Opinion

More work, new life in Garrison project

Community Columnists

The work load at the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District headquarters in Carrington, N.D., is increasing, but the district’s general manager doesn’t mind. Duwayne Dekrey sees the added work as a sign that there’s still life in the century-old dream of moving water from the Missouri ...

Tough talk for tough times

Editorials

There is a harsh reality on the horizon about which some in Minot might still be in denial. It isn’t pleasant in the least, but understanding the situation now will save considerable consternation in the near future. Taxes (and fees) are going to go up in Minot in the next few years. ...

Conflicting Visions

National Columnists

For the most part, people share common goals. Most of us want poor people to enjoy higher standards of living, greater traffic safety, more world peace, greater racial harmony, cleaner air and water, and less crime. Despite the fact that people have common goals, we often see them grouped into ...

Shall We Fight Them All?

National Columnists

Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry. Unless we believe Kim is a suicidal madman, his goal seems clear. He wants what every ...

What Trump’s poll numbers say about North Dakota

Editorials

To hear national news analysts talk, it is somewhat amazing that President Donald Trump continues to enjoy high approval ratings in a handful of places – notably North Dakota. This, despite the fact that virtually every national news outlet has abdicated any semblance of professional news ...

Is Trump entering a kill box?

National Columnists

Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received. The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection ...

Bows all around for planners of State Fair

Editorials

Another North Dakota State Fair is in the books and a banner year it was. Fair Manager Renae Korslien and her entire staff can take a bow, and if they feel the need, breathe a sigh of relief. Well done everyone. We never know exactly how events such as the State Fair or the Norsk Hostfest are ...

The politics of anecdotes

Community Columnists

One ugly side effect of the internet’s impact on our society is the outsized importance we put on anecdotal incidents which go “viral.” As though the importance of a situation were measured by how many shares or views it gets. We could use the recent video taken by three Somali women in ...

$2 Million bathroom

National Columnists

Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park. I went to look at it. There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a little building with four toilets and four sinks. I asked park users, “What ...

Jail improvements a credit to leadership

Editorials

Not all of the good news revolving around the Ward County Jail is about the tremendous job being done by the contractors and workers who are well ahead of schedule on the expansion (and heck of a nice group of guys too). No, the latest news comes from none other than the State Department of ...

Yes, we had crackers in the Capitol basement

Community Columnists

At one time in my checkered careers, I was a contract writer for the North Dakota Civil Defense Survival Project, a federally-funded undertaking in 1958-59 to save the country in case of nuclear attack by the Russians. This was launched only four years after Congress added “one nation under ...

Come on and join the team

Community Columnists

One of the recurring themes of this column over the past year has been interactivity; pleas for readers to participate in bringing new local voices to the newspaper. Most often, I have asked for letters to the editor, op-ed pieces and tips on stories you would like to see us follow up on. ...

America needs good and thoughtful government

Letters to the Editor

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck We all talk about having good government. We agree that we have a responsibility to good government. Though we may have different ideas about what government should do, there is little argument over the qualities good government should exhibit. Unfortunately, ...

The Senate health care reform debate

Community Columnists

bamacare is broken and we need to fix it. Since 2013, insurance premiums have more than doubled in the United States. This fall, families in North Dakota will need to brace themselves for another double digit increase in their health insurance costs. These increases are unsustainable for our ...

Tough question for Sen. John Hoeven

Letters to the Editor

Henry Lebak Minot I am writing this letter, as a constituent of Senator Hoeven, to encourage him to vote “No” on the Senate’s proposed health care bill. Why? Last November, my 92-year-old mother passed away after having spent 16 months is a Bismarck long term care facility. She ...

No fan of hail suppression

Letters to the Editor

Clint Lindemann Enderlin I learned of weather modification a couple years ago from some friends that live in Bowman County. I didn’t think anything of it until I did some research and started watching North Dakota State Water Commission radar. Bowman, Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward, ...

Bravo for Farm Rescue

Editorials

Even if one lives completely removed from the news or from talk among friends and neighbors, it would be difficult to not notice the current drought conditions. Dying lawns, scorched grass and dirt so dry it has no moisture to yield is pretty hard to notice. Lawns, of course, aren’t the ...

Sept. 15 can be a magical day

Editorials

Sept. 15 promises to be a magic day in the Magic City – and everyone in the community has the opportunity to be a part of it. The 4th annual Magic Day of Giving is scheduled for Sept. 15, in Minot. Registration is now open for volunteers and project submissions at www.magicdayofgiving.org. ...