Editorials

Indian Relay racing a welcome return

There are many ways for Native culture to be preserved and all of them contribute to this vital function. That’s why the return of Indian Relay racing at the Chippewa Downs track this Saturday and Sunday is such a positive effort. Last year Chippewa Downs hosted its first ever Indian Relay ...

Hopefully Minot never misses Independence Day fireworks again

All looks well for the Minot Fireworks Association and its efforts to raise funds for Independence Day fireworks at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. According to the organization, fundraising is just a few thousand dollars short, with donations still coming in from donors, including ...

Filling stomachs, feeding souls

A Minot man who has made his raised garden beds in Velva available to the Lord’s Cupboard is to be commended, highly. Last year Duane Brekke donated 1,000 pounds of vegetables from his garden to the pantry to help feed local people in need. As we learned in Sunday’s front-page story, a ...

Good news for Minot: No tax increase

Many, if not most, residents of Minot were outraged at the considerable property tax increase last year. That’s reasonable. No one likes to pay higher taxes, particularly when they aren’t associated with a notable increase in services. The City of Minot offered a rational – if not ...

Keep peacekeepers in your thoughts

News earlier this week that B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force Base were intercepted by Russian fighter jets over the Black Sea and Baltic Sea was disturbing. Not disturbing because near disaster was averted – it didn’t escalate to that level – but because we were reminded of the ...

Deadline for property acquisition for gathering space is problematic

So, in a hypothetical situation, if one is in possession of a property and the municipal government wants to acquire it for public purpose, and they set a deadline for acquiring said properties, how does one respond? How does it affect the situation if the municipality has a deadline to ...

City should pay close attention to cost of repairing pedestrian bridge

News that the cost of repairing the pedestrian Anne Street Bridge would be in the range of $1.25 million to $1.65 million, not including the possibility of the potential for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad track raise related to flood protection, which would require the bridge also be ...

Downtown business input on its future is disappointing

News that a downtown stakeholders’ poll attracted only three dozen respondents is disappointing. Souris Basin Planning Council and Strengthen ND coordinated surveys of downtown merchants and community members on their thoughts about downtown. The community survey had nearly 1,000 ...

Waiting for ‘return’ of oil and gas makes little economic sense

It’s still common for the occasional Minot area resident to cite the “return” of the oil/gas boom as a motivator for an economic boom to return. It seems an unlikely proposition. In April, the state produced 1,391,188 barrels of oil a day, a drop of 572 barrels compared to March ...

Insurance fraud has many victims

Last week in a news release about two North Dakota men accused of insurance fraud, it was brought home to us just how much those kinds of crimes cost the innocent in increased insurance premiums. First of all, the men written about in the news release have not been convicted. They are to be ...

North Dakota should cease taxing Social Security income

German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck is routinely credited for creating the first Social Security system in modern history in the 1880s. Perhaps ironically, it was a political move to stave off advancing socialism in Europe by creating the first modern welfare state. The chancellor was no idiot ...

Juneteenth belongs on the city’s calendar

Juneteenth might be a funny name, but what it represents, what it celebrates, is serious stuff. On Thursday, the City of Minot announced it will host the community’s first-ever Juneteenth event in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The first time? Who knew. Just ...

Investment in historic preservation will pay off

Some taxpayers might balk at the idea of investing in the improvement and preservation of the Carnegie Center. That is a short-sighted perspective. The preservation of historic sites, buildings and history have been key to the redevelopment of a countless array of cities of all sizes ...

Impeachment: How to not win friends and influence people

Congressional Democrats are once again throwing around the idea of impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. At the same time, left-leaning consultants and talking heads are warning that such an attempt is a course to disaster, as Republicans learned in impeaching former President Bill ...

Agreement with Mexico next step in securing status of ND agriculture

The U.S. pact with Mexico enhancing border security may have its own benefits in terms of stemming the tide of illegal immigrants, human trafficking and drugs being moved into the country – but it also is, or should be, a precursor to the USMCA, the replacement for the North American Free ...

Investment, tourism will demonstrate if Sister City trip was useful

There were many vocal critics of Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry traveling to Sister City Skien, Norway May 13-25. Some of the criticism was a result of at least partially inaccurate information. Despite internet dialogue (and many comments made to Minot Daily News), taxpayers ...

Churches show up when most needed

Turn on the television news or the Weather Channel, or pick up a newspaper anywhere these days and you will likely be inundated with reports of flooding somewhere in the U.S. For many of us, our experiences with flooding in Minot make it especially disturbing to watch others go through the ...

Hopefully lessons of D-Day are never forgotten

Now that D-Day observances are complete, one can’t help but hope if the lessons of that fateful day (and the days that followed) are never forgotten. Those lessons? How about that there is good and evil and modern moral equivalency can never erase that? Modern Americans have a bad habit of ...

Paramutual horse racing adds excitement to summer

Feeling lucky are you? Perhaps today’s a day you should be at the track. And, it will be open today and Sunday – for the next three weekends as well. Chippewa Downs, located at Belcourt, a paramutal horse racing track since 1991, has grown to be one of the finest tourist attractions in ...