Editorials

Esmond solving Esmond challenge as a community

Early last spring, the Esmond community found itself faced with a challenge. After four decades of ambulance service, because of inadequate numbers of Emergency Medical Technicians and inability they were unable to keep someone on call at all times. The community had not been able to retain its ...

Thanks and solicitations

It isn’t very often that I share really personal thoughts in print and the truth is I was trained to loathe writing sentences in newspaper that begin with “I.” That’s often the hardest part of this column and why I continue to change it up. Don’t mind the quirkeness, the variation, ...

Entrepreneurship not dead in Minot

What a joy to learn about a recent program at Minot State University. Students in Tracey Mays’ Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation class presented their ideas for new start-up fictitious businesses to judges and other interested spectators over the noon hour on Wednesday at Minot ...

Minoters generous gifts noted

One doesn’t have to look too hard to witness examples of Minoters making the holiday season a bit brighter for others. It seems that people here truly do see Christmas as a season of giving, sharing, of spreading love and cheer to anyone nearby. One example worth repeating is our article ...

Working together to improve walkability

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma unveiled a new program at Monday’s city council meeting, a program aimed at improving the walkability in Minot neighborhoods. The Adopt a Sidewalk program is seeking organizations and individuals to help remove snow from sidewalks on property owned by the ...

Holiday season is also season of giving

Minot Daily News’ unscientific reader’s poll on charitable giving this week revealed that, unofficially, readers believe in an essential connection between the holiday season and giving. Again, online polls like this are not scientific in that they represent a random sampling of the ...

A man like Bush 41 may never pass this way again

Far grander, far more familiar and far more eloquent voices will be remembering and eulogizing President George W. Bush this week after his unfortunate passing at 94 last weekend. However, Minot Daily News does not want the occasion to pass without making brief comment. Minot is a city with ...

Downtown all decked out for Christmas

People in need of a little cheer should check out downtown Minot. It is splendidly decked out for Christmas, and a lot of folks deserve credit for making it so. A recent article in Minot Daily News gave mention to some of the many people and organizations involved in setting up and decorating ...

An alternative thought for the Minot council

As the City of Minot continues to tinker with procedure, necessary after the change of government structure, leadership does a good job at responding to even unanticipated challenges. The transition process has been handled thoughtfully and with long-term stability in mind. Just last week, ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory... John Geddes No, I can’t bring myself to say it. Even post-Black Friday, even with cheery but crowded retail stores, the festive annual music and the holiday just a few weeks away, I ...

Congratulations Denbea McNally on winning prestigious award

here was excitement and celebration earlier this week for Denbea McNally, a special education paraprofessional at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Minot. She was selected as the North Dakota United Education Support Professional of the Year and was properly honored at a school assembly on ...

Creative problem solving needed to address Minot school challenges

The Minot Public School Board must feel like they are trapped between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, at a retreat Thursday, the primary discussion was about strategies to address anticipated overcrowding at the middle school and high school levels as large elementary classes move up ...

New blood in Bismarck brings opportunities

New legislators should bring with them new ideas, perspectives and philosophies when they arrive in Bismarck. Hopefully that is what Jeff Hoverson (District 3 Rep.), Bob Paulson (District 3 Rep.) and Jay Fisher (District 5 Rep.) will bring to the table, beginning next week at the organizational ...

Exciting opportunities as Parks look to future

We love our parks in Minot. For good reason. The Minot Park District is almost universally hailed as expansive, effective and responsive to the community. For a city our size, our parks are relatively exceptional and when one considers the zoo, the District should be held up as a model for ...

Good luck, Mr. Anderson

News that Justin Anderson has been hired as new executive director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts is good news indeed, and hopefully bodes well for the organization. Before taking the job of executive director of MACA, Anderson worked at the Souris Valley Humane Society as its ...

Minot Environmental Policy Group not there yet

The Minot Environmental Policy Group will be discussing findings and recommendations at a public meeting this week after months of examining ways to cut down on the number of single-use plastic shopping bags used in Minot (and often blowing around Minot). It’s a legitimate effort from ...

Native American scholarship program the right approach

Minot Daily News congratulates 11 Native North Dakota college students who are recipients of a smart new scholarship designed to help improve the well-being of Native communities. Thanks to the American Indian College Fund and the United Health Foundation, these 11 college students are ...

Entertainment an oasis in holiday season

Pace yourself! With the holiday season officially having arrived this weekend, the month ahead is going to be a busy one if your season looks like so many others. There will be friends and family and fun, for sure. There will also be packed schedules, long days and nights, parties, visits ...

The mixed bag of Black Friday

Countless American consumers are out and about today and this weekend taking in the sales and spectacle of Black Friday and the now-traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Many even began the entire annual occasion yesterday on Thanksgiving itself, something that would have been ...

Thanksgiving is about more than obvious blessings

Today, a good percentage of Americans are taking stock of their blessings, of those things for which they are most thankful. That’s the essence of a Thanksgiving, however it might be often buried under Black Friday and other holiday shopping distractions, and other trappings of this time of ...