Editorials

Parks, Rec merger talks show government can be efficient

The merger of parks and recreation in Minot has been a long time in coming. This despite the fact that the combination is entirely logical, the pre-existing separation of the two uncommon and odd, and the reality that parties only began talking in earnest about it fairly recently. The merger ...

Good preliminary news for Ward County Historical Society

There is good news from the Ward County Historical Society and its Pioneer Village. According to the historical society, the Ward County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village will be relocated to the south side of Burlington on the U.S. 2 and 52 Bypass. As reported in yesterday’s Minot ...

Enjoy an outdoors break in the season

As reported on in Wednesday’s Minot Daily News, we are not just approaching Christmas, but also annual Christmas Bird Counts. It’s beginning to look a lot like weather will impact positively on participation. Warmer weather than last year appears likely. The Christmas Bird Count, the ...

A glimpse into the past

Thanks to the State Historical Society of North Dakota, residents and other interested parties can now learn about the peoples and lifestyles of North Dakotans – dating back more than 10,000 years ago. “Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota,” was recently published by the State ...

Hopefully, governor and legislators find common ground

The peaceful period that surrounds the holiday season can only last so long. On Jan. 3, the North Dakota Legislature begins the process of carving out a budget for the 2019-21 biennium. Gov. Doug Burgum has released his proposal for the budget already and is busily communicating it to ...

Minot airman recognized for meritorious service

Congratulations are due to an airman stationed at Minot Air Force Base. As reported by Minot Daily News through an article courtesy of 5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, a prestigious award was recently received by Master Sgt. Philip McAlpin. McAlpin is a heavy repair superintendent with the 5th ...

Esmond solving Esmond challenge as a community

Early last spring, the Esmond community found itself faced with a challenge. After four decades of ambulance service, because of inadequate numbers of Emergency Medical Technicians and inability they were unable to keep someone on call at all times. The community had not been able to retain its ...

Thanks and solicitations

It isn’t very often that I share really personal thoughts in print and the truth is I was trained to loathe writing sentences in newspaper that begin with “I.” That’s often the hardest part of this column and why I continue to change it up. Don’t mind the quirkeness, the variation, ...

Entrepreneurship not dead in Minot

What a joy to learn about a recent program at Minot State University. Students in Tracey Mays’ Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation class presented their ideas for new start-up fictitious businesses to judges and other interested spectators over the noon hour on Wednesday at Minot ...

Minoters generous gifts noted

One doesn’t have to look too hard to witness examples of Minoters making the holiday season a bit brighter for others. It seems that people here truly do see Christmas as a season of giving, sharing, of spreading love and cheer to anyone nearby. One example worth repeating is our article ...

Working together to improve walkability

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma unveiled a new program at Monday’s city council meeting, a program aimed at improving the walkability in Minot neighborhoods. The Adopt a Sidewalk program is seeking organizations and individuals to help remove snow from sidewalks on property owned by the ...

Holiday season is also season of giving

Minot Daily News’ unscientific reader’s poll on charitable giving this week revealed that, unofficially, readers believe in an essential connection between the holiday season and giving. Again, online polls like this are not scientific in that they represent a random sampling of the ...

A man like Bush 41 may never pass this way again

Far grander, far more familiar and far more eloquent voices will be remembering and eulogizing President George W. Bush this week after his unfortunate passing at 94 last weekend. However, Minot Daily News does not want the occasion to pass without making brief comment. Minot is a city with ...

Downtown all decked out for Christmas

People in need of a little cheer should check out downtown Minot. It is splendidly decked out for Christmas, and a lot of folks deserve credit for making it so. A recent article in Minot Daily News gave mention to some of the many people and organizations involved in setting up and decorating ...

An alternative thought for the Minot council

As the City of Minot continues to tinker with procedure, necessary after the change of government structure, leadership does a good job at responding to even unanticipated challenges. The transition process has been handled thoughtfully and with long-term stability in mind. Just last week, ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory... John Geddes No, I can’t bring myself to say it. Even post-Black Friday, even with cheery but crowded retail stores, the festive annual music and the holiday just a few weeks away, I ...

Congratulations Denbea McNally on winning prestigious award

here was excitement and celebration earlier this week for Denbea McNally, a special education paraprofessional at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Minot. She was selected as the North Dakota United Education Support Professional of the Year and was properly honored at a school assembly on ...

Creative problem solving needed to address Minot school challenges

The Minot Public School Board must feel like they are trapped between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, at a retreat Thursday, the primary discussion was about strategies to address anticipated overcrowding at the middle school and high school levels as large elementary classes move up ...

New blood in Bismarck brings opportunities

New legislators should bring with them new ideas, perspectives and philosophies when they arrive in Bismarck. Hopefully that is what Jeff Hoverson (District 3 Rep.), Bob Paulson (District 3 Rep.) and Jay Fisher (District 5 Rep.) will bring to the table, beginning next week at the organizational ...

Exciting opportunities as Parks look to future

We love our parks in Minot. For good reason. The Minot Park District is almost universally hailed as expansive, effective and responsive to the community. For a city our size, our parks are relatively exceptional and when one considers the zoo, the District should be held up as a model for ...