CLEANING DAY Kudos to the students from TGU-Granville and TGU-Towner High Schools who volunteered last week to help Roosevelt Park Zoo recover from flood damage. About 150 students scrubbed walls, painted fences, picked up trash and debris and generally helped in any way they could at the zoo. Many of the students had visited the zoo in previous years as part of school outings, and were glad to be able to give of their time to help the facility recover. Zoo officials were equally as excited to have the large group of volunteers on hand. Some members of the group also helped clean up the flooded home of a TGU district employee who lives in Minot. The day was certainly valuable to those who received the help, but also for the students, who learned firsthand what it means to give back to the community. The school, its officials and the students should be commended for their service.
FAMILIAR FEEDBACK An opportunity for Minot residents to provide input on the city's future included some familiar comments. Residents who took part in the open house last week to discuss the city's comprehensive plan expressed concerns about what the city will look like in 10 years, were encouraged by plans to revitalize parts of downtown, and wondered how city planners would rein in the exploding residential and commercial growth in the area. The feedback was familiar, and that's good.?That means residents remain concerned about the city's overall future. We encourage residents to express their opinions at open houses in the future. Your voices are important as the city moves forward.