Editorials

Minot High, Velva football teams have chance for special season

Not to be captain obvious, but winning a state championship is incredibly hard. Every high school football player in North Dakota dreams of one day lifting a championship trophy. That’s why they put in countless hours of conditioning, weight lifting, studying film and practicing to make ...

Annual Horn of Plenty hits the spot

Hungering to help out a good cause? The Horn of Plenty has been hitting the spot for decades, raising money to provide holiday meals to local families. It’s a time-tested and proven program that lifts spirits for givers as well as recipients. Once again, the Trinity Health Foundation has ...

A very different Halloween holiday

Happy Halloween to those who observe the occasion in any way, shape or form. Many of us remember what most would consider a conventional Halloween celebration – costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, parties. It was all in good fun and was one of the occasions youngsters looked ...

Following Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner

It has been a while but Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner is back in the news again, and with another book under his belt. Lehner has co-authored a book with new findings that shed light on construction of the Giza pyramids with Zahi Hawass, another leading Egyptologist and a former ...

Military reaction demonstrates other side of Trump perception

If one were to read only “mainstream” media based on the East Coast, one would think that citizens of the United States were living in a madhouse, overseen by a racist war-monger who was placing the public in danger out of sheer lunacy. However, based on the reaction Vice President Mike ...

October Flotsam and Jetsam

As promised earlier this month, today I am offering a round-up of this and that from around the Minot Daily News newsroom. Busy Week It isn’t often that one week includes a major national story right here in our back yard, bringing all eyes here and a – arguably the – national story ...

Good instructors make lasting impressions

With Vice President Pence at Minot Air Force Base Friday, more JFK documents promised to be released Thursday and both federal and local taxes in the limelight all week long, you might have skipped over perhaps the best story of the past few days. One of our newest staff writers, Shyanne ...

With caveats, food and beverage tax worthy of review

Visit Minot’s proposal for a one percent sales on food and beverage to help buoy the convention and visitor bureau’s efforts to stay competitive in the tourism industry is well worth a full and earnest review by the Minot City Council – and the taxpayers who would foot the bill. The ...

Downtown crane won’t be missed

Skylines in many cities have very recognizable landmarks. From skyscrapers in downtowns to today’s mega-stadiums to historic neighborhoods with specific architectural features. In Minot, in the past couple of years, the most recognizable landmark is the massive crane protruding from a ...

Forecast: prep for the worst, hope for the best

Over the past two years, the Minot area has enjoyed one of its mildest winters in history followed by one of the worst winters – or so many longtime locals asserts. So, what to expect for winter 2017-2018? Isn’t it really anyone’s guess. Therefore, isn’t the best possible advice to ...

Tribal grants will assist communities

Around the country, even the largest, wealthiest communities with the largest budgets are having a hard time finding a strategy and the funds to combat the challenge of opioid abuse. That’s why recent state grants with the ability to impact communities in our corner of the country are so ...

Exciting time to be a fan of dinosaurs

Whether you have been following the discovery of ancient fossils in North Dakota all your life or only recently heard of the latest finds, it is an exciting time to be a fan of dinosaurs. Minot Daily News recently ran an article on what is happening in southwestern North Dakota and ...

Committee’s call to action timely, necessary

The assertion by the Minot Mayor’s Committee on Addiction that the time for listening and gathering information needs to evolve into an action plan is or should be music to the ears of everyone in the city who recognizes the severity of the addiction challenge. Some critics of the ...

The art of the press release

Last week, Minot Daily News briefly hosted a group from the chamber of commerce’s leadership academy to discuss the newspaper and its role and potential for up-and-coming business operators and executives. It was actually a nice break from the usual chaos of the week, as the group was a ...

Super two lane highway concept worth watching

Economics change dramatically, particularly in energy country. Needs and trends also tend to change quickly and intensely. Facilitating transportation in our part of the country and between Canada and the U.S. is extremely important to the future of North Dakota’s economy. That’s why the ...

Snakes as pets can have unexpected impact

It isn’t always the ramifications of a decision that prompt it to be looked back on as a good or bad choice. Often, perhaps more often, it is the law of unintended consequences. According to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but ...

DAPL demonstrates who really cares about North Dakota

The spectacle of Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protesters attacking their own protectors, attacking North Dakota civilians, damaging property and killing ranchers’ animals offered a stark contrast to how the rioters were portrayed in national media: as some kind of 1960s activists challenging ...

Are the feds clouding a solution to opioid abuse?

According to a recent story by 60 Minutes and the Washington Post, the federal government – notably the DEA and Congress – are part and parcel to the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation and ravaging even our own part of the country. According to a former DEA official, speaking to CBS, ...

Are ‘nuisance animals’ such a nuisance?

While the City of Minot continues to address the issue of nuisance animals – notably turkeys and deer – in city limits, a few questions remain unaddressed, or at least under-addressed. Question one is whether or not the issue warrants such a focus from local government in the first ...

Resistance should be more than obstinance

On one hand, two scenes couldn’t possibly be any different. Many North Dakotans are still upset at the spectacle that was the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters – often in aggregate looking more like a Burning Man audience – expressed their dismay at the legal, approved ...