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Ward County takes Thanksgiving break

Ward County offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Ward County Human Service Zone office will be closed Thursday but will be open on Friday.

Mayor signs temporary changes to liquor licensing regulations

Supper clubs will be able to add beer and wine to their takeout order services under an emergency order signed by Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma. Sipma signed two temporary emergency orders on Wednesday to assist local alcoholic beverage license holders in dealing with business model changes due to ...

Minot City Council approves Visit Minot project concept

Visit Minot received preliminary approval from the Minot City Council Monday for $477,000 over the next three years to boost tourism efforts. “We are not looking for a handout,” said Stephanie Schoenrock, executive director for Visit Minot, told the council. “This money is intended to ...

Record setting: ND achieves record gas capture numbers

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil and gas producers set a record in September in achieving 93% gas capture. The North Dakota Department announced the gas capture numbers on Tuesday when the monthly update of oil and gas numbers also was announced. “Reaching this record gas capture rate of ...

ND COVID-19 numbers announced on Nov. 19

COVID-19 Test Results The results listed are from the previous day. Additional data can be found on the NDDoH website. BY THE NUMBERS 10,325 - Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,043,959 - Total tests completed since the pandemic began 1,386 - Positive Individuals from Yesterday***** ...

Police to use discretion with mask mandate

The Minot Police Department will take a discretionary approach to enforcing a mask mandate, with the hope of writing few citations Police Chief John Klug told the Minot City Council Monday that the State Health Officer’s order, announced by the governor Friday night, can best be met with ...

Judges address coronavirus, staffing needs during meeting with commissioners

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has strained the court system, judges told commissioners from Burke, Mountrail and Ward counties and state legislators on Wednesday morning. Gary Lee, presiding judge of the North Central Judicial District, explained that the judicial district customarily ...

Kanitha Jones charged with crashing stolen pickup into Longhorn Steakhouse

Kanitha Jones, 38, is accused of crashing a stolen Dodge pickup into the Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant in Minot on Tuesday morning and causing extensive damage, according to police. No one in the restaurant was injured. According to police and a probable cause affidavit filed with the ...

New Town woman dies in rollover

A 50-year-old New Town woman was killed in a one car rollover Tuesday evening, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on the McLean and Ward County line at 57th Avenue NW at the junction of 373rd Avenue SW. According to the Pattrol, the woman was driving a 2006 ...

KMSU auction to be streamed tonight

The Minot State University Broadcasting and Professional Communication department will host the 22nd annual KMSU Auction on today, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event, which raises money for the broadcasting department and a local charity, will air live on MidCo and SRT Channel 19 and is streamed ...

Minot AFB to have new helicopters by 2026

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that Minot Air Force Base will host MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters with an expected delivery date in 2026, Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, announced Wednesday. A member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure ...

Minot City Council approves $2.6 million property purchase for city hall

Although the newest council members argued against it, the Minot City Council voted Monday to proceed with the $2.6 million purchase of the former Wells Fargo building for a new city hall. The next step is phase two of an environmental study. Once the city takes possession of the building ...

Festival of Trees to bring holiday spirit to Minot

The annual Festival of Trees is back this weekend with food, shopping and music at the North Dakota State Fair Event Center in Minot. Sponsored by Dakota Hope Clinic, the event will feature new indoor and outdoor activities along with opportunities to participate in person or at home during ...

Ward County to host Vision Zero outreach coordinator

Ward County will host a safety coordinator with North Dakota’s Vision Zero Outreach Program as part of the state’s effort to reduce highway fatalities in the region. The Ward County Commission voted Tuesday to host a coordinator in the Ward County Highway Department. Other than office ...

ND COVID-19 Test Results announced Nov. 18

BY THE NUMBERS 8,488 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,033,592 – Total tests completed since the pandemic began 1,275 – Positive Individuals from Yesterday***** 67,230 – Total positive individuals since the pandemic began 16.45% – Daily Positivity Rate** 9,977 - Total Active ...

Christmas in the Park lights up Minot starting Nov. 27

The Minot Sertoma Club will decorate Oak Park with Christmas-themed lights again this season. The lights will be displayed beginning Nov. 27 and continuing through Jan. 2. Hours will be 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on week days and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. The price of admission will be $5 ...

Why host Festival of Trees during a pandemic?

By TANYA WATTERUD Dakota Hope Clinic Board of Directors Some people have asked why we are hosting Festival of Trees at this time when so many other things have been cancelled. We hope some of the reasons will help you understand why we feel it is so important. Reason #1: We need each ...

UAS demonstration to test network

WILLISTON – The Northern Plains UAS Test Site will conduct demonstration flights with Volansi’s VOLY C10 in Williston today in the hangar of the former Sloulin Field International Airport, now Williston Square. The demonstration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. ...

Minot employee wins safe driving award

Shawn Danielson of the City of Minot’s sanitation department has been named Public Safety Hero of the Year by Safe Fleet/Fleetmind, an organization that promotes safe driving behavior across North America. Danielson has worked in the city’s sanitation department for six years and has an ...