June 27, 2024

Knighthawks Return Home from BTF 24-3

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – The 69th Bomb Squadron’s Knighthawks have returned home to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota from their Bomber Task […]
June 30, 2023

The Squirrel Wars

“It must have been the wind.” That was my first thought when found soil strewn about the stoop and some freshly planted annuals uprooted from their pots. It had been windy overnight. The soil was light. This was a plausible explanation. If there’s anything I’ve learned from living in Hot Dish Land, it’s that most […]

June 30, 2023

Sit Down and Eat

The server placed silverware, all neatly wrapped in a napkin, on a nearby table. She set down two full glasses of water. Then two cups into which she poured steaming coffee. She left the coffee pot on the table and set down two menus.Sitting a few feet away, savoring a Clara’s Special breakfast and a […]

June 30, 2023

Dire straits in the trades…

In the past several months we’ve had a lot of work done on our house and greenhouse. New kitchen cabinets, some electrical rewiring in the greenhouse and house and new plumbing in the kitchen. It’s all but finished now but it brings to mind how critical the trades are and how short they are of […]

June 23, 2023

B-52 Returns to Indo-Pacific for Bomber Task Force Deployment

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — More than 200 Airmen and four B-52 Stratofortresses assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam June 14 in order to conduct Bomber Task Force—or BTF—missions. BTF deployments and operations support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s missions by integrating strategic […]

June 23, 2023

Dear Minot, I Cried.

I cried when I found out we were moving to Minot. I broke down when I found out we had orders out of here. I get it; Minot has a lot of downsides. We all know what they are. Also, it’s easier to ignore the disadvantages in the energetic summer months rather than in the […]

June 23, 2023

What’s in a name?

Rod Wilson and his wife, Sue, are visiting family in California, consequently the responsibility to write “A View from Our Side” falls to me this week. As publisher, I generally handle the business side of running the paper so writing a column is not something I normally do. Nonetheless I’m happy for this opportunity. As […]

June 23, 2023

Summer Fire Safety

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over half (57%) of grill fires on residential properties occur in the four months of May, June, July and August. Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $37 million in property loss each year. To ensure a safe grilling experience, […]

June 23, 2023

What’s killing the honeybees?…

Believe it or not, there are people out there who still don’t know what’s causing the “mysterious” death of honeybees. I thought this was old news, but apparently not. For a time, that was the case. Nobody knew what was killing honeybees. But research in France during the 1990s proved that a class of chemicals […]

June 23, 2023

T-ball Explained, Sort of

Oh, my goodness! What sport is it where the jersey is the same length as a bathrobe and players from both teams are as mixed as a bag of marbles at the same time? The answer is T-ball, which apparently includes kids from birth to a year or two older. No knowledge of the rules, […]

June 23, 2023

Minot AFB Women’s Volleyball Team participate in 2023 Open National Championship

This year’s Nationals were held in Dallas, Texas, from May 26 to the 31st. The women’s team lost three players within two weeks before the tournament, two of which were due to injuries. Even though the team had to make last minute player/position changes due to the loss of players, they were able to finish […]

June 23, 2023

Jr. Journalism: Lions from the Roosevelt Park Zoo

The Roosevelt Park Zoo is a cool place to visit to see animals. Our family has lived in Minot, North Dakota for almost four years and we have visited Roosevelt Park Zoo many times. Every time I’ve been there it’s always fun and adventurous. My family and I last visited on June 2nd during the […]

June 15, 2023

Airmen Receive Red Cross Lifesaving Awards

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, ND. – Two Airmen were presented with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders at Minot Air Force Base, June 12, 2023. Airman 1st Class Damian Cordoba from the 5th Medical Group saved a life while off-duty and working a shift at local restaurant, The Starving Rooster, November 8, […]

June 16, 2023

Minot Fire Department Provides Opportunity

For Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel, it was 2016 when she arrived from Grand Forks after 20 years with that department. Kelli is the first to admit there was an adjustment to move a family and learn a new community, but she said, “it’s been good for us.” Kelli was born and raised in Fertile, Minnesota, […]

June 15, 2023

Team Minot celebrates Police Week 2023

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Team Minot defenders joined together June 5-9, 2023 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. to compete in competitions and honor past and present law enforcement officers in honor of National Police Week. National Police Week is a nationally recognized event that allows law enforcement members and citizens to gather and […]

June 15, 2023

Medora & Teddy

In the past two years of living in North Dakota nothing has touched my heart quite like the small town of Medora. It just popped out of nowhere in the vast prairie land of North Dakota as it creeps into the Badlands and thus creates a magical landscape that I will never forget. It’s my […]

June 15, 2023

The Base’s Summer Hot Spot

The base pool is now ready and waiting for swimmers of all ages to come and soak up the sun for the summer! The pool opened a little later in the season than usual because of some construction work that needed to be done on the building structure. But now, it is open and plans […]

June 15, 2023

….in my rear view mirror

Some of you are old enough to remember singer Mac Davis who hit the billboard charts with the song “Happiness Is Texas in my Rearview Mirror”. The song goes on to describe why he had to leave Texas. But in the end, his love of Lubbock, Texas, finally causes him to yearn to return and […]

June 15, 2023

Pembina Gorge State Park…

On May 22, Gov. Doug Burgum announced the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area will be developed and become North Dakota’s 14th state park. A total of $6 million in funding for this venture has been secured by the North Dakota Parks & Recreatikon Department during the 2023 legislative session. A matching $2 million will come […]

June 15, 2023

You’re So Flexible

“You’re so flexible.” Unbelievably, the words were directed at me–spoken while standing in a shady driveway I know well. The voice, too, was familiar. A soft, comforting tone that conjured up memories of high school antics, college summer vacations long past, and cold cookies that always seemed to materialize from the freezer at just the […]

June 15, 2023

Dog Gone International Incident

An international incident along the North Dakota/Saskatchewan border was resolved, at least temporarily, in a Minot courtroom earlier this month. The intriguing case involved a wandering dog, Rocco, who normally resides in Enniskillen, Saskatchewan, a small community located just north of the United States/Canadian border. Rocco decided to make a visit to the U.S. by […]

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