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Editorials

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 ...

New life for Minot State Dome

It might be hard to believe, but the Minot State University Dome has been around a long, long time. Built in 1981, the Dome was beginning to show its age inside, which prompted renonnovations that are nearly complete. And they look great! It seems it was just a few years ago when, perhaps ...

Job Corps graduation an occasion to remember

What a sight it must have been Friday when 74 young people celebrated graduating from Burdick Job Corps Center in the 25th anniversary year of the founding of the Center. Those young people deserve the community’s applause and congratulations, whether one has ever had an acquaintance or ...

Deal harshly with illegal robocallers when identified

It was welcome news earlier this week when it was announced that a dozen of the biggest phone companies will join a crackdown on those nuisance robocalls we all get. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced that a coalition of 51 attorneys general has reached an agreement with ...

State needs more transparency on spills

The harshest critics of the oil and gas boom in North Dakota often cite production or transportation spills as a prime objection. Many have gone so far as to imply malfeasance on the part of energy companies and state officials. The State of North Dakota isn’t doing a great job at allaying ...

County sales tax extension may require considerable campaign

If indeed Ward County voters are presented with the question of extending the county’s half percent sales tax beyond 2022, proponents should be prepared for an informational campaign about the merits of the measure. Currently, the tax is set to sunset at the end of 2022. The county is ...

Parking ramp roofs were always going to be completed

Critical local taxpayers voice a variety of complaints about the city’s two downtown parking ramps. Some date back to the original concept or the development deal that followed. Other criticism is more recent. Besides the fact that completion of the project, which included residential ...

New fire station likely a project public will support

Public sector development can draw a lot of fire in the Minot community these days. From the completion of two under-utilized parking ramps to a palpable resistance to the idea of a downtown public gathering space (at least in its current configuration), there is skepticism and plenty of ...

ND State Fair right to reject tobacco-free day

For now, at least, the ND State Fair Board is right to pass on the idea of a tobacco-free day during the State Fair. Tobacco-free advocates with Minot’s STAMP, the North Dakota Health Department and Bismarck tobacco prevention coalition had asked the board in July to designate the ...

Respect for authority starts at home, school

Last week’s shooting of six Philadelphia police officers in service of a warrant might have made a stir on cable news for one evening, but by now it is all but buried. The same will be true in the next day or so when the weekend carnage report from places like south Chicago and other major ...

Good news and bad for ND in seatbelt study

Congratulation North Dakota drivers. It seems we are getting better about buckling up. The bad news is we still rank near the bottom among all 50 states when it comes to using seatbelts. According to a study done by QuoteWizard, a lendingtree company, North Dakota ranked #1 for the highest ...

Gun violence is no joking matter

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

Law enforcement drone use possibly a slippery slope

This week the North Dakota Highway Patrol was granted a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems over people. The NDHP is the first highway patrol agency in the nation to be granted this waiver, which was approved for four years. The ...

Hopefully City Hall isn’t kicking can down the road on gathering space

The decision by the Minot City Council to effectively continue pursuing the current plan for the site location for the gathering space, only extending the deadline to acquire property to the end of September, would seem to indicate that the City and property owners must be close to agreements. ...

Good neighbors look after one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...

The news is more than just sex trafficking and shootings

If all you remember about the news of last week is mass shootings, an alleged sex trafficker dying in jail and some nervous days on Wall Street, well, you missed out. Several local news items we reported last week bear repeating, with some congratulations extended to the individuals ...

Criminal justice reform worth continued discussion

Readers who missed last week’s series that Minot Daily News published, Outside Chances, taking a comprehensive look at the state of criminal justice reform and the penal system might want to consider taking a second look at the five days of coverage or accessing the stories online. The ...

It’s time Ward County has a K-9 deputy

The Minot Police Department has a new K-9 in Caspian, a two-year-old Tervuren Shepherd trained to sniff out explosives. Caspian was introduced to city council members last week and put on a short demonstration. Also last week the Ward County Commission gave its approval for Sheriff Robert ...