Editorials

Well done Souris Basin Transportation

What can we say about the news that a new bus service between Minot and Bismarck is set to launch Feb. 2 other than – terrific. Minot has been without bus service to Bismarck since June 2016. That is a long time to be without affordable transportation between two of the largest cities in ...

Comp plan will be good to have underway

Ward County moving ahead with its effort to craft a comprehensive land use plan is a good sign that improvements in how the county develops in the years to come are in the pipeline. The county announced this week that it has selected the engineering firm KLJ to develop a comprehensive land ...

County opened floodgate for payoffs

It’s little wonder that a former Ward County deputy is considering advancing his complaint about his dismissal to the point of taking Ward County to court. Why not? Given the county commission’s record in personnel affairs to benefit some officials in the past and intervene in appropriate ...

Midterm elections unlikely to be as contentious here

All around the country, partisans are preparing themselves for a bloodbath of a midterm election. The ugliness of the race began before Inauguration Day and has only continued to escalate in news cycle after news cycle in which “fake news,” remarkably irregular behavior by the President of ...

Something wonderful fading into history

In yesterday’s Minot Daily News, staff writer Kim Fundingsland shared a beautiful ode to small towns – in this case, a really small town, in Ruso, N.D., which at some point soon will swell to its maximum population of four, as the state’s smallest incorporated town. Kim’s story is ...

Roof repair permits not a bad idea

The City of Minot is proposing to require permits for roof repairs, a change from policy requiring permit for a new roof or significant repairs. It is important to note that, to the credit of the City, this does not seem to be a top-heavy mandate. Instead, it is being presented as a protection ...

Burglaries eat at community’s foundation

They aren’t often the crimes that earn the big headlines or that prompt infectious fear the way violent crime does, but burglaries eat away at the foundation of a community. They can strain relations between neighbors, strain between residents and police and frustrate residents and police. ...

Generations

After learning a little about them – and I mean, just a little – I was having a conversation in the newsroom with the majority of the Editorial staff about the possibility of launching podcasts; perhaps a weekly news analysis one and perhaps a local sport-related one. The general response ...

Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood

It is not exactly a new problem in Minot but is worthy of our attention this time of year. Homeless people and sometimes people with more checkered pasts are known to make themselves at home in property that is not their own. Just this week two people were arrested and charged with ...

Let’s heed travel advisories this winter

As winter continues to roll on, the odds are North Dakotans will face more adverse weather, storms that might or might not follow their predicted paths and high winds that can make even sitting snow dangerous. With the rough winter weather will come more travel alerts from the Department of ...

Valuable program’s expansion is good in short run

For those unfamiliar with it, the Backpack Buddies program through the Souris Valley United Way, is a highly successful program for children in need to provide the very basic necessity of life – food. Souris Valley United Way was the initial funder and local affiliate for Backpack Buddies, ...

Take advantage of the medicine disposal event Jan. 18

Unused or unwanted medications should not be ignored. No, you shouldn’t save them – they can get into the wrong hands and kill, often times children. Flushing them is not the thing to do. And putting them in the garbage can is not advisable either – both of those methods can result in ...

Good law enforcement is worth its weight in gold

It’s human nature to hold certain people, often because of the positions they hold, to higher standards than others. This can all depend on an individual’s personal perspective, but police are among those held to a higher standard. To a certain extent, on the individual level, this is ...

Minot Park District has big plans

As you can read on today’s front page, the Minot Park District has big plans for the future, the key word being “plans.” There has been growth and development in Minot’s past that did not always involve a lot of real planning. Not this time, though. The Minot Park Board and staff ...

Legislator should lead by example

Isn’t today’s political environment ugly and banal enough at the national level; and hasn’t that helped drive social media to become a swamp in-and-of-itself? Many seem to think so, which is why recent inflammatory statements on social media by Minot legislator Roscoe Streyle were so ...

Colleagues and competition

Last week, I had the good fortune to appear on a The Good Talk podcast alongside legendary local newsman Jim Olson of KX News to discuss a number of serious topics about the role of media in society and as a watchdog of government. Interestingly, this is the first time I have met Mr. Olson. ...

Crystal ball needed to foretell 2018 construction season

Home construction was down in Minot in 2017 compared to 2016, which was no banner year either. So, what will 2018 bring? Unless you have access to a working crystal ball capable of telling the future, you might just as well wish for the outcome you want. There are so many factors at play. ...

2018 offers a season of change

The year is barely underway and already opportunities abound to have an impact on your community. As an election year with a variety of seats likely to be contested, once again regional residents have the opportunity to play an active role either in their government – or else decide who will ...

City’s best option probably to sell Walders St. house

Under ideal circumstances, a single-family home owned by the City of Minot would one day become a gateway to a greenspace along the river. Should the city end up with a scenic, active greenway along the river – as many envision – it would give Minot a great option for use of the home and ...

Optimism propels us

Congratulations from the family at Minot Daily News to Laurin Leidholt and Taylor Barstad of Minot. A quiet New Year’s Eve in Trinity Hospital’s Labor & Delivery Unit in Minot came to an end when Leidholt and Barstad of Minot became parents of the first baby born in 2018. Brynn ...