Editorials

Wild bird population needs monitoring

Imagine driving down a country road, sticking your head out the window and not being able to detect the voice of a Western meadowlark. While we can’t say that already happens in the Minot area, drive a back road in other parts of the state and you’ll be amazed at the number of meadowlarks ...

Child support statistics reflect government efforts, ND values

Good news for the state’s children emerged this week from the North Dakota Department of Human Services and its Child Support Program. According to a release from DHS, over the last year, more than $109.3 million in monthly child support was accrued for children in North Dakota. Of that ...

Committee on Addiction needs support

Minot has demonstrated itself as being one of the leaders in terms of municipalities seeking local solution to the problem of opioid abuse. Its Committee on Addiction is seeking ways to address the problem and, according to a city press release, is calling for key members. The Minot Mayor’s ...

Christmas time is year-round

Officially, Christmas is over as of today. Merry Christmas and best of the holidays from Minot Daily News. We hope you had the best of holidays with family and friends. In today’s society, with the changes and challenges we face, we can’t let the season just go without further ...

Spirit of Christmas evident in Minot

People will be looking high and low today, inside themselves and out for the “meaning” of Christmas. One doesn’t have to look too hard in the Minot area for a clue. Two examples pop out in today’s edition of the Minot Daily News: the local man’s public message in the form of a ...

Expansion of legal gambling is inevitable

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said that he will neither endorse nor oppose potential legislation next year to expand legal gambling in the state. The position signals the obvious: that legal gambling, within the philosophical constrains the state employs, is inevitable. Oh, whether or not it ...

Federal homeless studies should reflect local concerns

North Dakota service organizations are challenging national data showing homelessness has been on the decline this past year. They should. Collecting accurate statistics is a challenge. By definition, the actual number of homeless in any given community or state is hard to count. The ...

Blessed be the Christmas tie that binds

"We’re having this sales meeting to discuss the future of Ties, Inc.,” Sales Vice President Buck Stopp announced as he looked over his 8-member sales staff. “For us, Black December has saved the company in the past but black is getting grayer every year.” “Yah,” agreed Stu Johner, ...

Year-end flotsam and jetsam

Wanderings and ponderings... Resolve this With next week the final Sunday of the year, I’ve been thinking about how to send off 2018. Typical year-end columns would focus on the writer’s resolutions, the concept of resolutions or predictions of things to come in the next year. Well, ...

Local organizations know the true extent of homelessness

Some North Dakota service organizations are taking exception to the federal government’s latest assessments on homelessness. Specifically, experts on the ground in ND don’t see the reduction in numbers of homeless people that the fed claims to be tracking. The disagreement is not ...

Legislature right to debate ‘blue laws’

Ever since North Dakota became a state in 1889, it has had “blue laws” on its books – Sunday business restrictions. Many states had similar laws, many places have blue laws addressing just the issue of alcohol sales. In North Dakota, it extends to most types of businesses (mostly retail), ...

County’s plan for use of brine on roads is solid

When the Ward County Highway Department announced it intended to introduce oil-field brine as a road de-icer this winter as well as its expected use for dust control on gravel haul roads, some residents were reasonably concerned about the environmental and health impact – specifically from ...

Heathy debate brewing over Legacy Fund

Governor Doug Burgum is proposing using interest from North Dakota’s Legacy Fund for what he feels, and which arguably may be, “legacy” projects and investment in the budget next year. Meanwhile a study by the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise at North Dakota ...

Special signs of the holiday season

It isn’t all rushing about from event to event, nor making a hasty transition from shopping to preparing for the arrival of relatives, nor the creation of elaborate holiday meals. Nor is it just about the fulfillment of time spent with the people we know and love – friends, family, ...

Watch for risks even with good weather

It certainly feels more like spring than winter in the Minot area the past few days and what a delightful change of pace! Temperate weather is particularly welcome these days because the busy lead-up to Christmas. Many people are busily preparing for the holiday leading to plenty of traffic ...

Ready or not, laws and perception of marijuana changing dramatically

Despite the fact that North Dakota voters soundly rejected the idea of legalizing recreational use of marijuana, those same residents should be prepared for what seems inevitable – the complete or de facto decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. The difference between ...

Parks, Rec merger talks show government can be efficient

The merger of parks and recreation in Minot has been a long time in coming. This despite the fact that the combination is entirely logical, the pre-existing separation of the two uncommon and odd, and the reality that parties only began talking in earnest about it fairly recently. The merger ...

Good preliminary news for Ward County Historical Society

There is good news from the Ward County Historical Society and its Pioneer Village. According to the historical society, the Ward County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village will be relocated to the south side of Burlington on the U.S. 2 and 52 Bypass. As reported in yesterday’s Minot ...

Enjoy an outdoors break in the season

As reported on in Wednesday’s Minot Daily News, we are not just approaching Christmas, but also annual Christmas Bird Counts. It’s beginning to look a lot like weather will impact positively on participation. Warmer weather than last year appears likely. The Christmas Bird Count, the ...

A glimpse into the past

Thanks to the State Historical Society of North Dakota, residents and other interested parties can now learn about the peoples and lifestyles of North Dakotans – dating back more than 10,000 years ago. “Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota,” was recently published by the State ...