Editorials

Zoo could become a prime attraction for Minot

A slew of ideas have been discussed, debates have raged and it has all often ended up in hands thrown up in the air for some. While some communities in our region have developed event centers and similar institutions to act as prime visitor draws, Minot has not. Here, instead, we have chosen to ...

Out-of-pocket expenses add up for teachers

Nobody – well, hardly anybody – brings teacher an apple these days. That tradition vanished years ago. That is a shame. Afterall, today’s teachers are no less important than those of a generation or two ago. Some would argue the teacher of today is of more value to society than our ...

Risk of abuse, principles mar home release

North Dakota’s policy on the home monitoring option for those convicted to serve time in jail is problematic for a couple of reasons. As reported in last week’s Minot Daily News, the North Dakota Legislature voted to pass the Re-investment Act. In summary, the Re-investment Act directed ...

Proactive communication helps keep residents informed

This weekend, Minot Daily News enjoyed a visit from City of Minot administrators and staff. The subject was the 2018 proposed working budget. Their objective was to explain the lengthy document and to answer questions. To be clear, it was informational and not a lobbying effort. In fact, it was ...

Passing judgement on Mark Rasmuson

Judge Mark Rasmuson, recently featured in a Prairie Profile by Minot Daily News reporter Kim Fundingsland, is not only an interesting “read” but a fine example for others who might seek public office some day. First elected municipal judge in 1974, Rasmuson attended Minot State University ...

An approach to trimming a budget

A cursory review of the proposed City of Minot 2018 proposed annual budget reveals a spending plan that is already conservative and responsible. It is, however, “proposed” and both the city council and public have opportunities to weigh in on it, which could quite possibly alter the ...

Second sales tax penny should be examined

The recent controversy surrounding the City of Minot’s community facility fund has placed the allocation of the city’s second penny of sales tax firmly in the public eye. Among other reasons, many – including members of the city council – wonder if the intent of the public when the fund ...

So, let’s cut the budget

There are a few things expressed by Minot residents that one would be challenged to avoid hearing in coffee klatches, in diners and anywhere local folks gather. Among these are the assertions that taxes are too high and that the City of Minot could reduce the burden on taxpayers by cutting ...

View of river may be evolving

A letter writer to the Minot Daily News suggests that the Souris River could become a centerpiece for the city, as rivers are in so many places today. Advocates for an environmental approach to the riverfront sit on the city council. An entire plan has been developed for incorporating ...

City council right to take a step back

The Minot City Council is on the right track by reviewing the city’s list of banned animals. Meeting Wednesday, the Minot City Council, acting as the committee of the whole, supported the creation of two ad hoc committees. One would revisit the list of animals banned in city limits and the ...

For those who care, a chance to serve

The City of Minot’s admirable initiative, the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction, is in action and seeking members of the community to contribute by serving on subcommittees. So, the questions are: does the city’s addiction problem trouble you, do you feel you have something to offer, and ...

Well, color me…

In the past, I’ve written about how interesting and often surprising it is when we at Minot Daily News see a particular story or initiative gain steam, spread around the world on the internet or otherwise attract a healthier response then we might have imagined. Here I will let you in on a ...

Volunteers in action

What a delight it must have been for the Minot City Council, meeting as the committee of the whole, to hear and approve requests from organizations attempting to beautify downtown. Minot Street Art Movement plans to install pet waste bag dispensers at various locations downtown which would ...

Minot native still serving his country

President Donald Trump has made a wise decision in nominating Minot native Lt. Col. Daniel M. Gade to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The nomination is for the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2021. Gade will be a good fit for the position and we congratulate ...

Vote-by-mail trial a sign of the times

Going to one’s polling place and casting a ballot is one of those time-honored traditions that has been a staple of American life for generations. It’s the stuff of a Norman Rockwell illustration. These days, things have changed. Election Day is still an occasion, but in many places a ...

Tough talk for tough times

There is a harsh reality on the horizon about which some in Minot might still be in denial. It isn’t pleasant in the least, but understanding the situation now will save considerable consternation in the near future. Taxes (and fees) are going to go up in Minot in the next few years. ...

What Trump’s poll numbers say about North Dakota

To hear national news analysts talk, it is somewhat amazing that President Donald Trump continues to enjoy high approval ratings in a handful of places – notably North Dakota. This, despite the fact that virtually every national news outlet has abdicated any semblance of professional news ...

Bows all around for planners of State Fair

Another North Dakota State Fair is in the books and a banner year it was. Fair Manager Renae Korslien and her entire staff can take a bow, and if they feel the need, breathe a sigh of relief. Well done everyone. We never know exactly how events such as the State Fair or the Norsk Hostfest are ...

Jail improvements a credit to leadership

Not all of the good news revolving around the Ward County Jail is about the tremendous job being done by the contractors and workers who are well ahead of schedule on the expansion (and heck of a nice group of guys too). No, the latest news comes from none other than the State Department of ...

Bravo for Farm Rescue

Even if one lives completely removed from the news or from talk among friends and neighbors, it would be difficult to not notice the current drought conditions. Dying lawns, scorched grass and dirt so dry it has no moisture to yield is pretty hard to notice. Lawns, of course, aren’t the ...