Year in Review

#9: Wilder murder case

The year 2017 was bookended by hearings for a husband and wife who plotted a murder and, in the process, effectively orphaned three children. A jury found Richie Wilder Jr. guilty in December 2016 of the brutal stabbing murder of his ex-wife, Angila Wilder – the woman he had battered during ...

#10: Drugs were a growing problem in North Dakota in 2017

The drug problem in Minot is on display every day at the Ward County Courthouse, in the endless parade of people charged with drug dealing or drug possessions, in thefts to support their habit, in the partners they have assaulted while high on drugs and in the children who have been neglected ...

Year in Review 2016

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#1 – Minot decides to change city government structure

Minot residents stated unequivocally in June that they want a smaller city council. The culmination of several months of activity by #MakeMinot, the June 14 election gave the citizens group a 75 percent margin of victory in its efforts to change the structure of city government. The ballot ...

#2 — Minot was construction city in 2016

Many Minot residents could be forgiven for thinking that 2016 was the year of never ending road and building construction in downtown Minot. The first of two downtown parking structures was opened in February, following a 2 1/2 year long saga that city officials called “challenging.”  ...

#3 — 2016 provided new opportunities for leadership

Throughout 2016, the city of Minot experienced several transitions. From the reconstruction of Minot International Airport to the steady transformations downtown, a new era of leadership is taking place in the Magic City. When reviewing the 2016 highlights, the first shift in leadership ...

#4 — Oil field slowdown afflicts Minot area

The slowdown in the North Dakota oil patch influenced many lives and facets of the city of Minot and surrounding area in 2016. Oil production in the state hovered around slightly more than a million barrels a day for much of the year, then dropping from a million barrels a day to 981,039 ...

#5 — Drugs fuel crime in Minot

Crime continued to dominate the headlines in Minot in 2015. In January, Anthony Campbell was convicted of beating and stabbing Shannon Brunelle to death in an apartment garage on Sept. 15, 2015. Campbell, who maintains his innocence, will serve 30 years for the crime. In mid-December, ...

#6 — Weather woes presented challenges for farmers and ranchers

After experiencing the warmest winter in 14 years, farmers and ranchers across North Dakota faced excessive amounts of precipitation alongside weather related damages to crops and fields in 2016. Pam Brekke, a farmer from Edmore, described 2016 as an overall nightmare. “We got over 39 ...

#7 — Health-care providers advance plans in 2016

The rezoning of a piece of Trinity Health’s property in southwest Minot in November was a major step toward breaking ground on a new medical park this coming spring. It was among medical news ranging from grants for nursing programs to hepatitis C lawsuits that made headlines in ...

#8 — Jail up, sheriff out in 2016

Construction on a new addition designed to expand the capacity of the Ward County Jail, and the removal of the county sheriff in favor of an interim sheriff, provided continued news on the county front during 2016. Jail construction was one part of a county building project included in a tax ...

#9 — Minot wins $74.3 million in resiliency competition

The city of Minot started off the year with big news when it was awarded $74.3 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp made the announcement Jan. 19. Minot was one of 13 communities selected from 40 applicants to receive the award. The ...

#10 — 2016 wonderful weather year

Statistically, 2016 was one of the nicest weather years in North Dakota history. Statistics aside, anyone who has lived in North Dakota for a few years knew it was a very unusual year. It was so unusual that the sound of lawnmowers replaced the chugging of snowblowers, many of which saw little ...