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Community Columnists

Open letter to North Dakota Democrats

Oorth Dakota has become a one-party state with little hope for the Democratic Party to rise out of the ashes like a phoenix and magically create a competitive two-party system. Republicans have indisputable control of state government, holding the governorship and over two-thirds of both ...

2022 budget takes major step forward

The 2022 City of Minot budget took a major step forward this week when the City Council approved the budget on first reading. The budget approved by Council is approximately $175.271 million, a reduction of nearly two mills from the initial budget presented to Council by City Manager Harold ...

Labor Day forgotten in North Dakota

We just celebrated Labor Day. No, we didn’t. Labor was forgotten while most of us only noticed that we had a holiday and spent it lounging, fishing, swimming, sunning, camping, playing – everything but recognizing the reason for the holiday. One thing for sure, we took no time to honor ...

President’s message: Aspirations into action

The task before me is to share my recommendations regarding the City of Minot 2022 Proposed Annual Budget. I don’t view this as a stand alone opinion, but rather a culmination of the work that we have done collectively over the past few months. Under the leadership of our city manager, ...

Minot well on its way to reaching 50,000

When the details of the 2020 Census were recently released, we found out that Minot did not reach the 50,000 level we had hoped to achieve. How should we interpret that data? I’m guessing it depends on who you ask. Scenario 1: We have failed in our attempt to reach 50,000 in population. ...

North Dakota, a state comes of age

When General Custer left North Dakota he told us not to do anything until he came back. We have done our best to respect his instructions. It is true that he had political ambitions. After all, General Grant got two terms for being a war hero. Custer decided to run as a Democrat which would ...