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MAKE IT A MINOT GETAWAY! Take in these Upcoming Events! March 24 to 26 Minot Prairie Quilt Festival Grand Hotel, Minot, Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 150 quilts on display, as well vendor booths and a Flea Market. $3 admission fee also covers classes and lectures (register in advance). Visit for details.

April 1 and 2 Minot Flea Market North Dakota State Fair Event Center, Apr. 1, 8 a.m., Apr. 2, 10 a.m. The Minot Flea Market is the biggest of its kind in the state of North Dakota. There is something for everyone, with antiques, collectibles, homemade crafts, products and foods. Admission is $1 (ages 10 and under free).

March 25 Beardstock 2017 Minot State University, Hartnett Hall, 11 a.m. Live music, food by Magic City Hoagies, beard contests, The Beast sandwich contest, beardselfie photo booth and more. Beardstock will also have breakout sessions, speakers and hands-on events. Admission is $15 ($10 for military and college students with a valid ID). Beardstock helps raise awareness about homelessness in the Minot community and beyond.

April 1 Somerset Court’s Benefit Breakfast for Area Food Pantries 1900 28th St. SW, 8:30 a.m. A benefit breakfast for the Minot Area Food Pantries. Breakfast includes pancakes, smoked sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $5. Donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries encouraged. Tickets at Somerset Court, The Lord’s Cupboard, Milton Young Towers and at the door.

March 25 William Heinzen Book Signing Main Street Books; 8 Main Street South, 2 p.m. Stop by the store between 2-5 p.m. to meet author William Heinzen, author of Warrior of Light. March 26 Troop 411 Pancake Breakfast Moose Lodge, 400 9th St., 9 a.m. $5 per person, children 5 and under enter free. Pancake breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. March 31 Karaoke For a Cause Minot VFW Post #753 (1100-31st Street SE), 6 p.m. Pride Minot Relay for Life team karaoke contest and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The entry fee is $25; contestants must be at least 21 years old. The winner will receive 50 per cent of the entry fees collected, with the remainder to the Society. There will also be food and raffles. For more information and to register, visit www. March 31 to April 2 Busytown by Make a Scene Kids Theatre Magic City Discovery Center, 6 p.m. Make a Scene Kids Theatre presents Busytown the musical. Enjoy the Magic City Discovery Center before and after the show. Tickets available at www.

April 1 and 2 Minot Rifle & Pistol Club Spring Gun Show North Dakota State Fair Event Center, Sat., Apr. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Apr. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. April 2 Minot Symphony Orchestra Concert Ann Nicole Nelson Hall-MSU, 7:30 p.m. Join us as we trek through the best space music in the galaxy, such as Holst’s The Planets and music from movies, Apollo 13, 2001: A Space Odyssey and E.T. The Extraterrestrial. The MSU Senior Concerto Competition winner will solo with the symphony. Details at April 7 and 8 Big One Spring Art & Craft Fair North Dakota State Fair Event Center, Apr. 7, 10 a.m., Apr. 8, 9 a.m. The 26th annual event includes more than 250 booths with hand-made from across the US and more than 150 exhibitors. Admission is $3. For more information, visit April 8 Junk Jam Trade & Vendor Spring Festival Holiday Inn Riverside, 10 a.m. Find everything from local vendors and businesses, with more than 70 booths of crafts, up-cycled junk, home décor, cosmetics, jewelry, handbags, clothing, as well as vintage and antique items. DJ entertainment throughout the day. First 500 shoppers will receive show biz bag.

