Minot Daily News
MINOT, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially declared Lake Sakakawea completely frozen on Saturday, Jan. 12. This past open water season was 272 days long as the corps declared Sakakawea completely ice-free on March 27, 2018. The shortest season of ice on the big lake occurred in 2012, when Sakakawea froze on Jan. 18 and opened up on March 27, a span of just 69 days.
MINOT, N.D. - An apprenticeship program created last year to fill a need for workers in the Bakken was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Minot. Barry Dutton, state director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, presented an official "Registered Apprenticeship Program" certificate to Hess Corp. for its Job Experience Training program. JET provides rigorous on-the-job training related to operations in the oil and gas industry, along with classroom training at Bismarck State College.
MINOT, N.D. - Minot school officials are considering adding up to two high schools and possibly a middle school to address anticipated overcrowding. The board met at a retreat on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, to discuss future planning. Superintendent Mark Vollmer said the board has asked for more cost and staffing estimates for various scenarios.
MINOT, N.D. - The Minot City Council would add a second monthly meeting to its schedule under a proposal advanced by council members Tuesday, Nov. 27. The proposal would provide for council meetings the first and third Mondays of each month. In setting up a new form of government with a smaller council in 2017, the city retained the two committee meetings held during the week before the monthly council meeting.
MINOT, N.D. - Both a prosecutor and a defense attorney say that the state Supreme Court should vacate a Minot man's conviction for corruption of a minor because the judge made an error at his trial. Alexander Justin Pittenger's appeal is scheduled to be heard Dec. 14 in Bismarck. Kiara Kraus-Parr, Pittenger's defense attorney, has argued that North Central District Court Judge Stacy Louser created a structural error when she closed the courtroom for the testimony of the 17-year-old victim over Pittenger's objections.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- It sure looks good on a map. The reality remains to be seen. The Climate Prediction Center issued its monthly long-range temperature and precipitation outlooks Thursday. It contains very little change from earlier forecasts that the Northern Plains, and much of the United States, should experience warmer than usual temperatures December through February.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Two enrolled tribal members have filed for an injunction to delay the final vote count in the Three Affiliated Tribes election Tuesday.
MINOT, N.D. -- Minot will need more money to continue its property acquisitions for the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, according to information provided the Minot City Council Monday, May 7. "We are watching our funds dwindle quickly," City Manager Tom Barry said.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 28-year-old northwest N.D. man pleaded not guilty Tuesday, May 8, to charges that he beat and raped a young woman who was working as a prostitute at the Sleep Inn in Minot on Feb. 19. Scott Andrew Flood, of Bowbells, N.D., has been held at the Ward County Jail since his arrest in February.
GARRISON – Ice remains on a good portion of Lake Sakakawea and it may remain that way for at least another week. The upper end of Lake Sakakawea has been ice free for several days. However, the middle and lower ends of the reservoir remained coated in a great sheet of ice. On Saturday, the southern shore of Lake Sakakawea in the Beulah and Hazen areas had plenty of open water, particularly in Beaver Bay and other large inlets. Lake Sakakawea's latest ice-free date is May 17, 1979.