MINOT, N.D. - A number of major new stories marked 2018, from disastrous storms, to political upheavals.
Some late-winter storms in March and April buried much of our region in snow, making residents yearn for warmer days.
Even with the snow, farmers still struggled with drought, and now, some of their beans sit in storage, the collateral damage of an international trade dispute.
The search for Olivia Lone Bear, a missing woman on the Fort Berthold Reservation, came to a grim end, when her body was recovered in a vehicle in Lake Sakakawea. The discovery, along with the case of slain Fargo woman Savanna Greywind, reinvigorated social discussion across the country of the plight of Native American women, which manifested in a bill that's made its way to Capitol Hill.
An overnight tornado tore through a trailer park in Watford City, claiming the life of a young child.
A large fire at an auto shop near the Fairgrounds in early January forced firefighters to battle the blaze in the bitter cold.
A few high-profile court cases marked 2018. Cynthia Wilder learned she'd serve the same fate as her husband—life in prison, without the chance of parole—in the killing of his ex-wife Angila, a case profiled on Dateline NBC.
Bradley Morales was convicted murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Kommika Gregory was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of another man.
Also, the Pioneer Village lost its civil suit with the State Fair in district court. They're now on the move, headed to Burlington.
In military news, pair of equipment controversies, a missing can of grenades and machine gun, prompted the dismissal of a security forces leader at Minot Air Force Base, and a closer look at weapons inventories across Global Strike Command.
But the Base celebrated major milestones and achievements as well—a new facility on base, a successful Northern Neighbors air show, and an airmen honored with the Bronze Star, for his intuitive service in the Middle East.
In politics, Governor Burgum branched out of the Capitol, bringing his 2018 State of the State address to Minot State University.
Minot voters elected Shaun Sipma as Mayor.
It was an election that saw a sea change at the county level, with many new faces taking over at Sheriff, including Ward County, where Bob Roed took over, following a push for more service to rural communities.
And incumbents won on the reservations, with Mark Fox and Jamie Azure being re-elected as chairmen of their respective tribes.