Editorials

Let’s set aside hunting as a solution to urban nuisance animals

Deer, geese, maybe turkey... there are certainly parts of Minot overwhelmed by, or borderline overwhelmed by, nuisance animals. One has to look no further than local parks to find sites set aside for human recreation that are instead dominated by nuisance animals that are occasionally ...

Burgum a welcome visitor to Minot

Recent word that North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is going to visit some towns in the state to discuss his Main Street Initiative and how it could play a vital role in the development and redevelopment of some communities is a wonderful sign that Burgum hasn’t been taken off his agenda by the ...

States correct to address opioid issue with insurers

Top government attorneys reaching out to insurers to help alleviate the nation’s opioid epidemic have a good strategy in place. This week, attorneys general from the majority of U.S. states lobbied for insurers to encourage alternate treatments for pain as opposed to the opioid painkillers ...

Homecoming an energizer for the whole community

Across the general calendar of events in Minot and the region are a number of events that just energize the entire community, or at least a good portion of it. We’ve experienced it already with the North Dakota State Fair, will again soon for Norsk Høstfest, and each of us could probably ...

Minot P.D., retailers pitch a rare perfect game

Congratulations to the Minot Police Department and local purveyors of tobacco products for a perfect score on a Sept. 16 tobacco compliance check. In fact, and to be fair, this was a second consecutive perfect score. From the Minot P.D.: “We are excited to announce that all 34 licensed ...

Governmentspeak insults taxpayer intelligence

It’s been said that making laws is like making sausage – not something one wants to see while in the process. Yet, observing the City of Minot prepare its 2018 budget has been anything but vile. On the contrast, as Minot Daily News has opined previously, the city is doing an excellent ...

Timing is everything

One of the things about producing a newspaper that often is invisible to people is the timing it takes to get a paper out and into the hands of the public in a timely, consistent fashion. Sure, most people understand the concept of editorial deadlines. Shoot, we all had those as students ...

Minot PD proactive on good public relations

When was the last time you were invited out to coffee by a policeman? A year ago at the latest. Remember? If you didn’t attend last year’s Coffee with a Cop, officers are giving you a another chance. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Minot’s Classic Rock ...

An opportunity to repay Høstfest for what it’s meant to Minot

Anyone who has ever even once attended Høstfest knows the incredible number of people it takes to stage such a huge, diverse event with so many “moving parts,” performances and vendors. Of course, this includes hundreds of volunteers, without whom, the event would be impossible to put ...

The smoke gets in your eyes

Smoky, hazy conditions the past couple of days have been a reminder – for those who needed it – of the natural disasters taking place to our west. While many, most even, are focused on the scenes of utter devastation coming from the Gulf Coast and Florida, the reality of what’s happening ...

North Dakotans pitch in to help hurricane victims

We have noted in the recent past that North Dakotans are not shy when it comes to helping a neighbor going through a tough time. The most recent evidence of that is our people in or headed to hurricane damaged Florida and Texas. You can read more about the particulars elsewhere in this ...

This Miss America will make the country proud

We were already proud of our Miss North Dakota Cara Mund before she was crowned Miss America Sunday night. We are certain that in the coming year all of America will fall for this young woman with big plans and dreams. As the song says, Miss America is “your ideal.” Talk about a claim ...

9/11 memories/natural disasters must galvanize the nation

If there is one thing we should take away from this day of bad memories – both new and old – is that this nation cannot afford to be divided going forth. Perhaps we are not truly as divided as some in the media or in politics (feel free to use the words “media” and “politics” ...

Leadership fails ND in its foremost responsibility

Providing a modicum of security and ensuring a lawful, civil society that works for all citizens, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, age, disability and orientation, is the first and foremost responsibility of our elected leaders. Sure, some national politicians might feel their ...

A delicate balance

A number of times in this column space, I have written about the everyday challenge to finding a balance of news to include in each issue of the newspaper. I’ve shared about the delicate balance between local, national and international news and commentary; and I’ve shared our internal ...

Minot seniors have a friend in Parker Senior Center

So, downtown’s three-year construction project is about to end. Certainly there will be a lot to celebrate later this month if the project continues to progress ahead of schedule. When all is said and done, downtown will be primed for its seasonal celebrations, which were by no means put ...

Of course, Minot is helping victims of disasters

It comes as no surprise to see so many individuals and institutions putting best feet forward to try to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can bet the same thing will happen when Hurricane Irma wreaks whatever havoc it might on the U.S. Of course, Minot is helping victims of ...

Add budget hearing to your schedule for Sept. 27

Ward County residents and others with deep concern for the county should mark their calendars for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., and do their best to attend Ward County’s public budget hearing in the county administration building. The county has already made reasonable budget cuts. Furthermore, the ...

Gear up for arts and culture

Local art, music and theater groups are gearing up for what promises to be another strong season of performances this fall and winter. Sure, there are plenty of cultural activities in the spring and summer, and, of course, the city’s largest events are in July and September, respectively. ...

Panic, greed driving gas price increase

One would have to be a committed pedestrian to have not noticed the considerable increase in the price of gasoline since Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Texas coast. To be sure, the killer storm wrought tremendous damage to the coast, including to the refineries/energy infrastructure along ...