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Tom Campbell

First hats in the ring

Although North Dakota’s political parties are several months away from selecting their congressional candidates, a state legislator and a former legislator have thrown their hats in the ring for the U.S. Senate and House. “Why wait? Time is of the essence. It’s a big, important race for ...

Election cycle underway

North Dakota’s primary election will be held June 12, 2018. Candidates must file petitions or political parties must file their candidates by April 9. The North Dakota Republican Party is planning an endorsing convention in Grand Forks. The North Dakota Democratic-NPL convention is ...

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Sen. John Hoeven, right, talks with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, at a forum in Minot Friday. Hoeven also visited Minot Air Force Base to tour the base and the new weapons firing range.

Flood map might be reconsidered

The failure to consider the operations of Canadian dams in the development of a preliminary flood risk map for Minot has wrongly placed as many as 1,000 structures in the 100-year flood plain, according to the Souris River Joint Board. Local officials asked Brock Long, administrator of the ...

Lawyers submit arguments in Wilder case

The Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office argues that the state’s new Marsy’s Law protecting victim rights gives Judge Gary Lee authority to bar convicted murderer Richie Wilder Jr. from having any contact with his two children by the woman he murdered. His defense attorney has objected ...

Man charged with robbing Game Stop at gunpoint

A 23-year-old Minot man is accused of robbing Game Stop at gunpoint on Thursday morning. Jordan Lee Ritter is charged with Class B felony robbery, a charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and wearing a mask during commission of a criminal offense, a Class ...

Partial or total, eclipse viewing is risky

North Dakota won’t be in the path of the total phase of Monday’s solar eclipse, but sky watchers still need to follow safety guidelines to avoid severe damage to their eyes. A partial solar eclipse will be visible to North Dakotans around midday on Monday, with the maximum eclipse ...

Nurturing Parenting Program to be offered

Child abuse and neglect is preventable. The Nurturing Parenting Program is proven to help families replace negative parenting practices, establish a nurturing way of life and develop healthier, stronger relationships. Parents with children birth to age 12 can enroll in the program that will ...

Minot man sentenced for stabbing brother

A 24-year-old Minot man was sentenced to time served and probation for stabbing his brother on Feb. 9. Court records show that Timothy Wade Allery pleaded guilty to the Class C felony aggravated assault charge on Friday. Judge Gary Lee sentenced him to 360 days in jail, with a requirement ...

Roosevelt Park Zoo’s main entrance to reopen at 13th Street SE

The main entrance to Roosevelt Park Zoo at 13th Street SE will reopen to vehicle traffic on Monday, Aug. 21, as the construction project on Burdick Expressway East continues to reach major milestones, according to a press release from the city of Minot. Visitors to the Zoo can now use the13th ...

Man sentenced for accidental discharge of handgun

A 57-year-old Minot man was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and one year of unsupervised probation for accidentally discharging a handgun in March and nearly hitting a 5-year-old boy in a neighboring trailer. Court records show that Russell Wayne Brandt pleaded guilty to reckless ...

Names released of those in fatal accident near Makoti

MAKOTI – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two men who died and two men who were injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Ward County Road 9, eight miles north of Makoti on Thursday. Travis Gillen, 29, and David Rocha, 37, both of Minot and passengers in the vehicle died. Javier ...

More roads open in downtown Minot

The construction zone continues to shrink downtown, as contractors finished and opened one block of Second Street Northeast this week. This is the area around Hight Construction, Culligan and The Spot. Wagner Construction, the general contractor, has seven blocks and one intersection left to ...

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This 2006 photo provided by Glenn Schneider shows him with his "lug-o-scope" in Turkey. Schneider, was 14 in 1970 when he saw his first eclipse. “I was frozen in place,” he recalled. “I had binoculars around my neck for two and a half minutes and I never picked them up.”

Eclipse Chasers

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Monday's total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be a once-in-a-lifetime sky show for millions, there's a small group of people who have experienced it all before and they can't get enough of it. Glenn Schneider has seen 33. Fred Espenak has watched 28. Donald ...

Area family en route to vantage point

For several years, Jesse McCormack of Wilton has been planning to make a trip to see the total solar eclipse when the moon will completely cover the sun. Now Jesse, his 7-year-old daughter Joanie, and his parents, Steven and Penny McCormack of Des Lacs, are on their way to Hopkinsville, ...

Norwood sentenced for murder

Johnny Cleveland Norwood will serve about 25 years in prison for the Nov. 29, 2015 murder of Rodger Falana. Norwood, 27, entered Alford pleas to Class AA felony murder and Class A felony attempted murder on Thursday before Judge David Nelson. Following the negotiated plea deal, Nelson ...

Schroeder sentenced on luring charge

A 23-year-old airman at Minot Air Force Base will serve up to a year in jail and be required to register as a sex offender for luring a minor by computer. Christopher David Schroeder fell for a law enforcement sting on Dec. 11, 2016 and thought he was meeting a 16-year-old girl for ...

Cramer to promote American energy on trip to Kazakhstan

Congressman Kevin Cramer will join U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on a presidential delegation trip to the Republic of Kazakhstan on Aug. 28 to attend Expo 2017, an international fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana. As the only elected official joining the delegation, Cramer ...

Solar eclipse viewing party at Gateway to Science

BISMARCK — Gateway to Science, North Dakota’s only hands-on Science Center, will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is a free family event, open to all ages. While North Dakota is not in the Path of Totality (100% eclipse), we should still be ...

70th reunion celebrated this week

Minot high schools, class of 1947, met on Wednesday, Aug. 16 to celebrate a rare 70th reunion. Donna Baker, who planned the event, said that the group had decided the 60th reunion would be their last, but minds were changed and so she planned the 70th. Baker said there were a little over ...