May 25, 2023

Winnipeg, Canada: It’s ALMOST like the US

Oh Canada! It’s another country, another government and a foreign place. But it doesn’t always feel like it. For those of you looking to take […]
October 7, 2022

A View from Our Side: Getting Ready for the “W” Word

I have to tell you that last Sunday afternoon was an absolute perfect fall day. I was in the back yard checking over the apple tree to see how close we were to harvesting our small apple crop and the sunshine and fall colors reminded me of why I love the four seasons that North […]

September 30, 2022

The Brave Badge Initiative:
891 MSFS Rucks for Suicide Prevention

As September comes to a close and the summer sun fades into memory, some airmen have realized that September means more than the changing of season. September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. On a sunny yet chilly early Thursday morning, September 22, the entire 240-person 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron (MSFS) ignored the […]

September 30, 2022

Everything You Need to Know about the Air Force Ball

Every year, the Air Force celebrates its anniversary or “birthday” in a memorable and traditional way. The official birth of the USAF, as it is known today, is September 18, 1947, when it became its own entity in the US Armed Forces. To learn more about the start of the US Air Force, all the […]

September 30, 2022

Prairie Vigilance keeps warbirds sharp

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing participated in exercise Prairie Vigilance, Sept. 15-23, 2022.The exercise is designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct strategic-bomber readiness operations.“Munitions control plans, schedules everything within the squadron that deals with our national defense assets here at Minot AFB,” Senior Airman Nicholas Buchert, […]

September 30, 2022

B-52 bombers conclude month-long deployment

US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers recently concluded a month-long deployment to the United Kingdom as part of Bomber Task Force Europe. The bombers, part of the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, left their forward deployed base at Royal Air Force Fairford and returned to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on 21 September. They […]

September 30, 2022

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask

We have all been in that situation where everyone is talking about something, and there you stand with very little knowledge of the subject being discussed. Recently at Minot AFB the subject has been Norsk Hostfest.So, let’s do a little educating, because Norsk Hostfest is just the start of what will be a holiday season […]

September 30, 2022

100 years and counting…

It isn’t easy to stay in business for 100 years, especially given that in the past century, any business to survive that long had to endure the Great Depression in the 1930s. But there are two businesses that have daily impact on many North Dakota residents and both businesses are radio stations. One of them […]

September 30, 2022

Norsk Høstfest

MINOT–It happened while my family was at Logger Fest over the weekend. I was standing to the side of the bouncy-house obstacle course, waiting for my son to come down the final slide, when I heard foreign speech behind me.In another place I wouldn’t have thought twice about it. But this is Minot, and visitors […]

September 30, 2022

Chaplain Dallas Little Appointed Wing
Chaplain at Minot Air Force Base

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Team Minot welcomed Chaplain Lt. Col. Dallas Little as he was appointed as the Wing Chaplain at Minot Air Force Base, Sept. 13, 2022. Global Strike Command Chaplain, Col. David Kelley, presided over the ceremony, one of few conducted Air Force wide and the first ever at Minot AFB. The […]

September 29, 2022

#X294 Retired

With a service history of over nine years, including seven years at Minot Air Force Base, Deny has ended his career and now will retire to a good home, one that knows him well. Senior Airmen Ryan Gutshall has been part of Deny’s life for the past two and a half years, including eight months […]

November 23, 2022

It’s Getting Even Better:
Northern Sentry’s Jr. Journalism Program

Wait, what is journalism? It encompasses getting information about a person, place or event and writing it down for others to read about. Sounds easy right!? The Northern Sentry understands how important GOOD journalism is and how the craft is getting a bit lost on younger generations. So, the Jr. Journalism Program has been created […]

September 23, 2022

Best Bases in the Air Force: Aviano Air Base

Who joined the Air Force to always stay in one place and never leave their hometown? Maybe some, but many join for the chance to go places, see new things and experience the world, among other reasons (job security, paid training, benefits, etc.). But we’re focusing on the travel aspect of the Air Force way […]

September 23, 2022

She’s Not From Around Here: Trash Christmas

My favorite biannual holiday starts on Monday.That’s right, I’m talking about Trash Christmas.I know a lot of new folks have moved into Minot since the last Trash Christmas, so I thought it only fair to write about it again. (Read my first article on Spring Trash Christmas, here.) Isn’t letting all these newcomers know about […]

September 23, 2022

Upside Down Under: Honoring an icon…

For the past several days the news has been dominated by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and rightfully so. She was probably the best known person on the face of the earth. And while some people believe it has been overdone, there are plenty of Americans, plenty of North Dakotans, who have been mourning […]

September 23, 2022

A View From Our Side: Around Town…

Fall Festival Provides A Great Opportunity It was a nice day on Saturday, a bit cool in the morning, but by afternoon we had partly cloudy skies with a bit of sun and really nice temperatures, and as many people pointed out, no wind!At 9 AM there were well over 130 classic cars lining the […]

November 23, 2022

Jr Journalism: Things to do in Winter

Reading this article, people who have been here last winter will think I am a crazed maniac when I say there are things to like about winter in North Dakota. I can assume everybody can agree that there are downsides, but don’t make it feel like it is a deathtrap. Believe it or not there […]

September 16, 2022

Groundbreaking Naturalization Ceremony at Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Airman Amin Ahmadi, a 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office apprentice, and Airman 1st Class Jorge Peralta, a 5th Force Support Squadron classification technician, were the first Airmen to go through the enhanced naturalization process, becoming citizens of the United States at Minot AFB, Aug. 31, 2022.After going through […]

September 16, 2022

Participation and Enthusiasm

Last Monday, I went to the Soggy Doggy Pool Paw-ty at Roosevelt Park Pool. My sons and I found seats on the bleachers to watch dogs jump from diving boards and wade in the kiddie pool. As I sat there, reveling in the wonderous thing it is to be alive and living in Minot, North […]

September 16, 2022

Harvest and the prairie skyscraper…

Now that harvest is in full swing, a lot of things come to mind, but there is one thing I doubt many people think about and that is the loss of the old, wooden elevators, sometimes called prairie skyscrapers. On Sunday, we made a trip to Bismarck to purchase a lawn mower and went through […]