Editorials

Judge Mattson is correct in his message to the Legislature

Last week, the often outspoken Judge Doug Mattson offered some advice to and perhaps a slight scolding of the North Dakota Legislature. Good for Mattson, because on a couple of serious issue, he was entirely right – and the state would be better if they heard his advice and acted on it. ...

Airline boardings bode well for Minot economy

People looking for a positive sign relating to Minot’s economic health and its future can take heart in the latest airline boarding numbers. We do. As we reported earlier this week, boardings are up at the Minot International Airport; it would be hard to view this as a negative ...

New law makes supporting veterans convenient

Now law, HB 1248 will assist veterans and also provide generous, charitable North Dakotans the opportunity to contribute to one of the most important causes in the state. With broad support in the North Dakota Legislature, Gov. Doug Burgum then signed it on April 8. The new law, originally ...

Indeed, local government is best training ground for higher office

Do you have ambitions to one day be part of the North Dakota Legislature? Might you have your eyes set on higher office in government? If so, then think about serving in office in your own community, from school board and park board to city council or county office. It’s likely these ...

Books among the best gifts to give

Through April 19, a group of future teachers from Minot State University is collecting books for a noble cause – to give area schoolchildren the gift of reading. This isn’t the first time members of Students of North Dakota United at Minot State University have undertaken the effort. ...

Floods emblazoned in locals’ memory

Whether it is the flood of 1969 (recalled in detail in Sunday’s Minot Daily News story) or the most recent, devastating flood, the occasions are indelibly carved in the memories of many locals. The destruction is carved into the memories of long-time residents – and, realistically they ...

Modernizing Air Force good for America, Minot AFB

We read with interest the comments in today’s edition concerning the ongoing modernization of the Air Force. Wow. That’s all we can say, wow. Except, maybe, good for the Air Force, good for Minot AFB, good for Minot – good for American. Keep the good news rolling in. “There won’t ...

Medical marijuana a complicated issue

Just a few years ago in North Dakota when the medical marijuana issue became a serious one with state voters, Minot Daily News in an editorial officially opposed the measure. Officially our position was that the community had enough drugs saturating it and then even if the majority of medical ...

Egyptologist Mark Lehner’s lecture sure to please

It won’t be the first time Minot native and world famous Egyptologist Mark Lehner shares his experiences with people back home. Hopefully it will not be his last, either. Lehner is a valuable asset to Minot, a friend and a downright interesting speaker. Lehner will give a lecture at Minot ...

Efficiency incentives was smart item advanced by Gov. Burgum

Now that appropriations committees in Bismarck have agreed on the level of state employee raises for the next two-year budget cycle, taxpayers can compare the final agreement with the proposal offered by Gov. Doug Burgum. After no increase in this budget cycle, budget writers say employees ...

Local grocery chains helping shoppers go ‘green’

For people who would like to make a trip to the grocery store and not come home with a bag full of bags, two Minot grocery chains are trying to help out. Cash Wise Foods and Marketplace Foods are partnering with Environmentally Minded People of Minot and the Friends of the Souris River to ...

Commissioner’s efforts on mail sorting in Minot a worthy cause

Ask around Ward County and it won’t be hard to find residents quite talkative on the subject of mail delivery. From returned mail to late mail to disappearing mail – problems abound, many have told Minot Daily News. It’s understandable when problems are caused by bad weather, and ...

Following the right PATH

The path of children and foster care and for many adopted children can be a challenging one. The same is true of foster parents and some families who choose to adopt. It can be a particularly challenging situation when foster children or adopted children have suffered trauma or face other ...

Parks and Rec merger effective today

It might not look a whole lot different outside today, but it is a new day in Minot, the start of a new chapter in our history. And that is no April fools joke. The long awaited merger of Minot’s park district and its recreation commission takes effect today. Parks Director Ron Merritt ...

Hopefully, incidents don’t hold up Trinity project long

The new Trinity complex in southwest Minot had a tough week recently when a construction contractor had an accident and shortly afterward there were gas explosions on the construction site. While neither incident is the responsibility of Trinity, it none-the-less will undoubtedly impact the ...

This, that, the other thing – and social media

The only negative aspect of cutting this column down to monthly is that sometimes there are things I want to address directly with readers and I have to hold it until I come up in my own column rotation. Thankfully, some important things I wanted to share with readers have been recent, so ...

Park manager’s idea sweet success

One of the state’s newest annual events is the brilliant idea of a manager of one of North Dakota’s state parks. Chad Trautman, manager at Fort Stevenson State Park, decided five years ago to build a public event around sap drawn from trees growing in the park. Not only was it a ...

ND First Lady’s campaign much needed

This week, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum spoke at both Minot State University and at Minot’s Recovery Empowered event, about addiction recovery support. Her message was an important one – calling for public discourse to eliminate the stigma surrounding ...

Congratulations to Minot State men’s hockey team

Lightning struck for the second time in six years Tuesday night when the Minot State men’s club hockey team was named 2019 ACHA Division I national champions after defeating No. 5-seeded Iowa State, 3-1. The Beavers were the No. 6-seeded team and had won a grueling competition against ...

Use of fund will be legislators’ legacy

Members of the North Dakota Legislature are having a healthy debate over whether to use Legacy Fund earnings – available for use this year for the first time – and, if so, how. Ideas have ranged from spending some of the earnings from the approximately $6 billion dollar fund to buy down ...