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Editorials

They’re all teachers of the year

Congratulations to Sunnyside Elementary reading and math interventionist Sara Medalen who was named North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2020. She is clearly a deserving recipient and obviously an excellent, innovative teacher who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to best serve her ...

High school sports participation decline disappointing

It’s difficult to flip television channels these days without coming across sports – either live contests, rebroadcasts, talk shows or a heavy flow of highlights. Famous athletes and former athletes are pitch-men in commercials for countless products. The money in sports is copious. All ...

Latest class of Golden Award recipients impress

Reading the biographies of the latest Golden Award recipients might cause one to assume the winners came from major centers of learning, not our own Minot State University. But that is so. The Minot State Alumni Association will honor four people with the award Thursday, and their ...

If budgets matter, then tune in

In a Sept. 25 readers poll in Minot Daily News, the majority of respondents answered “No” to the question “Do you approve of the budget just approved by the Minot City Council?” Two caveats should be kept in mind. One is that our reader polls are not scientific. Instead, they are a ...

Politics can’t interfere with energy independence

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from an attack on oil production facilities last weekend is being repaired quickly. By mid-week last week, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as ...

Congress can’t let Biden off the hook

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Council, administration did keep word on budget

The budget approved by the Minot City Council, which includes a minor reduction in property taxes to be paid to the city, is welcome news. This budget follows two years of tax increases, including a sizable one last year from which some are still reeling and which continues to be the impetus ...

Dakota Memorial School remodel will pay dividends

It’s obvious that a lot of thought and innovation went into the remodel at the Dakota Memorial School at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The remodel process took place, cost some $250,000 – funded by grants and donors – so that all 58 students were welcomed to an updated facility when ...

Minot bar sure to be missed by patrons

The days when one could stop by “The Riv” for a cold one on the way home from work on a Friday are long gone. Now, too, is the former Riviera Lounge itself, which succumbed to the 2011 flood. The Riviera, The Riv, or whatever name patrons chose to call the popular bar had a great ...

There’s a lot on the line in ‘One Brand’ city strategy

This week, the Minot City Council approved a contract with Visit Minot that allows for the appropriation of $300,000 in MAGIC Fund money toward development of a One Brand marketing strategy for 2019-21. A committee selected Odney as consultant on the project. For the sake of the future of the ...

Trudeau scandal illustrates double standard

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

Change in gathering space funding would be a hard sell

It isn’t as if Minot’s city council and administration have had many easy efforts to win over public support for their proposals in the past few years. Angered by taxes and what many see as failed projects such as the downtown parking ramps, or else seen as slow or unnecessary projects, ...

Term limits a complicated but reasonable debate

The issue of term limits for public office holders is a complicated one, even though both some advocates and some opponents might not see the other perspective. Advocates point to general public dissatisfaction with long-time, even virtually lifelong politicians. They correctly assert that ...

Not hard to believe North Dakota hardest working state

There are those around the country, perhaps even here in North Dakota, who would probably be stunned to read Minot Daily News’ Sept. 14-15 edition story “Off to work we go” (https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2019/09/wallethub-study-shows-nd-hardest-working/) which cites a ...

Good choices for Hall of Fame

During the evening of Sept. 24, three more inductions into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame will take place in Minot and the field of inductees this year is a good one. Most recognizable by name, perhaps, is former major league All-Star Darin Erstad. The Jamestown native will also be ...

Suicide prevention must begin with the young

It is not difficult to make the assertion that suicide, particularly among teens, is approaching, if not at, the epidemic level. In 2017, there were 47 percent more suicides among people aged 15 to 19 than in the year 2000. Furthermore, there were 6,200 suicides among people aged 15 to 24 in ...

Vaping should be addressed before it becomes a crisis

Around the nation, many states and municipalities are addressing the issue of vaping, particularly now in the wake of myriad stories of the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes apparently causing sickness and even death. CNN reported just yesterday that a sixth ...

Science should dictate future of weather modification programs

There are two diametrically opposed positions on weather modification efforts in our region and North Dakota in general. One position is that manipulating weather, such as affecting rainfall and mitigating for hail damage, is a slightly ambiguous concept with results that can’t be ...

Sept. 11 observation should prompt many considerations

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Minot’s crowded classrooms a long-term challenge

According to school district officials, Minot’s public school enrollment now is greater than during the height of the oil boom. Based on the supposition that the number will only continue to increase in the coming years and that “… Minot is becoming a younger community,” according to ...