Editorials

NIMBY complaints will always limit landfill options

This week, a city focus group was presented with a plan for a regional landfill site, privately operated, and being built in a rural area well removed from the current city dump, which sits close to residential properties and amid south Minot property expected to be in demand for future ...

Canadian policy will impact North Dakota, U.S.

Canada’s decision to become just the second nation in the world to entirely legalize marijuana will have a profound impact on North Dakota, other border states and the nation as a whole. According to Associated Press, “Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal ...

Taxpayers will open wallets for the right cause

Despite all the agitation over property tax increases, the possibility of other tax increases and the general economic malaise of the region, the right cause pitched to the right audience can still succeed. It isn’t that residents resist all calls for financial need. Instead, it might be ...

Digital disorders

It should come as no surprise to older people and parents that overconsumption of video games leads to a legitimate disorder. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, a U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health ...

Prospect of more wind turbines is good news

Unless a person lives smack dab in the middle of a wind farm the news that North Dakota might be getting more wind turbines should be considered good news. For decades, especially during the years when gas lines were long, residents lamented that wind power was not being tapped in North ...

Two recent headlines especially troubling

Two news stories that crossed The Associated Press news wire last week were especially troubling to many ordinary people here in North Dakota. It seems there oughta be a law against dumping saltwater in a farmer’s field just because you don’t want to wait in line at the place where ...

Not quite time to evaluate president’s trade strategy

Democrats at the national and state level appear to be seeking those policy issues that will win voters over after two years of only one presiding issue: the hatred of President Donald Trump (and in many cases, a disapproval of Trump voters). So far those issues seem to be healthcare and the ...

Thanks to those who run for office

In case you missed it, the mayor of Ruso was re-elected this past Tuesday with 100 percent of the vote – three ballots. That much of the story was interesting enough to print. The second half of the story is even more interesting, actually...inspiring. Bruce Lorenz has been mayor of the ...

Desire for change still shaping elections

If there has been a theme to election results over the past three years, it is that Minot residents, and to a lesser extent Ward County residents, have clamored for change. Driven by outrage at bad deals perpetrated by previous and long-term politicians, inattentive government employees, ...

Public interest in Minot issues improving

When all is said, done and calculated, voter turnout in the city of Minot might be only slightly higher than years past. However, all signs do point to a higher voter turnout, between absentee votes, early voting and election day ballots cast, than in previous years. That is certainly an ...

Summer recreation starts with proper safety

It’s the time of year to which many regional residents look forward to through the many, long months of cold winters and tempestuous springs. Summer has arrived, and with it the fun and exciting sporting opportunities enjoyed by plenty of people in North Dakota, in our wide open spaces and ...

Get out and do your civic duty today

Early voting might be a convenience for many people and attracting as many voters as possible is certainly a good thing. Still, hopefully several days of early voting doesn’t prevent residents from voting today. It would be unfortunate in a sense if votes that had already been cast ...

Creation of downtown pub district shows initiative

An article on today’s front page caught our attention as a good example of business owners banding together to hopefully become more successful. The Little Chicago Pub District sounds like great fun. Let’s hope customers, including out of town visitors, think so too and frequent the ...

Get ready for the pain

Summer should be a light-hearted season for fun – going to the lake, grilling out, traveling, etc. “Should be,” unfortunately, is an ideal, not a reality. About a year ago, after discussions with city leaders, Minot Daily News warned readers that serious budget issues were on the ...

There and back again

The last week-and-a-half, business took me away from Minot for the longest time away I have had from the Magic City since I landed on these shores three years ago. It was a weird experience, being away so long, driving streets with potholes I don’t have muscle memory of, not knowing short ...

Judge’s ruling on eminent domain case is welcomed

North Central District Judge Gary Lee’s ruling on May 29 in favor of a Burlington property owner embroiled in an eminent domain struggle with Montana-Dakota Utilities, was a solid decision and demonstrates that there are limits to public sector overreach. MDU sought an easement across ...

High Water Mark Initiative might be a mixed bag

When the seventh anniversary of the 2001 Souris River flood rolls around on June 25, community leaders and federal representatives are observing the occasion with the public enveiling of one of the signs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s High Water Mark Initiative. The High ...

Teacher negotiations should include focus on safety

Driven by horrendous acts of mass violence in schools, school safety has become a front-burner issue around the entire country. Certainly protecting students and staff from acts of violence such as the school shootings seen in recent years is a priority for districts everywhere. Everyday ...

County commission needs to get a handle on expenses

A few topics that came up in Tuesday’s Ward County Commission meeting related to expenses were a bit troubling to hear. It is no secret that area governments are all juggling, balancing, making sacrifices – basically doing whatever they can to keep from having to raise property ...

People can’t stop talking about the rain

What a glorious rain we had last week. People are still talking about it, as if they had never seen rain before. That, of course, is an extreme but not as extreme as the drought that we are hopefully, hopefully headed out of. Just last week one could walk through the grass and come inside ...