MARIETTA — A Marietta woman was killed in a traffic accident Friday in Washington County, the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Jean R. Pekach, 92, of Marietta, was killed in a collision with a 2010 Mazda 3 driven by Jimella J. Bigley, 51, of Ravenswood on Ohio 7 near milepost 27 in Marietta Township, the patrol said.
The investigation found Pekach, driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was attempting to pull out of a private drive when the collision occurred. Bigley was traveling north on Route 7, the patrol said.
Pekach was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital by the Reno Volunteer Fire Department EMS where she was pronounced dead, the patrol said. Bigley sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and also was taken to Marietta Memorial by the Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department EMS, the patrol said.
The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the patrol.
Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash and both drivers were wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. The accident remains under investigation, the patrol said.
Responding agencies include the patrol, Fearing and Reno fire departments and Westfall Towing.
I personally enjoy a thunderstorm…if the thunder doesn’t immediately follow the bolt of lightning. But I’m not sure how much I would have appreciated what has been called the most devastating storm in Matamoras history.
That particular event was on a Sunday afternoon. It was Aug. 8, 1915 at 5 p.m. The atmosphere had been unbearably hot and humid all day, and beginning at 2:30 in the mid-afternoon, distant rumblings of thunder were heard in the far southwest of town. It was nearly 90 minutes later before one could see the storm clouds gathering. Such a slow pace did not foretell a good omen of the coming event.
Throughout all this section of the Mid-Ohio River Valley incessant flashes of lightning brightened the black sky in all directions. There came a blinding rain with constant, continual rumblings in the sky. With the exceedingly heavy rains, the streets of town quickly flooded. All vehicle travel was halted by the fierceness of the storm. The rain ended with hail which cooled the air considerably.
Many people had attended a ballgame in Paden City, the mode of transportation being by means of railroad travel. A person could either cross the river by ferry boat from Matamoras to Friendly, and catch the train there or go to Fly, where another ferry crossed to the train station in Sistersville.
Everyone at the ballgame became storm bound, having to remain on the Union Traction cars. All travel was cancelled until the worst of the storm passed. The only relief in the meantime was the break in the humidity as cooler air came with the hail as it worked its way up the valley.
The “Matamoras Enterprise” of Aug. 12, 1915 carried a description of the destruction of the area. It read, “North Fork and Mill Creek came tearing out and the misfortune of one home was in having the back porch carried away and the whole building forced off its foundation. A 100-barrel tank belonging to the Sutton Brothers came down the creek to the river. A mowing machine owned by Wiley Amos was washed away and the engine house of a well on Mill Creek was completely demolished. Produce was scattered all along the road to the river and drift piles were full of snakes of all descriptions. Jim Run was on a rampage also and a great deal of damage occurred to oil wells and corn fields. The tubing in a well belonging to C.C. Stover was broken off and a 100 barrel tank taken from its spot.”
John Miller is president of the Matamoras Area Historical Society. Membership dues are $15 per year single/couple. Life membership is $150. Contact the society at P.O. Box 1846, New Matamoras, Ohio 45767. Much of this column is built on the work of Matamoras’ historian, the late Diana McMahan.
Clarissa Kell | Daily PressAn Amish alert sign on County Road 426 in Escanaba Township is shown recently. A total of four Amish alert signs were stolen off county roads in Delta County in September.
ESCANABA — The Delta County Sheriff’s Department received a report on May 3 that two Amish alert signs had been stolen from County Rd. 426. The two signs were located on roads within the Escanaba and Cornell Townships. These thefts create a total of seven Amish alert signs that has been stolen from various roads throughout Delta County in just a two year time frame.
Four of these signs were stolen during the later months of 2019.
After Amish families moved into Delta County during the summer of 2019, the Delta County Road Commission installed six Amish alert signs on a number of county roads in both Cornell and Escanaba Townships to alert those driving in the area. The signs, yellow diamonds that depict a horse-drawn buggy, warn motorists that they may have to share the roadway with Amish travelers who occupy the shoulder when traveling.
