Editorials

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 ...

Let youth help pay for governor’s mansion

According to media reports, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has tapped a personal friend and professional fundraiser from Chicago to help obtain donations for the state’s new governor’s mansion and put donations over the top. That might seem like a good idea but it managed to find some ...

Contractors making the most of good weather

You don’t have to look hard to find an ongoing construction project in Minot. Whether it be Minot streets such as Burdick Expressway and the Broadway Viaduct, downtown upgrades or work on the new jail, things are getting built in town – work is getting done. That is in stark contrast, ...

Medicaid key to perception of healthcare reform

While it is the federal government dealing with the hot potato of healthcare reform right now, eventually it might boil down to state officials to determine how palatable changes are to North Dakota residents. The issue is Medicaid expansion, which North Dakota opted into. Opting out of the ...

Bail bond review is a conversation worth having

Elsewhere in today’s Minot Daily News, you can read an interesting look at the perspective of some defense attorneys on the state of bail bond in our local courts. In essence, some feel that the bail procedure often leads, effectively, to debtors’ prison – creating an unobtainable ...

On patriotism

"We live in a time of conflict - external and internal - when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger.” - Charlie Dent “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than ...

Time to roll out summer

The great Nat King Cole sang a song about “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” Well, this is the time, and North Dakota is the place. If you are not in the mood for summer just yet, the Fourth of July should nudge you into it. Summer in North Dakota is precious, not just because it ...

Reform should include tools for parents

Imagine if you will... You’re a parent. Your high school student child has exhibited troublesome behavior, at home and away from home, but nothing you didn’t think he or she wouldn’t eventually grow out of. Still, at 18-years-old and close to graduating, problems haven’t faded. Then ...

Independence Day

A couple of weeks ago, a Minot student on a trip abroad to Europe wrote a letter to the editor citing his observation. In a nutshell, the eloquent note observed how good American citizens have it as opposed even to our collective European cousins. I’ll be honest. I have thought about that ...

New city council got one right

Minot’s new, trimmer city council made a good decision at a committee meeting this past Wednesday by “tapping the brakes” on a proposed ordinance. Dan Ruby, owner of Circle Sanitation, a private garbage hauler, had asked council members not to force more of the city’s multi-family ...

Dates to circle on the calendar

If you live in the valley in Minot, you are strongly encouraged to mark July 17 and July 19 on your calendar. In red ink. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing its preliminary new flood map for Minot on that day, and FEMA officials will at a meeting that day at noon in Minot ...

For new city council, the proof is in the pudding

Accompanying the new city council into office this week is a solid volume of good will and optimism from Minot taxpayers. Rightly or wrongly, many residents are encouraged to believe that this council will not only avoid the mistakes of the past and exhibit genuine competence, but also will ...

Judges caught in tough spot in drug crisis

Judge Gary Lee made an intriguing assertion in court in Minot this week that reveals yet another institution’s difficulty in adequately addressing the community’s opioid abuse struggle. Before eventually granting bail to a young woman who had been found with a needle in her arm and ...

Safety in focus for summer

Summertime living should be easy and a good time, for adults and young people. However, nothing ruins a good time the way an injury or accident will. Making the most of summer must include a focus on safety. Already this summer in the region, there have been numerous car and motorcycle ...

Government can’t dodge responsibility for opioid epidemic

More states continue to pursue legal action against drug manufacturers as a result of the cost – in dollars and human lives – of the nation’s opioid epidemic. In yet other states, including North Dakota, activists continue calling for similar efforts. There is nothing wrong with ...

Comp plan review wise, will take time

Strong winds across the high prairie inevitably bring change, dramatically altering the topography of our region, particularly over the course of almost three decades. That reality extends metaphorically to economic and social changes that occur over a period of time. This is why it is a ...

North Dakotans should trust only themselves evaluating healthcare plan

The battle lines were drawn well before any policy was even discussed: Republicans in D.C. were committed to dumping the abhorrent components of the Affordable Care Act and trying to return healthcare to the private sector, and Democrats in D.C. were committed to using all means necessary to ...

Feds must consider opening CRP acres

North Dakota Farmers Union is reasonable and rational in its urging the federal government to open Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing due to the widespread drought in the Upper Great Plains, including our region. Hopefully, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny ...

Taxpayers better be prepared for the pinch

Word this week that Ward County and Minot will be looking to property taxes to fund about $601,000 of an emergency 911 system that phone taxes aren’t expected to cover should come as little surprise to taxpayers paying attention to what is happening at all levels of government. Furthermore, ...

Caleb’s Clubhouse will benefit entire community

Tuesday’s groundbreaking of Caleb’s Clubhouse in Minot is a victory for the community and an example of community-building at its best. Caleb’s Clubhouse, a preschool and after school program, will open in Oak Park Village this August. The programs at Caleb’s Clubhouse will specialize ...