Editorials

Public lands are precious and worth saving

A new group formed recently, a group that has a vital purpose. And whose members are not afraid to get a little dirty if it helps accomplish their goals. “Our focus is solely on public lands and conservation of those lands. We are trying to keep wild lands wild,” explained Jack Sorum, ...

Big box retail failures ring on end of days for traditional malls

The announcement that Sears is filing bankruptcy is either a shock or depressing to many Americans. Those who grew up in the heyday of American catalog or mall retail will surely feel that an era has ended. Prior to anchoring shopping centers all over the country for decades, Sears and such big ...

No down side to library merger talks

Assertions this week that a merger of the Minot and Ward County public libraries could result in enhanced service but perhaps little in the way of cost savings – in the short term – shouldn’t discourage supporters or delay ongoing talks. A committee investigating a possible merger ...

Caregivers require their own attention

With the continued aging of the Baby Boomer generations and the increasing cost of healthcare, particularly home healthcare, and other factors, the role of caregiver has never before been so much in the public eye. That is, if we aren’t taking care of an aging, ill or dependent relative, we ...

CP Holiday Train embarking on 20th season

Can it really be 20 years since the Canadian Pacific Railway launched its Holiday Train? Hard to believe. It’s also hard to believe we are already talking about the Christmas train in October and announcing its planned arrival in Minot in mid-December. We are not yet to Halloween ...

No other way but for landfill issue to be a mess

If there is one certain thing about the debate over Minot’s landfill debate, it is that, regardless of the eventual decision, it’s going to be a mess in terms of public perception. The debate is over expansion of the current landfill site in southwest Minot. The issue is whether to ...

Know when to tune out, tune in

On one hand, Christmas music has already began appearing on store soundtracks around town. Yet on the other, it seems that this period before Halloween kicks off the fall-winter holidays is still weeks away and time just drags on. Perhaps if our cooler than normal early fall grants a reprieve, ...

New group meets a need in Magic City

Saturday, Oct. 20, will mark the beginning of a new organization meant to unite creative minds in Minot and tap their talents. According to the founders of the group, “Creative Minot, a local collaboration for artists and creatives of every form, will have their first monthly meetup on ...

North Dakota rightly takes on illegal robocalls

By now, most cell phone users are familiar with robocalls – unwanted solicitations and scam attempts often originating from bogus called phone numbers that make it appear as if a neighbor is calling. N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has said these illegal robocalls were the No. 1 ...

Important chance to voice your opinion tonight

Tonight’s public meeting on the subject of plans for expansion of the City of Minot’s landfill – or perhaps development of a new one farther from the city proper – is an important one and all stakeholders are encouraged to participate and voice their opinions. The city council had ...

Winter, fire season both on horizon

Although our region might be in for a temperate break in the cool weather in the next few weeks, it seems pretty clear that winter is on the horizon. With heaters of all types switching on, with more cooking at home taking place when the hard freeze arrives and with holiday lights just ...

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Columbus Day should remain the holiday intended

Over the past few years, the war on American heritage by those who would replace it with politically correct fiction has driven many pandering politicians to shy away and submit to the new mob mentality. Columbus Day in some places has become a day to recognize Indigenous People (apparently ...

Welcome National Newspaper Week

These aren’t the golden years for newspaper. First, there are numerous business challenges, including competition from the internet, where consumers can read an entertaining mix of fiction, non-fiction and editorial pandering to one’s specific viewpoint – all under the guise of ...

Hijacked and more

Hijacked While it wasn’t the busiest spell in local news last week, there was (still is) one or more armed robbers presumably on the loose, budgets were finalized and snowy weather arrived. Still it seemed the news cycle was stolen by fascination with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation ...

ND to honor Clint Hill, a bonafide hero

It would be hard to find a better pick than Clint Hill. Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt himself would say the same. Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday announced former U.S. Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill as the 44th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s ...

So, every idea is on the table for school expansion talk?

Discussion over the needs of Minot public schools is an important conversation, but it is also one laden with assumptions and beliefs that might or might not be valid. First of all, with the growth of Minot youth in recent years, additional facilities may be needed now and in the short ...

County move commits to veterans

Ward County’s well-constructed – and now approved – budget became an even stronger road map in its final form because a second part-time veterans service officer was added to the plan for 2019. The question of a second staffer has been a controversial one. Some assert the position is ...

Clear communication helps with rash of crimes

Last year, a slate of burglaries alarmed and aggravated Minot residents. Some of the crimes were relatively small-scale and clearly carried out on some dysfunctional whim. Others were slightly larger scale and clearly planned ahead of time. Presumably because of police action, eventually the ...