June 1, 2023

Minot AFB Represents at Fargo Marathon

They have done it! 26.2 miles is now checked off and completed by a group of hardcore Airmen athletes. The Minot AFB Running Group, primarily […]
May 12, 2023

Outdoor Report May 12-May 18

Thanks to Woodland Resort, our Outdoors Report sponsor, for helping keep readers up-to-date on happenings throughout the region. For complete details about fishing Devils Lake and its array of recreational opportunities visit their website: www.woodlandresort.com Facebook at: facebook.com/woodlandresortDL telephone (701) 662-5996, extension 1, email: woodlandresort@gondtc.com They’re located at 1012 Woodland Drive, Devils Lake, N.D. 58301 […]

May 12, 2023

What Season Are You Getting Ready For?

It’s kind of an unusual question. “What season are you getting ready for?” Let me start by saying that there are a couple of “signs” that summer will soon be upon us. I am certainly not a meteorologist, but when we have a late spring, which we have this year, summer hits us in a […]

May 12, 2023

Ghosts of North Dakota…

If you’ve ever read a book called “Ghosts of North Dakota,” there’s one common theme throughout the publication. It’s about ghost towns in North Dakota, but nearly every community written about still exists. There are real ghost towns in North Dakota. It’s just that finding history about them is not always easy or plentiful. But […]

May 12, 2023

The Puppy and the Ticket

The tale I am about to reveal is worth a laugh, a cry, or both. I suppose the reaction will range from “hilarious”, to that “D___ dog!”I’m a member of the hilarious group but, admittedly, for a moment or two, I muttered a few four-letter words. One glance at my dog turned my frown to […]

May 12, 2023

EFMP PCS Tips

Moving with school-aged children can be stressful, but planning ahead can allow for a smoother transition. If you child is enrolled in EFMP, extra steps should be taken. Consider the following tips as you plan your move with a school-aged child enrolled in EFMP: 1-Update the Individual Education Program (IEP) with your IEP team at […]

May 5, 2023

Wounded Warrior Program gives Minot Airman new purpose

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, North Dakota —Senior Airman Josiah Powell, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, was a great defender, living a great life. He was enjoying certain aspects of his job. He was healthy and he was happy. Then one day, he sustained an injury and soon after found himself facing a medical evaluation board. […]

May 5, 2023

Open and Honest: Base Town Hall

Every so often the base gets the pleasure of having some important people in the same place at the same time. Last Tuesday April 25th was one of those times. The Jimmy Doolittle Center hosted both Minot AFB Wing Commanders alongside the City of Minot Mayor, Tom Ross for the semi-annual Town Hall Meeting. The […]

May 5, 2023

Minot Airman to Debut in Upcoming Theatre Production

Hey, Minot, it finally looks like spring has come to the Magic City, and what a great time to join Mouse River Players Community Theatre as we mount our final performances of our 51st Season with a local favorite comedy, I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick! It’s the swinging 1980s, and it looks like Andrew […]

May 5, 2023

Helping you navigate your TRICARE benefits

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, North Dakota —The U.S. Department of Defense health care program, also known as TRICARE, provides medical insurance benefits to servicemembers, DOD civilians, retirees, and their families. For those unaccustomed to it, navigating the intricacies of TRICARE can be a confusing and daunting task. Kaitlyn Leite, TRICARE liaison for the 5th Medical […]

May 5, 2023

Excellence Has It’s Night

AFA Hosts Annual Awards U.S. Air Force Airmen and their spouses as well as civic leaders and other civilian staff from Minot Air Force Base, attended the Air Force Association (AFA) awards banquet held at The Grand Hotel in Minot on April 27, 2023. The AFA supports Airmen, Guardians and the families of the Air […]

May 5, 2023

It All Happened Over Night

They say that change is inevitable, but today is May 1 and it’s like someone waved a magic wand and transformed once full parking lots around Trinity Health into open spaces. Yesterday was moving day for Trinity Health. The ER is gone, the hospital is empty and also gone are all of the patients and […]

May 5, 2023

End of the Rope…

There’s a new movie showing in North Dakota theaters that was filmed here in the state. It’s called “End of the Rope,” and is about a farm family in McKenzie County that mysteriously disappears. Evidence begins to surface that a young farmhand of the missing family is responsible. And while the sheriff and the state’s […]

May 5, 2023

Sleepy, Cold, and Fishing

When my alarm woke me, I thought to myself I must be crazy. It was 3:30 a.m. Dark and cold. I had a ninety-minute drive that I wasn’t looking forward to. Ahhh. The life of a fisherman is sometimes difficult to understand. Explaining it to someone else? Even harder.There are moments, and 3:30 a.m. can […]

May 5, 2023

Unsolicited Advice on Summer Days

“Ugh. North Dakota? Isn’t it like, really, really cold there?” This is the lament I hear most often when I tell someone we live in Minot. My reply is nearly always the same. “It’s only cold in the winter, and the summers are always worth it.” Then I’ll ramble on for a good, long while […]

May 5, 2023

Seeking Council Representatives

The Minot AFB Resident Council is seeking new representatives. Resident Councils are established as the forum for military members and their dependents residing in privatized housing to discuss health and safety concerns, identify potential improvements, present solutions, and maintain a positive and productive relationship between housing residents, leadership, and the housing partners. Resident councils are […]

May 5, 2023

Jr. Journalism: The Truly Amazing Northern Lights

Did you know that the color cones, which lets us see color in our eyes, can’t see the faint color that the Northern Lights give off? Because of this, the Auroras just look gray and white. That is interesting because our eyes are supposed to be more high definition then the most HD TV is […]

April 27, 2023

All Military Kids are Special at Dakota Elementary

A lot was happening on the base last Tuesday, but the Month of the Military Child Appreciation Banquet was one of the most heart-warming events of the month. This event recognized the military children that love and learn at Dakota Elementary. The staff served the entire student body and their families a pasta dinner and […]

April 27, 2023

Keeping Minot On Track

It was a chilly afternoon. Mayor Tom Ross and I had played a round of phone tag, but we finally found time to meet in Mayor Ross’s office at Elison Assisted Living in south Minot. As Mayor and Executive Director at Elison, Tom has learned that each day will present a challenge. Even today, permission […]

April 27, 2023

Global Thunder 23 concludes at Minot

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Global Thunder 23, the most recent iteration of U.S. Strategic Command’s annual nuclear command and control exercise, concluded April 19. GT23 was designed to assess joint operational readiness and provide training opportunities for USSTRATCOM forces to deter, detect, and prevent strategic attacks against the United States and its allies. During […]

April 27, 2023

705 MUNS supports Global Thunder 23

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D —Global Thunder is the most extensive command and control exercise in which the 5th Bomb Wing participates, and the 705th Munitions Squadron plays one of the most critical roles in the exercise, which is U.S. Strategic Command’s largest.Global Thunder, which involves all three legs of the nuclear triad, is conducted […]