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Ryder couple creates Halloween scene at former school building

RYDER – Ghosts, bats, tombstones and more decorate the front of the former Ryder school. Inside there’s a few more creatures of Halloween looming along the staircase. Jennifer and Gregg Andreachi, owners of the former school on the north end of Main Street in Ryder, have gone all out to ...

Ward County moves to high-risk category

Ward County, which has emerged as one of the hot spots in the state for new positive cases of COVID-19, joined other counties in the state this week that have been deemed high risk. Under new guidelines that were issued earlier in October, businesses in counties that are deemed at high risk ...

SBPC offers low interest loan program to support businesses

A new low-interest loan fund is available for start-ups and existing businesses needing additional capital to sustain or grow their organizations during and after a pandemic. Souris Basin Planning Council’s Souris Basin Resiliency Fund is supported by about $1.2 million from the Economic ...

Former Minot city manager hired in Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Minot’s former city manager Tom Barry has been hired in Minnesota as Beltrami County administrator, according to the Bemidji Pioneer. The board of commissioners unanimously approved an employment contract with Barry, who begins his new role in mid-November. Barry was one ...

CBP officers seize counterfeit video games at Portal port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Portal port of entry seized counterfeit video games Monday at the border that would have been worth $181,714 had they been genuine. According to information provided by the Border Patrol, the counterfeit games were ...

Michael Dailey, Lansford, to be sentenced for child porn possession on Dec. 15

Michael James Dailey, 35, Lansford, pleaded guilty last month in district court in Bottineau to Class C felony possession of child pornography. Judge Anthony Benson ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Dailey and set sentencing for Dec. 15. According to a complaint filed with the court, ...

Test launch uses missile from Minot AFB’s missile wing

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 12:27 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The missile came ...

Squires named new NDNA executive director

Sarah Elmquist Squires, editor of a twice-weekly newspaper in Winona, Minn., will take the helm of the North Dakota Newspaper Association beginning Dec. 1, according to information provided by the NDNA. Squires will succeed Steve Andrist as executive director of the 134-year-old newspaper ...

Legislative Budget Committee approves $10 million for hospital staffing

Trinity Health will share in $10 million in COVID-19 relief aimed at helping North Dakota’s six largest hospitals maintain and increase staffing. “At this point, any help, including that from the state Legislature and the governor’s office toward our ability to recruit is much ...

Still time for winter preparation

This is Winter Weather Awareness Week in North Dakota and, with a favorable forecast for the next several days, an excellent time to complete preparations for winter cold and snow. The National Weather Service is a good source for tips on how to prepare for winter, including many safety tips ...

ND COVID-19 numbers announced on Oct. 29

COVID-19 Test Results The results listed are from the previous day. Additional data can be found on the NDDoH website. BY THE NUMBERS 8,402 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 845,567 – Total tests completed since the pandemic began 1,222 – Positive Individuals from ...

Minot area offers Halloween activities

Halloween won’t be stopped by a coronavirus pandemic, but some organizations are changing up the way their events look to be able to continue to offer them safely. The annual downtown treat trail for preschool children will be in place Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Downtown ...

Garrison’s Dickens Village Festival plans under way

GARRISON – Plans are under way for the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison this year. “We are continuing planning with some changes due to (COVID-19) regulations,” said McKaila Behles, director of the Garrison Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year’s event, an annual event turning ...

Minot man arrested for being in possession of explosive devices

Minot police arrested Matthew Lahtonen, 19, Minot, today for being in possession of explosive devices. Police responded to a southeast Minot residence for a report of a homemade explosive device found in a bedroom. Lahtonen was arrested at another location and in possession of more ...

Alexandria Priest, Minot, pleads guilty to spray-painting, egging vehicle

Alexandria Rose Priest, 19, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to Class C felony criminal mischief for spray-painting derogatory messages on another woman’s car last Feb. 21 and throwing eggs at the vehicle after sending harassing messages to the victim on social media. Judge Todd Cresap sentenced ...

Shon Taylor charged with burglary, damaging patrol car camera

Shon Daniel Taylor, 44, is charged in district court in Minot with burglarizing a residence, a Class C felony, on Oct. 21 and of damaging a camera in a patrol car on Tuesday when he was arrested on the burglary charge, a Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. According to the probable ...

Second grant to LSSND helps cover counseling costs for victims of crime

Crime victims who didn’t qualify for mental-health assistance in the past may now be able to pay for therapy costs under an extended VOCA grant at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has awarded a second Victims of Crime Act grant ...