Editorials

Minot Daily News endorses Kevin Cramer – Part 3

It’s difficult to legitimately argue that the economy isn’t the public policy success story of the Trump administration. Just this week, the traditional numbers by which the economy is evaluated were released and once again exceeded expectations. In October, the U.S. economy created ...

Minot Daily News endorses Kevin Cramer – Part 4

As Election Day draws near, some candidates around the country are fixated on running nationally for local votes – that is, focusing on the often extreme and generally speculative issues flowing out of party and Washington D.C. in lieu of the issues that shape everyday life in their home ...

Beware of ghouls and goblins tonight

The streets and sidewalks of the Magic City, some of them not all that well lit, will be visited tonight by ghouls and goblins. There may even be a few pink unicorns mixed in with the usual scary trick-or-treaters this year. Oh, the fun that comes with Halloween. Granted, it’s mostly for ...

If you see something, say something…

As mayhem continues to unspread across the country, it has never been more important to remind ourselves of the “new normal” that dawned in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. Part of our new normal is the principle that if one sees something even ...

Making history more interesting for students

Sunday’s edition included a feature story by reporter Andrea Johnson that is worth another look. It was the one about Bottineau High School social studies teacher Forrest Carlson, who has found that one of the best ways to teach his students about North Dakota history is to have them ...

Uniqueness a key to downtown shopping renaissance

"Shop local” is hardly an original or inventive slogan or objective in cities and towns of all sizes all over the country. Still, the concept has many benefits and strengthens the fabric of a community. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce plans to formally launch the Maximize Minot ...

Dodging censorship, thanking 4-H and more

ree markets This past week, we received a couple of calls from a reader and critic convinced that an advertisement we ran was offensive and we should not have run it. We’ve run into this before. I’ve written on the topic before. To be clear, I have asserted the same position even when an ...

Debate over Measure 1 understandable

One might believe that ethics in government is an ideal to which everyone subscribes and that policy to help ensure lawmaker ethics would be universally applauded. The former is probably true. It is the latter assertion that gives moment to pause. As North Dakotans are witnessing, there ...

At very least, we are better than…

A year ago, a Bernie Sanders fan tried to assassinate a group of Republican congressmen playing ball on their off time. A former Secretary of State says there is no reason to be civil to the opposition party because they disagree on policy. Leadership of one party calls for the physical ...

Grandstanding isn’t leadership

Grandstanding, pandering and virtue signaling are some of the least savory aspects of election season, yet they are also certain signs that voting is or soon will be underway. Look no further than a press conference this week by Rep. Larry Bellew, R-Minot. Flanked by Sen. Oley Larsen, ...

Good to see some workforce issues addressed

It’s hardly news that Minot and the region have a workforce shortage, so it was good to see this issue as a focus of Gov. Doug Burgum’s visit this week to discuss his Mainstreet initiatives. Better still is to see that many factors were the subject of discussion and not just those with ...

MSU preparing students for economy of the future

Kudos to Minot State University for its decision to offer a new bachelor of science in entrepreneurship and a certificate in entrepreneurship, in addition to its numerous other business offerings. The degree programs will work with the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy, created in 2010 as a ...

Dancers go above and beyond for Special Olympics

A local event now in its fourth year sounds like it’s a blast for performers and audience members alike. It also sounds like it would take a lot of courage for those in the spotlight. But then, it’s all for a special cause – Special Olympics North Dakota. The 4th annual “Dancing for ...

Burgum makes right choice with ethics policy

A new ethics policy assembled by Gov. Doug Burgum’s office is the right move to make to help avoid the appearance of impropriety and to buoy confidence in the administration. The proposed policy reportedly addresses conflicts of interest, gifts, expenses and political activities, which ...

Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2019 crowned

Kara Bernston of Kulm was crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2019 and will serve as lady-in-waiting until the first of the year when her term begins. The 2019 Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant was held in Minot Oct. 4-7, during the Badlands Circuit Finals rodeo hosted by the Minot Y’s Men’s ...

Public lands are precious and worth saving

A new group formed recently, a group that has a vital purpose. And whose members are not afraid to get a little dirty if it helps accomplish their goals. “Our focus is solely on public lands and conservation of those lands. We are trying to keep wild lands wild,” explained Jack Sorum, ...

Big box retail failures ring on end of days for traditional malls

The announcement that Sears is filing bankruptcy is either a shock or depressing to many Americans. Those who grew up in the heyday of American catalog or mall retail will surely feel that an era has ended. Prior to anchoring shopping centers all over the country for decades, Sears and such big ...

No down side to library merger talks

Assertions this week that a merger of the Minot and Ward County public libraries could result in enhanced service but perhaps little in the way of cost savings – in the short term – shouldn’t discourage supporters or delay ongoing talks. A committee investigating a possible merger ...

Caregivers require their own attention

With the continued aging of the Baby Boomer generations and the increasing cost of healthcare, particularly home healthcare, and other factors, the role of caregiver has never before been so much in the public eye. That is, if we aren’t taking care of an aging, ill or dependent relative, we ...

CP Holiday Train embarking on 20th season

Can it really be 20 years since the Canadian Pacific Railway launched its Holiday Train? Hard to believe. It’s also hard to believe we are already talking about the Christmas train in October and announcing its planned arrival in Minot in mid-December. We are not yet to Halloween ...