Editorials

Congratulations MHS wrestlers on winning state

Minot High School hadn’t won a state team wrestling title since 1993, and the honor almost slipped through their hands again this past weekend. But it didn’t. The Magi won, so congratulations to all of the wrestlers, their coaches and others in the Magi’s corner when they were needed ...

County right to schedule public hearing on right-of-way issue

The Ward County Planning Commission was right to schedule a public hearing to discuss a county policy requiring the dedication of road right-of-way in the platting of new lots. The policy requires landowners who plat 40 acres or fewer to give land to the county for a 75-foot right-of-way from ...

Building from the inside out

One of the hats that an editor wears is chief figure in the complaint department. That is, when a reader has a complaint about... well, almost anything... the call ends up to my office. It’s part of the job and you get used to it. Some complaints are about content – someone disagrees ...

Common courtesy should prevent police involvement with loose pets

There is plenty of crime to go around in Minot. Sadly, law enforcement and criminal justice professionals have their hands filled with serious crime that is a detriment to the community. Fido running loose is hardly a serious crime (unless he’s a biter) for the most part. Still, while pets ...

Initiated measure process requires amending

The prudence of North Dakota’s citizen initiated ballot measures has been the topic of some debate already this year in the wake of several passing last November that some worry were not well thought-in and/or included incomplete directives. This conversation should continue and state ...

Legislature must reject SB 2152

In an era in which citizens everywhere are calling out for something new in politics, when sincerity and plain-speaking are valued more than political correctness and equivocation, there is still the North Dakota Legislature. As if considering loosening up laws to make it easier to shoot ...

Progressive working group might consider principles first

A meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Minot to bring together the politically active with progressive beliefs to discuss an organizational strategy should be received as a good sign by those on both sides of the political aisle. Clearly, progressives in North Dakota face tough prospects in a ...

Little sympathy for today’s bored

There was a time when people who said there was “nothing to do” in Minot had some credibility. No more. At least if you have a passing interest in anything or are at willing to give something new a try. This past weekend is a good example of the wide variety of activities Minot affords ...

Change in federal ED should benefit North Dakota

The advent of Betsy DeVos to head the federal Department of Education has been met with controversy and gnashing of teeth, particularly from those resistant to change or evolution in how the nation’s children are educated. Yet, the change at the ED might bode well for North ...

A curious case of shoulder chip

It was not the first time I had heard a disgruntled resident voice a similar sentiment. It certainly won’t be the last. It’s common enough to address this week with an inquiry on my part. What is it? It’s the Fargo rivalry/resentment thing. This is how it tends to manifest in my ...

Dakota Blend a longtime asset to the community

A men’s quartet from Minot has for years been making Valentine’s Day memories beyond what a bouquet of flowers or a box of candy can produce. And they are at it again this year. Dakota Blend – and singing Valentine’s – seem never to age. The group has been at it since the late ...

Hopefully communication includes transparency

Minot City Manager Tom Barry’s outline of a new structure for delivering on the city’s disaster resilience plan is a good sign that the city wants to see some linear movement on this exciting opportunity. The program should not languish as the city undergoes personnel changes and must ...

Realistically, spending cuts can’t fund Minot needs

This week, the Minot City Council rejected recommendations from staff and its Public Works and Safety Committee to delay improvements at the intersection of 16th Street and 31st Avenue Southwest. The reason: the work needs to be done and cost savings would have a minimal impact on the city’s ...

Residents face critical decisions

Minot residents want flood protection. Good, they should; and, furthermore, they deserve it and the city needs it to perpetuate its own relevance. Minot residents also want an altered, improved system for snow removal. Good, residents should push the city government to provide the best ...

Hopefully, city election will bring out Minot’s best

It’s a good thing to see a number of current members of the Minot City Council considering running for the new council in the June 13 election. So far, Council members Mark Jantzer, Lisa Olson, Kenton Kossan and David Shomento are on board, in addition to members Shannon Straight and Shaun ...

Souris flood claims another victim

The Souris River flood of 2011 has made a victim out of another Minot landmark. As we reported last week, the former Minot Flour Mill along Third Street Northeast is slated to be moved to make way for flood protection. While the building is now rather unattractive and therefore probably not ...

Cleaning up after the environmental activists

Whether it’s a tradition passed down from parent to child or one of the important lessons learned in Scouting, most who spend time in the outdoors hiking or camping know the rules: you pack it in, you pack it out and leave only footsteps behind. Apparently, militant self-described ...

Readers and responses

This week, I thought that I would respond to a few questions that have been directed at me via phone calls and email, but which I thought warranted response in print. What happened to the stock market information that used to be in the newspaper? Around the first of the year, we took the ...

Snow removal plan could be improved

The City of Minot has done a remarkable job removing snow from city streets this winter following several severe storms. Let’s not forget that. Yes, it was expensive bringing in outside help from private contractors; nothing new in Minot history. Still, not all taxpaying citizens feel ...

Political signs case warrants jury trial

It’s a good thing that the City of Minot criminal case against Charles Tuttle is going to be headed to a jury trial. While the charge, stemming from an Oct. 14 incident, is a minor one – so minor that apparently no one else has faced similar charges any time recently – it is most ...