Editorials

Stationary vehicles still a challenge

Although most of Minot’s roads have been well cleared of most snow, some continue to cite parked vehicles as a challenge. Curb-side parked cars, particularly on smaller, residential streets can still be found covered in snow and with snow built up around them because of the lack of access ...

Drones will require ongoing regulation

Commercial remote piloted aircraft continue to increase in popularity and as the technology improves, they will probably only to continue in popularity. While there are many questions about the use of drones, the most significant ones are those that affect military and law ...

Experience a trip to the zoo this winter

An experiment tried at Roosevelt Park Zoo in the fall of 2016 has proven to be a success. Zoo officials decided to give winter hours a try on weekdays and Saturdays and the public has responded most positively. Visitor numbers keep improving. In fact, the zoo had a 60 percent increase in its ...

Energy production meets all-time highs

North Dakota’s oil and gas production has hit new all-time high records, according to preliminary figures. In December, oil production reached 1.4 million barrels a day. The state also produced 2.65 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas. The most recent numbers were released on Friday by ...

There are no losers when kids compete

This is a busy time of year for area students, a time when all of their hard work and practice is put to the test. But it’s not just the swimmers, basketball and hockey players with their eyes on a trophy. Math and science whizzes are giving their all as well. Just this past week Minot ...

Armstrong right on border security needs

President Donald Trump may very well have excellent points when it comes to his position on border security. Congressional opponents might well have points on the other side of the issues, even if those points might be poorly expressed and may appear entirely political since the party ...

Among the goofy comes good moves by Legislature on Pioneer Village

The North Dakota Legislature can be amusing to watch. That’s in large part, sadly, because so many discussion items are so absurd, so silly, so driven by a handful of residents at the expense of the majority that it borders on comedy. Many days, legislators might as well as arrive in a ...

HB 1442 is a tough sell

There is a strong principled argument in favor of Rep. Rick Becker’s, R-Bismarck, primary sponsorship of HB 1442. HB 1442 would stop law enforcement officers from conducting scheduled DUI checkpoints in which all drivers on the road are stopped for questioning. The principled argument ...

Minot High students shine in science

All around the country, one of the chief complaints of public schools is a perceived lack of focus on or success in teaching science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM curricula for those who often read about education, its challenges and many programs nationwide now encouraging ...

Upward construction trend holds promise for Minot

The report in today’s edition concerning local construction is both a good read and good news for residents of Minot. People are, the numbers would suggest, still coming to Minot to live, and businesses and families alike are improving their physical dwellings if not building new. The ...

Minot Air Force Base remains key economic driver

Imagine the local economy as it is. Then subtract $543.1 million from that and you can envision the economic landscape without Minot Air Force Base. 2nd Lt. Trevor Violette, budget officer for the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, presented the fiscal year 2018 economic impact ...

Meteorology and mistakes

Warm front on the horizon So, that might sound like a joke or at very least an exaggeration, but eventually it does warm up every year. Or so I am told. One lifelong North Dakotan was being encouraging a couple of weeks ago, after we approached a 50-degree below zero wind chill that it would ...

Home ownership beats low rent

Minot has made a good decision in encouraging low-income workers to strive to become homeowners. Yes, there are plenty of low-income properties to rent, and there will always be a need for those – sometimes a great need. But assisting an individual or a family to own a home rather than rent ...

City rightly identifies key challenge to economic development

At a meeting Tuesday, an economic stakeholders’ group contemplated its next moves after hearing in recent weeks from technical teams with suggestions on topics ranging from business incubators to numerous other possibilities and mechanisms for economic development. In so doing, they ...

Trinity Health expands its footprint in southeast Minot

While Trinity Health’s new clinic, Trinity Health East Ridge, has been open since August, a ribbon cutting held there this week was a big moment. A big moment for Trinity Health, a big moment for southeast Minot, a big moment for the Magic City, which continues to see improvements in ...

Sides need to find middle ground on environmental issues

A Minot environmental group and a Minot legislator are at odds when it comes to the use of plastic bags, and their effect on the environment. Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, introduced HB 1200, which prohibits political subdivisions from restricting or charging a fee for use of a bag, cup, bottle, ...

Gifted programs end up benefiting everyone

Students all have different ranges of capabilities, different speeds of learning, and different learning modalities. Every student is not the same and while every student should have the same opportunities in our egalitarian society, without school choice that will never be the case. However, ...

Hoeven, Cramer stand with Trump on broken missile treaty

It was good to see North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer issue prompt statements of support Friday for President Trump regarding the president’s decision to suspend our obligations under the INF Treaty and withdraw completely if necessary. “Let’s be clear: Russia has been ...

North Dakota not in the grips of fear of crime

Every American is wary of crime. It’s just a reality. Even though violent crime has actually trended down in recent years nationwide (despite the hefty contribution of statistics from Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Baltimore), we live in a 24-hour news cycle so crime leads news on a regular, ...

Don’t ignore influenza risk, get a flu shot

Most of us have read or heard about the measles outbreak in Washington state caused by people who don’t take real health risks seriously enough. What a shame, we say. Yet, something similar is playing out in North Dakota this year regarding the flu. While the flu season got off to a slow ...