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Ward County Commission affirms mail-ballot election

The Ward County Commission affirmed on Wednesday its decision to conduct the June 9 election entirely with mail ballots after considering a voter’s request for a polling place. Although commissioners showed interest in opening a polling place, they determined that, with less than two weeks ...

National Weather Service proposing to simplify forecast terms

Special weather statement. Advisory. Message. Watch. Warning. Severe this and that. Confusing? The National Weather Service thinks so and is considering a proposal to make weather forecasts and terminology much easier to digest for the public. “The current watch, warning, advisory system ...

Bond set at $1 million for murder defendant Milo Whitetail

Judge Doug Mattson set bond Wednesday at $1 million cash for Milo Blaine Whitetail, 56, of Minot, who is charged with the murder on Monday of Eric Christopher Patterson, 43. According to court documents, Whitetail stabbed Patterson 15 times with a steak knife in a room at the Economy Hotel. ...

Sustainable Minot project launches for 2020

The Minot Environmental Policy Group is launching the Sustainable Minot 2020 Scorecard to provide families and individuals with easy-to-implement steps to help save money, consume fewer resources, have a positive impact on the environment and make Minot a cleaner and healthier place to call ...

Local woman awarded ND Direct Support Professional of the Year award

Sammie Haider of REM North Dakota, a part of The MENTOR Network, was named North Dakota Direct Support Professional of the Year. The award, recognizing one frontline professional in each state for his or her outstanding contributions to the individuals they support, is given by the American ...

10 Trinity Health staff retested negative for COVID-19

Ten Trinity Health employees who initially tested positive for COVID-19 are now confirmed negative following retesting in response to an equipment malfunction at the North Dakota State Laboratory. At a joint news conference in Minot on Tuesday, it was announced nine tested negative and one ...

DaJohnnius Ross, Flint, Mich., charged with intent to deliver fentanyl

DaJohnnius Demarcus Ross, 29, Flint, Mich., is charged in district court in Minot with Class B felony possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver and Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia on Tuesday in Minot. Ward County Deputy State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz told Judge Doug ...

Ward County COVID-19 cases drop as more testing planned

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Ward County has dropped to 36 following re-testing required this past week because of malfunctioning equipment at the State Laboratory. First District Health Unit also has announced additional upcoming testing, including a communitywide, two-day event ...

Equipment malfunction resulted in false positive tests

An equipment malfunction at the state laboratory last week resulted in 82 inconclusive tests for the new coronavirus, Gov. Doug Burgum announced during his regular briefing on Monday. Eighty-one of the 82 people agreed to be retested. The 82 people were located in 15 different counties, ...

ND COVID-19 numbers announced on May 27

Positive COVID-19 Test Results Results listed are from the previous day. LAB EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION The lab experienced a recent malfunction on two pieces of lab equipment. Out of an abundance of caution, 82 positive results will be considered inconclusive and the individuals have been asked ...

Dry, drought conditions persist in North Dakota

It is too early in the summer season to draw any conclusions, but there is growing concern about dry conditions over much of western North Dakota. A dozen counties in the southwestern part of the state, primarily west of the Missouri River, already are considered by the U.S. Drought Monitor to ...

Milo Whitetail, Minot, charged with murder

Milo Blaine Whitetail, 56, Minot, is accused of the fatal stabbing of another man at the Economy Hotel Monday morning. Whitetail allegedly stabbed Eric Christopher Patterson, 43, Minot, 15 times during an argument, which was apparently prompted by Whitetail’s accusation of theft and his ...

Michael Coachman runs for ND governor

An underdog in the race for North Dakota governor, Michael Coachman is running because he believes someone needs to. Disturbed by what he sees as cronyism and corruption in government, he said he wants to bring transparency and return government back to the people. “You can either ...

Cynthia Bears Ghost, Mandan, sentenced for assaulting hospital staff member

Cynthia Lynn Bears Ghost, 48, Mandan, was sentenced on Wednesday to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the 14 days she already served, and two years of supervised probation for striking a male Trinity Hospital staff member in the face on Feb. 2. She was also ordered to obtain a chemical ...

Whitney Belgarde sentenced for simple assault

Whitney Candice Belgarde, 31, Minot, who was originally charged with Class C felony aggravated assault and accused of stabbing a man in the stomach with a small folding knife on Nov. 9, 2019, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in district court in Minot to a reduced charge of Class B misdemeanor ...