June 27, 2024

Strategies to Beat “Summer Slide”: Part 1

Summer is a time to rest, rejuvenate, and refresh from a long school year. However, there is also the potential of “summer slide” while on […]
April 14, 2023

AFSVC announces winners of best dining facilities

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The Air Force Services Center recently announced the winners of the 2023 John L. Hennessy Trophy Awards for best dining facilities across the Department of the Air Force. The annual awards program, established in 1957 and managed by AFSVC, recognizes the top dining facility operations in each of two […]

April 14, 2023

Air Force recognizes Lance P. Sijan Award winners

The Air Force recognized the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award recipients from 2019 to 2022 during an award ceremony at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, April 3. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., spoke about the prestigious award, highlighting the accomplishments of the Airmen who embody Sijan’s leadership and character in performance and […]

April 14, 2023

Jr. Journalism: Skate Night at the Youth Center

Once every month the Youth Center on base has a skate night. I like to go to it and ride around in circles on my roller skates. Some of my classmates also go, so I have fun with them. There they turn off the lights and turn on the disco lights which makes it fun […]

April 14, 2023

MoMC: The Dandelion

The average military youth will move six to nine times between their kindergarten and senior year. The dandelion is often used to represent military youth as the seeds of a dandelion are blown all over and yet, it blossoms wherever it lands. Like the hearty flower our military youth will find the means to thrive […]

April 14, 2023

Minot Hosts ND Wing Search and Rescue Exercise

Civil Air Patrol members from all four corners of North Dakota Wing gathered in Minot, Saturday March 25, to participate in their largest search and rescue exercise (SAREX) since 2019. Operations included aerial search from one of the wing’s Cessna 182 aircraft and ground search teams mobilized with CAP vehicles. Cadets from Minot and Bismarck […]

April 14, 2023

Rain Gutter Regatta

On Monday, April 10 while kids were out of school, Charlie Anderson led the 2nd Annual Rain Gutter Regatta boat race on Chevy Chase Rd. This race began last year when the snow melt created flowing steams of water down the sides of neighborhood roadways on base. 8th grader Charlie had the idea to get […]

April 14, 2023

A View From Our Side: Right On Time!

It was Easter Monday, April 10th. It was a really nice day…we were in Bismarck in the afternoon, and it was 60 degrees. On the drive back we were commenting on how there were open fields loaded with geese. A week ago, this wasn’t true. We seemed to miss the majority of the April snowstorm, […]

April 14, 2023

Slice of Life: The Silence of the Owl

Sometimes a person needs to listen to the silence. Our world is filled with sounds of all sorts, so much so that most of us don’t even realize it. There’s cheering and chatter, the closing of car doors, noise of traffic, televisions, ring tones of cell phones — even our own footsteps. It seems there’s […]

April 14, 2023

Upside Down Under: North Dakota, more diverse than you think…

It seems that every time we see information about North Dakota agriculture, it’s about the 11 crops that the Ag Department maintains as No. 1 in the nation. In one sense it paints a good picture for us, but in another it’s deceiving because anyone who farms or knows someone who farms, knows North Dakota […]

April 7, 2023

World Famous Bomber Barons Return from Bomber Task Force Europe 23-2

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers and Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, returned home at the end of March. For the past five weeks, the world famous ‘Bomber Barons’ of the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron […]

April 7, 2023

TSgt Awarded AAFM Scholarship for Science Degree

Tech. Sgt. Maxie Cardinal, 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship by the Association of Air Force Missileers (AAFM). The CMSgt Dick “Hawk” Hochheiser Memorial Scholarship was founded because of Hawk’s “unrivaled technical expertise coupled with his humble, approachable, and humorous personality” which “positively influenced thousands of contractors, and active duty ICBM […]

April 7, 2023

What It Takes to Wear The Diamond

MSgt. Richard BaltazarHometown- Los Angeles, CAWife- AmarisFamily- Daughter, Brenee, 16, Son, Elijah 13 “I’m grateful and eager to start my journey as a First Sergeant. Mentoring and helping others in need has always come natural to me, this position can help showcase my helping nature. I hope to have a positive impact on Airmen’s careers […]

April 7, 2023

Breaking Stuff is all the RAGE

The “rage room” may not be a new notion, but its commercialization has become a fairly new craze. But, new or old, the concept is creating a mess of destruction across the US and it has made its way to Minot too! The Let’s Destroy it Rage Room located in Minot at 300 30th Ave […]

April 7, 2023

She’s Not From Around Here: The Best Part of Spring

At this point in the year, it would be easy to bemoan the seemingly endless chilly days. I could fill this week’s column with witty comments about how I’m getting tired of hearing about flurries in the forecast. Or maybe I could come up with a cheeky way to reminisce about the Easter blizzard we […]

April 7, 2023

A View From Our Side: Looking For That First Robin

Here it is, the first week in April, and this weekend is Easter Sunday. Looking out my back window, there is very little bare grass, and if the weather forecast is correct, we will have had yet another spring snowstorm, or even stronger than that, they are saying blizzard! Not talking a trip to the […]

April 7, 2023

Upside Down Under: There’s value in vacant buildings…

Last week’s article was about a unique recycling of wood from grain elevators. This week it’s closer to home, maybe even in your own back yard. There are vacant buildings in all 53 counties in North Dakota. Just drive around sometime and see it for yourself. Some of those buildings are in such bad shape, […]

April 7, 2023

Slice of Life: Some Things Fishy

I can’t remember the first time I went fishing, or the first fish I caught. I’m thinking I was about six years old or so and do know that I’ve been an avid fisherman to this day. Every fisherman has a few tales to tell. Many have much better recollection than I. Mostly I have […]

April 7, 2023

Bishop Ryan Catholic School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Highest Honors (3.667-4.000+)SENIORS: Ajah Braun, Haley Buck, Caina Dauphinais, Braelyn Deeter, Mikel Green, Emily Hanson, Raymond Hawk, Joey Johnson, Christian Lormejuste, Braden McCurry, Brett McKay, Christopher McMahon, Carson Merck, HayLee Ritzke, Sabryn Ronning, Magee Rovig, Slestia WalkupJUNIORS: Gabriel Alexander, Brayden Howe, Brekken Johannes, Gwynnie Johnson, Blake Kaylor, Arwen LaVallie, Katelyn O’Farrell, Chuka Osuala, Gianmarco Renda, […]

March 31, 2023

2023 Chief Master Sergeant Selects

CMSgt. Jeffrey Brown, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron “Back when I was 16 or 17, I had decided that I really wanted to enlist in the Air Force so I took the ASVAB. My dad was prior Army and he said he would never join the Army, so I followed in his footsteps,” said Chief Master […]

March 31, 2023

Bomber Task Force: B-52s improve
capabilities and demonstrate allied
cohesion in the Mediterranean

RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE, Germany — Two B-52s from the 23rd Bomb Squadron operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain flew a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean region, March 22, 2023. The aircraft integrated with Italian F-35s and Hellenic F-16s to refine interoperability procedures over Southern Europe. The use of the B-52 aircraft […]

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