On Sept. 9 and Sept. 21 in 2019, the first four Amish signs were reported to the sheriff’s department as stolen, two signs stolen on each date. In these incidents, the posts holding the signs were removed from the ground as well, meaning that the thief had to dislodge the pole from 3-foot deep concrete to obtain it. The signs were never returned, and the Delta County Road Commission replaced them all.
In the recent May 3 incident, only the signs were removed with the poles being left in place. As a result of the 2019 thefts, a camera was placed on at least one of the Amish alert signs in Delta County. According to the May 3 sheriff’s report, there was no indication that there was a camera at the scene of the crime.
The Delta County Road Commission is no longer replacing the Amish alert signs unless the township requests and pays for them. The current price for the alert signs is $80 each.
The theft of these signs raise a number of safety concerns for both the Amish community and motorists traveling the county roads. Horse-drawn buggies travel at a much slower rate than automobiles, which can catch motorists off-guard when traveling at high speeds. These buggies are also not built to endure high-level impact like most modern vehicles, which are equipped with seat-belts, airbags, and other protective measures.
Drivers in Delta County should be cautious when traveling county roads, for members of the Amish community travel to and from Escanaba and Gladstone for shopping needs. When coming into contact with a buggy, it is important to slow down and pass with care, leaving plenty of room between vehicles to ensure safety.
Before the 2019 thefts had even occurred, the Delta County Sheriff’s Department worked with the Amish community to have more Amish alert signs installed on the county roads. The request for more signs was due to increased safety concerns within the Amish community regarding the seriousness of automobile-buggy crashes.
Just over three months ago, there was an automobile accident involving a horse-drawn buggy in Michigan. On March 10, 2022 in Montcalm County, a buggy had been struck from the front by a pick-up truck that crossed the center line. The two occupants of the buggy were left seriously injured and their horse died. Their buggy, which had flipped upon impact, had endured significant damage.
After the 2019 thefts, local authorities urged thieves to return the Amish alert signs to no prevail. The signs, which are uncommon in comparison to your average stop sign, are hard to come by. Because they have to be specially made, or not readily in stock, the time to replace them is much longer than usual.
The Delta County Road Commission is asking the public report any information on the theft and vandalism of the Amish alert signs to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 906-786-3633.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Shaun Norris, the last player to be paired with Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship, headed home to South Africa to see his young children, take a short break from traveling and figure out where his world travels should take him.
One option is the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational series, which has his attention.
Norris, who is No. 66 in the world with 10 career victories, said he has signed up for the inaugural event in two weeks outside London.
Still to be determined is whether he goes, or even if he’s in the field. Norris, much like everyone else, isn’t sure and hasn’t heard anything.
“I’ve entered,” he said. “I’m just waiting to see what will happen. I’m not fully convinced or decided on going yet. I’m just hanging back and basically testing the waters.”
The money and the small schedule are appealing to the 40-year-old.
Norris has victories on the Sunshine Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and the European tour in his career. This year alone, he has played tournaments on four of the six main golf circuits, earning his European tour card by winning a co-sanctioned event in South Africa.
He has options. He also has two children, a 3-year-old boy and a daughter born two months ago in Pretoria.
“I saw her for a week and then I had to leave,” Norris said. “She’s smiling. We do video calling every day. But it’s tough.”
That’s a big reason why he is curious about LIV Golf.
“If it does work out for me, at my age, you start to want to look after your family and stay at home,” Norris said. “All this hard traveling playing Europe, the U.S., Japan, I barely get to see my kids. We’re trying to figure out a way to make it easier. If it comes down to have to do that, you never know. But I’m not rushing into any decisions.”
He returns next week for the U.S. Open, exempt by winning the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. The first LIV Golf event is June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club, a week before the U.S. Open outside Boston. The next one is scheduled for Oregon on July 1-3, a week before he is to play the Scottish Open and the British Open.
“If you can work out 15 or 20 weeks of the year and the rest of the time is spent at home? That’s an ideal lifestyle, especially as the father of two,” he said.
Except for 2020, when the schedule was disrupted by the pandemic, Norris has averaged 27 tournaments a year, with a high of 34.
