Editorials

Warranted or not, medical marijuana delay will agitate

While some might have been surprised when the use of medical marijuana was approved by North Dakota voters, it was approved – and by a considerable majority. Similarly, the measure was among several voter initiated items that have subsequently prompted some officials around the state to ...

Honor veterans this Christmas and holiday season

Positive traditions are good anytime of year, whether it’s a personal tradition to fish a certain weekend with a son or daughter or taking a vacation with the entire family to someplace special. Traditions during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season are the best; cherished recipes made ...

The chickens coming home to roost

Now that the city appears to have moved closer to allowing backyard hens, the real issues of impact are going to come more into focus. Theoretically, a plan approved by a committee last week sets up a situation in which those who want chickens in city limits should be able to have them with ...

Marking time

When I was first asked to launch this column, it was with the express understanding that it would not be a personal column, either talking about myself or sharing my own personal feelings on issues of the day. These were important caveats for me, because I am uncomfortable writing about myself ...

True safety is an illusion

Another week, another threatened school shooting. Or at least, an unconfirmed threat circulated online that put Minot High School-Central Campus in the spotlight and led to increased police presence. Part of the new reality that began with the terrorist attacks of 16 years ago is constant ...

City leaders wise to consider alternative park sites

One of the most anticipated Resilience projects on the horizon in Minot is the proposed gathering space – a multi-purpose park. There has been some controversy because of the one site that the city seemed to immediately favor. The city had been eyeing a Trinity Health parking lot abutting ...

Minot High, Velva football teams have chance for special season

Not to be captain obvious, but winning a state championship is incredibly hard. Every high school football player in North Dakota dreams of one day lifting a championship trophy. That’s why they put in countless hours of conditioning, weight lifting, studying film and practicing to make ...

Annual Horn of Plenty hits the spot

Hungering to help out a good cause? The Horn of Plenty has been hitting the spot for decades, raising money to provide holiday meals to local families. It’s a time-tested and proven program that lifts spirits for givers as well as recipients. Once again, the Trinity Health Foundation has ...

A very different Halloween holiday

Happy Halloween to those who observe the occasion in any way, shape or form. Many of us remember what most would consider a conventional Halloween celebration – costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, parties. It was all in good fun and was one of the occasions youngsters looked ...

Following Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner

It has been a while but Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner is back in the news again, and with another book under his belt. Lehner has co-authored a book with new findings that shed light on construction of the Giza pyramids with Zahi Hawass, another leading Egyptologist and a former ...

Military reaction demonstrates other side of Trump perception

If one were to read only “mainstream” media based on the East Coast, one would think that citizens of the United States were living in a madhouse, overseen by a racist war-monger who was placing the public in danger out of sheer lunacy. However, based on the reaction Vice President Mike ...

October Flotsam and Jetsam

As promised earlier this month, today I am offering a round-up of this and that from around the Minot Daily News newsroom. Busy Week It isn’t often that one week includes a major national story right here in our back yard, bringing all eyes here and a – arguably the – national story ...

Good instructors make lasting impressions

With Vice President Pence at Minot Air Force Base Friday, more JFK documents promised to be released Thursday and both federal and local taxes in the limelight all week long, you might have skipped over perhaps the best story of the past few days. One of our newest staff writers, Shyanne ...

With caveats, food and beverage tax worthy of review

Visit Minot’s proposal for a one percent sales on food and beverage to help buoy the convention and visitor bureau’s efforts to stay competitive in the tourism industry is well worth a full and earnest review by the Minot City Council – and the taxpayers who would foot the bill. The ...

Downtown crane won’t be missed

Skylines in many cities have very recognizable landmarks. From skyscrapers in downtowns to today’s mega-stadiums to historic neighborhoods with specific architectural features. In Minot, in the past couple of years, the most recognizable landmark is the massive crane protruding from a ...

Forecast: prep for the worst, hope for the best

Over the past two years, the Minot area has enjoyed one of its mildest winters in history followed by one of the worst winters – or so many longtime locals asserts. So, what to expect for winter 2017-2018? Isn’t it really anyone’s guess. Therefore, isn’t the best possible advice to ...

Tribal grants will assist communities

Around the country, even the largest, wealthiest communities with the largest budgets are having a hard time finding a strategy and the funds to combat the challenge of opioid abuse. That’s why recent state grants with the ability to impact communities in our corner of the country are so ...

Exciting time to be a fan of dinosaurs

Whether you have been following the discovery of ancient fossils in North Dakota all your life or only recently heard of the latest finds, it is an exciting time to be a fan of dinosaurs. Minot Daily News recently ran an article on what is happening in southwestern North Dakota and ...

Committee’s call to action timely, necessary

The assertion by the Minot Mayor’s Committee on Addiction that the time for listening and gathering information needs to evolve into an action plan is or should be music to the ears of everyone in the city who recognizes the severity of the addiction challenge. Some critics of the ...

The art of the press release

Last week, Minot Daily News briefly hosted a group from the chamber of commerce’s leadership academy to discuss the newspaper and its role and potential for up-and-coming business operators and executives. It was actually a nice break from the usual chaos of the week, as the group was a ...