Editorials

A delicate balance

A number of times in this column space, I have written about the everyday challenge to finding a balance of news to include in each issue of the newspaper. I’ve shared about the delicate balance between local, national and international news and commentary; and I’ve shared our internal ...

Minot seniors have a friend in Parker Senior Center

So, downtown’s three-year construction project is about to end. Certainly there will be a lot to celebrate later this month if the project continues to progress ahead of schedule. When all is said and done, downtown will be primed for its seasonal celebrations, which were by no means put ...

Of course, Minot is helping victims of disasters

It comes as no surprise to see so many individuals and institutions putting best feet forward to try to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can bet the same thing will happen when Hurricane Irma wreaks whatever havoc it might on the U.S. Of course, Minot is helping victims of ...

Add budget hearing to your schedule for Sept. 27

Ward County residents and others with deep concern for the county should mark their calendars for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., and do their best to attend Ward County’s public budget hearing in the county administration building. The county has already made reasonable budget cuts. Furthermore, the ...

Gear up for arts and culture

Local art, music and theater groups are gearing up for what promises to be another strong season of performances this fall and winter. Sure, there are plenty of cultural activities in the spring and summer, and, of course, the city’s largest events are in July and September, respectively. ...

Panic, greed driving gas price increase

One would have to be a committed pedestrian to have not noticed the considerable increase in the price of gasoline since Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Texas coast. To be sure, the killer storm wrought tremendous damage to the coast, including to the refineries/energy infrastructure along ...

Lots of folks seem to labor on Labor Day

Retail workers. Hospitality workers. Cooks, cops, dishwashers, firefighters. Doctors and nurses and ambulance drivers. Thank goodness some office workers and bankers are also off work today or they could just call it “non-essential government workers day off.” That might be slightly ...

Additional city budget cuts make solid sense

The City of Minot’s administration produced a tight, efficient proposed budget that would contribute considerably to getting the city on track for the lean spending that must loom ahead, in light of the current economic environment and flood protection investment. Council President Mark ...

Defending the indefensible

So there I was this week, preparing to speak to a local community group, which is hardly uncommon. However, I was ill most of last week and also dealing with the death of someone very close to me, so everything was just a little more complicated. Now, most of you who might have been gracious ...

Cat people

Cat people endure a lot of dark humor and criticism. This is, perhaps, ironic, since dog people are almost universally lauded. What really is the difference, except that dog people have to personally clean up their dogs’ droppings as opposed to the convenience of a little box? Well, some ...

Plan for a single, central polling place might work

One of the latest plans to streamline government in Minot is to establish one, central polling place – at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. We’ll see how that goes over. That being said, there are a lot of good reasons to part with the old ways, the days when Minot had 17 precincts, all ...

County’s work on budget shows good faith

While it would have been preferable for Ward County to bring the originally projected $27 million tax levy for 2018 closer to the $22 million levied for 2017 in its ongoing budget hearings, the current proposal is not a bad one. After reducing the proposed levy to just under $25 million this ...

Here comes fall, but don’t despair

With Labor Day coming, one might think that summer is just about over. Well, it is. But there is plenty to do in Minot this September. And what a fall it looks to be. For many sportsmen, that means hunting. As pointed out in today’s edition, four of the state’s hunting seasons open this ...

Been there, done that, don’t want to ever again

People who have been through significant flooding such as was experienced in the Souris River Valley in 2011 likely get chills watching what is taking place in Texas. Television coverage of Harvey as a hurricane or tropical storm sweeping across the Gulf states brings back a lot of memories ...

MSU, YWCA extend helping hands

Two similar programs, one old and one new, caught our attention last week. Both involve simple acts of kindness that could make a huge difference in the life of a recipient. First, the old. Minot State University has wisely continued its tradition of welcoming incoming freshmen with a Move In ...

Government transition working just fine, thank you

Some of the chief arguments against the City of Minot’s still-new council structure focused on the ripple of challenges change would bring. Too many processes needed to be redefined, too many procedures on the books needed to be altered. There would be too much change, too soon, and it would ...

August flotsam and jetsam

From time to time, Editor’s Notebook will offer not-entirely-random observations and thoughts based on recent news. My, we have some talented neighbors For those who might have missed it the past couple of weeks, Minot Daily News’s Arts section effort to spotlight local artists has been ...

Free clinic filled a huge gap for years

That do you do when you are sick and can’t afford to pay for treatment? What if your kids or aging parents get sick and there is no money to pay the bill? For nearly two decades, one of the options for area residents facing such dilemmas was the City & Country Health Clinic. No more. ...

Park District does magic with dollars

Anticipating the proposed budget from the Minot Park District may have been nerve-racking for some, including many who enjoy the parks and programs offered in town. After all, the City of Minot and Ward County are each struggling with budgets, and the state struggled with the issue during the ...

There can never be enough support for our veterans

This weekend, a PTSD Awareness Wheeler Run will depart from Enderlin’s Trio Bar & Grill. The event is a fundraiser, in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September), in memory of Staff Sgt. James Dammen and will benefit Service Dogs of America. Meanwhile, it ...