Editorials

Upward construction trend holds promise for Minot

The report in today’s edition concerning local construction is both a good read and good news for residents of Minot. People are, the numbers would suggest, still coming to Minot to live, and businesses and families alike are improving their physical dwellings if not building new. The ...

Minot Air Force Base remains key economic driver

Imagine the local economy as it is. Then subtract $543.1 million from that and you can envision the economic landscape without Minot Air Force Base. 2nd Lt. Trevor Violette, budget officer for the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, presented the fiscal year 2018 economic impact ...

Meteorology and mistakes

Warm front on the horizon So, that might sound like a joke or at very least an exaggeration, but eventually it does warm up every year. Or so I am told. One lifelong North Dakotan was being encouraging a couple of weeks ago, after we approached a 50-degree below zero wind chill that it would ...

Home ownership beats low rent

Minot has made a good decision in encouraging low-income workers to strive to become homeowners. Yes, there are plenty of low-income properties to rent, and there will always be a need for those – sometimes a great need. But assisting an individual or a family to own a home rather than rent ...

City rightly identifies key challenge to economic development

At a meeting Tuesday, an economic stakeholders’ group contemplated its next moves after hearing in recent weeks from technical teams with suggestions on topics ranging from business incubators to numerous other possibilities and mechanisms for economic development. In so doing, they ...

Trinity Health expands its footprint in southeast Minot

While Trinity Health’s new clinic, Trinity Health East Ridge, has been open since August, a ribbon cutting held there this week was a big moment. A big moment for Trinity Health, a big moment for southeast Minot, a big moment for the Magic City, which continues to see improvements in ...

Sides need to find middle ground on environmental issues

A Minot environmental group and a Minot legislator are at odds when it comes to the use of plastic bags, and their effect on the environment. Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, introduced HB 1200, which prohibits political subdivisions from restricting or charging a fee for use of a bag, cup, bottle, ...

Gifted programs end up benefiting everyone

Students all have different ranges of capabilities, different speeds of learning, and different learning modalities. Every student is not the same and while every student should have the same opportunities in our egalitarian society, without school choice that will never be the case. However, ...

Hoeven, Cramer stand with Trump on broken missile treaty

It was good to see North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer issue prompt statements of support Friday for President Trump regarding the president’s decision to suspend our obligations under the INF Treaty and withdraw completely if necessary. “Let’s be clear: Russia has been ...

North Dakota not in the grips of fear of crime

Every American is wary of crime. It’s just a reality. Even though violent crime has actually trended down in recent years nationwide (despite the hefty contribution of statistics from Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Baltimore), we live in a 24-hour news cycle so crime leads news on a regular, ...

Don’t ignore influenza risk, get a flu shot

Most of us have read or heard about the measles outbreak in Washington state caused by people who don’t take real health risks seriously enough. What a shame, we say. Yet, something similar is playing out in North Dakota this year regarding the flu. While the flu season got off to a slow ...

State House rightly supports fairness for extra-territorial residents

A bill prohibiting cities from charging higher building permit fees in their extra-territorial areas passed the North Dakota House overwhelmingly Wednesday – overwhelming to the tune of a 91-1 vote. Given the support in the House, it would seem to set up a no-brainer in the North Dakota ...

Local school district needs to be realistic in planning

Local schools have made their position well known in the past couple of years. A leap in the number of students – middle school students in particular – has prompted a campaign for an additional school or schools. Reality checks: – Raising taxes for virtually anything is a go-nowhere ...

Are there things we can learn from smaller towns

A press release and associated fact sheet from Harvey related to economic development that appeared in yesterday’s Minot Daily News can’t help but leave one to ask, is there something we can learn from smaller towns - specifically about economic development? Why? Eleven new business ...

Vital projects for Minot appear on track in Bismarck

Despite some confusion with agencies and authority a few weeks ago, the two major water projects in the Minot area in need of state support appear to be still on track according to legislators who spoke to the community last weekend at a Saturday legislative forum. “I think there’s ...

So far, so good for Minot at Legislature

Several bits of good news came out of Saturday’s legislative forum held in Minot at the State Fair Center. First of all, thanks again to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce for planning the legislative forums held on certain Saturdays while the Legislature is in session. And, thanks to our ...

Gathering space progress is good news

Working within federal or state regulation processes is not an easy thing to do. Under the best of circumstances, it can be ponderous. Which is why City of Minot progress on the downtown gathering space project is a good sign. From the City of Minot: The City of Minot on Friday sent the ...

Possibilities, pandering and polarization

As of this writing, it is cold but sunny and by local standards, darn pleasant. How different my perspective on little things like weather have become in over three years now in North Dakota! We talked about weather and the relativity of “nice” a lot this week. Along with my veteran ...

Tollefson family makes generous donation to Minot

Since a location was announced last July for the proposed Magic City Discovery Center, Minot has witnessed an outpouring of generous donations for this worthy cause. The most recent announcement came earlier this week when it was made known that the Tollefson family of Minot would donate ...

Income, cost of living disparity a perpetual issue

Is it lack of economic development, or bad luck with it, or bad efforts? Is it taxes that are too high? Greed? Bad government, here or in Bismarck? One or more of these things is referenced on most occasions when a local resident discusses the economic challenges facing our region. ...