Editorials

Local legislators should be proud of accomplishments this year

Taken as a group, sometimes the North Dakota Legislature historically can look pretty silly. They often spend valuable time in our biennium structure discussing proposed legislation which is either never going to happen or that should never happen. Sure, there might have been a few proposals ...

Always fun when the circus comes to town

Who doesn’t love a good circus? Clowns, acrobats, trained animals, cotton candy and did we say – clowns. Yes, it is that time of year. The snow has melted, the robins are nesting and kids are thinking of getting out of school for summer vacation. That means it’s time for the Shrine ...

Tax collection boost a welcome sign of improving economy

News that taxable sales and purchases went up 3.82% in Minot in 2018 (compared to 2017) and that city sales tax collections were up 5.7% are, hopefully, signs that the economy might be improving. There is plenty of doom and gloom about the local economy. Empty retail spaces, vacancy rates, ...

Improvement begins with listening

Whether it’s improving downtown, improving communication between government bodies and the electorate, or legislators sponsoring bills in Bismarck, meeting the needs of the public and making improvements starts with listening to the public. That’s why the survey being conducted and ...

Teaching youth gun safety is essential

As Minot Daily News has reported and as many with children or grandchildren in school likely know, youth trap shooting as a school sporting activity has witnessed an increase in interest and in participation. Many young people are also involved in hunting. It’s part of North Dakota ...

People in the news doing good

It might sometimes seem a daunting task to be kind to one another but it’s actually not that difficult or uncommon. In fact, it happens a lot. It just doesn’t get reported often enough. Witness the following people – some you might even know – who were doing good deeds in their ...

Key to Minot branding strategy is cooperation

Last week, the MAGIC Fund Screening Committee supported investing in a consultant to recommend a unified marketing strategy for the city and a handful of organizations. The organizations include Visit Minot, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp. If enacted by the ...

Mr. Magi Pageant sounds like it could catch on

Minot High School students are borrowing an idea for a fundraiser that has proven successful in other parts of the state. The Mr. Magi Pageant sounds like fun and seems to have great potential. Perhaps it will become an annual event – especially if students, parents and the general public ...

If TR library happens, success will be years in determining

This week, the North Dakota Legislature voted to move along a proposed Theodore Roosevelt presidential library, a high-profile, high priority item for Gov. Doug Burgum. Initially proposed to be recipient of investment from earnings from the Legacy Fund, instead the House voted 76 -16 to use ...

Manufacturing layoffs a sign of economic troubles

Most people in Minot notice the major closures around town. Big box retailers have closed or continue to struggle in the era of online shopping and increased competition from discount stores. Smaller retail businesses have closed, such as in Dakota Square Mall, for a variety of reasons which ...

Proposal on use of MAGIC Fund investment has potential for impact

On Friday, the MAGIC Fund Screening Committee will discuss a new initiative with potential impact that would benefit small businesses and start-ups in Minot and the region. The proposal would commit $1 million over two years for potential loans for start-ups and expansions, outside of the ...

BYOB Week could reveal resident interest in environmental measures

Yesterday, several area markets began Minot’s first Bring Your Own Bag Week, and the participation might be a sign of just how interested shoppers at those stores are in voluntary waste reduction. Each store will provide customers with free, durable, reusable shopping bags at designated ...

Minot area flood protection moves ahead

A couple of years ago, a survey was taken in regard to the Souris River, and a considerable percentage of respondents said they were still wary of the river because of the last flood, which devastated the river valley, where so many residents resided. Meanwhile, innovative and visionary local ...

Great words on this holy day

Minot Daily News offers a Happy Easter to all of our readers. Best from everyone at the paper and with the company. May you have a joyous occasion with family and friends. “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love ...

Legislature swings, misses on HR 3055 vote

It really is a minor change and something likely to have broad public support. Yet on Thursday, the North Dakota Senate gutted the bill. House Concurrent Resolution 3055 wouldn’t have changed much. If passed it simply would have changed the automatic transfer of Legacy Fund earnings to ...

At least ND leaders don’t reflect Congress

Sure, local and state government officials can argue, even squabble. They can have conflicts among them, sometimes in the Legislature or members of a city council or county commission, sometimes between local leaders and members of the Legislature. Yes, sometimes it can be ugly; other times it ...

Is the state’s Legislature active enough?

It isn’t as if the North Dakota Constitution is sacrosanct. Whether through constitutional initiated measures or items voters decide on based on the Legislature, adjustments to the North Dakota Constitution are rare or few and far between. The debate might rage when it comes to the U.S. ...

Voters unlikely to grant Legislature power over initiated measures

Sometimes one can’t fathom the group thinking of the North Dakota Legislature. For example, why would North Dakota voters approve a measure that effectively empowers the Legislature to vote on a voter-initiated constitutional measure that had already won the support of the majority of ...

‘Little Chicago’ initiative may benefit downtown, economy

This isn’t the first time there has been an effort to brand downtown Minot as “Little Chicago,” but the current push has the possibility of being a tremendous benefit to downtown merchants, members of the public seeking a night out on the town, and the overall economy of the city. The ...