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Editorials

It’s time Ward County has a K-9 deputy

The Minot Police Department has a new K-9 in Caspian, a two-year-old Tervuren Shepherd trained to sniff out explosives. Caspian was introduced to city council members last week and put on a short demonstration. Also last week the Ward County Commission gave its approval for Sheriff Robert ...

City, County budgets may appease taxpayers

Many in Minot are still smarting from last year’s city property tax increase, and for good reason. It was a decided increase last year. Yes, the City of Minot offered a detailed, rational explanation for the need for last year’s increase. Previous city councils and administrations had ...

Future of planned gathering space is cloudy

At a Minot City Council meeting this week, an alderman asserted something that resounded with truth and sincerity. “This issue is among the most significant facing this community,” council member Josh Wolsky said, Monday night. “Our ability to execute and deliver is going to reflect long ...

Roots of mass shootings aren’t easy to identify, address

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Engaging youth in learning history may require innovation

After years, even decades, of school curricula changing with the times, strapped budgets in many places, and numerous outside influences, today’s focus on STEM (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through countless programs at all levels is an admirable thing. After all, ...

Family Motor Coach Association invites participation

By now you have probably heard or read about the Family Motor Coach international convention taking place in Minot Aug. 14-17. While the humongeous coaches are impressive to see, getting involved and interacting with the 5,000 FMCA members anticipated is also recommended. And that is ...

Despite housing affordability, small towns face numerous challenges

Friday’s article in Minot Daily News about the affordability rankings of housing in North Dakota communities contained good news on one side, but on the other side, touched on the challenges that small towns face in our region, state and across the nation. On one hand, the study cited in ...

RPZ goes from great zoo to community anchor

Minoters have always been fond of Roosevelt Park Zoo even when it wasn’t much to brag about. Sometime in the past 90-plus years it became a good zoo and for years now, by most people’s standards, it’s been a great zoo. But today. Today RPZ is much more — a community anchor, an ...

Partisan rancor shouldn’t trickle down to public

Thursday, a budget and debt deal was approved by the U.S. Senate by a 67-28 vote with plenty of Democratic support and with President Donald Trump having already committed to signing it. The same day, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-ND, was in Minot and pointed out areas where there has been ...

Delegation should ‘grease the skids’ to improve local postal performance

Ward County Commissioner Alan Walter isn’t the only person in Minot with concerns about postal service in the county. Nor is Ward County itself the only mail recipient which has struggled with a variety of postal related service weaknesses. Minot Daily News readers frequently express their ...

‘Thank you’ observance this weekend should be a true celebration

This weekend, the Ward County Historical Society and its engaging Pioneer Village is hosting a “thank you” event in its new Burlington location for all of those who donated and otherwise supported the Village’s relocation from the North Dakota State Fair property to a location in the ...

Wind energy will continue to face challenges

A lthough NextEra Energy Resources asserts the project might eventually be revived, it was none-the-less curious that the company recently tabled a proposed wind farm project for which it had conducted wind monitoring in and near the gooseneck of Ward County as well as in Mountrail and Renville ...

Making ready for the Family Motor Coach Association

One down, two to go. The North Dakota State Fair concluded Saturday, and it was another good one put on by the State Fair staff and others. But there won’t be much time this year to reflect – two more big events are coming up almost back to back. The Family Motor Coach Convention runs ...

Armstrong, Congress must carefully consider REINS Act

Last week, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong was among the House members introducing the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act. The aptly named REINS Act, if taken up by the House and eventually becomes the law of the land, would ostensibly rein in major executive agencies’ ...

This, that and the other thing….

What, no letters to the editor? OK, we have no letters to the editor for today’s editorial page. It pains me. That’s in large part because when I travel for personal or business reasons out of state and naturally want to review local newspapers, it is the editorial page and the letters ...

Esmond herb farm a worthy investment

A walk through the State Fair displays and exhibits reminds us of just how many people earn a living through agriculture. Farm to table, growing and delivering good food while keeping things interesting is an ongoing business in North Dakota. Big business. Just before this year’s State Fair ...

Minot Police Department staff difficulties a vexing situation

ust yesterday, a task force of police staff and Minot’s city manager met to begin discussing how to address turnover and recruitment at the Minot Police Department. On Wednesday, a Minot Daily News article outlined the challenges the department faces and examined some of the possible ...

NDSF competitions belong on any visitor’s itinerary

For some people, the appeal of the North Dakota State Fair is the carnival games and rides. For others, it’s the food, the commercial buildings, concerts and entertainment. For still others, it is special events, presentations and resource booths, which benefits from this year’s addition of ...

Group’s efforts to aid inmates demonstrates best in human nature

It’s easy to forget people once they are incarcerated for a long period of time. Former friends, former colleagues, ex-classmates, associates and even in some cases relatives – not to mention those people we only “know” from following their particular court cases in the media; they ...

Local businesses are part of economic uptick

Some in Minot might have a hard time putting two and two together when it comes to the local and regional economy. On one hand the news is good. Taxable sales and purchases were up just over 6% in both Minot and Ward County during the first quarter of 2019, according to the North Dakota Tax ...