Editorials

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 ...

County should simplify building permit process

In a probably little noticed item at the Ward County Commission meeting this week, a resident spoke to the commission regarding his frustration in working with the county building inspection office to obtain a permit to construct a commercial building. He said he wanted a list of requirements ...

Hearts in Minot never wander far from veterans

Days of recognition for veterans – past and present – are huge events in Minot, a community where the military is near and dear to our hearts. Traditionally, Labor Day isn’t one of those days; instead having its very own focus. This year, two brothers demonstrated that any holiday ...

Tide might be turning on opioid abuse awareness

Last week, Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry attended an invitation-only event, which began with a tour of the White House for leaders from the Dakotas and Wyoming and concluded with question and answer sessions with department representatives. Roads, jobs and technology ...

It’s about time texting/driving law enforced

History has shown us, for example through Prohibition and a failed national speed limit of 55 mph, that it is easier to pass a law than to enforce one. Take a quick drive around Minot and you’ll find out what many people think of the texting/driving law. Not much. Law enforcement has ...

Municipal finance doesn’t engender public confidence

It’s complicated. Details are constantly shifting. For that matter rules are often changing. What we see of it today has little to do with the decision makers of today. It is thus often frustrating, aggravating and easy to misunderstand. Municipal finance/public sector budgeting is ...

Motor Magic a fall classic

Motor Magic has marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall for many of us over the years. Think Labor Day ... think Motor Magic. We don’t know offhand how many years Motor Magic has been around, but somewhere along the way it became a fall classic, an event that fans of any age, ...

Take a glimpse into the near future next week

Interested parties can get a conceptual feel for the planned downtown gathering space next week at Gathering 1.Oh! Live music performers, art demonstrations, artisan vendors and a farmer’s market with produce offered by members from the Minot Farmer’s Market will be on hand to help guests ...

That many Americans struggle shouldn’t surprise North Dakota

The findings of a little-reported study should come as no surprise to many people in North Dakota. According to an Urban Institute survey of nearly 7,600 adults, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, ...

McCain an example for every American

It’s been a melancholy few days as the United States came to cope with the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Vietnam POW, hero pilot, political maverick, McCain brought his “straight talk express” with him wherever he went over the course of a career few are likely to ever ...

Weekend events bring excitement to Magic City

This past weekend in Minot was one not to be missed. We received a welcomed shot of rain – plus numerous exciting events were held. A couple of the most notable were held downtown, which – post construction – continues to rebound. The annual Downtown Festival again proved fun and ...

Recent examples of hard work are inspiring

We are reminded by an article in today’s paper and one just a week ago that community doesn’t just happen – it takes sharing, caring and most of all dedication. Today’s reminder was the story about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Drake Threshing Show Sept. 8 and 9. The show offers ...

Everyone benefits from Advanced Placement education

In Friday’s Minot Daily News, staff writer Andrea Johnson reported on the expansion of STEM studies through advanced placement education opportunities in rural North Dakota. It’s a good initiative. What would be better? If Advanced Placement classes were structured here, available here ...

Readers and… not readers

And the point is proven... A week ago, Minot Daily News published an editorial imploring President Trump to end his war of words with the media. The editorial went to press several days after hundreds of papers around the country had organized to print similar editorials. MDN opted to publish ...

It’s a good time to be a kid in Minot

Minot struggled for decades to rebut the often heard criticism – there’s nothing to do in Minot. Not so today. Case in point, the article in today’s edition about the good things happening at the Taube Museum of Art, which is kicking off its 2018-2019 year of Children’s Art ...

Parks, Recreation merger needs perfect execution

There is no question that Minot Recreation Department and Minot Park District need to be merged and should have been for some time. There is little question that the park district manning the responsibilities is the right thing for the people of Minot. While it might not generate the passion or ...

County reluctance on opioid lawsuit is reasonable

The Ward County Commission is right to table – at least – the possibility of joining groups of municipalities seeking to sue the manufacturers of opioid painkillers. This isn’t because legal action shouldn’t be pursued. Rather it is because the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office ...