So what’s holding him back from signing up for a series of $20 million events with $4 million for the winner?
“I just want to see how the tours are going to handle it,” he said. “Are they going to completely ban you from the tours? Fine you? I don’t want to get myself in a complete mess where I can’t get out of it. We know there are a bunch of players fully committed. Let’s see what happens.”
Norris said neither the Sunshine Tour, which just started back up again, nor the Japan Golf Tour is “not bothered” by members playing. He is a European tour member. As tempting as the money and schedule is, Norris can see why the PGA Tour and European tour are resisting.
“The PGA Tour has built something for 50 years to get to where they are. And here’s Saudi, wanting to start where the PGA Tour is now,” he said. “They’re basically throwing money at it. I can fully understand why the PGA Tour is feeling how they’re feeling, and the European tour. You don’t want to have a tour just take over like that.”
Mito Pereira cared only about winning the PGA Championship, and to close with a double bogey to finish one shot out of a playoff was devastating.
It’s a small consolation but Pereira, who was No. 100 in the world and received a special invitation to the PGA for his second major, is assured of playing the next four.
He moved to No. 49 in the world in the last tournament before the U.S. Open (top 60) and British Open (top 50) used the ranking to decide which players are exempt. His tie for third earned him a spot in his first Masters next April. And the PGA Championship takes the top 15 and ties from the previous year.
The Evian Championship was elevated to a fifth major on the LPGA Tour in 2013, and the majors represented the biggest purses in women’s golf. Evian led the way that year with a $3.25 million purse.
With boosts across the board, the five majors have more than tripled the prize money to a total of $32.8 million.
The U.S. Women’s Open is the richest in women’s golf at $10 million. The Women’s British Open last year announced another bump so the prize money will be $6.8 million at Muirfield (which until recently was an all-male club).
Evian was the latest, announcing a $2 million increase that brings the total purse this year to $6.5 million, with a $1 million payoff going to the winner.
“Elevating the purse of this major championship makes a powerful statement about the value and status of the women’s game,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said.
The Chevron Championship purse in California was $5 million, while the KPGA Women’s Championship purse last year was $4.5 million. It has not announced the purse for this year’s tournament at Congressional.
In addition to the $1 million for the winner, the Evian will pay everyone in the field, even a stipend for those who miss the cut.
Texas Tech junior Ludvig Aberg of Sweden has won the the Ben Hogan Award, honoring the top men’s college golfer based on college, amateur and pro events over the last 12 months.
Aberg is the first winner from Texas Tech and the third Ben Hogan Award winner from a Big 12 Conference school in the last five years, joining Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State (2019) and Doug Ghim of Texas (2018).
He was selected over Sam Bennett of Texas A&M and Eugenio Chacarra of Oklahoma State.
Aberg, the No. 2 player in the world amateur ranking, won the Big 12 Championship and The Prestige as part of his nine straight finishes in the top 15. A runner-up at the European Amateur last summer, Aberg tied for 30th in the Scandinavian Mixed on the European tour and tied for 51st in the Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour.
The award comes with an exemption to play the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial next year.
The PGA Works Collegiate Championship will be held next year at Shoal Creek, the Alabama club that invited its first Black member in 1990 so it could host the PGA Championship. … Bubba Watson, in a tweet to congratulate PGA champion Justin Thomas, revealed he has a torn meniscus and will be out for four to six weeks. That means Watson won’t be going through U.S. Open qualifying. … Inbee Park has withdrawn from the U.S. Women’s Open next week. … Harris English, who hoped to return to competitive golf at the PGA Championship, withdrew from Colonial. He had surgery on his left hip and has not played since the second full week in January. … After third-place finishes the last two weeks, MJ Daffue of South Africa is the latest Korn Ferry Tour player to have enough points to be among the 25 players who get PGA Tour cards next year.
The last four major champions were all in their 20s and among the top 10 in the world when they won.
“Now I understand when people watch me on TV how nervous they get.” — Joaquin Niemann as he watched Chilean friend Mito Pereira try to win the PGA Championship.
