February 29, 2024

Clever or Quirky, Wise or Weird…Hmmm

Lest you think I fell off a dock and hit my head on my fishing boat, it is with complete honesty that I am about […]
January 4, 2024

It’s Fun To Look Back

You’ll notice that this is our annual “Year in Review” edition. It’s always fun to look back at the stories that made the Northern Sentry a great periodical in 2023. Take a few minutes to read and reminisce. Those of us who contribute regularly to the Northern Sentry, and our Weekly Post Brief email edition, […]

January 4, 2024

Too small or just right?…

Because we aren’t most people who go to Grandma’s house for Christmas, it was a traveling holiday to Rapid City, S.D., and back. It’s a long trip, nearly 1,000 miles round trip and just to do something different, we took U.S. Highway 85 from Watford City to Spearfish, even though it’s a little out of […]

January 5, 2024

15 Hidden Gems and Secrets for your 2024 Bucket List

If your newsfeed is anything like mine, it’s filling up with lists of 2023’s best/worst moments, and ways to improve your 2024. Maybe those lists have sunk into my subconscious, or maybe it’s I’ve spent too many late nights scrolling BuzzFeed—but I’ve been inspired to create my own list for Minot Hotdishers only. Here are […]

December 28, 2023

Snow Shoveling Airman Part 2: Operation Free Driveways

Last winter, after a particularly intense winter storm where most everyone was snowed in, there was one Minot Airman who suffered through the freezing temps and backbreaking work to help clear snow-covered driveways on base for trapped families. That Airman was SrA Jacob Willette, 791 MSFS. The Northern Sentry covered the story last year (https://northernsentry.com/2023/01/20/snow-shoveling-airman-donates-350-to-afas/) […]

December 28, 2023

Missile Community Cancer Study Round 1 environmental sampling results release

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. —The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and Air Force Global Strike Command released the complete results of the Round 1 Environmental Sampling effort at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, and Minot AFB, North Dakota, today. The environmental sampling effort is half of the Missile […]

December 28, 2023

Data consolidation project enhances Air Force munitions logistics tracking

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Organizations at Hill Air Force Base played a key role in completing a data consolidation project that will enhance the logistics tracking and management of munitions across the Air Force. The project, which was initiated in response to a 2020 Headquarters Air Force directive to merge the Integrated Missile […]

December 28, 2023

Finding your village as a military spouse

One of my most significant pieces of advice for new military spouses is to build a village wherever you go.A village is a group of people who are your people. They’re your support system, the ones you call if your world falls apart, they’re the friends who don’t judge you, but judge with you. They’re […]

December 28, 2023

A New ND Law Can Cut Your Tax by Half

An innovative new law passed by the ND State legislature in 2023 can reduce taxes for individuals, businesses, and corporations, while freeing up more funds to help women, men, and families. According to section II of HB 1176, “a taxpayer is entitled to a credit against the (North Dakota) income tax liability … for contributions […]

December 28, 2023

First Sergeant’s Corner: Caring

This month’s AFMC connect is about Caring. Caring is at the forefront of not only being a First Sergeant, but an Airman in the United States Air Force. It is part of our Airmen’s Creed; “Never leave an Airman behind.” According to Webster’s Dictionary, caring is defined as “displaying kindness and concern for others.” There […]

December 28, 2023

Call It Giving Back

This is my last column…for 2023. So often I hear about the awesome support that the community of Minot gives the Minot Air Force Base. That may be true, but it’s a 2-way street, and it’s only fair to bring into focus what the Minot Air Force Base does for Minot, each and every year. […]

December 28, 2023

Bird Chatter

Every December dedicated bird watchers conduct Christmas Bird Counts throughout the United States. Several of the counts are conducted annually in the Minot Area. The counts are part of a national effort led by the Audubon Society.Though I have never considered myself a serious birder, I’ve been present at numerous bird counts over the years […]

December 28, 2023

Too much Christmas…

I think most people will agree that Christmas was around too long and now that it’s in the rear-view mirror we wonder where the time went. Honestly, I could have written this article two months ago, but I refused, waiting until Christmas was past before voicing my opinion about said holiday. I get why retailers […]

December 22, 2023

Minot AFB executes SURGE Week

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —The 5th Bomb Wing conducted SURGE Week here from Dec. 12 – 14. SURGE Week tests warfighting capabilities, focusing on training efforts for scenarios where a large number of sorties need to be produced swiftly and efficiently. Typically, the goal of SURGE Week is to produce 50% more flights than […]

December 22, 2023

Transforming mental health in the Air Force

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Like physical fitness, good mental health is a central part of military life, and shouldn’t be hidden or ignored. There are several resources available to help Airmen struggling with mental health challenges. This year, Air Force mental health leaders implemented a new initiative to improve Airmen’s access to mental health […]

December 22, 2023

Parent Holiday Realities

Most parents won’t admit it, but being a parent is both the absolute best thing in the world and, simultaneously, the worst. Some painfully honest parents will admit that the tiny joyful moments and everlasting love feelings we have for our kids don’t always squash the overwhelming stress, confusion, discipline and tiredness that also comes […]

December 22, 2023

Air Force Global Strike Command A10 Director Offers Insight to Sentinel Modernization Progress

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. —U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Colin Connor, Air Force Global Strike Command A10 director, appeared on an Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance Deterrence Center virtual forum to discuss the LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile system, formerly known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, on Nov. 29, here. The focus of the […]

December 22, 2023

In The Spirit of Christmas

The CP Rail, now the CPKC Holiday Train has been making annual visits to the Magic City for 25 years. On Saturday Downtown Minot was packed as families gathered to greet and view the train as it made a stop at the north end of Main Street. The weather was absolutely perfect with temperatures hovering […]

December 22, 2023

Airport Humanity

In the lives of my children, few joys exceed that of airport moving walkways. I was reminded of this last week when we flew home to North Dakota, after being out of state for a whopping three months. Giddy anticipation, they galloped through crowds—often dragging me along behind. Once at the edge, where they could […]

December 22, 2023

A Christmas to remember…

It was late November 1995 and I had just been hired as editor and publisher of the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon. Then, my entire world was turned upside down. The very day I was supposed to start my new job, we attended my mother’s funeral in Hazelton. I was devastated and my siblings were […]

December 22, 2023

The Muffin Caper

Recently, dear reader, I was the mastermind, the architect, of a clever plot very carefully planned so that I could gain the upper hand. However, like the flinging of a boomerang, all is wonderful until it hits you in the back of the head.Of course, as is my very nature, I meticulously weighed the possible […]

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