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Community Columnists

Join us June 26 as we focus on our future

The flood of 2011 unleashed a spirit and a determination unlike anything our community has ever seen. Ten years later, those feelings are still evident. In 2011, throughout Minot, residents with space in their garage or basement stored items for those who were forced by a rampaging river to ...

College enrollments continue declining

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment in higher education institutions continue to decline, dropping 5% this spring. The 5% represents 725,000 fewer students. According to the National Center of Educational Statistics, the average number of students for each faculty ...

Latest events show why NAWS is so important

No doubt most folks in Minot are aware of the temporary water usage restrictions implemented by the City of Minot a week ago after four City wells were offline due to mechanical issues and scheduled maintenance. We appreciate that customers curtailed their outdoor water usage enough to allow ...

Need a bigger view for legacy fund

While other armchair quarterbacks are surveying the work of the 2021 legislative session, the three most significant acts include $700 million in bonding for infrastructure, $70 million for “career academies” to expanded instruction in technical skills and statutory authority for using the ...

United States has outgrown Federalism

When the Articles of Confederation proved inadequate for dealing with the critical problems left after the 1783 armistice with England, the leading colonists advocated a national meeting of colonial delegates to amend the Articles. After several years of jerks and starts, the 1787 convention ...

Newspapers foster the sense of community

Because newspapers have been at the forefront of community building, we cannot talk about the precarious condition of the published word without considering this primary function of nurturing the sense of togetherness. As we look at the decline of the newspaper industry, we also see the ...