Editorials

Better sanctioning perhaps needed for government violators

The Belcourt School District was recently found by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem of having violated the state’s open records law by failing to provide copies of records within a reasonable period of time. In his ruling, “Stenehjem wrote that the Belcourt School District is to use ...

Visit Minot will continue having to rebuild after lull

Minot Daily News wishes Phyllis Burckhard, now former Visit Minot executive director well in the next phase of her career and in her continued efforts in other capacities in helping promote the city she loves and has served through her Visit Minot position for the past five years. In an exit ...

Potential county tax increase will draw public ire

There have probably been few years in which the possibility of a Ward County property tax increase of virtually any size would attract a great deal of attention – and not the good kind. Tax hikes are generally loathed on any occasion by most people, regardless of either their personal ...

Local leadership should have plans B and C for flood control projects

As a component of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, it has been determined that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad track needs to be raised from the Lowe’s Garden Center area to Broadway by as much as six feet. That, in turn, means that the historic Third Street bridge ...

Signs of progress at Earth Recycling are encouraging

Many in Minot, and even outside of town, likely remember the massive plume of smoke that rose from the city on May 18, 2017, the day Earth Recycling caught fire. Led by Minot’s rural fire department and with the assistance of other departments did an admirable job of containing the fire, ...

Get ready for State Fair

Are you ready for the North Dakota State Fair? Every summer, people from all over the state and farther away flock to Minot to take in livestock and arts and craft exhibits, contests, free stage performances, grandstand acts and, of course, fair food and carnival rides. Last year more than ...

‘Small step for man, a giant leap for mankind’

The walk on the moon by two U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, marked the greatest adventure ever undertaken by mankind and fulfilled the dream of all past generations to reach the moon. The two astronauts’ moon walk while a third U.S. ...

First Western acquisition of BlackRidge Financial good for entire region

First Western Bank & Trust is about to get bigger. A lot bigger and in a very positive way. It was announced last week that First Western’s holding company, Westbrand Inc., has entered an agreement with BlackRidge Financial, the holding company of BlackRidgeBank, whereby Westbrand will ...

Sentence for illegal dumping of waste oil not harsh enough

A Minot man was sentenced this week for dumping old motor oil into a storm sewer. You mean that’s illegal? Go figure. Who would have known. Or, rather, who could do such a thing and look at themselves in the mirror again? Despite all of the preaching about saving the environment – ...

Justice needs to investigate Epstein plea deal

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

No place in the church for sexual predators

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Illegal immigration a problem in Mexico too

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Unlicensed, illicit massage therapists a national problem, now here

Many can remember when Minot and other small cities and towns in the region were untouched by many of the worst challenges facing bigger cities. Long-time residents share stories about days when they didn’t feel the need to lock their doors or could leave their vehicles running when running ...

Days of the pioneers are gone but not forgotten – yet

We wonder how long it might be before kids don’t know what an inkwell is. You know, the kind that students in one-room schoolhouses learned to write with 100 years ago. Kids – heck, even many adults – likely have not heard of a one-way, a binder or a pony drill. Obsolete farm equipment ...

Continuing progress at Trinity site good news for region

There are a number of aspects of Trinity Health’s ongoing process with its new site that should be good news to Minot and regional communities. First is news that despite the spring incident with a gas explosion that (as we knew) no one was hurt and that development just continued on other ...

Plenty to celebrate in Minot this week

Memories were made in Minot where a festive Fourth of July celebration was celebrated. Minot residents enjoyed the Fourth in Roosevelt Park at a public event. The day started with a patriotic ceremony, including a color guard and a concert by the Minot City Band. Children also enjoyed meeting ...

City had no choice when it came to dilapidated motel

Some have expressed the opinion that the official order for residents to leave the run-down Fairview Lodge was unfair to residents. This, despite the fact that the electricity and water have been turned off, the owners are behind on taxes and the water bill and some residents claim they ...

The Declaration of Independence still has great meaning

At a time in which the idea of independence from an all-powerful state seems to have been supplanted by the principle of dependence on an all powerful state, Minot Daily News believes Independence Day is a good time to remember our founding principles and the belief in freedom to which has ...

Farmers markets a wonderful sure sign of summer

This weekend residents of and visitors to Minot will once again be able to experience one of the sure signs of summer – a healthy, fresh one as well that to some people really sings the bell for the start of the best part of the summer. The North Prairie Farmers Market launches this ...

Legalize ND at it again

It was no surprise to hear that Legalize ND is planning a new initiative to legalize marijuana in the state. It was only a matter of time. But that short time span is exactly what is wrong with coming back to voters now – little has changed to cause voters to change their minds. According ...