Editorials

Exhibitors are the heart of the State Fair

If you are new to the North Dakota State Fair or haven’t been to the fair in a few years, consider this. It wouldn’t be a fair without the exhibitors, it would be just a carnival or or a festival, not a true fair. So make time to visit the barns, the State Fair Center and Magic Place ...

Minot firefighters take to the streets to support MDA

We might not be able to fill their shoes, but we can sure fill their boots – with cash donations. It’s that time of the year when the Minot Fire Fighters Local 1157 hits the streets to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Members will be manning key locations on city ...

Facilities fund process a debacle

One could not help but recall the adage about making laws and making sausages upon analysis of last week’s nearly three-hour meeting of Minot’s Community Development Committee. Ostensibly the meeting was to consider nine applications for limited dollars available through the city’s ...

Tearful farewell for a terrific colleague

One of the great joys of my career over the past 25 years has been working with, teaching and mentoring young journalists or those otherwise just entering the business. One of the hardest things has been saying goodbye when it is time for said journalists to move on. Oh, it is anticipated. ...

First week of automated garbage collection went well

All seems to have gone well during the first week of automated garbage collection in Minot. Whew. We can be thankful those 70 mph winds that other parts of the state endured did not strike here this past week while city staff and residents alike were still learning the ropes of the new ...

Three Affiliated Tribes projects are great progress

Congratulations are due to the Three Affiliated Tribes and Chairman Mark Fox for the good news about two important projects. A $24.8 million drug treatment center project is already being built in Bismarck. Financed entirely by the tribes, the 20,114-square-foot treatment center will include ...

Courtesy, sensitivity can often be simplest solution

Now that the smoke has cleared on Independence Day revelry and the focus shifts to the North Dakota State Fair this week (!), perhaps it is time to reflect back on the Fourth of July and the issue of fireworks inside city limits. Of course, fireworks are unlawful inside city limits. However, ...

New flood zone will test property owner prudence

For months, officials in Minot have been talking about the new FEMA flood map. There have been numerous discussions open to the public, including those this week. The city has provided information on the city website. Officials have shared frequently with media news of the flood map, the 3,200 ...

Let your opinion be heard Thursday

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Minot’s Community Development Committee is meeting in city council chambers to discuss applications to the Community Facilities Fund. The meeting is open to the public and residents are strongly encouraged to attend and contribute their perspective on what will be a ...

Protect the whole family from heat conditions

Taking precautions in high heat and humidity is only smart. When taking the weather into consideration, lets not forget our four-legged family members. Just because they’re animals doesn’t mean they are immune to risks from a heat wave. These days, people are more sensitive than in the ...

Nothing beats produce fresh from the garden

Face it, we’re spoiled. Minot and nearby neighbors have not one but two well managed farmers markets to shop throughout the growing season, from the early pea harvest until the pumpkins and squash come in. We have featured both the Oak Park and the North Prairie farmers markets many times ...

News: around the world and back

A couple of years back now, there was a major sports event on the calendar – something that really had the town excited and which was bringing people to the area. My then-sports editor, early on, asked about the possibility of the event making the front page of the newspaper, as opposed to ...

Back to the beginning

There will be an event in Minot’s Oak Park Sunday not to be missed – the 130th birthday celebration for the City of Minot. Minot was officially incorporated on July 16, 1887, and to mark the occasion the City will host a party from 5 to 7 p.m. in the park. It is free and open to the ...

Minot should be proud of Pride Minot

Over the course of the weekend, the region’s LGBTQ community and friends will once again be observing Pride Minot. For the uninitiated, Pride is an annual event held in communities around the world, generally in the summer, to celebrate the (greater) gay community and its advances in civil ...

Wrestling with austerity

Austerity is defined a situation in which there is not much money and it is spent only on things that are necessary. One could be said to be austere if he lives within his budget, with income greater than expenditures. That might not sound like a revolutionary or extreme principle. In fact, ...

Garbage plan launch will test leadership, residents

The first deliveries of new receptacles for the City of Minot’s upcoming transition to its automated garbage/recycling program are a reminder that this new system will be a test. It will not be just a test of whether or not the system succeeds. Instead, this new system will test the city ...

NDSF keeping fair fare fresh

It isn’t an easy task for North Dakota State Fair to bring new, fresh and different to the big event each year. This includes fair food, one of the most popular and anticipated aspect of NDSF, taking place this year July 21-29. Yet, new tastes are headed to the fair. Just days ago, NDSF ...

Two comeback stories in the news

It caught our attention last week that the Ward County Sheriff’s Department is now planning to make the jail a regional training site for correctional officers. It was not long ago that the jail was reprimanded for failing to properly train its own staff; now the jail is to mentor officers ...

Into the wild

Yesterday’s story in Minot Daily News about brave airmen rescuing a hiker attacked by a bison in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Watford City illustrated the real threat that North Dakota wildlife can be to individuals who wander into the wild. Hikers and other ...

What does summer look like to you?

Those of you who have read this column from the beginning know that I use this space both to explain the internal workings of Minot Daily News and also to preview and describe the various changes we have made over the past year-plus. Occasionally, I also launch various interactive projects and ...