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MADC, chamber contemplate merger talks

Merger talks could be on the horizon for Minot Area Development Corp. and the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President John MacMartin has served as the temporary executive lead for MADC since Stephanie Hoffart left the MADC presidency in early November. MADC is not seeking a new ...

MADC to hold annual meeting Tuesday

Minot Area Development Corp. will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, featuring keynote speaker James Leiman, director of Economic Development & Finance with the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Leiman is a New Jersey native who served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2004. He later helped ...

MAGIC Fund grant accelerates small businesses

Minot’s MAGIC Fund supported only two projects in 2019, but one of those projects already is having a positive impact on the local economy. The city approved $500,000 in 2019 and $500,000 in 2020 from the MAGIC Fund to Souris Basin Planning Council to create a Business Accelerator Fund. The ...

Colt Ford returns to the Magic City

Country artist Colt Ford will be returning to The Original Bar and Nightclub in Minot on Feb. 24. Colt Ford had started writing his own song lyrics when he was about 7 or 8 years old. He recalled the days he was in the car with his mother and she would say a word, then he had to find one ...

School board approves calendar

The Minot Public School Board approved on Thursday a calendar for the 2020-21 school year that calls for an Aug. 20 start date, two weeks off at Christmas, and for the last day of school to be on May 25, with graduation to be held on May 30. This schedule got the most votes on an online ...

Bakken conference to feature speakers, latest technologies

BISMARCK – Top Bakken CEOs and executives will be among speakers at the 2020 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference set for May 19-21 in the Bismarck Event Center. “The WBPC is one of the top oil conferences in the country and we have an incredible lineup of speakers,” said Ron Ness, ...

Grants awarded in Minot for Marimba Quartet residency

Minot Public Schools, Minot Symphony Association and Minot State University Division of Music have received grants from three arts organizations in support of an April 23-25 residency at Minot State University of Heartland Marimba Quartet. The arts organizations that provided the grants are ...

Hoeven addresses western ND mail service issues

BISMARCK – Sen. John Hoeven on Friday convened a roundtable with U.S. Postal Service Acting Dakotas District Manager Marc Kersey, USPS leadership from Bismarck and Fargo and North Dakota newspaper representatives and publishers for an update on delivery concerns in the western part of the ...

Senators stress importance of nuclear missions

Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on his visit to Minot Air Force Base on Wednesday. It was Esper’s first visit to the base since becoming secretary of defense last summer. While at the base they visited 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing ...

Broadway Bridge project wins Gold Star award for concrete work

The Broadway Bridge replacement project was recently named the 2019 Gold Star winner for excellence in concrete in the bridge category at the Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association’s annual convention. The City of Minot, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of ...

The Heritage Singers return with music and comedy

The Heritage Singers will be holding their annual variety show at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Minot Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-29. Each show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for the show are available at the Minot Area Council of the Arts office. Tickets will not be available at the door of the ...

Ward County 4-H members attend air rifle match in Devils Lake

Seven Ward County 4-H members attended the Ramsey County Invitational Air Rifle Match held in Devils Lake at the World War Memorial Building Basement on Feb. 15. Categories are split up by age to include Beginner, ages 8 to 10; Junior, ages 11 to 13; and Senior, ages 14 to 18. The equipment ...

Ward and Mountrail Counties successful at Little International

Ward County was well represented by the Crops and Livestock Judging teams that participated in the Little International Contest held at North Dakota State University in Fargo on Feb. 14. Both crops and livestock judging are split into two age groups of ages Junior 8 to 13 and Senior, ages ...

Carpio 4-H member attends 4-H Leadership Awareness Weekend

4-H Leadership Awareness Weekend (LAW) was held at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Law in Grand Forks Feb. 15-17. LAW was created for North Dakota 4-H youth grades 7 through 12 who are interested in civic engagement and the political process. LAW helps youth become proficient ...

North Dakota men return as professional musicians

The Magic City Jazz Festival is being held in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on Minot State University campus tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 7-12 and children 6 and under are free. The Jim Hill Middle School jazz band will be playing “Take the ‘A’ Train. Erik Ramstad ...