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Editorials

Efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine shines through

Why is it that in the 21st century you rarely hear about conditions that were once a threat to society—things like polio and diphtheria, and many other diseases that have impacted our communities? And why have deadly flu outbreaks been reduced to an occasional inconvenience for most? In a ...

Women entrepreneurs driving America’s recovery from pandemic

Since 1987, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated Women’s History Month to recognize the role women entrepreneurs have in building and strengthening our local and national economies. Women have transformed the face of entrepreneurship across America in both urban and ...

Online learning is different, but can be successful

GRAND FORKS – It’s been almost a year since we entered the pandemic and schools were forced to quickly move to remote learning options. As two parents with high-school and college-age children who are doing some type of online learning, we have heard the refrains of, “Online education is ...

Infrastructure investment should be priority, not talking point

(From the Feb. 23 Washington Times) "In July 2019, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee did something rare. We put aside the partisan theatrics consuming the 116th Congress, crafted a bipartisan highway bill, and unanimously passed it through committee. While this bill, ...

Grateful for COVID efforts, effective emergency process

From early on in this pandemic, it was clear this was going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. Now, thanks to the selfless and tireless efforts of so many North Dakotans across our great state, we are well-positioned to finish strongly even as we continue to watch out for potential ...

Armstrong stands up for ND jobs, American energy

When it comes to standing up for their way of life, the people of North Dakota could not have a stronger advocate than Representative Kelly Armstrong. For the past two years, I have worked with Representative Armstrong on a number of issues through his involvement in the Congressional Western ...

Minot AFB plays important role in local economy

Minot Air Force Base’s annual economic impact report always is a bright spot in the area’s economy. 2nd Lt. Rein Marie Northrop of the base’s 5th Comptroller Squadron on Thursday presented the base’s fiscal year 2020 report during a Zoom meeting with members of the Minot Area Chamber ...

Sharing a wish, thanks to Make-A-Wish North Dakota

Case Thompson, 16, of Bottineau had his wish come true on Saturday at Pure Powersports in Minot when he was surprised with a fish house and other gear. What a fantastic gift to a teenager who has been through a lot already in his young life. Make-A-Wish North Dakota representatives Christy ...

Former tribal chairman embodied good leadership

North Dakota lost a good leader in 2020 upon the death of Jesse Taken Alive. I am writing this on Martin Luther King Day and contemplating what good leadership is all about. Out of the downward vortex of mistreatment, broken promises, darkness, anger and hurt on the Standing Rock ...

New city manager saying the right things

Minot’s new city manager, on the job for less than a month, certainly has his hands full – and Minot so far seems to be in very capable hands. The Minot Daily News published an in-depth story on Harold Stewart in Saturday’s edition. In that article comments by Stewart revealed that he ...

Vaccine production must rise to meet demand

North Dakota is one of the nation’s top states in immunizing its population against COVID-19, but figures indicate there’s a long way to go in meeting the need and demand for the vaccine. As of Jan. 19, only 3.5% of the U.S. population had been vaccinated. First District Health Unit listed ...

Mask mandate decision was right move

The Minot City Council made the right move Tuesday in delaying any decision on lifting a mask mandate implemented last October as a mitigation measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the city has seen relief from the high infection rate last fall, the council is wise to be cautious ...

Don’t drop your guard on COVID-19 yet

We’re going to go out on a limb and say something that is probably not going to be very popular. Despite Gov. Burgum reducing the COVID-19 threat levels and removing the regulations and making them guidelines we implore people to continue to social distance, and wear masks. Limit your large ...

Legislative forums still on despite COVID-19

It is good news that the Minot Area Chamber EDC plans to host Saturday legislative forum as it has done in the past, sans COVID-19. For those of us a couple of hours away from the action at the state Capitol, every two years the popular forums are another way to stay informed. The forums also ...

Highway Patrol prepares to defend State Capitol

First, N.D. state legislators had to weigh the risks of reporting for duty at the Capitol during a pandemic. That was tough enough, now this. “This” being credible threats of violence that have been made against all the of nation’s state capitols including in Bismarck. We are not ...

Preserving history for generations

A replica of a landmark building now stands in Maxbass, thanks to the co-owners of a local construction company Steve and Todd Farden, co-owners of Farden Construction, Inc., bought the building that once was a bank and then a post office. The building was in poor condition so it was torn ...

Chamber, MADC merger steps into the future for Minot & region

The merger of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp. as of Jan. 1 of this year is a great move for the two organizations. Chamber and MADC investors overwhelmingly voted in favor of the merger in December, with 94% of the ballots to Chamber members noting approval ...

Students need to regain ground lost to COVID-19

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

Report on COVID-19 needs to be made public

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. A long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

Burgum’s move was in the right direction

We are all for Governor Burgum moving the COVID-19 threat level from high to moderate. No, we don’t think COVID-19 is over with, but it is again, slowing down. More importantly – small, locally owned, businesses are critical to the economic survival of North Dakota. As of Monday, ...