Editorials

Move slowly adding more guns to schools

Bismarck school and police authorities are considering investing in AR-15 rifles among other equipment to theoretically make schools safer by increasing the potential firepower of school resource officers. Wanting to secure schools is a universal objective and there are numerous theories ...

Creative class and renewal

t’s a story that has repeated itself time and time again in cities large and small across the United States over the past couple of decades. A city’s urban core suffers following the mad rush to the suburbs that characterized the ‘70s and ‘80s. A dimished downtown experiences ...

What will they think of next?

Maybe it’s the beer talking but doesn’t it seem like Minoters are getting more and more creative with their business models? The beer reference, of course, relates to the business feature to be found in today’s edition, which relates to the renovation of one of Minot’s most iconic ...

Good luck, Airman Hanley

If Airman Caleb Hanley of Minot Air Force Base has his way, R&B singer Brandy will see his YouTube video asking her to be his date for the Air Force Ball at Minot Air Force Base next month — and, presumably, agree to come. You’ve seen the plot before. Yes, usually it’s prom and it ...

Tax, talk and tragedy

As expected... Going into City of Minot budget season, we anticipated how the discussion would go, so events of the past week-plus were hardly shocking around the office. Officially, Minot Daily News had been opining for months that residents should prepare themselves for a tough budget ...

Sand volleyball court a wise investment

It might look like a big sandbox sans pails and shovels at the moment, but the new sand volleyball court being built at the South Hill Complex will be a popular place soon. We noticed this past week that there was some digging going on near the playground at the park so Senior Reporter Jill ...

County right on radiation concerns

This week, the Ward County Commission decided some additional testing was warranted of oil-field brine that the county wants to use on certain roads for dust control. At question: could such brine contain radiation? The question was brought forward by a handful of residents and the county ...

State should reveal some of governor’s security spending

A minor controversy is brewing in the state revolving around Gov. Doug Burgum’s security spending. Some watchdogs and other politicians are questioning the amount of money spent on security relative to previous governors. The problem is no one knows what that amount is. Details of ...

Smart move in New Town

This Saturday, New Town will witness the ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new water park located across the parking lot from 4 Bears Casino & Lodge. The project, under construction since November, represents good long-term planning, good vision and smart conceptualization in New Town ...

Serious season kicks off this week

f this past gorgeous weekend was any example, there are numerous more wonderful summer days ahead of us; many more days at the lake; many more lazy days at home – all before we lose the advantage of our best weather of the year. But already there are signs that the summer silly season is ...

Positive economic numbers not trickling down yet

While the federal government parades around positive top-sheet economic numbers, any trickle-down effect appears to have failed to reach Minot. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce issued its August Minot/Ward County Economy at a Glance study last week and there are few items to prompt an ...

Pioneer Village dispute was never going to end well

While the specifics to the conclusion of the conflict between the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society was a debate in which many indulged, the philosophical outcome never quite seemed mysterious – one way or another, it wasn’t going to end well. And so it appears ...

Good news from Park Board

The news that property owners shouldn’t see a tax increase with next year’s proposed $11.16 million budget for the Minot Park District comes as good news and relief for local taxpayers who, by now, are getting used to some pretty grim news on the tax front. The county has already ...

City correct to wait on economic development plan

The City of Minot deserves a lot of credit for moving ahead on addressing old problems, taking up and resolving issues and setting an agenda for the city in a timely fashion. This has been a hallmark since Tom Barry became city manager and it has been one of the most optimistic analyses of the ...

Dangerous animal ordinance not perfect yet

There are any number of philosophical and principled debates in which people can engage in regard to the City of Minot’s proposed dangerous animal ordinance. The same would be true whether the currently proposed plan is passed or not. However, as currently construed, the proposed ordinance ...

Lend your creativity to a cause

The opportunity to express one’s creativity at the same time one collaborates on a tremendous good deed doesn’t come around that often. But that’s exactly what Habitat for Humanity-Northern Lights is giving people a chance to do – show off their creativity while supporting ...

NDSF attendance a source of optimism

A still questionable economy, rough year on agriculture families, increased taxes – none of these things pointed to the probability of increased participation in the North Dakota State Fair. Yet with the fair just a couple of days from its closing day and the early numbers are most ...

Lucky or good, ND schools have avoided tragedy

Parents and students planning for the upcoming school year have this to be thankful for: schools in ND are comparatively safe. Yes, bomb threats have been made in the past and weapons discovered and confiscated. But we have not had a Newtown or a Parkland or anything close to those horrible ...

Hopefully, NDSF never abandons kids’ roots

There are the concerts. There are the rides. There are the games. There is the food, the commercial buildings and other vendors. There are a host of attractions that bring people to the North Dakota State Fair. Hopefully, though, the NDSF never abandons or minimizes the importance of youth ...

The quiet after the storm

As much fun and energy as the North Dakota State Fair brings to Minot for its run, the end of the big show inevitably is a bit of sudden quiet – for some, even a sign that the summer is winding down! At Minot Daily News, there is quite a difference between fair week and the week after. ...