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North Dakota July airline boardings down 4 percent from 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — Boardings at North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports in July dropped about 4 percent from the previous year. The state Aeronautics Commission reports Dickinson had the biggest percentage drop, of just under 30 percent. Minot saw the biggest drop in actual passengers, with about 3,700 fewer boardings than in July 2014. Airports in Fargo, Grand Forks and ...

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Sanford considers expanding in Minot, possibly with hospital

MINOT, N.D. — Dakotas-based Sanford Health is considering expanding in Minot and possibly building a hospital there. Sanford acquired a clinic in Minot when it bought Bismarck-based Medcenter One in 2012. The health system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota, now is looking to offer more services in Minot, and a decision on what that will ...

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Minot police receiving complaints about new phone scam

MINOT, N.D. — Authorities in Minot say they’ve received a number of complaints about a telephone scam in the area that threatens residents with criminal charges for missing court. The Minot Police Department says victims of this scam receive a phone call claiming they have missed a court appearance. The caller threatens the victim with criminal charges unless the victim ...

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2 accused in oil patch trafficking sentenced to prison

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two Californians who admitted to human trafficking in the North Dakota oil patch have been sentenced to prison. The case involved brothels disguised as massage parlors that operated between June 2010 and March 2014 in Minot, Dickinson and Williston. Authorities alleged that Trina Nguyen (wihn) and Loc Tran lured four women from California to work as prostitutes ...

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