Opinion

Continued monitoring at jail a good idea

Editorials

Continued oversight at the Ward County Jail is a good decision.While Ward County recently asserted that the supervision was going to come to an end, the state decision that supervision was going to continue for up to a year makes sense, given the situation that led to the oversight and given ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: The hardest stories to write

Editorials

One of the questions often asked but yet always difficult to answer for me and maybe other lifelong journalists is about the hardest stories ever written or the hardest kinds of stories ever to write.Often the hardest stories to write are a challenge for logistical reasons, such as an integral ...

Letters to the Editor 7-10-16

Letters to the Editor

Irresponsibility lessens our freedomsMark BentSurreyThe 4th of July turned out well this year and I am happy that fireworks were enjoyed by lots of folks. Kudos to those who were shooting off fireworks on 111th St. NE, just north of 30th Ave. All the trash was picked up after you were done. You ...

Respect for police an issue … everywhere

Editorials

Even in the aftermath of an atrocity such as the police massacre in Dallas Thursday night, it is easy for residents of smaller cities and towns to feel as if they are immune to such incidents. Things like that are similar to 100-shooting weekends in Chicago or violent riots such as in those ...

Now is not the time to forget the record flood of 2011

Editorials

There has been considerable news coverage of the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Souris River flood.Some people might be tired of hearing about the flood, including newly-elected city councilman George Withus, who was also on the council 2011-14. He wrote in a recent letter to the editor of this ...

Manager’s resignation presents challenge to Minot

Editorials

After a week or so of rumors around town, it was still a slight surprise when City Manager Lee Staab announced Tuesday evening that he would be moving on from the city later this summer. One could not avoid hoping the rumors were just that, and that Staab would remain in his position. Instead, ...

Hopefully, city council resolves structural questions quickly

Editorials

On the surface, the change in the city council structure seems pretty simple: reduce the number of seats, have a citywide vote next year to fill the new seats and have the mayor join in on votes.Easy, right?Only it's really not. When new council members are elected in 2017, how long will their ...

It’s our Independence Day, so feel free to celebrate

Editorials

We as a people have long celebrated Independence Day in different ways.Picnics and cookouts are essentials for some people. Parades are the norm in some cities while a night at the races is the highlight of the day for people in other locales. Of course, for many more, the day is not complete ...

Longtime council members have much still to offer

Editorials

With the results of last month's election bringing new blood to the Minot City Council, longtime members of that body are moving on.It was good to see Mayor Chuck Barney recognizing the contributions to the city of former council members Larry Frey, Bob Miller, Jim Hatlelid, Tom Seymour and ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Questions & answers week

Editorials

#Every once in a while in Editor's Notebook, I will respond to questions from readers. Some questions are fairly common, some unusual, some have been asked in conversation and others via email or at public events. Those selected for inclusion will be of some interest (I hope) to other readers. ...

Letters to the Editor 7-3

Letters to the Editor

Some say no to everythingTrevor DahlDickinsonToday, it seems that nothing gets built in our country. Whenever a party tries to build a facility and create local jobs, an aggrieved third-party, who is most often neither a neighbor nor a truly interested party, stops the project with protests, ...

City correct to hear complaints from mobile home residents

Editorials

It's good to see the City of Minot finally taking some responsibility for the problems caused to former residents of Odd's Mobile Home Park by a city relocation problem. This week, City Manager Lee Staab announced these mobile home owners were being contacted and offered the chance to share ...

Minot fireworks ordinance is nanny state nonsense

Editorials

July 4th celebrations have already begun in some families that look forward each year to shooting off fireworks lots of fireworks.Unfortunately, it's safe to say that a good number of those otherwise law-abiding citizens, and a lot more not quite so into fireworks, will end up breaking the law ...

In good times, city might look at alternate funding mechanism

Editorials

Last week's announcement that Visit Minot is having to make considerable adjustments to its budget because of continued fall-off in lodging and car rental taxes is disconcerting and accentuates the cycle that dictates the organization's resources.In financially challenging times, attracting ...

No magic bullet for economy in 2016

Editorials

Just as it seemed that rumors around town and around the energy industry had it that activity in the Bakken was going to take off in the summer, those in the know put a kabosh on any real upward development. With the North Dakota Petroleum Council asserting that there is no sign of there being ...

Oak Park Shopping Center a sign of re-birth

Editorials

With news that both the trampoline center and returning theater are in the pipeline for the near future at Oak Park Shopping Center, we are about to lose yet another reminder of the flood of 2011.Oak Park was one of the city's first shopping centers and for many years, and through many tenants, ...

Miss Minot Pageant back in town

Editorials

Congratulations to our new Miss Minot, Cassandra Stauffer.She was chosen from a field of six candidates Sunday at the State Fair Center in front of an excited and appreciative crowd.It has been many years since the city held a Miss Minot Pageant so it was even more of a special day for the ...

Hillaryism

Editorials

"I believe in an America always moving toward the future."-- Hillary Clinton, June 21WASHINGTON -- This was not the most important line in Clinton's Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing. Surely there cannot be a more vacuous, meaningless piece of political rhetoric. Every ...

Has Trump found the formula?

Editorials

Stripped of its excesses, Donald Trump's Wednesday speech contains all the ingredients of a campaign that can defeat Hillary Clinton this fall.Indeed, after the speech ended Clinton was suddenly defending the Clinton Foundation against the charge that it is a front for a racket for her family's ...

Has Trump found the formula?

Editorials

Stripped of its excesses, Donald Trump's Wednesday speech contains all the ingredients of a campaign that can defeat Hillary Clinton this fall.Indeed, after the speech ended Clinton was suddenly defending the Clinton Foundation against the charge that it is a front for a racket for her family's ...