Editorials

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 ...

A huge thanks to the Minot Area Community Foundation

For many years, and often quietly, the Minot Area Community Foundation has been doing tremendous, essential work in the area. Behind the scenes, they connect potential donors and estate managers with giving opportunities that benefit the Minot community in singular projects and long-term ...

Come meet your next city council member Thursday evening

The Minot City Council is moving ahead with its plan to appointing a member to finish out Mayor Shaun Sipma’s council term. Four individuals have stepped forward to throw their collective hat into the ring: Stephan Podrygula, David Shomento, Mitchell James Kraft and Zoda Morgan Jr. The ...

Hopefully, post-Pruitt, de-regulation will continue

There is a general opinion among many business/industry institutions and leaders that it is federal regulation, and not the prevailing economy, that have the most negative impact on their fields. Markets are, after all, driven by market forces that can often be predicted and that follow some ...

The most beautiful (and tasty) time of the year

With all due respect to Christmas (hey it can be cold!), to Hostfest, to breezy fall days and the first warm days of the spring, it is hard not to celebrate the return of our regional farmers markets as the most beautiful time of the year. Well, particularly if taste is taken into ...

Teacher contract outcome only buys time

With the North Dakota Education Factfinding Commission blaming the Minot Education Association for the failure to resolve an impasse over teacher contract negotiations and representatives of the school board not embracing another round of negotiations, the only accomplishment is the purchase of ...

Could civil discourse make a comeback?

When you publish local editorials with the frequency with which we do at Minot Daily News, it is inevitable that we are going to prompt all sorts of reactions. In fact, that’s the whole purpose of printing them – to share our opinion on a topic to spur further debate, whether in the form of ...

Summer cooking, low and slow

If you love good barbecue but haven’t mastered how it’s done, BBQ Boot Camp could be for you. Beef, chicken, pork, what have you might be the meat you would like to learn to cook “right.” Then again, it could be all about the sides. If so, BBQ Boot Camp still has you covered. The ...

Having pride for who you are gives strength

While June is designated as the LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Pride Minot is just getting started with their upcoming week of events. These events and celebrations give not only those who are a part of the community, which is a wide and diverse group of people from gays and lesbians to transgenders, ...

Study offers roadmap to an improved Minot

While consolidation of library services and parks and recreation might have been the top sheet items this week as the Minot City Council reviewed an International Economic Development Council report summary written by resilience program manager John Zakian, but a cursory glance at the report ...

Interesting facts about Independence Day

Independence Day is a ubiquitous American holiday, about which many of us feel informed. But the path from inception to today has been a long one for the centerpiece summer holiday. Following, for your entertainment and enlightenment are some facts about Independence Day. Enjoy your ...

Ackerman-Estvold helps Children’s Museum continue on track

It isn’t the easiest time to raise funds for community projects. A tight economy and escalating concerns about taxation combine to foster an environment where charitable causes can conflict with some would-be donors’ ability to address their own personal needs. Yet, as Minot Daily News ...

Fireworks are both beautiful and dangerous

Our thoughts today, like the thoughts of many people around us, are on fireworks. First, of course, is we should enjoy them safely. Kids need to be supervised, period. It is always tremendously sad to hear about accidents with fireworks that involved kids too little to handle them safely by ...

Welcome end to Home Sweet Home issue on the horizon

The City of Minot faces many challenges, and has made some mistakes in the past complicating the future. Residents freely express their feelings about this. However, some – perhaps even many – complaints about actions of the city – or any municipality for that matter, are based on ...

Editor’s Notebook:

Ironically, I pre-wrote the opening paragraph of this column two weeks ago and have been struggling with the rest ever since. Now, the weekend rolls around and I am back to square one, a mildly numb square one, a square one at which my previously planned column is suddenly wildly ...

Don Bessette’s donation a generous one

Aviation buffs will have to wait until later this year to see up-close the newest addition to the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. It should, however, be well worth the wait. It was announced earlier this week that Don Bessette of Minot, owner of a 1969 Learjet, is donating the unique ...

Fun cultural event planned at Fort Mandan

Have you ever wondered what life was like for Native American children growing up on the Northern Plains? Surely hard work in harsh conditions were part of growing up in American Indian tribes, but kids learned how to have fun, too. Some of the games they played will be played at Fort ...

Appointed council member? The more candidates the better

Minot Daily News regularly suggests that residents step up to public service in many forms, including seeking to hold public office. That perspective doesn’t change just because the Minot City Council seems set on appointing a new member themselves, to supplant Shaun Sipma who became mayor ...

Mayor’s commission on opioid abuse should continue

This week is the beginning of a period of great promise for the city of Minot, arguably the most promising period in recent memory. This week a new mayor and council are sworn in (minus one council member who, ethically, should be elected in November); the returning council members have ...