the ...

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Argent pause in an exam room at the CHS St. Alexius Health medical plaza March 29.

Concussion culture

Physical therapist Reed Argent recalls his high school football team keeping smelling salts on the sidelines just in case a player was hit hard. “They certainly don’t carry these in any sports medicine bag now,” Argent said of the heightened attention to the dangers of concussion in ...

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Today’s Minot Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Efrain Amaya includes musicians from all walks of life.

The best goes on and on for Minot Symphony Orchestra

In its 91st season, the Minot Symphony Orchestra not only exhibits longevity but serves as a source of pride for a community that certainly is among the smallest, if not the smallest, to boast of its own full-sized symphony orchestra. The makeup of the orchestra reflects the community, with ...

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A group of nursing students at Minot State University gather in a classroom to review course material between classes April 10.

MSU nursing program continues tradition of skilled care

Simulation labs and phone apps give nursing students new ways to acquire knowledge, but decades of technological advances haven’t changed the core values that motivate students to pursue nursing careers. Linda Pettersen calls it the passion and compassion element, and she has continually ...

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The New Town School District has added a new high school and a new career and technical center in recent years.

New Town moving forward

NEW TOWN – New Town Public Schools are also a major landlord in the city, out of necessity, said Superintendent Marc Bluestone. “We didn’t have any housing in our community,” said Bluestone. The district now owns 48 rental units between apartments and houses. Forty-seven out of the ...

Parshall students benefit from out-of-state teachers

PARSHALL – Parshall High School principal Mark Grueneich said the faces in his school building have changed quite a bit since he first came there some 28 years ago. “When I first came here, almost the entire staff was from North Dakota,” said Grueneich. “Everybody lived in town or not ...

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Dr. Vishal Chhibber of Sanford Health logs in March 15 to the Epic software system that serves as Sanford’s electronic medical records system.

Electronic medical records improve patient care in Minot

One of the biggest innovations in medicine isn’t a new drug or even an advanced medical procedure. Dr. Vishal Chhibber, a family medicine physician with Sanford Health’s Northwest Clinic in Minot, said electronic medical records are making a positive change in the health-care delivery ...

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Burger King installed the first drive-through fast food window in Minot in 1976. Public response was very high. Although the franchise has undergone several changes, Burger King remains in business at the same South Broadway location today.

Fast advancements in fast food

It’s a business that just seems to get bigger and better every year. Today the demand for “fast food” has never been greater. The evolution of fast food restaurants in Minot was a boon for city residents in the early years and has become an absolute must in today’s fast moving ...

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 Iconic retailers such as Target, Barnes & Nobles, Victoria’s Secret, Hallmark Gold Crown, Sears and J.C. Penney are matched with up and coming retailers Ulta Beauty, KJ’s Fresh Market, Apricot Lane and Carter’s OshKosh B’gosh at Dakota Square Mall.

Rising above trends

Throughout Minot and across North Dakota, Dakota Square Mall has earned a stellar reputation as a family friendly destination. From hosting Splashdown Dakota Super Slides, the largest indoor water park in the Midwest region, to providing holiday themed photo opportunities for families and pets ...

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A historic fountain stands near an intersection in downtown Minot. Re-installed after the Main Street reconstruction in 2016, the fountain is plumbed for water in the summer.

Creating resilience

In the 1980s when new malls were luring businesses and shoppers, downtown districts declined as a hub of activity. In Minot, it was a gradual, extended process of decline, but some believe a corner has been turned. “People are coming back to downtown,” said Roger Reich, president of the ...

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ABOVE: Minot Air Force Base was only two years into construction when this photo was taken in May 1957. The official groundbreaking for the base was held two years earlier on 
July 12, 1955.

Corps turned over ‘key’ to Minot AFB 60 years ago

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Sixty years ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned the “key” to Minot Air Force Base over to Maj. Joe Roberts, the first base commander. “It wasn’t much of a ceremony when Maj. Joe E. Robert, acting base commander, started moving his operations from ...