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With the launch of SCOTT Travel, SCOTT combines exclusive sports trips with real brand experiences to provide a unique offering to the brand’s fans and followers.
SCOTT Sports today announces the launch of SCOTT Travel. With the new travel platform scott-sports.com/travel SCOTT now offers its fans and followers the opportunity to book unique and unforgettable experiences in exclusive destinations – from today, the platform and its experiences are open to cyclists, and in the future will also have offerings for winter sports enthusiasts and trail runners. SCOTT Travel was created in collaboration with Globetrotter Travel Service AG and associated tour operators as well as SCOTT test centers and long-term partners of the brand.
“With SCOTT Travel, we connect our consumers with the brand, and create opportunities to experience things which our fans only know from storytelling projects such as CHASING TRAIL, TRAIL E-XPLORER, THE ESCAPE or FREEDOM TO EXPLORE,” says Reto Aeschbacher, CMO of SCOTT. “Outdoor activities, travelling and exclusive experiences are high up on our clienteles’ agenda, and we see this in both our summer and winter sports. Brand Experience has always been an important pillar of our marketing strategy. SCOTT Travel offers amazing opportunities here to increase the connection and engagement with our brand but also with regards to our broader product range, for both new and existing fans.” These experiences will be offered in exclusive destinations: Cape Verde, Dolomites, Portugal, Engadin, Aosta – a small selection of the existing SCOTT Travel destinations that reads like a bucket list for cyclists.
Whether on guided MTB tours chasing the famous trails of the legendary Cape Epic in South Africa, shuttled trips in the Italian Aosta Valley around Mont Blanc or individual Bike & Surf Camps in the North of Portugal, the range of SCOTT Travel experiences on offer is as diverse as it is exotic. However, one thing always remains: “It’s about offering the local touch of the destinations and enjoying great times alongside like-minded people. With this new platform, we will certainly create exclusive brand experiences – this is today more important than ever,” Aeschbacher explains. All trips have been put together in collaboration with ambassadors or locally based SCOTT experts to offer first-class experiences in the best cycling spots in the world. One of the most notable supporters, bike legend Thomas Frischknecht, the Team Manager of Olympic Champion Nino Schurter’s SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team, will give mountain bikers an insight into the Engadin’s hidden trails in one of Switzerland’s most stunning regions during a three-day trip in early September.
Three different categories can be chosen under the SCOTT Travel offer: Trail, Explore and Performance. In each of the three categories, road cyclists, mountain bikers or gravel enthusiasts can book a variety of packages, both in European and exotic destinations. Each package includes the possibility to test or rent SCOTT bikes and equipment. SCOTT Travel currently works with 12 travel partners: “In the near future, we want to expand the SCOTT Travel offer, both in terms of destinations and disciplines”, Aeschbacher adds. “For decades, many destinations and test centers around the world have been working with SCOTT – this is an excellent network to further expand what we will be able to offer.”
(CBS4) – If you’re heading into Denver on Saturday for an event, be warned that there could be heavy traffic and backups. That’s because there’s a Rockies game at Coors Field, a country music concert at Empower Field at Mile High and a Mammoth playoff game at Ball Arena.
Denver police warned that drivers should give themselves extra time to get to their destinations.
“Those traveling around Coors Field, Empower Field at Mile High and Ball Arena area are encouraged to scout potential parking options, plan their routes and means of travel beforehand while allowing for plenty of extra time to arrive at their destination,” DPD wrote in a news release.
Police also encouraged people to use mass transit, carpool or use bikes to get where they’re going to avoid hassles. They also warned people taking ride shares to “enter and exit vehicles in safe areas and away from traffic.”
Due to the anticipated heavy volume of traffic for the @lukecombs Stadium Tour, it is highly advised & encouraged that those attending should plan accordingly and provide ample time in arrival to Empower Field.
Luke Combs will be performing at Mile High, and the show is set despite cold temperatures that will be in the 30s. Stadium officials tweeted about the concert on Friday afternoon with a picture of Combs and a similar traffic message. “It is highly advised & encouraged that those attending should plan accordingly and provide ample time in arrival to Empower Field,” they wrote.
