Editorials

Commitment to pollinator habitat is commendable

Xcel Energy deserves credit for taking a big step last week to provide habitat for honeybees and monarch butterflies. Xcel planted 40 acres of native plants last week at the site of its new Magic City Substation to provide habitat for the honeybees and monarchs, two major pollinators of ...

Eyesores or landmarks, let’s decide

Sunday’s feature on some of the historic properties inMinot was an interesting read.When you start to list themall,Minot does indeed have a lot of historic buildings – or at least buildings with character – that would seemworth saving. And now is the time to consider ...

Minot State honors two of its own who fell in Great War

Two area men, students at Minot Normal School, shipped off to Europe 100 years ago to fight in the Great War. They didn’t come back alive. But memories of Henry Finn and Fred Otis Cooper do live on thanks to the school, which is now Minot State University. Reporter Andrea Johnson tells ...

Time to pick a new mayor approaching

Three candidates for mayor of Minot squared off last week at a public forum. Hopefully their answers to your and our questions will help you decide who to vote for. Shaun Sipma, Tim Mihalick and Nancy Bommelman took questions and debated answers at a candidate forum sponsored by the Minot ...

Get ready Minot, for the 2019 FMCA convention

The news sprung on Minot this past Thursday could not have been better; the Family Motor Coach Association is returning to Minot. No, it’s not just the income that an FMCA convention brings to town, but there is that. Better put, the motor coach association is one of the finest organized ...

The challenges of losing population

It comes as no surprise that Minot’s population dipped for a second straight year, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this week. All one has to do is look around the city, the available rental units in particular, the empty storefronts. It is a far cry from ...

Families must teach risk of student threats

Another week and another apparent threat at a school in our region, interrupting the educational process. It isn’t a problem exclusive to our part of the country by any stretch. On the contrary, it happens consistently from coast to coast and in communities small and large. Nor is the problem ...

Candidates tax talk should continue

At a forum for city council candidates hosted by a partnership of service clubs this week, a number of candidates showed support – ranging from strong to tepid – for the possibility of increasing the sales tax in Minot to help fund and potentially speed up the completion of the flood ...

MSU rededication proves fallen heroes not forgotten

Minot State University will plant two new elm trees on campus and rededicate MSU’s World War I memorial in honor of Minot Normal School students Henry Finn and James Otis Cooper who gave their lives to the war effort as a part of the university’s 2018 Memorial Day Campus event. At a future ...

Budding journalists learn many lessons

One of the best news stories to appear in the Minot Daily News last week was the one about the student newspaper being produced at Bel Air Elementary in northwest Minot. Fifth-graders there are putting out The Bel Air Times, which includes features on students and staff, news stories about ...

Empty storefronts a sign of change, not decay

Even if you didn’t frequent any of the businesses in the Minot area that have closed or are closing, it is an unnerving sight to see so many empty storefronts and available commercial locations. The large empty locations might be most notable, such as the former Sears location to be shortly ...

If it can happen in Santa Fe, Texas…

Another mass school shooting. Security in schools. Allegations of bullying. These are the things that generated the most talk around the newsroom this week as we – like many people – watched the aftermath of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas unfold. Even though it is a national story, it ...

Minot will miss Tom’s Barber Shop

There still are plenty of old-fashioned barbershops around, but the closing of each one is a loss to the community. This time it is Tom’s Barber Shop in downtown Minot that will be closing its doors at the end of this month. But it’s not for a lack of customers; owner Tom Plemel is ...

Spring is popping in Minot parks

In case you hadn’t noticed, Minot Daily News is a huge fan of Minot’s park system. We like nothing better than to announce a new exhibit planned for the zoo, a new birth at the zoo, or one of the park district’s 16 parks getting a makeover. This time we are going gaga over some big ...

Cost savings a welcome boon to flood protection

Cost savings in any project funded by government entities is a rare thing. Cost over-runs are far more frequent. Accurate projections and projects that come in at their expected cost are rare enough, as those who follow public sector projects in Minot certainly notice. That’s why news this ...

Minotauros gave a community something to be proud of

The Minot Minotauros’ postseason run was truly shocking. By shocking, we mean to everyone. This wasn’t a “nobody believes in us besides the guys in the locker room” type of scenario. It’s likely the Minotauros even surprised themselves with how much success they found in the ...

Boxing program for Parkinson’s patients a good fit for Minot

While Parkinson’s remains a devastating disease in the country, for those afflicted and those affected, research has come a long way in defining lifestyle measures that can improve the quality of life of patients and help stave off some of its symptoms. Exercise, particularly intense ...

Eagle Award puts superior workers in spotlight

Once a month, for many years now, the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a new class of Eagle Award winners. Eagle Award winners come to the attention of the Chamber through people who nominate them after receiving what they consider superior customer service. What a marvelous ...

Petroleum interests go green, for common good

The petroleum industry gets a lot of bad press these days – only some of which has any basis in objective facts. Much of the criticism seems more political than practical. After all, the energy sector has thus far avoided takeover by the federal government, unlike healthcare and banking most ...

Behind the scenes of candidate forums

Last week was a bit of a blur, preparing for and then producing the first of four candidate forums. Wednesday night was the Minot Park Board candidates night at Roosevelt Park Zoo and it was successful. Actually, it was more successful than I had anticipated in terms of attendance. The room was ...