Editorials

At least ND leaders don’t reflect Congress

Sure, local and state government officials can argue, even squabble. They can have conflicts among them, sometimes in the Legislature or members of a city council or county commission, sometimes between local leaders and members of the Legislature. Yes, sometimes it can be ugly; other times it ...

Is the state’s Legislature active enough?

It isn’t as if the North Dakota Constitution is sacrosanct. Whether through constitutional initiated measures or items voters decide on based on the Legislature, adjustments to the North Dakota Constitution are rare or few and far between. The debate might rage when it comes to the U.S. ...

Voters unlikely to grant Legislature power over initiated measures

Sometimes one can’t fathom the group thinking of the North Dakota Legislature. For example, why would North Dakota voters approve a measure that effectively empowers the Legislature to vote on a voter-initiated constitutional measure that had already won the support of the majority of ...

‘Little Chicago’ initiative may benefit downtown, economy

This isn’t the first time there has been an effort to brand downtown Minot as “Little Chicago,” but the current push has the possibility of being a tremendous benefit to downtown merchants, members of the public seeking a night out on the town, and the overall economy of the city. The ...

Bring home the crown, Miss North Dakota USA

A young Burlington woman is headed to the Miss USA pageant soon and we wish her the best of luck. Bring home the crown Samantha Redding. Reading today’s Prairie Profile about Redding would make anyone want to vote for her; so mature for her age, so committed to others, humble. Burlington ...

Judge Mattson is correct in his message to the Legislature

Last week, the often outspoken Judge Doug Mattson offered some advice to and perhaps a slight scolding of the North Dakota Legislature. Good for Mattson, because on a couple of serious issue, he was entirely right – and the state would be better if they heard his advice and acted on it. ...

Airline boardings bode well for Minot economy

People looking for a positive sign relating to Minot’s economic health and its future can take heart in the latest airline boarding numbers. We do. As we reported earlier this week, boardings are up at the Minot International Airport; it would be hard to view this as a negative ...

New law makes supporting veterans convenient

Now law, HB 1248 will assist veterans and also provide generous, charitable North Dakotans the opportunity to contribute to one of the most important causes in the state. With broad support in the North Dakota Legislature, Gov. Doug Burgum then signed it on April 8. The new law, originally ...

Indeed, local government is best training ground for higher office

Do you have ambitions to one day be part of the North Dakota Legislature? Might you have your eyes set on higher office in government? If so, then think about serving in office in your own community, from school board and park board to city council or county office. It’s likely these ...

Books among the best gifts to give

Through April 19, a group of future teachers from Minot State University is collecting books for a noble cause – to give area schoolchildren the gift of reading. This isn’t the first time members of Students of North Dakota United at Minot State University have undertaken the effort. ...

Floods emblazoned in locals’ memory

Whether it is the flood of 1969 (recalled in detail in Sunday’s Minot Daily News story) or the most recent, devastating flood, the occasions are indelibly carved in the memories of many locals. The destruction is carved into the memories of long-time residents – and, realistically they ...

Modernizing Air Force good for America, Minot AFB

We read with interest the comments in today’s edition concerning the ongoing modernization of the Air Force. Wow. That’s all we can say, wow. Except, maybe, good for the Air Force, good for Minot AFB, good for Minot – good for American. Keep the good news rolling in. “There won’t ...

Medical marijuana a complicated issue

Just a few years ago in North Dakota when the medical marijuana issue became a serious one with state voters, Minot Daily News in an editorial officially opposed the measure. Officially our position was that the community had enough drugs saturating it and then even if the majority of medical ...

Egyptologist Mark Lehner’s lecture sure to please

It won’t be the first time Minot native and world famous Egyptologist Mark Lehner shares his experiences with people back home. Hopefully it will not be his last, either. Lehner is a valuable asset to Minot, a friend and a downright interesting speaker. Lehner will give a lecture at Minot ...

Efficiency incentives was smart item advanced by Gov. Burgum

Now that appropriations committees in Bismarck have agreed on the level of state employee raises for the next two-year budget cycle, taxpayers can compare the final agreement with the proposal offered by Gov. Doug Burgum. After no increase in this budget cycle, budget writers say employees ...

Local grocery chains helping shoppers go ‘green’

For people who would like to make a trip to the grocery store and not come home with a bag full of bags, two Minot grocery chains are trying to help out. Cash Wise Foods and Marketplace Foods are partnering with Environmentally Minded People of Minot and the Friends of the Souris River to ...

Commissioner’s efforts on mail sorting in Minot a worthy cause

Ask around Ward County and it won’t be hard to find residents quite talkative on the subject of mail delivery. From returned mail to late mail to disappearing mail – problems abound, many have told Minot Daily News. It’s understandable when problems are caused by bad weather, and ...

Following the right PATH

The path of children and foster care and for many adopted children can be a challenging one. The same is true of foster parents and some families who choose to adopt. It can be a particularly challenging situation when foster children or adopted children have suffered trauma or face other ...

Parks and Rec merger effective today

It might not look a whole lot different outside today, but it is a new day in Minot, the start of a new chapter in our history. And that is no April fools joke. The long awaited merger of Minot’s park district and its recreation commission takes effect today. Parks Director Ron Merritt ...

Hopefully, incidents don’t hold up Trinity project long

The new Trinity complex in southwest Minot had a tough week recently when a construction contractor had an accident and shortly afterward there were gas explosions on the construction site. While neither incident is the responsibility of Trinity, it none-the-less will undoubtedly impact the ...