Editorials

Every month should be Child Abuse Prevention Month

It was a good move on the part of Gov. Doug Burgum to declare April Child Abuse Prevention Month and award grant money to entities around the state to sponsor events dedicated to the cause. Area communities receiving the mini grants include Divide County Social Services, Crosby; Foster, ...

City should test the HUD waters over NDR funds

Economic realities hit home this week with the Minot City Council voting to shelve a resilient neighborhood plan meant to provide affordable housing for residents displaced by the 2011 flood or buyouts. The reason: a softer real estate market that simply does not have a need for additional ...

North Dakotans should watch tariff talk closely

With the steady feed of news (real and fake) coming out of Washington, D.C., it can be a challenge to stay abreast of every development on every front. However, North Dakotans should be paying close attention to the ongoing exchange of tariffs and talk of potential trade wars. An agricultural ...

Teen suicide must escape the shadows

In the past, many if not most adults would cite their scholastic years and teens overall as the most carefree, purely enjoyable stretch of their lives. It seemed like it was a period during which lifetime friends were made, lifelong memories etched and a relative minimum of responsibility. ...

Potential for postal improvement

Proposed new federal legislation, co-introduced last week by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of postal service is a good step in the right direction. Postal Service is one of the hallmarks of a stable, successful society and long has been. That said, Postal ...

On Easter

Over this Christian epoch, Easter has inspired or influenced some of the most beautiful art and music in human history. It has also inspired great thoughts and reflections on the occasion, from figures great and small. A sampling of just a few great quotes related to Easter: “If man had ...

‘Spring’ flotsam and jetsam

April showers bring May flowers. Or perhaps March snow begets April snow begets... May snow? As ‘spring’ rolls on, it certainly seems possible. One weather report asserted that the weather this weekend was supposed to resemble the middle of a regular January. While all of the moisture is ...

Competition may liven up primary

District 3 voters might be in for a more intense competition in this year’s Republican primary than some may have previously thought. Rep. Andrew Maragos and Ward County Commissioner Alan Walter, who were passed over for the Republican Party endorsement this week, have both asserted that ...

Finally, flood protection is underway

The sounds of shovels in soil might only have been symbolic at the moment, but they were shovels in the soil nonetheless. That was Wednesday, at the groundbreaking for the first three phases of flood protection at a kickoff event held under a tent near the Minot Water Treatment Plant on 16th ...

Transitional housing project good for the people of Minot

The likelihood of a new transitional living facility launching in Minot, privately supported by a local nonprofit group, is good news for area residents and the city’s social service environment overall. The Minot Planning Commission surely recognized that this week when it approved a ...

Relax, it’s road construction season

The robins might not all be back yet, but another sure sign of spring is already here. Road construction. Specifically, the Broadway bridge project is set to resume this week. Oh happy day when that project is complete! And it will be, and drivers will love it. Eventually. Supposedly this ...

Bremer Trust comes through again

SAINT PAUL, March 26, 2018 — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded 119 grants totaling $7,456,601 to organizations across the Upper Midwest as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. That is the first paragraph of a news release, like releases we have seen time and time again from the Otto ...

Spinning for a cause

You could tell by their faces and their get-ups that the Spin United participants were having fun Saturday at the Minot Family YMCA, pedaling for a cause. You can’t fake enthusiasm. Not the kind that these strong, healthy-looking young people have for the Backpack Buddies ...

Justice delayed is justice denied

Just when we thought it was safe to have a little confidence in the justice system in Ward County comes this – limited access to legal representation and damn the right to a speedy trial. If you haven’t already read about it on today’s front page, some local defense attorneys are ...

Good news on NAWS

More good news was delivered to our region this week as it appears the major obstacle to the Northwest Area Water Supply may be negotiated away after 15 years of legal dispute. As reported in yesterday’s Minot Daily News, the province of Manitoba, whose lawsuit has caused the project to ...

Securing schools takes more than police

It seems that while most of the national discussion about making schools safer from mass shootings is focused on security installations, school security, police and the naivete of enhanced gun control. Even in a week in which a criminal with no agenda terrorizes a major American city with bombs ...

Don’t ignore the risks and signs of colon cancer

It doesn’t happen as much as we’d like to see, but it does happen; famous people using their celebrity for good. We are a lot more use to seeing actors, actresses, comics and sports figures taking to their soap boxes to preach politics or to try sway public opinion on social issues which ...

Volunteers make Minot a stronger community

Community newspapers are always in the unique position of being able to deliver both good news and bad, big news or trivial. Today’s edition, we are happy to say, has several examples of local people doing good deeds for others in the area, asking nothing in return, which makes us a ...

Gambling addiction a challenge to combat

A thanks from the people of North Dakota is deserved by the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. LSSND runs Gamblers Choice, the only accredited counseling program for problem gambling in North Dakota. Minot Daily News’ senior staff writer wrote a comprehensive piece on the challenge ...

Minot Public Schools bulging with students

Minot’s growing student population is, well, growing some more. That’s good news, a sign of a healthy city. It’s also tough news for school administrators tasked with educating Minot’s youth – and potentially tougher news for taxpayers who are still feeling the growing pains of the ...