There are few positions in sports more pressure-packed than a goalkeeper in soccer.
One solitary figure has to stand in front of a large 8 yards x 8 feet net and try to keep the ball out of it.
Fortunately, pressure doesn’t get to Tennessee High sophomore Eli Knowles.
“Honestly, Knowles is the type of guy you want in net because he is one that doesn’t crack under pressure. If he makes a mistake and ball goes in, that doesn’t completely demoralize him to where he lets the next 20 go in,” Tennessee High boys soccer coach Andrew Snyder said. “He brushes it off, gets right back up there.
“You look at the games we have had where we have been in those tough back and forth goal, goal, goal games and Knowles picks himself up, he doesn’t let that beat him.”
All eyes will be on Knowles and his opposing goalkeeper today when the Vikings (11-7-1) travel to play Austin-East (12-7) in a Class AA sub-state contest in Knoxville at 5:30 p.m.
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The winner advances to Murfreesboro for the Class AA state tournament beginning Tuesday at Siegel Soccer Park, while the loser calls it a season.
While Austin-East defeated Knox Halls 4-1 on Thursday to advance to this point, the Vikings dropped a 5-0 Region 1-2A decision at perennial soccer powerhouse Greeneville.
“They are a great team, a great program, Jerry Graham, the head coach there, has just done a phenomenal job. They have got a lot of playing experience and their guys have been playing together since fifth grade, most of his players is what he told me,” Snyder said. “It is tough to beat them when you have got all that experience and all that chemistry, but we played well.
“We put up a good fight. I know the scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole picture and last night it definitely didn’t because we played a really well-fought game, depth just got the better of us.”
While some online references have Austin East ranked as the top team in the state, Snyder sees a lot of similarities between the two squads, from points scored and allowed to matchups against Class AAA squads.
“Honestly, I think it is going to be a pretty evenly matched game,” said Snyder, who has already shared his message to his team. “We are going to have to fight in the trenches, whichever team is going to show up and fight the hardest is going to be the one that makes it to the state.
“I think it can be us, I think we have been challenged a little bit more in terms of the teams that we have faced and the adversity we have overcome, but I think it is going to be a really good game honestly.”
Eight seniors lead Tennessee High, which is paced in scoring by Micah Hyskell, while Matthew Cardoso is equally adept at scoring and leads the team in assists. Austin DeGeare, freshman Ryan Fish and Hyskell provided a solid forward line, while the midfielders include sophomore James Bolling and freshman Noah Broglio.
All will be trying to keep the ball away from Knowles and the Austin-East net.
“Our back four is really there to support him 100 percent. Anytime I have got a goalkeeper I tell them that ball has got to go through 10 other guys before it gets to you so it is not your fault,” Snyder said. “It is a team effort, there are 11 guys on the field, it has got to go to all 11 before it gets in the back of that net.
“This team, it is something special, they come together when there is mistake, they pick each other up, brush it off and they get back up there and start fighting. They don’t give up.”
According to the TSSAA website, Tennessee High has never advanced to the state tournament in boys soccer. That could change in a matter of 80 minutes on the pitch.
“We have made adjustments to teams in the past and sometimes it has worked and sometimes it hasn’t, but for this game we are going to make the other team make adjustments to us,” Snyder said. “We are going to fight hard, it is really going to come down to which team has the most grit and I really trust our seniors to set the example and the rest of the guys to follow.
“Just saying, ‘Hey, this could be the last 80 minutes are seniors ever play’ so let’s get out there and play for them and let’s have 80 more on Tuesday.”
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Loretta Eastlack of Cortland pumps gas Tuesday afternoon at Valley View Food Mart on Elm Road NE in Warren. Eastlack said she is “very upset” with the cost of gas. AAA predicts 39 million people will travel 50 or more miles this Memorial Day weekend.
Gas prices are up — way up — but that won’t deter travelers excited to kick off their summer this coming Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.
Amid record-high average gas prices Tuesday, AAA’s Memorial Day Travel Forecast predicted 39 million people will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the holiday weekend.
