Minot Daily News
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A 50-year-old New Rockford man received a sentence of 12 years behind bars during a lengthy hearing here Wednesday, Feb. 6. Alexander Lail faced a total of 10 felony and two misdemeanor charges, the most serious of which were two counts of attempted murder. Attempted murder is a Class A felony with the possible penalty of 20 years imprisonment. He was given credit for the 651 days he has been incarcerated since his arrest in May 2017.
MINOT, N.D. - A 24-year-old Belcourt man is accused of stabbing a 30-year-old woman on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at a southwest Minot residence. The woman sustained multiple stab wounds, according to police. The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle, but Minot police stopped the vehicle near the Ward County Courthouse. Jesse Azure was taken into custody and will be charged with attempted murder, terrorizing, and theft of a motor vehicle.
MINOT, N.D. - A district judge has denied the North Dakota Attorney General's request for summary judgment in a consumer fraud case against a Minot event planner. The decision by Northwest District Judge Todd Cresap on Friday, Jan. 25, means the case against Terpsehore Maras Lindeman will continue to move toward trial. The Attorney General's Office alleges Lindeman committed fraud in 2017 in organizing "A Magic City Christmas." The office had asked the judge to rule in its favor based on the court filings.
MINOT, N.D. - Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home at age 14 and held captive for nine months, will speak April 17 at Minot State University's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The speech will be free and open to the public. Since she was rescued, Smart has gone on to marry and have three children, to become an author, activist for victim rights, and a national speaker. "Her story is very compelling," said Robert Kibler, chair of the English and Foreign Language Department at MSU.
MINOT, N.D. - The Ward County Historical Society must remove its Pioneer Village Museum from the fairgrounds to its new location in Burlington by June 15 under an agreement with the North Dakota State Fair Association, historical society board members said Tuesday, Jan. 15. Under the terms of the agreement, the State Fair will give the association a cash settlement of $50,000 if the buildings are removed by that date.
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. - If the skies are clear the view of a Blood Moon should be spectacular. A total lunar eclipse will occur Sunday night, Jan. 20, as the Earth will be positioned directly between the sun and a full moon. The resulting effect will cause the usually bright full moon to take on a reddish glow, known as a Blood Moon. The eclipse will begin at 9:33 p.m. Sunday as the Earth's shadow slowly begins to edge across the moon. Total eclipse will be achieved at 10:41 p.m. The eclipse will reach its maximum at precisely at 11:12 p.m.
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. In adding an extra council meeting each month, the city would eliminate those committee meetings. If approved, it could become effective in January.