February 22, 2024

The Old Blue Coat

Several years ago, when I was still riding with Company M, U.S. Army 7th Cavalry memorial regiment, I became friends with one of the older […]
January 18, 2024

I’m From Around Here- And It’s Cold!

My Thursday started with a trip to the Minot AFB. I had several appointments, and hey, I’m used to this cold weather, right? As I approached the base I was able to watch a B 52 take off. The smoke generated by the takeoff on this -18 degree day was amazing. Quickly my mind slipped […]

January 18, 2024

Touting the unusual…

When I worked as ag reporter for the Minot Daily News, I did an annual report on the crops in North Dakota. This was generally a fairly long article because as you know, this state produces a lot of agricultural products. We produce a lot, but many of those crops and livestock don’t get the […]

January 18, 2024

An Examination of Normal

Well, that’s different. So different that it is normal. Huh? When purchasing a cup of coffee a few days ago at a local convenience store, choosing what brew I would try, I found myself staring at normal as a selection. I was expecting to see Caribbean sunrise, morning breakfast blend, or maybe extra-dark French roast. […]

January 11, 2024

Receiving the Purple Star

Minot Air Force Base Schools All Qualify for Special Award For a year and a month Joy-Nicole Smith, School Liaison Program Manager, has worked to gain recognition for the three Minot AFB Schools as Purple Star Schools, a special recognition from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. “Military students move an average of seven […]

January 11, 2024

Minot MAF chefs feed the force

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Missile Alert Facilities (MAF), which can be up to 75 miles away from Minot Air Force Base, operate with a lone chef that ensures the site has well-fed troops. Missile Alert Facilities are the heart of the 91st Missile Operations Group’s mission. The Group is composed of three squadrons, each […]

January 11, 2024

5th Bomb Wing and 2nd Bomb Wing work together for Exercise Prairie/Bayou Vigilance 24-2

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana participated in Exercise Prairie Vigilance/Bayou Vigilance 24-2 here, Jan. 4-7, 2024. The Vigilance exercise series showcases Air Force Global Strike airpower and capabilities, ensuring Airmen are […]

January 11, 2024

Sentinel Program a Partnership

Minot Air Force Base is familiar territory for Brig General Colin Connor. General Connor served as commander of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base from June of 2016 through August of 2018. General Connor returned to Minot and was the guest of the Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday in his new position […]

January 11, 2024

Celebrate MLK Day with Acts of Service: A Day On, Not a Day Off

We are about to celebrate MLK Day, a day in which we remember the values for which Dr. King lived, and for which he died. But it’s important that we do more than just remember, or even celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. We must make MLK Day one in which we deliver on Dr. King’s dreams […]

January 11, 2024

DAF looking for Airmen, Guardians for grueling Army Ranger School

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) —It’s been called “a laboratory of human endurance,” testing the physical, mental and spiritual grit of the officer and enlisted leaders who undertake it. It’s the Army Ranger School and the Department of the Air Force is looking for Airmen and Guardians who are ready for the challenge. Through […]

January 11, 2024

Children’s Library Grand Re-Opening Party

The Minot Public Library wishes to invite all community members, big and small, young and old, to our Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, January 13, 2024. The party will begin at 1:00 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the rollout of our new reading challenge, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Followed by a dance party for […]

January 11, 2024

The Purple Star Is a Big Deal!

Let’s face it, there are those kids who can walk into a new school and immediately fit into the fabric. They find friends, they are not afraid to get involved, in general they fit in right away. Well, that would not have been me. In our small-town school, the traumatic move was from the grade […]

January 11, 2024

Latest Freeze for Sakakawea

When the big water freezes is something that has captured my attention as long as I can remember. By big water, I’m talking about Lake Sakakawea, which is actually a reservoir. Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea, call it what you want. By any name it is North Dakota’s largest body of water and a major attraction […]

January 11, 2024

Expanding into the states…

There have been some new developments regarding Canadian Football League expansion, developments that could spawn teams in North Dakota and South Dakota. I’ve written about this topic in the past, but this time there seems to be a bit more urgency.For the past seven years, the CFL has been looking to expand to Halifax, Nova […]

January 4, 2024

Minot AFB Couple Gives Birth to New Year’s Baby

(MINOT, ND)—New Year’s Day came and went, but Trinity Health’s Family Birth Center finally welcomed its first baby of 2024. Evelyn Grace Kroft came into the world at her own pace, arriving on January 2 at 10:16 a.m. Parents Meredith and Stephen Kroft Sr., who reside at Minot Air Force Base, say they were surprised […]

January 4, 2024

54th Helicopter Squadron secures Team Minot’s missile fields from above

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Minot AFB hosts several tenant units that are critical to the success of our mission. These units all play a role in Team Minot’s daily operations and provide unique capabilities to Team Minot’s skill set. The 54th Helicopter Squadron is one of these units. The 54th HS is a […]

January 4, 2024

Wanted: Your Thoughts (Minotauros Tickets Possible!)

2023 is now a thing of the past. Life moves us all forward and into 2024 we go. As with any year in the military community, last year we saw many goodbyes and welcomes, or otherwise known as “Hails and Farewells”. We miss those who have left, but embrace the new editions to the base […]

January 4, 2024

Minot AFB Youth Among 2023 Air Force Photo Contest Winners

This year’s theme “101 Days of Summer” invited photographers to capture the essence of Summer through their lenses and showcase their creativity, talent, and love for the vibrant season. The nearly 400 entries included joyful beach days, refreshing poolside moments, delightful family gatherings, captivating sunsets, thrilling outdoor adventures, and quiet moments in nature’s embrace. For […]

January 4, 2024

DOD Releases 2024 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

Basic allowance for housing, or BAH, rates for 2024 will increase by an average of 5.4%. The new rates, which are paid to all U.S.-based active-duty members of the uniformed services when government quarters are unavailable, take effect Jan. 1. “The proposed 5.2% basic pay increase plus the 5.4% increase in the basic allowance for housing […]

January 4, 2024

Operation Home for the Holidays

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —A new program, Operation Home for the Holidays, was recently instituted by U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Hoadley, 5th Bomb Wing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth McGhee, 91st Missile Wing commander, with the city of Minot Chamber of commerce. This program was put in place to raise funds for […]

January 4, 2024

Reflections

When one year comes to an end and the other begins, it is a natural time to reflect on the year past and to hopes for what the new year may bring.Of course, resolutions abound – lose weight, quit smoking, finally take that trip you’ve been promising yourself. There’s an infinite number of possibilities. I’ve […]

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