April 15 Top Of Dakota Lamb, Goat And Pig Sale All Seasons Arena, 12 p.m. Eleven producers will be selling their goats, pigs and lambs. All animals purchased at the Top of Dakota Sale are eligible for the Top of Dakota come back show Jul. 29. There is no entry fee for this show. April 15 Easter Egg Hunt Roosevelt Park Zoo, 1 p.m. April 15 Elevation’s Easter Egg Hunt Elevation, 1 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m., and will be outside around the restaurant. There is no charge. April 22 2nd Annual Spring Battle Of The Bags Elevation, 9 a.m. Details to be announced. April 22 2nd Annual Lifesavers Vendor Show The Vegas Motel, 10 a.m. A variety of vendors, lunch items and baked goods, as well as door prizes. A portion of the vendor sales will go to Relay For Life. April 27 to 29 Friends Of The Library Spring Book Sale Minot Public Library, 12 p.m. Book sale supports the Friends of the Library. April 28 to 30 iMagicon Holiday Inn Riverside, 11 a.m. Minot’s comic/gaming convention is back and features Cosplay contests, artists, board and video gaming, LAN parties, shopping and more. Visit for more information. April 29 The Paper Airplane Guy Dakota Territory Air Museum, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Author, educator and world record holder, John M. Collins, The Paper Airplane Guy, will perform at the

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Dakota Territory Air Museum for two sessions. His programs entertain and teach audiences of all ages about aviation, flight and so much more! April 29 Sip & Shop Sleep Inn Suites, 1 p.m. Have a drink while shopping and listening to speakers. There will be vendors, prizes, games and a cash bar. (ID must be presented for alcohol purchases). The VIP entry fee is $20 and includes a wine glass, one drink ticket and goodie bag; regular entry is $10 and includes one free drink ticket and a goodie bag.

May 13 Cardianls 3on3 Hoop Extravaganza Nedrose High School, 7:30 a.m. First annual 3on3 Basketball Tournament hosted by the Nedrose Cardinals Athletic Boosters. May 13 Magic City 5k Mud Run Magic City Motocross Track Ruthvillie, 9 a.m. This is a 5k mud run with an obstacle course and $250 cash prize. All the proceeds raised will go toward fixing and maintaining track and equipment. All ages welcome.

April 29 Minot Symphony Orchestra Season Finale Ann Nicole Nelson Hall-MSU, 7:30 p.m. The story of One Thousand and One Nights comes to life with Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The evening will feature principal cellist Dr. Erik Anderson performing Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor. Details at

May 13 12th Annual BLT Day Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot 9 a.m. Purchase plants and flowers raised by residents and staff. Enjoy a BLT lunch with live music and Dakota Cruiser Car show. Proceeds from sale of plants benefit Verendrye Electric Greenhouse Technology Program on the Minot Ranch Campus.

May 6 to 7 Minot Flea Market North Dakota State Fair Event Center, May 6, 8 a.m., May 7, 10 a.m. The Minot Flea Market is the biggest of its kind in the state of North Dakota. There is something for everyone, with antiques, collectibles, homemade crafts, products and foods. Admission is $1 (ages 10 and under free).

May 14 Zoo Mothers’ Day Roosevelt Park Zoo, 10 a.m. Celebrate Moms at the zoo.

May 6 8th Annual Bowlapalooza North Hill Bowl, 11:30 a.m. The day will consist of three games of bowling, 50/50 raffles, free chili, free shoe rentals and amazing prizes, including best team costumes. No experience needed. Register a four-person team for $120 before April 25. For more information contact, or call 701-839-2994. May 12 and 13 Music Stars & Classic Cars Dakota Square Mall, Pepsi Arena Classic car show at the Mall during the day, and music at night with numerous stars. Details to be announced on

May 20 Hairball ND State Fair Center, 7:30 p.m. Vocalists Bobby, Steve and Joe Dandy lead the band through a 2+ hour homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert countless times throughout the night.

For an updated calendar of events and more information about Minot: While every effort is made to ensure that the information in this listing is correct, details may be subject to change. Please confirm dates, times and admission fees before attending.