AAA reported the national average for regular unleaded gas at $4.523 per gallon and the Ohio average at $4.358 per gallon on Tuesday — both the highest-recorded average prices, according to AAA’s online gas prices portal.
Still, AAA predicts 34.9 million people will travel by car, 30.1 million by air and 1.33 million by other means between May 26 and May 30.
While not meeting 42.8 million people who traveled during 2019’s prepandemic Memorial Day weekend, this year is expected to see 3 million more people travel compared to last year.
That represents a 8.3 percent increase in overall travel since 2021.
Despite gas prices holding at well more than $4 per gallon, travel by car is expected to increase 4.6 percent from last year. Air travel, on the rebound after the pandemic, is expected to increase about 25 percent.
About a dozen local motorists at two area gas stations Tuesday, however, overwhelmingly said “no,” they aren’t going anywhere this coming holiday weekend.
“I can’t afford it. I’m gonna stay home,” Bill Sparks of Mineral Ridge said. Sparks said he sometimes travels to visit in-laws in Kentucky — about a six-hour drive — but isn’t doing so this Memorial Day.
Tuesday at Country Fair gas station on North Canfield-Niles Road, Sparks put two gallons in a gas container for a car he is working on and his lawnmower — and that cost him about $9.
Of the customers at Country Fair, about as many were filling up gas cans for lawnmowers as were putting gas in their vehicles. Most went inside to prepay a set amount that wouldn’t fill up their tank or gas can but will keep them going for a while. One Salem man put just $6 worth of gas in his minivan, adding, “It’s all I can afford.”
None were planning to travel for the holiday, although Chris Thorndike of Austintown said his daughter is coming to visit from Boston.
“So there is travel happening,” Thorndike said.
Regular gas at Country Fair and the nearby Sheetz and Pilot gas stations, all located just off the Interstate 80, 680 and Route 11 interchange, was $4.49 per gallon.
At Valley View Food Mart gas station on Elm Road NE in Warren, gasoline was 10 cents cheaper at $4.39. There, Chuckie Love of Warren put $60 in his vehicle, and still didn’t fill the tank.
Warren resident Brian Geddes, a truck driver by trade, spent more than $92 to fill his personal pickup truck, which still had some gas in the tank.
“It hurts,” Geddes said. He added it’s not just $92, it’s the time that he worked to get that money. “That’s four hours of my life that I just put into my gas tank.”
While slightly under both the national and Ohio average, regular gas prices in the Youngstown-Warren area sat at a staggering $4.354 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA. That likewise is the highest-recorded average price for the area.
That average price was up from $4.291 Monday, $4.173 last week, $3.779 last month, and $2.870 last year.
Diesel in the Youngstown-Warren area Tuesday averaged $5.283 per gallon, just slightly lower than Monday’s high average of $5.290, according to AAA data.
The lowest average gas price for an Ohio county Tuesday was $4.252 per gallon in Meigs County in southeast Ohio. The highest county average was $4.474 per gallon in Morgan County, also in the southeast part of the state.
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April snowstorms led to fewer airline passenger boardings for the month due to larger than normal airline cancellations rates, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
Still, North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports posted 76,553 airline passenger boardings during April, a 23% increase from the 62,168 boardings the state experienced in April 2021. The number was about 17% below April 2019’s pre-pandemic passenger count of 92,063.
Of 190 scheduled departures from Minot International Airport in April, 36 were canceled, for an 18.9% cancellation rate, the highest rate in the state. The average statewide airline departure cancellation rate for the month was 9.6%. April has been historically in the 1-3% range for a statewide cancellation rate, the aeronautics commission reported.
“April was a challenging month for our airports and passengers particularly in central and western North Dakota, as they experienced an increased amount of delays and cancellations due to multiple major snowstorms.” said Kyle Wanner, executive director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Our airports did an incredible job in keeping up with snow removal operations to alleviate the impacts to the traveling public as best as possible. That being said, we look forward to improved weather conditions as we move into the summer months.”
Minot saw 10,149 passenger boardings in April, up 11.3% from a year ago but down 20.4% from 2019. Year-to-date boardings are up 37% in Minot and nearly 44% statewide from 2021.