Editorials

Take smart precautions for tick season

When many people think of dangerous critters in North Dakota, they probably think large – ranging from moose to turkeys jaywalking in city limits. However, particularly this time of year and the summer ahead, it might be the many tick varieties that are the most insidious and more likely ...

Faith in Minot a growth industry

For years now, major mainstream media has been pronouncing the diminishing of faith in the United States. Among the evidence cited has been reduction in church attendance and the struggles some faith institutions have had remaining open and relevant. In Minot and the region, though, even ...

State should consider voter I.D. requirements

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. Is that because we are the last bastion of a more free form of a representative republic? Is it because we adamantly resist change? Is it because an active few have more influence than a passive many who don’t care to fight over the ...

Long-awaited expansion begins at First Lutheran

Members of Minot’s First Lutheran Church celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking after Sunday services yesterday. It’s been years coming, and completion is still a ways off, but the church’s sanctuary and Parish Hall across what years ago was part of Walders Street, will soon be joined ...

Governor’s budget guidelines set table for innovation

While Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget guidelines, released last week, call for agencies to plan for tiered spending cuts, they are also just a starting point for broad inter-agency discussions; not a destination unto themselves. Those discussions will offer the opportunity for the type of ...

(Spring) Flotsam and Jetsam

That’s right, even though the season officially began weeks ago and there is still snow on the ground, it finally has the feel of spring. It isn’t just the temperature. It is also the patio furniture and grills re-emerging after a long winter, morning birdsong and on the best recent days, ...

More needs to be done to make schools safe

School safety is a hot topic these days with shootings taking place in schools across the country, in rich neighborhoods and poor alike. But school safety doesn’t just mean identify potential shooters and prevent them from carrying out any plans they’ve already hatched. It’s about ...

Abandoned mine program should be continued

Although the state has a couple of years to address the issue, an abandoned mine program faces its potential end when the current funding stream expires. The program’s objective is to eliminate public hazards. The Abandoned Mine Land program provides the funds to the North Dakota Public ...

Ward County Jail innovation welcome

That Ward County Jail receiving high scores on its annual jail inspection last month is welcome news and it is good news. Perhaps even better news is the announcement that the jail is preparing to launch an educational program aimed at improving the post-incarceration opportunities for ...

Airport boardings might be evidence of better days ahead

There are a lot of ways to evaluate the state of the local economy. Most signs, even an optimist would have to agree, have not been good in some time. Consider sales tax revenue and the impact on property taxes. Consider the brakes slammed on development. Consider the hotel occupancy rate. ...

What if no one parks even for free?

The City of Minot is extending a polite courtesy, opening up both downtown parking ramps to public use for free over the next month. The free stretch is in conjunction with a transition period as the city takes over management responsibilities from Cypress Development, LLC. The city and ...

Diabetes prevention program offered by Trinity Health

The wall that many people run into while trying to improve their health is making a commitment that lasts. Be it losing weight, fighting drink or drugs, or just relearning how to live and eat “clean,” being successful takes time and effort. And it usually involves getting some ...

‘Skittle Skool’ should be a blueprint for communities

Recognition is due Mountrail County Health Foundation, the Stanley Park District and Stanley High School for their sponsorship of “Skittle Skool” last week. Furthermore, the wide-ranging project should be closely examined by other communities, as it might be a blueprint for similar ...

‘Moms’ are best advocates in addressing opioids

It is something that happens in and around the newsroom at Minot Daily News (and away from the office as well) and it happened once again this past week. A caller dialed in to talk about her personal struggle with her son’s opioid addiction, the bad circumstances that led to, and the ...

Take Safe Digging Month seriously

We were informed by news release that Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month in North Dakota. Seriously. Yes, seriously. At first blush one might be tempted to cry “fake news.” But the release was legitimate – as is the real threat of digging underground without ...

County employee salary issue a Catch-22

This week’s apparent revelation that Ward County employees are paid well below market salaries reveals a Catch-22 that will be a challenge for county leaders to address – and will remain so into the future. On one hand, below market salaries might be considered fiscally conservative, ...

Young people not the monolithic tribe some think

It’s a narrative many news outlets keep returning to. Young people, overwhelmed by the horror of mass school shootings are taking society by the hand and leading the nation to a future where there will be no mass shootings, no guns. Finally, the narrative goes in the hands of many media ...

Local election contests: the more the merrier

Just a couple of weeks ago, Minot Daily News hailed the decision of two candidates to engage in a GOP primary contest despite their not having been endorsed by the party. More competition is always better in bringing forth ideas, highlighting policy variations and keeping whatever candidates ...

Amicable end to controversy a good thing

Rugby’s longtime claim to be the geographic center of North America, and the publicity generated from it, remain untouched and without real challenge after events of last week. A similar trademark held by a Robinson Bar was officially surrendered. Hanson’s Bar in Robinson filed with the ...

Charity hockey game raised money – and hope

There were some big-league hockey players on the ice March 30th in Minot. No, they weren’t professionals – at least not professional hockey players. They were professional police officers and professional firefighters, out in the community living up to their reputations as caring people ...