Editorials

Cat people

Cat people endure a lot of dark humor and criticism. This is, perhaps, ironic, since dog people are almost universally lauded. What really is the difference, except that dog people have to personally clean up their dogs’ droppings as opposed to the convenience of a little box? Well, some ...

Plan for a single, central polling place might work

One of the latest plans to streamline government in Minot is to establish one, central polling place – at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. We’ll see how that goes over. That being said, there are a lot of good reasons to part with the old ways, the days when Minot had 17 precincts, all ...

County’s work on budget shows good faith

While it would have been preferable for Ward County to bring the originally projected $27 million tax levy for 2018 closer to the $22 million levied for 2017 in its ongoing budget hearings, the current proposal is not a bad one. After reducing the proposed levy to just under $25 million this ...

Here comes fall, but don’t despair

With Labor Day coming, one might think that summer is just about over. Well, it is. But there is plenty to do in Minot this September. And what a fall it looks to be. For many sportsmen, that means hunting. As pointed out in today’s edition, four of the state’s hunting seasons open this ...

Been there, done that, don’t want to ever again

People who have been through significant flooding such as was experienced in the Souris River Valley in 2011 likely get chills watching what is taking place in Texas. Television coverage of Harvey as a hurricane or tropical storm sweeping across the Gulf states brings back a lot of memories ...

MSU, YWCA extend helping hands

Two similar programs, one old and one new, caught our attention last week. Both involve simple acts of kindness that could make a huge difference in the life of a recipient. First, the old. Minot State University has wisely continued its tradition of welcoming incoming freshmen with a Move In ...

Government transition working just fine, thank you

Some of the chief arguments against the City of Minot’s still-new council structure focused on the ripple of challenges change would bring. Too many processes needed to be redefined, too many procedures on the books needed to be altered. There would be too much change, too soon, and it would ...

August flotsam and jetsam

From time to time, Editor’s Notebook will offer not-entirely-random observations and thoughts based on recent news. My, we have some talented neighbors For those who might have missed it the past couple of weeks, Minot Daily News’s Arts section effort to spotlight local artists has been ...

Free clinic filled a huge gap for years

That do you do when you are sick and can’t afford to pay for treatment? What if your kids or aging parents get sick and there is no money to pay the bill? For nearly two decades, one of the options for area residents facing such dilemmas was the City & Country Health Clinic. No more. ...

Park District does magic with dollars

Anticipating the proposed budget from the Minot Park District may have been nerve-racking for some, including many who enjoy the parks and programs offered in town. After all, the City of Minot and Ward County are each struggling with budgets, and the state struggled with the issue during the ...

There can never be enough support for our veterans

This weekend, a PTSD Awareness Wheeler Run will depart from Enderlin’s Trio Bar & Grill. The event is a fundraiser, in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September), in memory of Staff Sgt. James Dammen and will benefit Service Dogs of America. Meanwhile, it ...

Eclipse was rare, uniting moment

In the nation today, unity might be more than any could expect. Furthermore, even shared experiences aren’t all that unifying. In recent years, these moments have included terrorism, riots, mass murders. It seems generations ago now when Americans huddled in front of their televisions to ...

Food truck festival a sign of things to come

Food trucks and events and festivals featuring them have been popular occasions in cities of various sizes for many years now. For those not in-the-know, the era of the “roach coach” has largely been supplanted by food trucks featuring imaginative, often-ethnic, fresh food – and they ...

Eclipse should teach valuable lesson

For weeks now, leading up to today, talk all around the media (and even part of the real world) has revolved around the rare eclipse we are all set to encounter in one way or another. An eclipse is hardly an example of complicated science. The youngest schoolchildren can grasp the concept ...

ND needs to produce more candidates for all offices

Over the past couple of years, Minot Daily News has often opined on the need for more candidates to step forward, bring new ideas to the table and otherwise challenge the entrenched status quo. It is not something just needed at the municipal and county government level. It’s needed at all ...

Editor’s Notebook: Change is eternal, embrace it

Just a few weeks ago in this column space, we bid farewell to staff writer and good friend, Allan Blanks, who moved back home after almost two years as a valued member of our staff – and, we know, a good friend to many folks in the community. Then, this past week in the pages of Minot ...

70th reunion is something to admire

Earlier this week, 30-something graduates of Minot high schools met for a rare reunion, indeed. Participants were from the class of 1947 and met for their 70th high school reunion. Imagine that? In this day and age, that many folks over 80-years-old with a connection dating back seven ...

Farm tax exemption needs reform

It’s surprising that there are mixed feelings among farmers about the farm property tax exemption. One might assume that farmers would support the exemption whether or not they qualified under new regulations or not. Instead, while some farmers and organizations representing agricultural ...

Grant good, but money alone can’t solve opioid threat

News this week that Minot will receive a $180,000 state grant to strengthen its efforts to treat opioid use disorders and improve community education is great news for Minot and for the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction, which has been meeting to look at holistic ways to address the threat. ...

Positive news on several fronts this week

The country has been gripped by bad news lately, from ridiculous protests turned violent to crazy foreign leaders thinking they need nukes to negotiate for international public assistance. Fortunately there has been a spate of good news here at home as of late – it has remembered how to ...