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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – Minot Air Force Base contributed $543.1 million to the local area's economy in fiscal year 2018. In fiscal year 2017, Minot AFB had an impact of $580.4 million. From fiscal year 2014-2018, the base's economic impact on the local area reaches $2.8 billion. 2nd Lt. Trevor Violette, budget officer for the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, presented the fiscal year 2018 economic impact report at the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee meeting in the Grand Hotel, Minot, on Thursday, Feb.
MINOT, N.D. — The extreme cold this week presented challenges for railroads serving the area. Amtrak passenger service canceled all of its train originations to and from Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The company started restoring service with some trains on Thursday, Jan. 31, and was scheduled to restore service with nearly all others on Friday, Feb. 1.
WHITE SHIELD, N.D. — The legacy of Denby Deegan, one of the first Native American architects in the United States and North Dakota, lives on in his architectural work. Deegan, of White Shield, died Dec. 24, 2018, in Bismarck at the age of 77. Deegan was one of the first Native American architects in the United States and in North Dakota, according to the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers. He also was one of the founding members of AICAE based in Albuquerque, N.M.
NEW TOWN, N.D. – A different kind of voting problem has emerged on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota. It’s not about access to the ballot box for reservation residents without a residential address and only a post office box, but it’s more of a tribal issue in itself.
MANDAREE, N.D. — Harriet Goodiron has been a Gold Star Mother since 2006 when her son, Army Cpl. Nathan Goodiron, died while on active duty in Afghanistan. When an active duty service member dies, his or her mother becomes a Gold Star Mother. The designation dates back to 1928 to a mother who lost her son in World War I and was instrumental in founding the Gold Star Mothers, a support organization.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — Airman Caleb Hanley of Minot Air Force Base really hopes rhythm and blues singer Brandy will see his YouTube video asking her to be his date for the Air Force Ball at the base next month. To get his invitation to the singer, Hanley, with the help of a couple of his friends, Senior Airman LauRen Washington and Airman Taylor Grier, both also at the Minot base, put together a video last week asking Brandy Norwood, known professionally as Brandy, to be his date for the event on Sept. 15. The YouTube video is posted on Facebook and other social media.
MINOT, N.D.—When North Dakota State Fairgoers visit the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit they'll have the opportunity to visit with active and retired New York City firefighters. Numerous NYC firefighters volunteer their time to the exhibit and its stops across the country. The exhibit, a tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, is done to educate people throughout the country about the events of that tragic day.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The use of Target Lodging's workforce lodging in the Bakken oil field is on the rise, a company official said. "We've seen a significant increase in occupancy over the last two quarters. In fact, at several of our lodges we are at or very near full capacity," Troy Schrenk, chief commercial officer for Target Lodging in The Woodlands, Texas, said on Friday, June 8. The last two quarters refers to the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, according to Schrenk.
MINOT, N.D.—By the mid-2020s, North Dakota will need additional natural gas transportation systems out of the region, according to the head of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. "Whether that's an expansion of existing systems or that's a new pipeline built out of the region, the current gas transmission network is not going to be adequate long term," said Justin Kringstad, N.D. Pipeline Authority director. Kringstad, of Bismarck, spoke to members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee on May 30.
MINOT, N.D.—Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale AFB in Louisiana will continue to have the B-52 bomber through 2050 but the next generation bomber, the B-21 Raider, will replace the B-1 and B-2 at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s, Air Force officials announced this week. Dyess AFB, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, were selected by the Air Force as reasonable alternatives to host the B-21.