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Military

Kenmare veteran, Jim Hillestad, shares WWII memories at coin presentation

KENMARE – Jim Hillestad’s memories of his service in the Japanese Theater during World War II are as vivid as if they took place yesterday. At 100 years old, the Kenmare veteran speaks with humor and in detail about his time in the Army and his role in the military’s use of new, secret ...

Minot DAV Chapter accepting scholarship applications

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #4 of Minot is taking applicatons for its 2020-2021 Bob Fix Memorial Scholarship. Fix was a former commander of the DAV. The fund was established to provide financial assistance to eligible Ward County and surrounding areas residents of North Dakota to ...

Wreaths Across America holding Christmas in July campaign

“Be their witness for everyone plays a part to be an American worth fighting for” is the theme of the Minot Civil Air Patrol Wreaths Across America Christmas in July campaign in the Grand Hotel lobby, Minot, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on July 15. The event is to bring Minot and the surrounding ...

Minot AFB bombers conduct missions globally

Two B-52 bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base recently conducted a long-range, long duration strategic mission throughout Europe, the Arctic and Baltic regions on June 15, while also integrating with a Baltic Operations exercise. The 5th Bomb Wing’s participation in the ...

ND Planning Committee to End Veteran Homelessness meets

A planning committee to end veteran homelessness held its first meeting on May 21. Led by N.D. Veterans Commissioner Lonnie Wangen, the North Dakota Planning Committee to End Veteran Homelessness met in a Zoom meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting covered N.D. Veteran Homelessness ...

Minot AFB restoring retiree seven-day access

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Military retirees and veteran’s benefits card holders are being given full access to Minot Air Force Base, with no restrictions for using base facilities, Air Force officials announced Monday. After assessing the current environment surrounding COVID-19 within the ...

Tri-State Vietnam Memorial Wall on display at Minot air museum

Visitors to the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot have the opportunity to see the Tri-State Vietnam Memorial Wall on display there this season. Comprised of 39 panels, The Wall is a rendition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and is a project of the Fargo Air ...

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered ...

Guard to conduct virtual Memorial Day ceremony

MANDAN – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, will be conducted virtually. Citizens are invited to view the live-stream available on the North Dakota National Guard’s website, www.ndguard.nd.gov beginning at noon on ...

Disabled American Veterans’ annual project helps veterans

The local Disabled American Veterans annual raffle will be helping veterans causes. Of the raffle proceeds, $1,000 will be used to help the North Dakota Veterans Home Foundation in Lisbon to reupholster aging furniture. DAV Chapter 4 of Minot also donated $600 to On the Water Inc., to ...

Next generation intercontinental ballistic missile program moves to next step

HILL AFB, UTAH – The Air Force has reviewed and approved Northrop Grumman’s preliminary design for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late April, advancing the program toward its next milestone and acquisition phase, according to Air Force information. The Ground Based Strategic ...

Local family has close ties to Snowbirds

A local family of fliers has close ties to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration team. Kent Pietsch and his wife Marney, and Warren Pietsch and his wife Jolene are close friends of the Snowbirds. “They’re just part of the family,” said Warren Pietsch of the Snowbirds team on ...

Minot AFB’s B-52 flyover today to honor ND’s essential workers

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE - Today, a B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Minot Air Force Base is scheduled to fly over medical facilities in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. The flyover, known as an Air Force Salute, is to honor front-line responders and express Minot AFB’s and the Air ...

Wall of Honor

Submitted photo In preparation for Memorial Day next Monday, a Wall of Honor display was erected at the bell tower this past weekend in Rosehill Memorial Park that lists more than 400 names of those who have participated in the annual Wreaths Across America since 2014. A statue of a soldier ...

Minot AFB B-52H Stratofortress flyover to honor ND essential workers on May 18

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE - On Monday, May 18, a B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Minot Air Force Base is scheduled to fly over medical facilities in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. This flyover, known as an Air Force Salute, is to honor front line responders and express Minot AFB’s and ...

Minot Memorial Day program canceled

No Memorial Day program will be held in Minot this year. Loren Headrick, commander of the Minot Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 753, said the program will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The VFW was scheduled to be in charge of this year’s program. The VFW and Minot ...

Minot Memorial Day program canceled

No Memorial Day program will be held in Minot this year. Loren Headrick, commander of the Minot Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 753, said the program will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The VFW was scheduled to be in charge of this year's program. The VFW and Minot American ...