Editorials

Green space an important part of river’s future

hen it comes to the future of the Souris River in Minot, most people’s thoughts inevitable revolve around the important need for flood protection, the complexities of the project already underway and the very real concern over where the funding is going to come from. Last weekend, however, ...

Improve Amtrak, don’t kill it

The last thing that America needs in the way of transportation is even fewer options. That was made clear millions of times earlier this month when a video of a man being forcibly dragged off an airliner caught the nation’s attention. The video was viewed millions of times just online. It ...

An open letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

Mr. Attorney General, First, a thanks and congratulations for your long-time public service and your contribution to the state’s broad recognition as a good place to live and to do business. However, there is a cancer eating at the very core of civil society in North Dakota, a disease ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Sacrifices

Sharing a weekly look at the inside of operations at Minot Daily News has permitted me to offer a glimpse at the complex roles and responsibilities of reporters at the paper. Today, I’d like to share a handful of the sacrifices that newspaper journalists have to make in order to be most ...

Earth Day a great cause to celebrate

Today is Earth Day, a time to celebrate Earth and hopefully do something positive, big or small, to sustain the planet. It seems like we’ve had Earth Day forever, but that is not the case. The first Earth Day was held in 1970, back in the days of unspeakable pollution in America. We in ...

State takes hunting violations seriously, so should residents

It’s in human nature to take some restrictions and laws more seriously than others. Many people, if not all, tend to play fast and loose with the laws they consider of minor importance. People don’t view jaywalking the same as fleeing the scene of an accident; nor do most people see driving ...

Voter ID bill passes the smell test

Gov. Doug Burgum should have no qualms about signing off on a bill approved by the Legislature to enact more liberal standards when it comes to voter identification. The bill provides for voters to complete a ballot even without complete ID, have the ballot set aside and then processed when ...

Is there will for true economic conservatism?

Conservative activists and politicians like to differentiate themselves from their liberal counterparts by staking out the high road on fiscal responsibility. In return, rank and file conservatives laud efforts to rein in spending and support those candidates and officials most verbally opposed ...

Farm Bureau right to rally reform support

Ward County Farm Bureau is circulating a letter to taxpayers encouraging interested members of the community to attend Thursday evening’s planning commission meeting for the public hearing on the controversial right of way issue. Minot Daily News joins the Farm Bureau in encouraging active ...

Souris Valley Animal Shelter needs help

Money is being raised for yet another worthy cause in Minot. There are many these days. This time it is the Souris Valley Animal Shelter. It’s hard to believe it has been 40 years since the animal shelter first opened. Congratulations on the accomplishments of the many staff members and ...

Low-profile budget sacrifices are still impactful

With the Legislature about to wrap things up, barring major change, when it comes to budget targets it might very well be fairly small things that are most affected by financial constraints. Departmental cuts might be made through attrition and efficiency. Higher education will find a way. It ...

Electricity and breaking news

I’ve written before about the electric dynamic of the newsroom at Minot Daily News (and most newspapers traditionally) during extremely busy news cycles and when a particularly exciting story breaks. What I have only touched on before is that it isn’t just the newsroom that buzzes at these ...

None better than Lynn Aas to lead a parade

Minot veteran and former community leader Lynn Aas is a great choice to lead the State Parade during the North Dakota State Fair this summer. His selection by the North Dakota State Parade Committee was announced earlier this week. Aas is a great pick for grand marshal for several ...

No justice in Ward County

This week’s legal conclusion to the epoch of Dustin Irwin and Steve Kukowski is a travesty of justice – a travesty for which Ward County taxpayers get to foot the ample bill. There will be no trial. No one is responsible. No one is accountable. A young man died unnecessarily and the only ...

County in chaos

If today’s Minot Daily news front page story on a secretly-negotiated agreement that would see an end to both the criminal and removal from office proceedings for suspended Sheriff Steve Kukowski doesn’t concern you, it might be because not enough legitimate information about the process ...

Minot’s call for change stops short of service

If there has been one dominant opinion expressed by Minot residents, both publicly and privately, over the past year-plus, it has been that change is needed in the area, including new leadership. Voters appeared to reflect that, too. They overwhelmingly supported a change in the structure of ...

Youngsters interested in service warrant recognition

Young people have a lot of career options today that many older folks might know very little about. Technology, a shifting economy and other factors foster a future career landscape that is larger and more complicated than any before. With some youngsters, though, the call to service remains ...

No time like the present to plant trees

With the coming of spring, the urge to plant something – anything – is increasingly hard to ignore. But why even try to shake it off? You don’t have to have a green thumb or a big garden space in order to plant something. Think trees. And, yes, there is an actual need for more trees ...

Hold on, property value slide isn’t over

The report last week that property values in Minot have continued to slide should come as a surprise to no one. The 2011 flood, combined with the demand created by the oil boom, prompted an explosion in values that is coming down far, far slower than it shot up to begin with. Given the ...

Into the crystal ball

One of the things we’re enjoying this spring at Minot Daily News is the presence on staff for a couple of months of a temporary employee who just happens to be a very bright local high school student with an interest in print journalism. I won’t embarrass her anymore than that and will let ...