Eloise Ogden / Minot Daily News
MINOT, N.D.—Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Minot Air Force Base on Friday. Details of the visit aren't available at this time. When Pence arrives at Minot AFB, he will be visiting the Department of Defense's only dual-wing, nuclear-capable installation. The 5th Bomb Wing has the B-52 bombers. The 91st Missile Wing has Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground facilities in several counties.
PARSHALL, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes, coming on the heels of starting work on a huge drug treatment complex in Bismarck, are making plans to build an assisted living facility in Parshall. Bids for the $7 million to $8 million Parshall project are due in August and construction will start shortly after with completion in late 2018.. A Nelson-Tremain Partnership, Architecture and Design, project, the assisted living facility will be on 9.9 acres and fully financed by the tribes.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Michael Turk says he's lucky to be alive after he was gored by a bison two weeks ago while hiking on a trail in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, south of Watford City. "I know I was lucky to be alive. If it had hit my femoral artery (the largest artery in the body), it would have been the end of me," said Turk, now at his father's home in Biloxi, Miss.
MINOT, ND.—Capt. David D. Schindele was a Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile launch crew commander in the Minot Air Force Base missile field when he experienced a situation in which a flying object took down all 10 of the nuclear-tipped missiles he was responsible for, causing them to be unlaunchable. That was 50 years ago. Air Force officials instructed Schindele never to speak about the incident and as far as he was concerned, it never happened. Schindele was at a launch control facility near Mohall when the incident occurred.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — Gen. John E. Hyten, who became commander of U.S. Strategic Command several months ago, says the best part of his job is to meet and visit with the airmen, as he did earlier this week while at Minot Air Force Base. "I get to lead them and I get to try to get them the things they need to do their job but fundamentally they do all the work," he said.
MINOT — Former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Herbert L. Meschke died at his home near Minot on Friday. Meschke was 89. Meschke was a veteran Minot lawyer when he was named to the state's high court in 1985 by Gov. George Sinner to fill a vacancy. In a story in the Minot Daily News when Meschke and Beryl Levine, who also was appointed to fill a vacancy on the N.D. Supreme Court, were sworn in as justices in February 1985, Minot lawyer Mark Purdy, who practiced with Meschke in Minot, described him as a "lawyer's lawyer."
MINOT, N.D. — An increase in activity in North Dakota's oil patch is bringing optimism back to the area. "After 2014 we had a tough couple years and lost about 13,000 jobs in the industry. That's coming back now," said Rob Lindberg, director of Bakken Backers, a coalition formed about five years ago and comprised of businesses, leaders, workers and citizens who support North Dakota's oil and gas industry. Lindberg, of Bismarck, spoke recently to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — The grand opening will be Tuesday, May 9, at 11 a.m. for the $17.2 million Three Affiliated Tribes' law enforcement center and tribal court building in New Town. Officially named the MHA (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Nation Public Safety and Judicial Center, the 29,600-square-foot building at 609 Main Street will be occupied by law enforcement and tribal court which have been located in other buildings.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The number of silos containing Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in the Minot missile field will be reduced to meet the New START requirements. However, the missile field will retain 150 Minuteman III silos, according to an Air Force Global Strike Command spokesman.
MINOT, N.D.—A B-25 Mitchell bomber and crew with ties to Minot will be among 17 B-25s from around the country taking part in the two-day tribute commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. The anniversary event is planned for Monday and Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. The B-25 and other warbirds owned by the Texas Flying Legends Museum in Houston spends time each year at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. Alan Miller of Seattle is captain of the TFLM plane and Warren Pietsch of Minot will be co-pilot.