Editorials

Support for sales tax fund might be waning

The candidates for six city council seats on the June 13 ballot indicated support for retaining Minot’s MAGIC Fund during the Minot Daily News/Grand Hotel candidate forum last Wednesday. Or, more accurately, they acknowleged the need for economic development in Minot. “I am not really ...

Minot shows its pride, commitment

With around 200 people in attendance at the Grand Hotel Wednesday night for the Minot Daily News/Grand Hotel candidates forum, a large and diverse sampling of local residents spoke up: “We’re proud of our community, want the best for it, and want to help guide the city to a better ...

Fire was an example of a critical public sector success

While a number of questions remain to be addressed in the aftermath of the fire at Earth Recycling, some are more valid than others. Valid questions remain about the oversight of the property, potential changes to regulation to prevent a worse fire in similar facilities in the future, and ...

Will Minot engage this year?

Tonight’s candidates forum at The Grand will be a revealing occasion. It will be an early sign of whether or not Minot residents are going to energetically engage with the city election process this year. Signs have been a challenge to read so far. Will the Minot that came out pretty ...

Justice system unequipped to deal with mentally ill

Ramsey County District Court Judge Donovan Foughty recently rightly asserted that the justice system fails those with mental illness, which then has the effect of putting tremendous strain on that very system. Foughty is correct, as many people from attorneys to family members of inmates ...

Senior pranks seem harmless, but fraught with risk

It’s hard to fault a group of high school kids out to have a little fun at the close of the school year by throwing water balloons at other students and staff in their school’s lunchroom. It’s also hard to fault administrators wanting the troublemakers charged with something. By now ...

Compromise should be goal in right of way debate

Two opposing sides have carved out intractable positions when it comes to the contentious rural Ward County right of way issue. On one hand, farmers feel the county policy is a land grab – yet another example of insensitive, imperial rule by a body with precious little concern for rural and ...

Fire and Brimstone

While there have been plenty of things going on around the Minot Daily News office lately, obviously the fire at Earth Recycling was the dramatic story of the week. That’s pretty typical; fires are the quintessential newspaper spot reporting occasion. When they teach a lot of essential ...

Earth Recycling fire No. 2 was avoidable

Minot and area residents were indeed lucky on Thursday when a favorable wind direction kept much of the smoke from the Earth Recycling fire from blanketing the city. True, the smoke could be seen from as far south as Max, downwind, and Mohall to the north. But the thick, black plume that ...

Good news at Ward County Jail

It’s been a rough few years at the Ward County Jail. Beset with mismanagement and eventually a scandal now playing out with at the highest level of county government, the jail became an embarrassment and a black eye to this community. However, what can’t get lost in the melange of high ...

Smoke gets in your eyes in Ward County

If where there is smoke, there is fire, then there is a raging blaze burning away at the very core of Ward County. In this instance, the smoke is the growing body of evidence supporting the idea that one or more than one Ward County commissioner, acting in official capacity, tried or succeeded ...

Not all crime victims are obvious

Most people can identify the most obvious victims of crimes. They are the ones with whom we sympathize when we read the story about a crime having taken place in our community. They are the victim of an assault, of abuse, of fraud, etc. Often we view them in relation to a perpetrator – there ...

Good seasonal advice from Game and Fish

About this time every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department issues a warning not to assist baby animals you might think are in distress. Generally all is well and mom is lurking nearby waiting for you to leave. It’s in our nature to try help Mother Nature, but this is a warning ...

Minot State University must find a way to survive

They knew it was coming; we knew it was coming. Still, when Minot State University announced last week the extent of the cuts to be made based on reduced funding – well, it was painful. For some more than others, to be sure. MSU President Steve Shirley put the cuts in the proper ...

A season for optimism

Graduation season is upon us and signs are everywhere – in traditional media, in social media and with photos shared by friends and family. It’s a season for endings, for beginnings, for farewells and for bon voyages. It’s a season for renewed hope, for optimism in a day in which for ...

What comes of leads from readers

One of the upbeat trends around the Minot Daily News newsroom is that this year, we are hearing more from readers than past years. There aren’t any metrics, but it is pretty obvious to me from reading more letters and emails and having a daily call list that stretches beyond hours in a day. ...

Cramer not ducking questions on his health care vote

Whether you are a fan of the American Health Care Act or not, you have to hand it to Congressman Kevin Cramer for having the courage and the patience to explain the bill to voters back home. In person. Other members of Congress have taken considerable heat from constituents since the ...

Save the date: May 24

Once again Minot residents will have an important choice ahead of them this summer when voters take to the polls in June to determine the members of the next city council. The most important choice is not a choice of which six of nine candidates will make it to (or back to) the council. ...

Healthcare reform is a tough sell

Rep. Kevin Cramer should be credited for engaging with a posse of area residents earlier this week who were asking questions and sharing their thoughts on the U.S. House of Representatives’ repeal-and-replace-Obamacare measure. ‘Credited’ because he has to know that he would be facing ...

Hopefully state follows Burgum lead on innovation

When Doug Burgum was campaigning for North Dakota governor, his narrative was based on his outsider status as a hugely successful businessman who would then bring drive, vision and innovation to the state’s public sector. Yet, the headlines emerging from this year’s Legislative session ...