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Souris Valley United Way presents check

Earlier this week, the Souris Valley United Way presented checks to help fund 23 local programs serving the Minot area. They’re proud to serve Minot and surrounding areas by helping support other local partner agencies with gifts provided by individuals, groups and businesses. For their ...

Legislation to change distribution of wind farm taxes

Property taxes from new and aging wind farms will be shared with the state government under a new law passed by the 2019 Legislature, according to information presented to the Ward County Commission Tuesday. “They’ve changed how property taxes are going to be allocated going forward,” ...

Minot Environmental Policy Group launches Sustainable Minot Initiative

The Minot Environmental Policy Group is encouraging local residents to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. Representatives spoke to the Minot City Council Monday about its new project called the Sustainable Minot Initiative. Spokesman Tim Baumann said Sustainable Minot is essentially a ...

Tentative agreement on teachers contracts

Negotiators for the Minot Public School Board and the Minot Education Association arrived at a tentative agreement on teacher contracts that calls for a 3.3 percent raise the first year and a 3.68 percent increase the second year. The end of negotiations – which came after just three ...

Minot population drops as oil communities continue growth

Minot’s population dipped somewhat in the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. The estimate of 47,370 as of July 2018 is down 1% from 47,885 in 2017 and down nearly 4.4% from the peak estimate of 49,531 in 2015. The official 2010 census was 40,888. Although ...

Souris River reduced to trickle

While some water was flowing over coffer dams in Minot Wednesday, the movement may slow to a trickle in the coming days. The amount of water being released into the Souris River from Lake Darling Dam has been reduced from approximately 120 cubic feet per second to as little as 20 cfs. So far ...

Implementation of Marsy’s Law delays hearing

The state’s new Marsy’s Law, which enshrined victims’ rights in the state constitution, continues to complicate day to day court hearings in Minot. On Wednesday, Troy Loney was prepared to plead guilty to charges in a Christmas Day burglary and terrorizing case. However, Ward County ...

Flood protection project to cause temporary road impacts

As work continues on Phases MI-2 and MI-3 of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, a major roadway impact will be occurring next week. On Tuesday, traffic will be reduced from four lanes to two, one north bound and the other south bound, along 16th Street Southwest from just ...

Luis Cruz, Minot, sentenced for strangling girlfriend

Luis A. Cruz, 36, Minot, will serve about three years in prison for strangling his girlfriend into unconsciousness during a domestic altercation on Jan. 7. Cruz pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of Class C felony aggravated assault - domestic violence. Court records show that Judge ...

Savanna Knudson sentenced for leaving toddler in freezing car

Savanna Dawn Knudson, 21, Minot, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison, all suspended but the 30 days she has already served, for leaving her toddler alone in a freezing car in the parking lot of a Minot grocery store for about 15 minutes on Feb. 5. Knudson has been admitted to ...

Jennifer Will, Minot, charged with assaulting police officer

Jennifer Sue Will, 39, Minot, is accused of kicking an officer and striking the officer in the chest on Monday when she was placed under arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. Will also allegedly refused to take a breath alcohol content test. Will is charged in district court in Minot with ...

Officers receive awards for emergency response

Three area law officers and a Minot Air Force Base personnel member were recognized with the North Dakota Highway Patrol Colonel’s Award of Excellence in saving a life last November. Highway Patrol Trooper Ethan Rostvedt, Surrey Police Officer Connor Kircher, Ward County Deputy Ryan Summers ...

Minot International Airport prepares for emergency exercise

The Minot International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise June 12 from about 1 to 4 p.m. The exercise will be completed in conjunction with a number of local agencies, including the Minot Police Department, Minot Fire Department, City of Minot Public Works Department, ...

Broadway open to head-to-head traffic

The Fourth Avenue Northwest and Broadway intersection in Minot has opened to head-to-head traffic. The contractor for the Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue flood protection completed, on time, the underground work required in the area, ending the full closure of the intersection. This portion of ...

County commission to look at debt repayment during budget process

As budget talks begin, Ward County commissioners will be considering whether to supplement the county sales tax with property taxes to pay for construction debt. County Auditor Devra Smestad told commissioners Tuesday that the sales tax fund will fall short of paying bonds in February 2022 if ...

City puts MAGIC dollars to work

A new business revolving loan fund will get an advance appropriation, while a selection committee will begin seeking marketing firms interested in branding Minot. The Minot City Council voted Monday to spend MAGIC Fund dollars of up to $1.3 million on the two projects. The council approved ...