Editorials

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 ...

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 ...