Editorials

Regional school sports programs successful on two levels

Countless studies and experts attest the fact that organized sports can be tremendously beneficial for young people. Discipline, teamwork, fair play and providing structure for a student’s time are just a few of the benefits of organized athletics. There are obviously health benefits as ...

Good money thrown after bad, but is there an option?

Based on the comments of Minot Daily News readers, there is likely to be some unrest at the thought of the City of Minot hiring an architect to assist with the design and construction of a roof and drainage system for the downtown parking structures — a project that is likely to be costly ...

Will farmers continue to support the president’s policies?

If one listens to national “correspondents” and talking heads, one would assume that the withdrawal from NAFTA, the incomplete negotiation for the Canada-Mexico-U.S. trade agreement and the hard line taken on trade policy violators such as China, are huge hits to the U.S. economy. ...

Resistance, not track record, will be challenge for Billingsley

By all appearances, Brian Billingsley, Minot’s new community and economic development director, is well prepared for his new role. Billingsley, former city planning director in Caldwell, Idaho (part of the Boise metropolitan area) has faced and seems to have helped lead the charge in ...

BCBS makes huge contribution to youth

Our story last week about employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield ND adopting a Minot elementary school was a breath of fresh air. Senior Staff Writer Jill Schramm told us how 12 Minot BCBS employees borrowed the idea from their Fargo office – to pick one school and invest heavily in its ...

Minot police understand relationship between law enforcement, community

In the past couple of weeks, Bismarck police announced they were adopting a move to community policing. The essence of community policing is that officers are assigned certain “beats” or parts of town to which they are assigned to monitor. The principle is for police to bond with ...

It didn’t use to be this way

Wire service Once upon a time, which is about four years ago, when readers called to complain about content, it was the kind of thing a then new editor in Minot would expect. We made changes, added and deleted content and adopted an everyday policy of local editorials – occasionally ...

Don’t take ND lignite coal for granted

The state is said to have an 800-year supply of lignite coal beneath its prairies. The supply could last even longer if we allow ourselves to be duped into not mining that coal and putting its energy to use, heating homes and powering businesses. Yes, coal has its detractors – and some ...

ND delegation making sense on post-Mueller investigations

Many people might have thought that with the release of Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into the campaign of President Donald Trump and suspected collusion with Russia, that would be the inquiry. This in the light of there having been no discovery of evidence of ...

Lawmakers right to study Legacy Fund earnings

Although it was set in motion when legislation failed to address use of Legacy Fund earnings during this year’s legislative session, it was still an important step for North Dakota’s Legislative Management committee to make sure to include the item in 46 study topics to be examined for ...

North Dakota needs a different approach to flaring

There is no question that energy production is important to North Dakota’s economy. Along with agriculture it is arguably the most impactful aspect of the state economy. It creates state revenue and it produces jobs. About this, there can be no reasonable debate. The practice of flaring, ...

Second Amendment tinkering won’t play in North Dakota

As the nation’s most exposed politicians move to the extreme left, it was only a matter of time until some got to the issue of guns and gun control. Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and who is allegedly considering a presidential run as an independent, is the ...

Donated funds put to good use

People who wonder whether their donations make any difference in the community take note: your dollars are making a huge impact in a lot of people’s lives. A perfect example of that is the new ambulance Minot has. Trinity Health Community Ambulance has received $26,203 from the Farm ...

Good news on teacher agreement

The last time Minot teachers and the school board discussed contract details, it did not end well for teachers. Or so they said. Not that the problem was the board. On the contrary, it represented the realities of the current financial situation of available revenue at the moment. This year, ...

Attend a Memorial Day ceremony

People in Minot and around the country on Monday will remember and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, as well as deceased friends and family members who did not serve. Memorial Day, it seems, means a lot of things to a lot of people. Some simply consider it the ...

MAGIC Fund’s impact will take years to evaluate

It’s easy to have an opinion on the Minot City Council approving use of up to $1.3 million of MAGIC Fund dollars to create a business revolving loan fund and to hire a marketing firm to consult on branding Minot. At least it’s easy to have an opinion based on general principle. It will ...

Community involvement trumps apathy

Minot Daily News’ daily reader polls are entirely unscientific and should be read that way. Online surveys such as our poll questions can’t definitively demonstrate public opinion accurately – nor even the opinions of readers of the paper. There is nothing preventing people from voting ...

Ward County needs better communication, transparency

Just last week, a Minot Daily News reporter attempted to attend an open public meeting of the Ward County Planning Commission. The 7 p.m. meeting at the Ward County administration building was already underway. Instead of free access to the open meeting, the reporter was instead greeted with ...

Planning commission correct to review right-of-way ordinance

The Ward County Planning Commission made a good decision last week when members voted to direct staff to develop a proposed ordinance change addressing requirements for right-of-way dedication along township and section line roads. The issue had risen to public attention two years ago and ...

Be careful when working with fire

It might not look like it, as the forecast called for cooler temps today and possible showers tomorrow, but we are indeed in the fire season. In North Dakota, that is just about anytime there is little or no snow on the ground or it’s pouring rain outside. That is because our prairies, ...