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Support your local firefighters

The arrival of police at one’s doors can prompt any number of reactions – from relief and a sense of security, to trepidation and concern. Firefighters, while similar public servants who also risk their lives for their neighbors, generally elicit a simpler reaction: gratitude. People can ...

City offers help and advice on holiday cleanup

Minot residents’ trash cans might resemble Santa’s pack stuffed with toys this year, the first Christmas under the city’s new automated trash collection system. Wondering how all of that Christmas wrap is going to fit into one can? Well, the city has some advice on that as well as some ...

Let the bubble rise

What a long and occasionally strange trip it’s been getting to the point Minot State University was at, at the end of this past week. Finally, the proposed air dome (“bubble”) for MSU’s Herb Parker Stadium was just about to be inflated, with the promise that additional infrastructure ...

Real talk from out of the white noise

Mostly it gets to become white noise. That’s how I would characterize the steady flow of what passes for “news” and the exchange of information that dominates social media. Once you understand that, no matter how much you might want to believe what you see in social media, or that it ...

Porch pirates should walk the plank

As if holiday shoppers don’t have enough worries on their minds – finding the right gifts, not overspending the budget, shopping local – they now have real trouble to look out for. Minot Police report that delivered packages are being stolen from people’s front doors, and the culprit ...

May Home Sweet Home find a new home in Minot

It is good news to see the City of Minot reach buyout agreements with unique retailer Home Sweet Home and Open Gate Church. It will be up to the members and supporters of Open Gate Church to determine its future. The future of Home Sweet Home is more complex. Because Home Sweet Home is an ...

City right to pull plug on failed projects

It wasn’t all that long ago that development was rampant in the Minot area and the question was whether or not there would be adequate infrastructure to support the new development. Obviously those days are behind us. The majority of entire subdivisions remain unconstructed; some planned ...

Thursday presentation intrigues, offers promise

While it might not be warranting numerous headlines, a presentation Thursday offers some promise for a better tomorrow for some trapped in the criminal justice system. Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division will be speaking at a ...

Minot loses a friend and a leader

The people of Minot suffered a great loss last Thursday with the passing of former mayor Orlin Backes. Many will remember Backes most as a very capable and trustworthy mayor. He was all that – and more. After graduating from Glenburn High School and Minot State University he became a ...

Delegation positions illustrate national debate

That North Dakota’s two senators have diametrically opposite views of the Republican tax plan in Washington should come as no surprise. Despite her occasional siding with the GOP on relatively small issues of specific importance to North Dakota special interests, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is a ...

Crime rate continues to alarm

Many might have thought that with the slowdown in the Bakken, the reduction in growth rate in our region and at least the perception of fewer transients that the result would be a slip in the crime rate. That hasn’t happened. Instead City of Minot Police and the Ward County Sheriff’s ...

The fuel that fires a newspaper office

There are a lot of things that inspire, excite and agitate around a newspaper office – a host of high-minded principles and ethical imperatives. Of course, there is also the quest for the story, for truth such as it can be known. Sure, getting the story is part of what powers a ...

Let’s not permit safety concerns deter holiday season

It's that time of the year. It's time for holidays, friends, family, fun, parties, gorgeous decorations and a spirit of joy and kindness. It's also the season for electric lights, space heaters, rushing to and fro, and plenty – plenty – of cooking. Combine the two aspects of the ...

City correct to retain committee structure

One of the challenges of creating a new government structure, which Minot has aptly handled over this past year, was addressing the city committee structure. Committees were an entirely different creature when there were 14 members of the council than they are with six council members and the ...

Dangerous animal ordinances about more than animals

For some, ordinances controlling what kind of pets people can keep and maintain on their own property in city limits is pure logic. Some combination of the opinions of some experts, some perspective on common sense and some deep-rooted discomfort guide the positions of some people who support ...

How many moose is too many?

So, the area has moose, moose and more moose. OK, how many is too many to have? The question came up Monday at a North Dakota Game and Fish Department District 2 Advisory Board meeting held in Lansford. “There’s way too many moose. They are in our yards and my wife can’t walk on the ...

Let’s not just walk past Minot’s seasonal red kettles

As retired Ramstad Middle principal Jim Collins pointed out in an article in Monday’s Minot Daily News, “I can’t believe all the people that have talked to me since the flood (about) how the Salvation Army helped them.” Collins is he Minot Salvation Army’s most dedicated bell ...

Scammers behind fake charity need to be taught a lesson

Just when we thought we’d heard it all, along comes a phony charity that pretends to help U.S. soldiers overseas. How low, how classless can people be? The news came last week when North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order banning the fake charity ...

Broadway Bridge opening demonstrates improvement

One doesn’t have to look far to find a Minot area resident who registers a complaint about the development projects of local government. Rarely a day goes by that Minot Daily News doesn’t hear from one or more such residents with complaints about city, county or state projects. ...

Thanksgiving week

Thanksgiving week is both a very complicated and busy week around Minot Daily News, and also a slower than usual time for the newsroom at the paper? How’s that, you might wonder. The delivered/purchased Thanksgiving Day newspaper is routinely the largest, physically, edition of the year ...