Editorials

Hopefully, NDSF never abandons kids’ roots

There are the concerts. There are the rides. There are the games. There is the food, the commercial buildings and other vendors. There are a host of attractions that bring people to the North Dakota State Fair. Hopefully, though, the NDSF never abandons or minimizes the importance of youth ...

The quiet after the storm

As much fun and energy as the North Dakota State Fair brings to Minot for its run, the end of the big show inevitably is a bit of sudden quiet – for some, even a sign that the summer is winding down! At Minot Daily News, there is quite a difference between fair week and the week after. ...

ND State Fair benefits greatly from volunteer labor

Who do we thank when we leave the State Fairgrounds after an enjoyable afternoon or evening at the fair? Right. Probably nobody. Volunteers, who in no small way make the fair click, don’t line up by the gates waiting for a pat on the back. Many of them are still at work around the ...

Trade is the president’s toughest test in ND, other key states

After almost a decade when “Red” states or “flyover country” were all but overlooked, minimized, or outright derided, it has been a relief to see the important North Dakota and other agricultural states on the front burner again in the Trump administration. That’s not random of ...

Strawberry Lake investigation unlikely to leave many pleased

Whatever the resolution of the Strawberry Lake inquiry into the incident that left one victim dead, it seems unlikely that any party is going to walk away satisfied. That just doesn’t happen frequently in incidents in which a child dies in such a tragic accident. A decision is expected as ...

Feds should pick up tab for pipeline protest costs

While experts seem to feel North Dakota has little chance of success in its most recent demand from the federal government, based on legal precedent, ethically the feds should feel compelled to come to an agreement. Last week, ND demanded $38 million from the federal government to reimburse ...

HUD keeps gathering space plan moving

Thank goodness HUD has shown some reason and flexibility when it comes to National Disaster Resilience Program spending. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the City of Minot’s substantial amendment request, allowing the city to use up to $2.5 million to acquire ...

Closing of Ben’s Tavern will sadden many

It’s too soon to mourn the loss of Ben’s Tavern since the cozy neighborhood bar is still open. But “Ben’s” day is coming. The tiny bar that outlasted a lot of fancier watering holes in this town will soon, we are told, become another victim of the Souris River flood of 2011. The ...

In landfill issue, public deserves to hear real numbers

From a handful of years to a handful of decades. From unpleasantly expensive to prohibitively expensive. From a difficult process to an impossible choice. From slight impact on neighbors to reviled, even dangerous impact. Discussion about a planned landfill expansion/new landfill has ...

July flotsam and jetsam

This time of year always fosters a slow news period. As if competing with those who weekend at one of the regional lakes, we also have standard summer vacations, a massive slowdown in local sports and of course, the North Dakota State Fair – the original monster of the midway. Fair ...

Fishing Hall of Fame inductees worthy of recognition

Congratulations are due to Duaine Ash and Johnnie Candle, who were inducted last week into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame. Yes, there is such a place – in Garrison – and it is well worth a visit. Also worthy are the members of the hall of fame because of what they do or have done ...

Parents have chance to educate people on 9/11

For all the fun to be had at the North Dakota State Fair this year, parents should also take the opportunity to visit the 9/11 NEVER FORGET mobile memorial. The memorial was moved into position across town yesterday en route to the fair. It will be on display at the State Fair July 20-28 at ...

Cost savings an absolute must for library merger idea

Congratulations and a thumbs-up to the Ward County Commission for pushing ahead with library merger negotiations with the City of Minot, as well as for the demand that the plan is only going to fly with the public if there are cost savings as a result. Commissioners are right on both issues. ...

State Fair Parade never disappoints

The performer you really, really would like to see might not be at the North Dakota State Fair this year. You might not be a fan of midway rides, the animal barns or commercial exhibits, either. To each their own, as they say. However, there is one attraction related to the North Dakota ...

Summer really about to kick off

There have already been warm days bordering on hot. There have been evenings when eventual sundown has been a relief from the heat. There have already been plenty of lake days. But for Minot, the summer – as a season – really kicks off with the North Dakota State Fair, here at the NDSF ...

Still going strong at 85

A North Dakota treasure that turned 85 this year gets more beautiful year after year. The International Peace Garden is truly a one of a kind place. A celebration was held this past weekend to mark the 85th year of the peace park’s existence; may it survive many more years, shining as a ...

Sunday will be a lovely day at the zoo

It’s easy to let slip from mind important sites and institutions in one’s own hometown. After all, a shocking number of New Yorkers have never visited the Statue of Liberty. Well, in Minot, we might not have a Statue of Liberty or any attraction with quite that global appeal but we have ...

Why Thai?

Going into this weekend, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about in my weekly Notebook. This is one of the slowest times of the year in terms of news, most of my week was spent on administrative duties and putting out fires while my staff ably drove our front page. Sharing the inner ...

Watford City comes together following storm

One life was lost, dozens injured but hundreds spared when a tornado ripped through Watford City earlier this week. Now, in true North Dakota fashion, the state and the community of Watford City are coming together to assist the hundreds of people affected by the tornado in getting their lives ...

SCOTUS nominee could define ND senate race

The competition between incumbent N.D. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and challenger, N.D. Congressman Kevin Cramer was already this year’s heavyweight election bout on the November ballot – even before President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the ...