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Editorials

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 ...