Editorials

Season for safe driving

The term “Sunday driver” has been used for generations to describe a slow, deliberate driver not necessarily in a rush to arrive at any particular destination. It’s reasonable to add “summer driver” to the vocabulary, at least in our region. These consist of young people out of ...

Minot park system a valuable resource

Minot’s schools; some people like them, others not so much. Downtown; it will always be popular with a segment of the population, but many of us have not ventured down there in years. The parks, now that is something most Minoters take pride in – and use – now more than ever, it ...

Drug problem isn’t going away any time soon

Last week’s announcement from the Minot Police Department that a dangerous mix of fentanyl and heroin was circulating in the underground market around town was an alarming one, but not one that should surprise the observant. The addiction challenge in Minot and the region isn’t going ...

Extra care should be taken with fireworks this year

Nobody likes a lecture, so just a few reminders on the safe handling of fireworks as the July 4th holiday approaches. As we all know, it has been very dry this spring, so dry that the City of Minot has asked people to curtail water usage outdoors on certain days. That should also be a tip to ...

City needs time to ‘sell’ flood protection finance

Residents of Minot have made it very clear that flood protection is their top local priority and, while there are always criticisms, most appear supportive of the plan now already in the works. However, building support for the eventual specific plan to pay for flood protection is going to ...

Christianson has earned her tiara

Macy Christianson’s reign as Miss North Dakota 2016 is winding down and hopefully when she reflects back on the experience in the years to come, she will be proud of this period in her life. Macy should be proud. North Dakotans should certainly be proud of her. Christianson has taken ...

New city council means new agenda, priority list

The new Minot City Council will have a lengthy list of old business to deal with in the year ahead – some related to opportunities and some related to cleaning up messes from the past. Many people are acquainted with these items. On the opportunity end, there is Resilience grant funding for a ...

A simple choice: apathy or engagement

If you have yet to vote but are headed out to today, why not take someone with you. Many people probably have a family member or friend, neighbor or associate who doesn’t regularly vote and/or isn’t intending to today. Ask someone to come along. Ask two people. Voting isn’t just a ...

Sears had a long run in Minot

It will be a sad day sometime this fall when Sears closes its Minot retail store. Sears has been a fixture in the business scene in Minot for generations, starting downtown on North Main, just north of the Taube Museum. The store later known for having everything moved to Town & Country ...

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What a good week this is for Minot! Election Day should be heralded and celebrated consistently as the quintessential moment defining our republic. Sadly, in some cases, elections boil down to choosing the lesser of evils or are filled with rancor. Not in Minot. Not in this city council ...

My final column

When I first got the opportunity to work as an ‘intern’ for Minot Daily News, it was agreed I would work for them for roughly the start of March to the end of May. I’d learn some of the ins and outs of the paper and understand a basic grasp of the workings. Sadly, my time as an intern has ...

Nice to see downtown fountain functional again

It might be just an old horse fountain to some people, but the downtown Minot landmark holds more history than it has water in recent years. The massive fountain has been loved, hated, missed, ignored, repurposed as a flower pot and literally avoided (by motorists) in the 100-plus years it ...

Challenge of downtown park is … parking ramps

While the Minot City Council appears to be warming to the prospect of developing a park space on a site adjacent to Broadway and currently a Trinity parking lot, members of the community remain skeptical. Residents have a number of concerns that are entirely understandable, including safety at ...

Time to extricate developer from ramps project

They want what? That was, not unreasonably, the likely reaction by already-irate taxpayers to City Manager Tom Barry’s report at Monday night’s Minot City Council meeting that Cypress Development proposed a new financing plan in which the city turns over ownership of the parking ramps to ...

Let’s put ideas on the table

Although this month’s Minot City Council election has not been terribly contentious and in many (perhaps too many) instances, the difference is slight between candidates on issues, original ideas have emerged, even if they haven’t attracted much attention. One interesting idea was ...

Drought conditions deserve the attention of all

In case you hadn’t noticed or maybe are new to the area and just not aware, it’s getting pretty dry “out there.” Precipitation for the Minot area is less that 1.5 inches for the year to date, the 10th driest spring on record. Now, if “out there” to you means out on the farm, think ...

Hopefully the city has done its homework

Automated garbage pickup is coming to Minot whether you like the idea or not. Will it save money and not be an inconvenience to residents as city officials have touted? Time will tell, but they had better be right. It’s easy to imagine a lot of things going wrong with the plan, and a lot of ...

Latest garbage proposal doesn’t smell bad

It will be another six weeks – at least – until Minot residents can experience the implementation of the city’s new automated garbage collection system and decide for themselves if they feel it is an improvement. While internally the system offers advantages in the long term for the City ...

Things you just don’t like to say

Over the past months, I have written often in this column space about the kind of requests we receive in the editorial department of the newspapers. Specifically, we’ve had a look at the dynamic of readers offering tips or story leads along with requests to pursue this or that story, help ...

Let younger generations have their say

It might not be surprising to most that people who live along the Souris River are leery about flooding and have negative feelings about the river. That is not good news to a group of people who would like to see the Mighty Mouse redeveloped, made more like the natural river that used to curl ...