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Canadians are always welcome! By CAROL TODD Minot is not only the perfect city for family getaways and couples’ weekends, it’s also a shopping and tourism mecca for Canadians, especially those from southern Saskatchewan. Now, with multi-million dollar upgrades to the downtown infrastructure and to the popular Dakota Square Mall, along with completion of the newest and largest airport in the state and the new Pepsi Arena, there are even more reasons to head south. Phyllis Burckhard, executive director of the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the city welcomes Canadians. “We always look for our Canadian visitors. We encourage people to come down. The shopping is great both downtown and Dakota Square and other areas in the city, and with all the attractions, people can see whatever their interests are.” Statistics Canada estimates there were 358,600 total person-visits from Saskatchewan to North Dakota in 2012 (the most recent year figures are available), with most of them (65.5 per cent) traveling for pleasure. More than half the visits were same-day trips. While there are no direct flights from Canada

to Minot, Burckhard says many people visit Minot on their way elsewhere. “Many of our visitors stop over for a day or two on their way to or from other destinations,” she says, adding that the recent completion of the Minot International Airport makes that option even more attractive. The airport offers excellent parking, and many Minot hotels also offer parking for those travellers along with shuttle service to the airport. The main way to get there from here is by road. If you drive yourself, it’s an easy afternoon’s drive of 244 miles or 393 kilometers from Regina to Minot. There are numerous border crossings dotting what is the longest undefended border in the world, several of them in Saskatchewan. The relationship between Saskatchewan and Minot is so strong, in fact, that the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly has a booth at the Regina Spring Home Show. This year Burckhard will again be at the show, telling Reginans about the wonders of the Magic City and offering numerous prize packages. The Spring Home Show celebrates its 41st year this year and is being held from Mar. 30 to Apr. 2 at the Canada Centre Building, Evraz Place, in Regina. There’s a wealth of information on the Visit

Minot website: Visitors can use the My Map feature of the website to select the places they are interested in visiting and add them all to a personalized map of Minot. The map includes contact information for each venue and is printable so it can be taken on the trip. Don’t fret if you didn’t plan far enough ahead to print the map. Visitors can access the handy mobile site from anywhere. The website also features a link to valuable coupons, information on events happening in Minot, and information specific to Canadians at And coupon books and all the information a visitor might need are also available at the Visitors Centre, located at 1020 South Broadway, inside the Scandinavian Heritage Center.. There’s little point in shopping if you can’t take it home with you, and Canadians staying more than 24 hours can take advantage of some exemptions to the duties levied on imported goods. • Personal exemptions do not apply to sameday cross-border shoppers. • After 24 hours or more, Canadians can take back goods valued at up to $200 (CAN). Alcohol and tobacco cannot be claimed. Goods must be in possession at time of entry to Canada. If the

value of the goods exceeds $200 after a 24-hour absence, duty and taxes are applicable on the entire amount of the imported goods. • After 48 hours or more, Canadians can bring home goods valued up to $800 (CAN) including alcohol and tobacco, within the prescribed limits set by provincial or territorial authorities. Goods must be in your possession. • After seven days or more, the maximum is also $800 (CAN) including alcohol and tobacco products. But, goods may be in possession at time of entry to Canada or can be sent later through courier, mail or delivery agency, except alcohol and tobacco, which must be in possession. All the goods will qualify for duty- and tax-

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A winning combination What better combination than classic cars and equally classic music? A brand-new event for Minot will bring lots of both to the Magic City on May 12 and 13. During the Music Stars & Classic Cars event, the vehicles take centre stage during the day at Dakota Square Mall from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. At night, Chubby Checker, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Brian Hyland, Johnny Tillotson, Freddy Cannon, Joey Dee and the Starliters and Rocky and the Rollers and will bring classic mu-

sic to the stage at the recently-completed Pepsi Arena at the Maysa. “It’s a really fun thing,” says Phyllis Burckhard, executive director of the Minot Visitors and Convention Bureau. When she says the event will “kick-start” the summer season, it could be taken literally, as classic motorcycles will also be featured. The concerts will not only be music to the ears, but are a chance for the Magic City to show off its new Pepsi Arena. After a little more than a year of construction, the new Pepsi Rink,

