Editorials

Congratulations Harvey, City of the Year

Harvey was named 2018 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities during the league’s 2018 Annual Conference Sept. 15 in Grand Forks. We’re not shocked. The award recognizes a smaller city in the state for the quality, number and progressiveness of activities undertaken. With ...

Grow the pot

Whether confronting local tax challenges or national spending desires, the debate tends to boil down to two perspectives – either there is a need to raise taxes or a need to reduce spending. It’s a fake choice, easy way out. It’s grade school math on a grad school math issue. The ...

Court weddings an affordable option

Anyone who has priced out the cost of a wedding these days should not be surprised at the number of court weddings taking place in Minot these days. For a mere $25, the happy couple can start out their lives together free of the burden of paying for fancy gowns, flowers, gifts for attendants ...

Other entities should contribute to flood protection

One can’t really blame the City of Minot for the pressure that the flood protection plan is contributing to budget challenges. After all, for years, Minot residents have asserted that flood protection is their number one priority. Local officials have, then, responded as local officials ...

Teacher of the Year finalist already a winner

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum will announce the winner of North Dakota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year next week. However, whatever the outcome, Sara Medalen, a reading and math teacher at Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary, is already a winner. She is one of four ...

Progress here not overlooked around the state

Congratulations are due to the people of Minot and city leaders for a recent achievement not to be overlooked. Last weekend at its annual conference in Grand Forks, the North Dakota League of Cities selected Minot as the state’s City of the Year. This is the first time Minot has taken the ...

Waiting for another boom a bad tactic

Just a couple of years ago, the most common question being asked about the regional economy was something along the lines of “when will the Bakken come back?” Some asked out of curiosity, other inquiries were weighted with hope. Answers ranged considerably, with perhaps the most common ...

Expansion of Lakeside Christian Center a blessing

In case you missed it in Sunday’s edition, there was good news to report in the Lake Metigoshe area – the entire region for that matter. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a new addition at Metigoshe Ministries’ Lakeside Christian Center, a project that has been years in ...

Editor’s Notebook: On conveying information

Working with media Last week, Minot Daily News enjoyed our annual visit from participants in a Chamber of Commerce leadership program. It’s actually fun, in part because of the nice folks in the program and in part because sharing information about the newspaper and industry is inspiring to ...

Of course, Minot and North Dakota respond to storm devastation

Folks in Minot and North Dakota in general know a little bit about the dramatic, tragic impact of flood waters. For that matter, from rail disasters spewing poison to deadly blizzards, North Dakotans are pretty familiar with disasters that threaten the lives of residents. Perhaps that’s ...

Edgewood Assisted Living a local success story

It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Edgewood Assisted Living opened its doors in Minot. Today Edgewood facilities are located in seven states in the region – testament to a successful business model established right here in the Magic City. When Edgewood first opened it ...

Offset for VSO employee would improve good county budget

With its 2019 budget, Ward County is doing something few other local government entities have been able to do – keep a lid on taxes in today’s economic environment. Ward County taxpayers shouldn’t see an increase in their tax bills following the county commission’s action to trim the ...

Public encouraged to engage with council on budget

There are few things as worrisome to many in the community as the Minot city budget and its impact on property taxes. There are also few things as complicated and sometimes arcane as municipal finance. This latter fact leaves some feeling that the city hasn’t been transparent enough when it ...

Historic sites lead to appreciation of ND

A story in Monday’s Minot Daily News prompted some unexpected responses from a number of readers who wrote or called in to the newspaper. Apparently, even many longtime and lifetime residents were only mildly aware of the Denbigh Experimental Forest, featured in the article by Sue Sitter – ...

Every aspect of the addict’s world fraught with peril

There is the danger of the drug itself – both the real thing and dangerous variations on it. There is the process of acquisition, whether the stress of affording the habit or, worst, the danger of crime to pay for it. There are shady characters. There is law enforcement and potential ...

Avail yourself of the opportunities at Norsk Høstfest

With the Norsk Høstfest less than three weeks away, we are reminded of the many opportunities Høstfest affords those who take the time to fully experience the festival. Høstfest is not just about the lutefisk, you know. The latest reminder we had of the cultural education available in ...

Support for Pioneer Village Museum is a joy, relief

Options. Being forced to remove its Pioneer Village Museum from the grounds of the North Dakota State Fair, the Ward County Historical Society probably wasn’t optimistic about options. With not much money, having lost its latest bid to remain on-site at the NDSF and in rough local economic ...

Old friends, fresh perspectives

Not long ago, our publisher, Dan McDonald, and I were having a conversation in the wake of some particularly horrible piece of news. I forget what the item was, but it left the both of us pondering why it is that some human beings simply don’t feel the pull to being a light in the lives of ...

Food, the perfect gift

Have you ever been hungry? No, really hungry. Have you ever watched a child or an elderly person go without food? Fortunately, most of us have not had such visions burned into our brains. Yet we all know such at-risk people exist in our communities. One way to keep those horrible images ...

Way outside the box

Many political, business and civic leaders will praise the idea of “thinking outside the box” – usually early in their careers when they seek to differentiate themselves from longer-term establishment predecessors. After all, out of the box thinking means embracing change, pursuing ...