September 6, 2023

One Big Lake! Sakakawea Offers It All

“Hey what did you do this weekend?” it’s a common question, and even though you expect a return answer, let’s face it, you may not […]
February 10, 2023

Don’t risk it all, give AADD a call

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, ND —Airman Against Drunk Driving is a volunteer organization committed to getting active duty individuals home safely after enjoying drinks.All AADD volunteers dedicate their free time to ensure their fellow wingmen are safe, but some go above and beyond. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Albert Roybal, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication […]

February 10, 2023

Deployed Sweethearts Share Love Stories

Military love stories: it’s something about that uniform, the thrill of the unknown lifestyle filled with just a little bit of danger that draws people and spouses to the military. There are people that fall in love with the military and then there are the people who fall in love with those people. As the saying goes, “first comes love, then comes marriage.” The military lifestyle can break love stories, but it can also strengthen some.

February 10, 2023

Food that fuels the force

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Team Minot’s Missile Alert Feeding Operation (MAFO) team has been selected as one of two finalists for the 2023 John L. Hennessy Award, a commendation that highlights outstanding achievement in the food service career field. Earlier this week, evaluators from the Hennessy Travelers Association observed Team Minot’s MAFO team for […]

February 10, 2023

Minot FIRST Lego League Robotics Regional Tournament

On Saturday, January 28, a gathering of robotics enthusiastic youngsters gathered at Minot State University for the Minot FIRST Lego League Regional Robotics Tournament. Fourteen groups from around the area, with kids ranging in ages from 9-14, competed in the event organized by Full STEAM Ahead. The theme for this year’s tournament was “Super-Powered.” All […]

February 10, 2023

Heroes of Tomorrow

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Team Minot families and their children rallied at Minot AFB’s Combined Community Complex Jan. 20 to learn about a variety of Air Force career fields as part of an event called Operation Hero. Airmen from 20 different agencies within the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing showcased their duties, […]

February 10, 2023

Saying, “I Love You,” in Hot Dish Speak

Many of you may be familiar with the “Five Love Languages,” but over the years I’ve discovered that Hot Dishers have a love language all their own. You can’t simply walk up to a Hot Disher and say, “I love you.” That is far too aggressive for gentle sort, for whom being passive is a […]

February 10, 2023

Worth Every Penny

I am a member of the Military Affairs Committee of the Minot Chamber of Commerce/EDC. We have a meeting once a month with both military and community leaders in attendance. We normally do lunch, have an informative speaker or entertainment, and then receive reports from the 5th Bomb Wing, 91st Missile Wing, and the Army […]

February 10, 2023

Walkin’ on Water

A non-resident asks, “What makes you darned North Dakotan’s so special?”Resident — “Well, we do walk on water.”Incredulous non-resident — “Are all North Dakotans so arrogant and pompous?”Resident — “Nope. Some don’t ice fish.”That kind of sums it up. Oh yes. In North Dakota we walk on water, at least some of us do. Really, […]

February 9, 2023

Longer, wider faster…

There’s a program in the Canadian Football League called Touchdown Atlantic in which two of the nine teams in the CFL give up one date a season to play a game in Atlantic Canada. It was created because of a strong interest to put an expansion team in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Halifax has wanted a CFL […]

February 1, 2023

Completion of Juniper Oak 23.2 Exercise

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, U.S. Central Command and the Israel Defense Forces concluded Juniper Oak 23.2, the largest U.S.-Israel partnered exercise in history. Juniper Oak 23.2 integrated U.S. and Israeli 5th generation fighter assets, the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, command and control elements, rescue and refueling aircraft during a long-range large force […]

February 3, 2023

Reflections of A D Day Vet: Edward Zilli Turns 100…

On the short elevator ride to the 7th floor of the Parker Center, I reflected on the article that I would be writing about Edward John Zilli, a D Day veteran who soon would turn 100 years young. Quickly I did the math. February 8th of 2023, he would turn 100. D Day was on […]

February 3, 2023

When Life is the Opposite of Awesome…

This article is going to be brutally honest. January, February and March- the winter months, sometimes referred to as “the worst months of the year”- can be hard. This time of year can be just plain difficult. It is unbearably cold, the dark days seem endless, the cheer of the holidays are over and we […]

February 3, 2023

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Airmen

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — What happens when a goal you have feels so far away? Does it become impossible or do the trials and tribulations make victory taste sweeter? One Airman at Minot learned the answer to that question and showed others what hard work can achieve. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica […]

February 3, 2023

Taken By Surprise

Minotauros, Northern Sentry Honor CMSgt Brad Tavares It was natural for Keith Dzialo that when he drew his brother-in-law, Brad Tavares’ name, the gift had to include hockey. Brad’s family are big hockey fans. Brad’s son, Jacoby, plays goalie.Simple, thought Keith. I’ll call the Minotauros and see what I can set up. Premium tickets? Some […]

February 3, 2023

Who is This Alberto?

The other day I was standing in line and there was an active young man ahead of me. It was obvious that he had been engaged in a shopping trip for way too long, at least for his liking. : As a father, and now a grandfather, I had to chuckle at the conversation between […]

February 3, 2023

Those Dreaded Lines

After decades of trying, I have never gotten it right. Not a single time. Not once that I can remember. Lines. That’s right – lines. The kind that never move the way you had hoped they would. I know I am not alone here. I think.I’m writing about those many choices a person makes each […]

February 3, 2023

Water, it doesn’t just grow on trees!…

Call it climate change, call it a long-term weather cycle, you can even call it a coincidence. We can argue about it all day and make it a political football. But there is no doubt water is becoming a serious issue in the western United States, despite recent heavy rain and snow in California. This […]

February 3, 2023

Urgent Care? No, Just Walk In

Most parents have been there. A sick child means sleepless nights and miserable days away from work and school. So an unplanned trip to the doctor’s office becomes an inevitable need for most parents and people. Because of the load of patients seen at the base clinic, a day-of or next-day appointment can be hard […]

February 3, 2023

Champagne and Ice Gala February 25

This year’s Champagne and Ice Gala, hosted by the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center, will be held on Saturday February 25 at 6 pm. Tickets for this 13th annual event are available at The NPCAC provides a compassionate and effective way to serve children victimized by sexual abuse and other crimes. Families that come […]

February 3, 2023

National Youth of the Year

Seeking exceptional teens! Each year, one extraordinary Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for BGCA youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. This journey starts here, at your local BGCA club located within […]