Editorials

Spring is popping in Minot parks

In case you hadn’t noticed, Minot Daily News is a huge fan of Minot’s park system. We like nothing better than to announce a new exhibit planned for the zoo, a new birth at the zoo, or one of the park district’s 16 parks getting a makeover. This time we are going gaga over some big ...

Cost savings a welcome boon to flood protection

Cost savings in any project funded by government entities is a rare thing. Cost over-runs are far more frequent. Accurate projections and projects that come in at their expected cost are rare enough, as those who follow public sector projects in Minot certainly notice. That’s why news this ...

Minotauros gave a community something to be proud of

The Minot Minotauros’ postseason run was truly shocking. By shocking, we mean to everyone. This wasn’t a “nobody believes in us besides the guys in the locker room” type of scenario. It’s likely the Minotauros even surprised themselves with how much success they found in the ...

Boxing program for Parkinson’s patients a good fit for Minot

While Parkinson’s remains a devastating disease in the country, for those afflicted and those affected, research has come a long way in defining lifestyle measures that can improve the quality of life of patients and help stave off some of its symptoms. Exercise, particularly intense ...

Eagle Award puts superior workers in spotlight

Once a month, for many years now, the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a new class of Eagle Award winners. Eagle Award winners come to the attention of the Chamber through people who nominate them after receiving what they consider superior customer service. What a marvelous ...

Petroleum interests go green, for common good

The petroleum industry gets a lot of bad press these days – only some of which has any basis in objective facts. Much of the criticism seems more political than practical. After all, the energy sector has thus far avoided takeover by the federal government, unlike healthcare and banking most ...

Behind the scenes of candidate forums

Last week was a bit of a blur, preparing for and then producing the first of four candidate forums. Wednesday night was the Minot Park Board candidates night at Roosevelt Park Zoo and it was successful. Actually, it was more successful than I had anticipated in terms of attendance. The room was ...

New hope for women recovering from addiction

The news earlier this week of the opening of The Sanctuary was welcome and encouraging, for all of Minot and especially for women who need help recovering from addiction. The Sanctuary is a Sober Living home that opened May 1 to provide a supportive environment for up to 14 women recovering ...

MACF support for zoo appreciated

Roosevelt Park Zoo is one of the gems of Minot, one of the things about which residents can be proud, and one of the things about our city that makes visitors sit up and pay attention to what Minot has to offer. This tremendous institution would be considered a quality zoo in a city much larger ...

Depletion of property acquisition funds looms as potential problem

The announcement this week that Minot is running low on funds to continue its property acquisitions for the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project is worrisome. The city’s acquisition funds currently are coming from the National Disaster Resilience Program. The city has spent $6.4 ...

Additional school resource officers should be on agenda

The City of Minot is not in comfortable position to fund new positions. The Minot Police Department is not in position to take patrol officers off the street and assign them elsewhere. Still, between the two entities, there should be on their respective agendas the addition of two ...

MSU baseball team provides a great feel-good story

Everybody loves rooting for an underdog. Especially if that underdog is right in your backyard. And nobody fits that role better than the Minot State baseball team. Two years ago, the Beavers were about as close to irrelevant as you can get, finishing next to last in the Northern Sun ...

Salute to Seniors honors farmers and ranchers

The Minot Area Senior Coalition is about to pull off another successful Salute to Seniors. They have built quite the reputation over the years for putting on a party for area seniors. This will be the 22nd annual edition and promises to provide a full day of fun events and live entertainment ...

There are no bad guys in teacher negotiations

Negotiators for the Minot teachers union are making an entirely reasonable case for increased pay and a change in sick leave policy. Negotiators for the school board also make a reasonable case for why the teachers’ desires exceed the district’s resources. While new contract ...

Air Force’s latest comments on the B-52 are positive

The Air Force has announced where its new B-21 Raider bombers will be based once they are built, and that is not at Minot Air Force Base. At least not initially. Some might say that is not positive news, but in actuality it is very good news. Why? Because it means that the United States is ...

City should have seen gathering space delay coming

The Minot City Council voted this week to ask the federal government to amend its Resilience Program to be able to spend up to $2.5 million acquiring property for the gathering space component of the multi-faceted plan. While the amendment is considered a substantial one, officials assert it ...

Structure changes in Ward County probably a positive

Not long ago, the Ward County Commission voted to remove human resources as an auditor’s office function and create a separate department. This week, the commission voted to separate technology from the auditor’s office, creating a stand-alone department, effective July 1. The commission ...

Creative Night Out livens up spring/summer with culture

When many people think of the warmer seasons in the Minot area, they think of weekends out of town on lakes and outdoor sporting activities. During the week, though, during the temperate months, Minot has plenty going on, and often it is of the eclectic nature that intrigues. Creative ...

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was clever way to spur discussion

While it was a light-hearted way to expand dialogue on an important subject, last week’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Minot State University aimed high and likely opened some eyes. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a playful opportunity for communities to shine a light on sexual assault. ...

High water signs will put Minot flood in perspective

Millions of dollars are being spent to hopefully avert another flood like the one Minot suffered in 2011. It seems that one of the best uses of money is the $500 the city plans to spend on signage to show the crest of the record flood. As Minot Daily News reported last week, a design for ...