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No tax increase in City of Minot’s 2021 preliminary budget

No tax increase is proposed in a $143.5 million preliminary budget for the City of Minot. David Lakefield, finance director and interim city manager, presented a budget to the Minot City Council Monday that calls for nearly $130 million less in spending due to a decline in large capital ...

Pandemic money could bring Ward County taxes down

Property taxes are up nearly 7% in a preliminary budget approved by the Ward County Commission Tuesday, but additional adjustments are pending that could wipe out that increase. One of those adjustments is a proposal by Gov. Doug Burgum, recently approved by the state Emergency Commission, to ...

ND COVID-19 numbers announced on Aug. 5

COVID-19 Test Results Results listed are from the previous day. INDIVIDUALS WHO DIED WITH COVID-19 Woman in her 80s from Grand Forks County with underlying health conditions. COUNTIES WITH NEW POSITIVE CASES REPORTED TODAY Barnes County – 1 Benson County - 3 ...

Minot City Council rejects term limits

The only term limits for Minot City Council members will be imposed by voters. The council voted 2-5 on Monday to reject a proposed ordinance that would have limited council members to no more than three successive terms. Someone who served as mayor as well as an alderman could serve four ...

Groundbreaking at animal shelter

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter for a $3.2 million remodeling and rebuilding project. Executive director Shelbi Waters and board president Jennifer Burdick said an addition has been badly needed. The project and a capital campaign to raise funds ...

Highway Patrol releases name of victim of crash

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a Watford City man who died from injuries in a one-vehicle rollover on I-94 at the Richardton exit on Tuesday. Steven Brenno, 25, died in the crash, according to the Highway Patrol The crash remains under investigation by the Highway ...

Jerrad Lesmann charged with felony preventing arrest, possession of meth pipe

Jerrad Lee Lesmann, 32, Glenburn, is accused of resisting arrest on felony warrants and putting Ward County Sgt. Conrad Kossan at risk of substantial bodily injury on July 31. Lesmann is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony preventing arrest and Class C felony possession of ...

Cancer survivor raises awareness by running virtually in all 50 states

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Breast cancer survivor Sharael Kolberg of Laguna Beach, Calif., is on a mission to run 50 miles in 50 days in all 50 states to celebrate her 50th birthday and support breast cancer awareness. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she will run one mile in her hometown of ...

Contact tracing scams

The coronavirus has created a perfect storm for scammers, according to information provided by AARP North Dakota. One scam to arise this summer is scammers posing as contact tracers working for local or state health departments. Contact tracing is an important part of efforts to slow the ...

Unarmed Minuteman III ICBM launched from Airborne Navy aircraft

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A joint team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen and Navy sailors launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles from aboard the Airborne Launch Control System at 12:21 a.m. Pacific Time on ...

Indigenous Equality Walk to be held at Belcourt Thursday

BELCOURT – Members of the local LGBTQ2+ community and its allies will hold an Indigenous Equality Walk on Thursday, Aug. 6, to showcase to the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council that there is widespread support for legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage on the reservation. The walk ...

Five communities receive State Revolving Fund loans for water projects

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality awarded loans for water projects to five communities through the State Revolving Fund Programs from May through July. Wildrose received a $2.63 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund towards replacing a clay sanitary sewer ...

Off-highway vehicle youth safety class

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is holding a free off-highway vehicle youth safety course at Lewis & Clark State Park on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. “This safety course is designed to help educate riders on how to safely operate OHV’s when out riding. North Dakota ...

DVCC to sponsor fundraiser in October

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot will host Pour & Sip, a virtual event and fundraiser, on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The event will be presented through Zoom. Tickets are $40 for singles and $65 for couples. All tickets include acrylic pour paint, canvas, a surface protector, one ...

MPS Reintegration Plan to be presented today

Mark Vollmer, superintendent, will present the Minot Public Schools Reintegration Plan today, at three different times: 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p,m. These meetings will be done virtually. There will be an opportunity for people to provide input and ask questions on this link: ...

Busy city pond is sign of times

The water from the fountain glistens in the sunlight. On the water below a red and white bobber makes rings in the water as a fish tugs on the line. And it’s all within the city limits of Minot. Urban fishing at its finest. “It’s a good way to get out of the house, and it’s accessible ...

Verendrye, Enerbase cut ribbon on new car charging station

Charging an electric car became more convenient with the opening of a charging station in north Minot in early July. On Monday, Verendrye Electric Cooperative and Enerbase celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new station located at the Enerbase Travel Plaza, 4750 ...