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Editorials

Not hard to believe North Dakota hardest working state

There are those around the country, perhaps even here in North Dakota, who would probably be stunned to read Minot Daily News’ Sept. 14-15 edition story “Off to work we go” (https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2019/09/wallethub-study-shows-nd-hardest-working/) which cites a ...

Good choices for Hall of Fame

During the evening of Sept. 24, three more inductions into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame will take place in Minot and the field of inductees this year is a good one. Most recognizable by name, perhaps, is former major league All-Star Darin Erstad. The Jamestown native will also be ...

Suicide prevention must begin with the young

It is not difficult to make the assertion that suicide, particularly among teens, is approaching, if not at, the epidemic level. In 2017, there were 47 percent more suicides among people aged 15 to 19 than in the year 2000. Furthermore, there were 6,200 suicides among people aged 15 to 24 in ...

Vaping should be addressed before it becomes a crisis

Around the nation, many states and municipalities are addressing the issue of vaping, particularly now in the wake of myriad stories of the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes apparently causing sickness and even death. CNN reported just yesterday that a sixth ...

Science should dictate future of weather modification programs

There are two diametrically opposed positions on weather modification efforts in our region and North Dakota in general. One position is that manipulating weather, such as affecting rainfall and mitigating for hail damage, is a slightly ambiguous concept with results that can’t be ...

Sept. 11 observation should prompt many considerations

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Minot’s crowded classrooms a long-term challenge

According to school district officials, Minot’s public school enrollment now is greater than during the height of the oil boom. Based on the supposition that the number will only continue to increase in the coming years and that “… Minot is becoming a younger community,” according to ...

North Dakotans prone to Parkinson’s disease

A wellness class being taught at the Minot Family YMCA is one of the most helpful we have seen in some time. There is no cure for Parkinson’s but the symptoms can be held off through exercise, which is the purpose of Delay the Disease. The class was the subject of a recent article in the ...

Magic City Express another sign of Minot’s return

While many wounds remain even eight years removed from the flood of 2011, wounds eventually heal. Such is the case with human beings or entire communities. Minot’s damage from the flood was so severe, the impact on residents so profound, it’s little wonder that some wounds are still in ...

American can-do spirit a little discussed means to address climate change

We Americans are renowned worldwide for our ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the ...

Online sales will continue to conflict with local first ambitions

Our community is not the only one in the nation to emphasize “shop local” in terms of marketing and message to the public. It’s a commonplace initiative for many places intended to support local shopping and local businesses. However, when it comes to major purchases, and in particular ...

Downtown focus for new city hall is consistent, not perfect

Assuming the City of Minot continues to pursue a new city hall downtown, which remains the focus today, $3.75 million in National Disaster Resilience grant funds will be available. There are certain caveats that come with the grant money, including a downtown location and rehabilitation of an ...

Racism exists, and that’s unacceptable

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden recently, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Youth Outdoor Festival serves many purposes

Don’t tell a kid headed to a Youth Outdoor Festival that they are going to school. He or she might not be as willing to go and would miss out on all the fun – and the education. That’s right, education. Every activity at the Conservation and Skills Park at the State Fairgrounds, besides ...

Missing kids a problem that needs addressing

Minot Police are once again looking for a missing youth. As of this writing, 17-year-old Jericho Crissler remains missing after having last been seen six days ago. According to the FBI, in 2018 there were 424,066 entries for missing children in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. ...

Storm drain warnings bear repeating

Recently a Minot man was in court after he was caught dumping used motor oil down an city storm sewer. We wondered aloud just who would do such a thing knowing that Minot’s storm sewers empty into the Souris River. Since then, a group of MSU biology students and others decided to label ...

American military action over Hong Kong would be disastrous

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Opioid lawsuit success bodes well for North Dakota

There are a number of reactions that could manifest as a result of the State of Oklahoma’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson announced this week as a result of the company’s alleged role in the spread of the opioid epidemic. While there is certain to be an appeal if a ...

Development of Blu on Broadway may be test case for market

The decision by the Minot Planning Commission Monday night to support and pass on to the Minot City Council plans for the mixed-use project known as Blu on Broadway might be an interesting test case for the state of development in the immediate area. Based on the number of building permits ...

Universal Medicare perilous to public, politicians

"Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...