Editorials

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Columbus Day should remain the holiday intended

Over the past few years, the war on American heritage by those who would replace it with politically correct fiction has driven many pandering politicians to shy away and submit to the new mob mentality. Columbus Day in some places has become a day to recognize Indigenous People (apparently ...

Welcome National Newspaper Week

These aren’t the golden years for newspaper. First, there are numerous business challenges, including competition from the internet, where consumers can read an entertaining mix of fiction, non-fiction and editorial pandering to one’s specific viewpoint – all under the guise of ...

Hijacked and more

Hijacked While it wasn’t the busiest spell in local news last week, there was (still is) one or more armed robbers presumably on the loose, budgets were finalized and snowy weather arrived. Still it seemed the news cycle was stolen by fascination with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation ...

ND to honor Clint Hill, a bonafide hero

It would be hard to find a better pick than Clint Hill. Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt himself would say the same. Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday announced former U.S. Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill as the 44th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s ...

So, every idea is on the table for school expansion talk?

Discussion over the needs of Minot public schools is an important conversation, but it is also one laden with assumptions and beliefs that might or might not be valid. First of all, with the growth of Minot youth in recent years, additional facilities may be needed now and in the short ...

County move commits to veterans

Ward County’s well-constructed – and now approved – budget became an even stronger road map in its final form because a second part-time veterans service officer was added to the plan for 2019. The question of a second staffer has been a controversial one. Some assert the position is ...

Clear communication helps with rash of crimes

Last year, a slate of burglaries alarmed and aggravated Minot residents. Some of the crimes were relatively small-scale and clearly carried out on some dysfunctional whim. Others were slightly larger scale and clearly planned ahead of time. Presumably because of police action, eventually the ...

Trade deal looms large for economy, politics

The Trump administration and its supporters have taken quite a few blows to the chin with its tough trade policy – the much exaggerated “trade war” with several nations in partisan parlance. Critics felt the administration was being cavalier, reckless even, with negotiations with our ...

More North Dakotans going hungry

A new and revealing study on hunger in North Dakota was just released. The outcome was not positive, but also no surprise. Too many North Dakotans go hungry. We can argue climate change but not that. It’s just short of gospel truth. And why is that in a farm state? We claim to be the ...

Economic development a challenge to sell to the public

Minot’s city council approved the budget last week and it is hard to imagine anyone is all that happy with it. The council can’t be happy with it because they made hard choices that aren’t going to be popular – whether one believes this was the best they could do or not. ...

Dispatches

All eyes this week were turned toward Norsk Høstfest and its impact on the city, which was good timing – because the wider world of national news has rarely been uglier. The chance to focus on our own back yard is a pleasant distraction. Høstfest observations • A couple of years ago, ...

Volunteers make it all happen

Do you remember the first Norsk Høstfest, or last year’s 40th anniversary celebration? Duane Aase has not only been to all of the festivals but worked them all, as a volunteer. Others might not have worked as many festivals as Aase – likely some have – but volunteers like Aase are ...

Minot’s fire department a source of pride

Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel delivered an operational report to the Minot City Council this week and the report’s details reflect well on the department. The Minot Fire Department saved 97.9 percent of the value of property and contents threatened by fire last year and did it at a ...

LSSND project will help problem gamblers

Innovation on the part of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s Gamblers Choice Program is set to assist some of the estimated 3 to 4 percent of North Dakotans who deal with some kind of gambling problem. LSSND has unveiled “Gambler Healing: The 12 Steps to Gambling Addiction ...

Of course counties should be part of nuclear waste discussion

It goes without saying that residents and thus their elected representatives should have input when it comes to the establishing of nuclear waste disposal sites in their vicinity. How much input, whether it will have any impact on decision making or any binding authority remain in ...

Here comes Høstfest

Norsk Høstfest President David Reiten declared that “I call the Høstfest the second happiest place on Earth” in an article previewing this week’s big event in Sunday’s Minot Daily News. Second? For fans coming in from around the state, country and world, and many enthusiastic ...

Congratulations Harvey, City of the Year

Harvey was named 2018 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities during the league’s 2018 Annual Conference Sept. 15 in Grand Forks. We’re not shocked. The award recognizes a smaller city in the state for the quality, number and progressiveness of activities undertaken. With ...

Grow the pot

Whether confronting local tax challenges or national spending desires, the debate tends to boil down to two perspectives – either there is a need to raise taxes or a need to reduce spending. It’s a fake choice, easy way out. It’s grade school math on a grad school math issue. The ...