Minot Public School District meeting planned

The second of three community meetings to discuss the Minot Public School District’s master plan will be held May 9 at 7 p.m. in the commons area at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

Daycare will be provided by the Minot High careers with children class.

During the forum, district administrators will share information on enrollment trends, community growth, future planning and facility needs.

In the past, administrators have indicated that the district might ask voters to approve a bond issue to pay for future school building projects because of the growth in the district.

The meeting is open to the public.


Minot man pleads ‘not guilty’ to attempted murder

Timothy N. Ngunjiri, 41, Minot, pleaded not guilty to a Class A felony attempted murder charge, a Class C misdemeanor charge of attempting to flee or elude police, as well as a related City of Minot charge of DUI at Northwest District Court at the Ward County Courthouse in Minot on Tuesday.

Minot police investigated an emergency call received March 24 that led them to a northwest Minot address where a 28-year-old woman was injured severely enough to require hospital care. Ngunjiri was picked up as the suspect responsible for the injuries later that day when police spotted his vehicle in downtown Minot and gave chase.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 9 at 11 a.m.

Flint McColgan


State allows North Prairie to lift boil order

A boil order for customers of North Prairie Rural Water District in parts of Ward and McHenry County was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

A broken pipe caused overland flooding and led to groundwater entering the Voltaire treatment plant. North Prairie Rural Water District customers south of Minot and as far east as Granville either without drinking water or under a boil order while repairs were made. Following water testing, the State Health Department determined Tuesday that no contamination exists requiring continuance of the boil order.


Woman charged with eight felonies makes appearance

The woman who allegedly led North Dakota Highway Patrol, Ward County deputies, Minot police, and Stanley police on a chase through Ward and Mountrail counties Monday morning made her initial appearance in Northwest District Court Tuesday before Judge Doug Mattson in the Ward County Courthouse in Minot.

Amber Osbourne, 40, had not yet spoken with an attorney for her eight felony charges one attempted murder, three terrorizing, three reckless endangerment, and one fleeing or attempting to elude police charge but asked Mattson to appoint her legal counsel.

“I don’t have a criminal history. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody,” Osbourne said in her defense to get a lower bond than the $500,000 cash that was recommended by assistant state’s attorney Kelly Dillon. “I was trying to get them to hurt me.”

Osbourne, who claims she’s from Montana but spent some time in Florida before moving to Walsh County, also mentioned that she takes medication but hadn’t taken it when the alleged incidents took place and that she should be under a doctor’s care.

Bond was set at $600,000, which Mattson said was based on the number of charges and how hard police attempted to stop her during the events. Osbourne will be held at the Ward County Jail. Her next appearance in court will be for her preliminary hearing in June, with a pre-trial conference set in August.

Flint McColgan