Editorials

The year ends on a good note

There has been plenty of news and change for the good and for not-so-good over the course of 2017, now that we have reached the end of it and can look back. There have been high highs and low lows – similar to most years. This year, though, is ending nicely on a good note that bodes well ...

Resolute

This is the weekend during which many people make resolutions for the New Year. It makes logistical sense, after all. The beginning of new year makes for a good time to commit to minor – or even wholesale change. There is a certain symmetry to it, and when it works for people, it’s usually ...

Don’t be that someone

It’s wrong and against the law. It’s expensive if you get caught. It can kill, or change lives – sometimes forever. Don’t drink and drive. We hear it all the time. Yet people do; some will this holiday weekend. Please don’t be that someone. Minot Daily News reporter Kim ...

Robert Davis will be missed

When Robert Davis first joined the City of Minot in the summer of 2016 and was making his rounds introducing himself to various service clubs and other organizations, there was something notably fresh about him. A professional planner, he had no problem citing the challenges Minot faced and ...

Harsh day of winter arrives

It’s already a cold winter but for many in Minot, the harshest day yet arrived carried not by strong winds but instead by the U.S. Postal Service. In lieu of a snowstorm, it is arriving in the form of tax bills. Total tax bills with a hefty increase of around 30 percent, combined with many ...

Lights, colors of season extends, thanks to Sertoma

Not ready for the lights, the decorations, the colors and merriment to wrap up with Christmas, even with the very different revelry to come with New Year’s? Thankfully, the estimable service club Sertoma can extend your festivities with a slow car trip through Oak Park. For some 20 ...

Zoo capital campaign takes big step

Roosevelt Park Zoo’s $5 million, three phase capital improvement campaign received a big boost last week when Minot Park District committed $1 million to the Roosevelt Park Zoo Centennial Capital Campaign, bringing the funds raised to nearly $3.1 million and beyond the halfway point of the $5 ...

Still time for Christmas giving

With Christmastime comes many challenges. Thankfully, the perfect gift has already been bestowed on mankind, so that burden has been lifted. Finding just the right gift for that certain someone, though...ah, that’s still a problem. Hopefully, with Christmas here now, that challenge has been ...

Housing decision a benefit to the county

Somewhere between 75 and 100 Ward County individuals and families will be able to be served over the course of the coming year by the Minot Housing Authority. The announcement came this past week, as finally a statistical anomaly stemming from the housing boom in the region a few years, is ...

Editor’s Notebook: Holiday Flotsam & Jetsam

A few disparate observation and thoughts from the week leading up to Christmas... So much for a slow news cycle I’ve written a number of times before about slow news weeks and the challenge (and sometimes torture) they bring on the editorial department at Minot Daily News. I’ve also ...

Historic time for Minot State University

There were plenty of supporters and critics of the air-supported dome inflated recently at Minot State University. Jabbered about for years, the “bubble” is now a reality, and members of the public are invited to come see for themselves what the $2 million facility looks like ...

Gathering space success will be measured by execution

While the public spoke loudly in favor of one of three proposed sites for a downtown gathering space – extremely loudly – the reality is that the success or failure of the gathering space isn’t going to be determined by the final choice for location. The proof will be in the pudding ...

Ward County Jail back in order

Congratulations are due to Ward County Sheriff Bob Barnard and the staff at the Ward County Jail. Barnard has the county’s house back in order. Barnard informed the Ward County Commission Tuesday of a letter from the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that states the ...

Real explanation needed for Amtrak accident

In the aftermath of the dramatic Amtrak accident in DuPont, Wash., we are witnessing what we often do after such incidents – more questions than answers, conjecture and frustration with the pace of the investigation into what exactly happened Monday morning. Hopefully, what we won’t see ...

Season spirit not lost in our neck of the woods

Bell ringers. Toy drives. Office collections for charity. Numerous holiday meals throughout the community at churches and social service institutions across the region. For all the shopping activity. For all the major events. For all of the wonderful decorations. Throughout all of the fun ...

Questions for the State of the State Address

It’s good news that Minot State University has been selected to host Gov. Doug Burgum’s State of the State Address. Hopefully, it will give local and regional people the opportunity to hear Burgum’s view of the state today and plans for the future direction of the state, and to ...

Tax increases should come as no surprise

If readers of yesterday’s Minot Daily News were surprised to learn that their taxes are going up, they shouldn’t be. Local leaders and media have been sounding the warning siren for months that with property values dipping, the state ending its subsidies and the general mediocre economy, it ...

Trinity Health fixed wing service benefits many

Trinity Health’s announcement earlier this week of a new fixed wing ambulance service was indeed good news. Based in Williston, the fixed wing emergency transport service is an extension of Trinity’s Minot-based NorthStar Criticair helicopter and airplane services. What’s so great ...

Education needs more innovation such as ‘Diva Tech’

Several decades ago, the line was clearly drawn between male and female students in many public schools around the country. At some point, girls took home economics and boys took some version of “shop.” Typically, girls learned how to cook, sew and do other domestic tasks. Boys learned ...

Everyone should take up Mayor Barney’s challenge

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney has issued a challenge to all fifth-graders in Minot and it’s a good one for any Minot resident to take up too. Barney’s challenge, to be part of Minot’s inaugural State of the City event in early 2018, comes down to this: In 350 to 500 words, say why you love ...