Editorials

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, ...

We can do better for seniors

North Dakota’s government on all levels does a good job at taking care of veterans. The same is true of seniors, in general. There are states that do worse. In particular, not all states appreciate and honor military veterans the ways we do. This is something about which we should be ...

YWCA puts fun in fundraising

A successful fundraiser held last fall will be repeated later this year. The second annual Over the Edge will take place once again at the Parker Center in downtown Minot, on Aug. 17. The event provides an opportunity for members of the public to rappel down the eight story Parker Center to ...

Marijuana laws remain a complicated issue

With North Dakota’s new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana set to take effect on Aug. 1, an already complex issue that other states have also struggled with becomes even more murky in principle in our state. It isn’t that the issue has been simple prior to the state ...

On crime and custody

In most of the country, one of the primary objectives of child welfare services is to try whenever possible to keep families together and to reunite families after some life events temporarily separate children from their parents. It’s certainly a noble practice in a philosophical sense. ...

Will ND agriculture weather the trade conflict with China?

There appear to be two sides to the controversy over an escalating trade/tariff conflict with China. Some believe it is pointless and will only hurt U.S. consumers and, in particular, farmers and ranchers who do business with China. After all, the argument goes, tariffs on Chinese goods are ...

At least shooting deaths are still shocking here

According to the Chicago Tribune, 710 people have been victims of shootings in Chicago as of May 6. That’s 97 fewer shooting victims than in all of 2018, but the year isn’t even half over. It isn’t just Chicago. Other major metropolitan areas have their share of shootings to be sure. ...

Ollie Fiddler impressed athletes and non-athletes

If you grew up in Minot in the heyday of fastpitch softball, you at least recognized the name Ollie Fiddler. He was in the news that much, or mentioned in conversations at barbershops, cafes and businesses – any place people discuss the news of the day and what impressed them about it. And ...

A message for new graduates

Just a few days ago, Minot State University celebrated its commencement ceremony – always a wonderful moment for students and their families. Soon, high school students will have similar experiences which are usually one of those things that create a lifetime of memories. ...