Editorials

Salvation Army steps up to help youth

It seems there are more and more things for Minot youth to do when not in school, whether it be sports, community service or the like. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Wednesday church night activities all have their place, their followers. But not every kid makes it to one of those organizations or ...

Maybe city should permit residents to vote by foot on recycling

There are few items that stir as much controversy as recycling in Minot. Yes, a potential dump expansion, new trash system, property taxes and other issues attract a lot of attention – as do the silly mistakes of the past, although those can’t be honestly blamed on today’s administration ...

More good news for historical society

It wasn’t that long ago that the Ward County Historical Society, or at least its Pioneer Village, seemed in jeopardy. After a protracted conflict with the North Dakota State Fair, the organization found itself ousted from the property with very short notice. Funds were short, the process ...

Drive sober or get pulled over

Drive sober or else, should instead be the message of the impaired driver enforcement campaign. There should be no tolerance, no excuses accepted these days for people who drive under the influence, be it from booze, marijuana, illegal or prescribed drugs. The sentiment should be nothing ...

Girls still in need of image enhancement

Monday’s Minot Daily News story on the Bio Girls program shared about an important program and issue – although one could also wish that the issue was no longer something that needs addressing. Sadly, it does. “BIO Girls is an organization that works toward helping young girls ...

Heed the warnings and check your roof

While it has been a bitterly cold winter and we have had snow, it hasn’t amounted to huge drifts that confound home and business owners daily. And what snow we do have can look pretty at times – like if one is channeling the artist Terry Redlin. But careful that the Redlin image in your ...

Mall area location for medical marijuana dispensary needs more thought

The developer of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary is seeking a zoning permit for a center in southwest Minot, near Dakota Square Mall. The location needs to be reconsidered. Medical marijuana dispensaries are about to be a statewide reality. The voters have spoken. For good or for ...

Thanks, changes and two leaders

Thanks, EMS At Minot Daily News, we hear both a lot of compliments and a lot of complaints about various public services in Minot and the area. That said, I’d like to offer thanks and praise for local EMS. I have a bad habit of slips and falls on snow and ice. Almost four years and I ...

Downtown gathering place gathering momentum

There was good news earlier this week in regards to the proposed downtown gathering place. The City of Minot can proceed with the downtown gathering place with the recent acceptance by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of the project’s environmental review. In ...

Public input needed ASAP on recycling

The City of Minot continues to work on a plan for citywide recycling, the latest discussion coming at Tuesday’s city council meeting. There is apparently a lot left to be decided. Like how much are Minot residents are willing to pay for curbside recycling? As we reported today, the ...

Tragedy averted, thankfully

Beware of the moose. You probably won’t find such a warning on a highway sign in the state – maybe, though – but caution is advised just the same. Moose are warm and cuddly as stuffed toys but a big bull can wreck a semi if the two collide. And that does happen, even to automobile ...

Stationary vehicles still a challenge

Although most of Minot’s roads have been well cleared of most snow, some continue to cite parked vehicles as a challenge. Curb-side parked cars, particularly on smaller, residential streets can still be found covered in snow and with snow built up around them because of the lack of access ...

Drones will require ongoing regulation

Commercial remote piloted aircraft continue to increase in popularity and as the technology improves, they will probably only to continue in popularity. While there are many questions about the use of drones, the most significant ones are those that affect military and law ...

Experience a trip to the zoo this winter

An experiment tried at Roosevelt Park Zoo in the fall of 2016 has proven to be a success. Zoo officials decided to give winter hours a try on weekdays and Saturdays and the public has responded most positively. Visitor numbers keep improving. In fact, the zoo had a 60 percent increase in its ...

Energy production meets all-time highs

North Dakota’s oil and gas production has hit new all-time high records, according to preliminary figures. In December, oil production reached 1.4 million barrels a day. The state also produced 2.65 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas. The most recent numbers were released on Friday by ...

There are no losers when kids compete

This is a busy time of year for area students, a time when all of their hard work and practice is put to the test. But it’s not just the swimmers, basketball and hockey players with their eyes on a trophy. Math and science whizzes are giving their all as well. Just this past week Minot ...

Armstrong right on border security needs

President Donald Trump may very well have excellent points when it comes to his position on border security. Congressional opponents might well have points on the other side of the issues, even if those points might be poorly expressed and may appear entirely political since the party ...

Among the goofy comes good moves by Legislature on Pioneer Village

The North Dakota Legislature can be amusing to watch. That’s in large part, sadly, because so many discussion items are so absurd, so silly, so driven by a handful of residents at the expense of the majority that it borders on comedy. Many days, legislators might as well as arrive in a ...

HB 1442 is a tough sell

There is a strong principled argument in favor of Rep. Rick Becker’s, R-Bismarck, primary sponsorship of HB 1442. HB 1442 would stop law enforcement officers from conducting scheduled DUI checkpoints in which all drivers on the road are stopped for questioning. The principled argument ...

Minot High students shine in science

All around the country, one of the chief complaints of public schools is a perceived lack of focus on or success in teaching science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM curricula for those who often read about education, its challenges and many programs nationwide now encouraging ...