Editorials

ND State Fair right to reject tobacco-free day

For now, at least, the ND State Fair Board is right to pass on the idea of a tobacco-free day during the State Fair. Tobacco-free advocates with Minot’s STAMP, the North Dakota Health Department and Bismarck tobacco prevention coalition had asked the board in July to designate the ...

Respect for authority starts at home, school

Last week’s shooting of six Philadelphia police officers in service of a warrant might have made a stir on cable news for one evening, but by now it is all but buried. The same will be true in the next day or so when the weekend carnage report from places like south Chicago and other major ...

Good news and bad for ND in seatbelt study

Congratulation North Dakota drivers. It seems we are getting better about buckling up. The bad news is we still rank near the bottom among all 50 states when it comes to using seatbelts. According to a study done by QuoteWizard, a lendingtree company, North Dakota ranked #1 for the highest ...

Gun violence is no joking matter

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

Law enforcement drone use possibly a slippery slope

This week the North Dakota Highway Patrol was granted a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems over people. The NDHP is the first highway patrol agency in the nation to be granted this waiver, which was approved for four years. The ...

Hopefully City Hall isn’t kicking can down the road on gathering space

The decision by the Minot City Council to effectively continue pursuing the current plan for the site location for the gathering space, only extending the deadline to acquire property to the end of September, would seem to indicate that the City and property owners must be close to agreements. ...

Good neighbors look after one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...

The news is more than just sex trafficking and shootings

If all you remember about the news of last week is mass shootings, an alleged sex trafficker dying in jail and some nervous days on Wall Street, well, you missed out. Several local news items we reported last week bear repeating, with some congratulations extended to the individuals ...

Criminal justice reform worth continued discussion

Readers who missed last week’s series that Minot Daily News published, Outside Chances, taking a comprehensive look at the state of criminal justice reform and the penal system might want to consider taking a second look at the five days of coverage or accessing the stories online. The ...

It’s time Ward County has a K-9 deputy

The Minot Police Department has a new K-9 in Caspian, a two-year-old Tervuren Shepherd trained to sniff out explosives. Caspian was introduced to city council members last week and put on a short demonstration. Also last week the Ward County Commission gave its approval for Sheriff Robert ...

City, County budgets may appease taxpayers

Many in Minot are still smarting from last year’s city property tax increase, and for good reason. It was a decided increase last year. Yes, the City of Minot offered a detailed, rational explanation for the need for last year’s increase. Previous city councils and administrations had ...

Future of planned gathering space is cloudy

At a Minot City Council meeting this week, an alderman asserted something that resounded with truth and sincerity. “This issue is among the most significant facing this community,” council member Josh Wolsky said, Monday night. “Our ability to execute and deliver is going to reflect long ...

Roots of mass shootings aren’t easy to identify, address

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Engaging youth in learning history may require innovation

After years, even decades, of school curricula changing with the times, strapped budgets in many places, and numerous outside influences, today’s focus on STEM (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through countless programs at all levels is an admirable thing. After all, ...

Family Motor Coach Association invites participation

By now you have probably heard or read about the Family Motor Coach international convention taking place in Minot Aug. 14-17. While the humongeous coaches are impressive to see, getting involved and interacting with the 5,000 FMCA members anticipated is also recommended. And that is ...

Despite housing affordability, small towns face numerous challenges

Friday’s article in Minot Daily News about the affordability rankings of housing in North Dakota communities contained good news on one side, but on the other side, touched on the challenges that small towns face in our region, state and across the nation. On one hand, the study cited in ...

RPZ goes from great zoo to community anchor

Minoters have always been fond of Roosevelt Park Zoo even when it wasn’t much to brag about. Sometime in the past 90-plus years it became a good zoo and for years now, by most people’s standards, it’s been a great zoo. But today. Today RPZ is much more — a community anchor, an ...

Partisan rancor shouldn’t trickle down to public

Thursday, a budget and debt deal was approved by the U.S. Senate by a 67-28 vote with plenty of Democratic support and with President Donald Trump having already committed to signing it. The same day, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-ND, was in Minot and pointed out areas where there has been ...

Delegation should ‘grease the skids’ to improve local postal performance

Ward County Commissioner Alan Walter isn’t the only person in Minot with concerns about postal service in the county. Nor is Ward County itself the only mail recipient which has struggled with a variety of postal related service weaknesses. Minot Daily News readers frequently express their ...

‘Thank you’ observance this weekend should be a true celebration

This weekend, the Ward County Historical Society and its engaging Pioneer Village is hosting a “thank you” event in its new Burlington location for all of those who donated and otherwise supported the Village’s relocation from the North Dakota State Fair property to a location in the ...