January 26, 2023

5th Medical Group Utilizes Trinity Health’s SIM Truck for Training Day

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Once per quarter Trinity Health sends a Simulation in Motion truck to Minot AFB to provide 5th Medical Group Airmen […]
January 26, 2023

The Electric Chair

A goal of all writers is, or should be, to attract attention. Some of us have devised clever ways to do that. Hence the headline, the “Electric Chair.” But wait, I am not all deception here. This is not one of those “gotcha” gimmicks where you have to read a bunch of mundane paragraphs and […]

January 26, 2023

Critters in our midst…

Do you suppose there is scientific evidence as to why unusual animals are showing up in parts of North Dakota, or is it pure coincidence? The most obvious of these would be mountain lions, sometimes called cougars or pumas. There was a time not so long ago that any state or federal wildlife officials denied […]

January 26, 2023

“Stay-Cation” Triumphs in North Dakota

I was first introduced to the term “stay-cation” while binging the DVDs of the military lifestyle TV show, Army Wives. This was a while ago and in one episode, the male spouse of LTC Burton, Roland, tries to plan a vacation for his wife before she deploys. He says something about how the “trend-setters” are […]

January 27, 2023

February Resident Council

The February Resident Council is scheduled for Wednesday, 1 February at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the Welcome Center, 183 Missile, across from the gas station. Agenda topics include: Neighborhood Safety, Services/Snow, Work Orders, Amenities, and more. There is still time for residents to submit input for the meeting via the anonymous online […]

January 30, 2023

The Transition Assistance Program

The Transition Assistance Program – (TAP) is a congressionally mandated program for all separating service members (Officers and Enlisted) with 180 days or more of active-duty service. It is much more than checking a box! TAP is designed to be completed over time allowing service members the opportunity to make educated and smart choices when […]

January 26, 2023

The North Dakota Purple Star Award

Did you know the average military-connected child will experience 6 to 9 different schools during their K-12 education experience? This is a challenge for many of our military connected students. However, there are organizations and agencies such as the DAF School Liaison Program focused on the quality education of military connected students across the United […]

January 20, 2023

Community Defender Look-Back

In the ever-changing Air Force, new programs and initiatives sometimes come and go based on needs of the base and military mission. Community Defender is a new concept the 5th Security Forces Squadron came up with back in Summer 2022 to bring a resource that connects the base community to the base security professionals directly. […]

January 20, 2023

Snow Shoveling Airman Donates $350 to AFAS

The Minot winters can be known for their absolute ruthlessness and almost suffocating bitterness. But those words describe the temperatures, not the spirit of one Minot AFB Airman. SrA Jacob Willette, 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, proved that although temperatures plummet, there is still room for kindness and selfless hard work. During the blizzard which […]

January 20, 2023

Meaningful MLK Day Celebration

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Team Minot’s African American Heritage Council hosted a booth at the Base Exchange at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, January 16, 2023. The booth offered a history of MLK’s accomplishments, free trinkets and a place where you could write what his legacy means to you. U.S. […]

January 20, 2023

Kevin Black Leads Minot Area Chamber EDC Board

Goals Include Providing More Opportunities for Minot AFB Personnel Kevin Black started Creedence Energy with two of his cousins in 2014. He smiles when he recalls the early days, when he said they could only pay two salaries. “It was simple: one of the cousins couldn’t get a paycheck,” Black said in a recent interview […]

January 20, 2023

Military Appreciation Game Night

Minot Area Chamber EDC Military Affairs Committee has partnered with Minot State University to host the Military Appreciation Game Night at MAYSA Arena Saturday, January 21, 2023. The Minot State men’s hockey team will host the University of Mary with the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. Presenting sponsor Town & Country Credit Union will cover […]

January 20, 2023

A View From Our Side: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The recent weather pattern of dense fog and mist have certainly left some amazing photographic opportunities. The lack of wind has given us ample time to get out with our cameras and cell phones and capture scenes of ice coated trees, bushes, and other structures such as towers and even electrical lines. But did you […]

January 20, 2023

Upside Down Under: Does technology make us lazy?…

After going through a couple of major technological changes in my journalism career as well as other changes observed, I have to wonder if it’s is making us lazy? And since the pandemic, work at home has become “a thing.” People who have the right jobs don’t even go to work anymore. They stay at […]

January 13, 2023

License and Registration Please

There is a lot of confusion out there about whether military members and spouses need to change driver’s licenses and residencies when PCSing to another base. Laws and installation policies can be difficult to find, confusing or seem complicated. Hopefully the Northern Sentry can help clear things up relative to Minot AFB.*Every state is slightly […]

January 13, 2023

Remember to not just celebrate but act

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 98-144, creating a federal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Later, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994. The day is observed on the third Monday […]

January 13, 2023

A View From Our Side: You Just Have To Chuckle

Over the weekend my wife and I were watching a local weather report, which of course is one of the most popular forms of entertainment on television, second only to Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy; and as we always do on Sunday night, pay particular attention to the long range forecast so we have something […]

January 20, 2023

She’s Not From Around Here: Northern Hospitality

Tears of self-pity leaked slowly from my eyes, down my cheek, and onto my pillow. Just a few days after Christmas, I found myself curled up in a tight ball on my bed in the middle of the afternoon—trying to hide from “one of those days.” Little things, like a morning gone awry, a misplaced […]

January 13, 2023

Upside Down Under: The forgotten Sioux tribes…

During the 1860s the Civil War took priority for nearly all Americans. It tore the nation apart for the better part of four years and left wounds that lasted for decades. But the Civil War wasn’t the only history happening at that time. Dakota Territory was established in 1861 with scattered military forts to protect […]

January 13, 2023

Nine Things to do on Base (During the Winter)

While the City of Minot offers a surprisingly large amount of activities for people of all ages -despite the season- sometimes the drive to town can be just plain exhausting. If you’ve got little kids who just need an hour or two of play time out of the house, or maybe you’re still working on […]

January 13, 2023

Neighborhood Safety: Winter Driving

Due to Minot’s difficult weather conditions and having the presence of large equipment, safe driving techniques are essential for traveling the winter landscape both on and off-base. In addition to harsh elements, drivers also need to be on the lookout for snow removal equipment. It is best for drivers to be patient and keep a […]