part of Maysa, cost about $10.9 million. It features 1,800 stadium seats plus another 250 barstool seats that extend around the rink, four indoor ticket windows, a merchandise store, LED lighting and improved handicapped seating from the other two rinks at Maysa Arena. In addition to being a music venue, the arena is also home to the Minotauros, Minot State and the Minot High girls and boys hockey teams. Visit for the details of Music Stars & Classic Cars as they become available. Music Stars & Cars is a brand new event for Minot, May 12 and 13. Visit for more information. (Photo: Getty Images)

Grab some air! A new attraction in Minot has the kids, literally, bouncing off the walls. HighAir Ground, an indoor trampoline park, opened in November 2016 to the delight of children young and old. With more than 10,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines and five private party rooms, it’s a great venue for individuals and families, as well as for birthday parties, team parties or other group events. From adult fitness to a special area for the small children, the park has something for everyone of any age. Open jump tickets are $13 for the first hour and $8 for an additional hour. Jump socks are required and are available at a one-time cost of $3 per pair. Visit for all the details.



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iMagicon returns to Magic Minot iMagicon, Minot’s comic/gaming convention, is back and expanding. With an eclectic focus on gaming, comics, cosplay, LARPing and more, iMagicon has quickly grown to be a main attraction in Minot. This year’s event will be held Apr. 28 to 30, at the Holiday Inn-Riverside and features a collaborative daily Draw Off competitions, video gaming tournaments, Magic the Gathering tournaments, Ninja training, Cosplay contests, board gaming, shopping and more. This year’s iMagicon panel guests include Mark Starks, Johnny Green and the Greenmen and a bunch of participation from Valiant Entertainment who will be unveiling their new

movie in 2018. “We are excited to have such talent at iMagicon,” says Aimee Smith, event conspirator. “And to be able to bring Valiant back to the Midwest is an incredible feeling.” Also unveiling at iMagicon this year will be the Batmobile from the original 1960s TV series. Guests can take photos with the car or even pay to sit inside it for their own superhero pose. “When we were given the opportunity to bring the Batmobile to our event, we didn’t even hesitate,” Smith says. “To have that iconic car from the best TV series ever really is amazing.” Performing on Friday night will be the Batman TV series Johnny Green and the GreenFORMERLY THE



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men. The band played the Joker’s henchmen in the series and they will perform during the Cosplay party. You may want to stock up on those energy drinks as this year’s iMagicon will have late night activities such as LAN parties, late-night LARPing, Cosplay parties, fansuites and more. “Last year, we unveiled SRT’s LAN party and it was a major hit,” says Smith. “So we are looking at doing LAN earlier in the day and later on in the evenings.” “We hope more guests will join us in staying on-site to enhance the overall atmosphere,” says Leann Mellum, event conspirator. “We have set up an iMagicon block at the Holiday Inn-Riverside that anyone can take advantage of by calling and requesting the iMagicon group rate of $79 per night.” Fansuites have been growing among conventions, and iMagicon is no different in encouraging Fandoms to spread throughout the hotel. Guests choose their own themes to decorate their hotel room, such as anime, Star Trek or Harry Potter, and often host activities such as board games, role playing, movie watching or trivia. “It becomes a fun atmosphere to share your fandom with other people who share your passion,” says Mellum. “iMagicon wants to encourage all fandoms to be able to enjoy their interests and this is one way to do it.” Early Bird three-day convention passes are on sale now at, and VIP tickets are only available online until April 14. VIP passes include all three days plus VIP perks, including an iMagicon Grab Bag, Collector’s Badge, 2018 first right to purchase, M&G options when available, professional photo with the Batmobile, vendor coupon book, iMagicon Collector’s pin and more. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30 for a three-day individual pass, $50 for family and $100 for VIP pass when purchased before the event. Tickets are available at the door for $20 per day for adults, $5 per day for youth (ages 6-13) and children ages five and under get in free. For more information, visit www.imagiconnd. com or THIS STORY WAS pROvIded BY imAgIcOn mInTO fOR cOmmeRIcAl puRpOSeS.

