Minot Area Community Calendar

First District Health Unit now has COVID-19 vaccine for people 18-64 years of age with 2 or more specific high risk health conditions. A list of qualifying conditions can be found at www.fdhu.org.  If you are 65 or older, you can also be vaccinated now, regardless of health conditions. To make an appointment, please call your local First District Health Unit office. In Minot, call (701) 852-1376.

The City of Minot has changed the times and days of the COVID-19 rapid testing taking place at Fire Station #1 in southwest Minot.

Testing will now be done:

-Mondays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

-Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be no testing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays.

This schedule will be in effect from Feb. 15 to at least Feb. 28. Tests are self-administered with the assistance of the Minot Fire Department and other City of Minot staff and offer results in approximately 15 minutes. Testing is done at Minot’s Fire Station #1, 2111 10th St SW. Recipients should pre-register online at https://testreg.nd.gov/ before arriving at the test site. All motor vehicles should come from the west on 20th Avenue before turning onto 10th street. This will help to avoid any potential traffic jams at that intersection. These rapid antigen tests are not compliant with most international airline travel requirements.. Travelers are reminded to verify with airlines or their destination regarding testing requirements.

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2021 must click on the education link at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. State law requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1961, to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old. Children who turn age 11 during the calendar year can take the class.

The Minot Police Department is excited to announce we are taking applications for the 2021 Citizens Police Academy. This four-session event scheduled for May 4th through May 25th, on Tuesday evenings 6pm – 9pm each meeting. All sessions and events will be conducted in compliance with ND Smart Restart guidelines and local public health recommendations. The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to invite members of the public for a hands-on, behind the scenes, look at how the Minot Police Department serves the community. The minimum age to apply for participation is 18, and applicants must consent to a background check. Some negative history with law enforcement or the judicial system is NOT automatically disqualifying. All interested area residents are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, April 23rd. People interested in receiving an application or have questions can email or call Master Police Officer Aaron Moss at aaron.moss@minotnd.org at 701-857-4711.

Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm don't miss the Free Farmers to Farmers Food Box Distribution. Location for food box pickup in Minot is the former Kalix recycling center building at 605 27th Street Southeast, enter from East Burdick Expressway and turn North on 31st Street Southeast by the Budweiser building. One box per family from 2-5 or until gone! Brought to you by the USDA, CityServe, and the Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry.

This year’s Champagne and Ice Gala, hosted by the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center, will be held virtually on Saturday February 27 from 6-7 pm. Tickets for this 11th annual event are available at https://cbo.io/npcac/tix. Tickets are $50 each. The first 150 monetary donations of $150 or more will receive a Gala in a Box. The NPCAC provides a compassionate and effective way to serve children victimized by sexual abuse and other crimes. Families that come to NPCAC are never charged for services. Funding for NPCAC comes from grants and community donations, so events like this are vital in continuing to serve children and families. Founded in 2007, a Bottineau location was opened in 2020 making services more accessible for our rural areas. Tickets are $20 each and available through any NPCAC staff or board member. Cocktail attire is encouraged for this event and a contest will be held for best dressed. The winner will receive tickets to next year’s gala. Be sure to check out the NPCAC’s Facebook page for gala updates.

The Minot Christian Women's Luncheon will be Tuesday, March 9th from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the Grand Hotel in Minot. Ticket are $15. Music by Terri Aldrich, Feature guest will be Julia from Farmtastic heritage Foods Hub from Anamoose and the speaker will be Sherry Segal from Minnesota as she will share "My journey from hopelessness to join in Christ." For reservations please call Darcy at 263-7170 or email minotchristianwomens@hotmail.com

There will be a dine to donate event helping raise fund for Parkinson's Awareness April 1st--Applebee’s Grill and Bar Dine In from 11 AM to 10PM. Shakin’ Parkinson’s Up Minot Support Group will launch the first support group meet and greet 4 to 6 PM. Applebee’s will donate 20% of the patrons check to the YMCA to further Parkinson’s programming. Simply let the staff know you support Parkinson’s disease and the staff will take care of the rest.

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2021 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline for submitting entries is March 15.

The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories – 6-9, 10-13and14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.

The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.

Earth Day contest rules and entry forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

Sunday, April 18th the Magic City Youth Baseball members will be hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at teh Minot Loyal of the Moose, in Minot. Tickets are $5 at the door.