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A really Norsk Høstfest line-up announced big show! By CAROL TODD

International comedic sensation Jeff Dunham and critically acclaimed 70s rock band – The Doobie Brothers – are set to headline the 2017 40th Anniversary Norsk Høstfest. North America’s largest Scandinavian festival kicks off Tues. evening, Sept. 27, with the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame honoree banquet and RV Pre-Party. Festival doors open at 7:30 a.m., Wed. to Sat., (Sept 27-30) with breakfast, followed by entertainment and shopping beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting well through the evening. Scheduled to appear in The Great Hall of the Vikings during the four days are the Oak Ridge Boys, Celtic Thunder, Amy Grant, Jeff Dunham, Joe Diffie, John Michael Montgomery, Doobie Brothers and Little River Band. In addition to main stage entertainment, Høstfest is chockfull of free stage entertainment. New this year is country music legend Dale Watson who will perform twice a day. Høstfestivarians will also see the return of many favourite acts such as Bjøro Haaland, Ricky Nelson Remembered, Williams & Ree and Mollie B. A 40TH CELEBRATION It is a special year for the festival, which is marking its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1978, the first festival took place inside the All Seasons Arena at the North Dakota State Fair grounds. Expecting 500 people, more than twice attended. Eventually, the fire

marshal closed admission into the festival in the ground-breaking year. As years followed, Norsk Høstfest continued growing to encompass the entire State Fair Center and eventually “tunneling” to outlying buildings. Many 40th anniversary celebrations are planned and a giant kransekake will be unveiled. Limited edition souvenir items such as a collector’s edition of Høstfest-Opoly, a 40th year cookbook and mugs, are available for pre-order. Høstfest has also unveiled its “Friends of Høstfest” club program which gives members a big perk of buying tickets early.

Ed Sullivan may live on only in our memories, but there’s a really big shoo, er, show, that draws a really big crowd to the North Dakota State Fair Event Center four times a year. The Spring Big One Art Craft Show is not only the first major craft show of the season, it may also

be the biggest, with more than 150 exhibitors from across the U.S. displaying their wares at more than 250 booths. One of four Big One fairs held throughout the year, the Minot Spring Show is the 26th ever held in what has become a perennial event in the Magic City. Stacy Frank, who, along with wife Lisa, operates the show, attributes its popularity to the fact that this show focuses solely on hand-crafted products. “What’s unique about our shows is that we require exhibitors to have items they’ve made by hand. That’s why people keep coming back, and back, and back,” he says. Some of the items available for sale are handcrafted wood furniture and decorative pieces, pho-


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THINGS TO SEE While entertainment is a big draw at Norsk Høstfest, there is plenty more to see and do. Guests can learn new culinary techniques at the Nordic Kitchen, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts among hundreds of vendors, indulge in Scandinavian cuisine or enroll in Høstfest University classes and be educated in an artisan craft from an expert instructor. “The festival is truly amazing,” said David Reiten, President of Norsk Høstfest. “Many people are shocked at how large the festival is and at how many international guests and professional artisans attend.” THIS STORY WAS PROVIDED BY NORSK HøSTFEST FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

tography, pottery, jewelry, floral arrangements, toys, baby items, home décor, clothing, handmade soaps and lotions and, of course, all kinds of flavourful foods. “We always get about 20 to 30 per cent new vendors each year, so it’s always new products and fresh, new looks. There’s a good mix of new vendors and new products. It’s just amazing what people can create and make,” Frank says. The 26th annual Spring Show will be held at the North Dakota State Fair Center Fri. Apr. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sat. Apr. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3, and children age 12 and under enter free. For more information, visit www.


The 26th Annual Spring Art & Craft Fair

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