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Editorials

North Dakotans prone to Parkinson’s disease

A wellness class being taught at the Minot Family YMCA is one of the most helpful we have seen in some time. There is no cure for Parkinson’s but the symptoms can be held off through exercise, which is the purpose of Delay the Disease. The class was the subject of a recent article in the ...

Magic City Express another sign of Minot’s return

While many wounds remain even eight years removed from the flood of 2011, wounds eventually heal. Such is the case with human beings or entire communities. Minot’s damage from the flood was so severe, the impact on residents so profound, it’s little wonder that some wounds are still in ...

American can-do spirit a little discussed means to address climate change

We Americans are renowned worldwide for our ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the ...

Online sales will continue to conflict with local first ambitions

Our community is not the only one in the nation to emphasize “shop local” in terms of marketing and message to the public. It’s a commonplace initiative for many places intended to support local shopping and local businesses. However, when it comes to major purchases, and in particular ...

Downtown focus for new city hall is consistent, not perfect

Assuming the City of Minot continues to pursue a new city hall downtown, which remains the focus today, $3.75 million in National Disaster Resilience grant funds will be available. There are certain caveats that come with the grant money, including a downtown location and rehabilitation of an ...

Racism exists, and that’s unacceptable

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden recently, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Youth Outdoor Festival serves many purposes

Don’t tell a kid headed to a Youth Outdoor Festival that they are going to school. He or she might not be as willing to go and would miss out on all the fun – and the education. That’s right, education. Every activity at the Conservation and Skills Park at the State Fairgrounds, besides ...

Missing kids a problem that needs addressing

Minot Police are once again looking for a missing youth. As of this writing, 17-year-old Jericho Crissler remains missing after having last been seen six days ago. According to the FBI, in 2018 there were 424,066 entries for missing children in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. ...

Storm drain warnings bear repeating

Recently a Minot man was in court after he was caught dumping used motor oil down an city storm sewer. We wondered aloud just who would do such a thing knowing that Minot’s storm sewers empty into the Souris River. Since then, a group of MSU biology students and others decided to label ...

American military action over Hong Kong would be disastrous

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Opioid lawsuit success bodes well for North Dakota

There are a number of reactions that could manifest as a result of the State of Oklahoma’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson announced this week as a result of the company’s alleged role in the spread of the opioid epidemic. While there is certain to be an appeal if a ...

Development of Blu on Broadway may be test case for market

The decision by the Minot Planning Commission Monday night to support and pass on to the Minot City Council plans for the mixed-use project known as Blu on Broadway might be an interesting test case for the state of development in the immediate area. Based on the number of building permits ...

Universal Medicare perilous to public, politicians

"Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

New life for Minot State Dome

It might be hard to believe, but the Minot State University Dome has been around a long, long time. Built in 1981, the Dome was beginning to show its age inside, which prompted renonnovations that are nearly complete. And they look great! It seems it was just a few years ago when, perhaps ...

Job Corps graduation an occasion to remember

What a sight it must have been Friday when 74 young people celebrated graduating from Burdick Job Corps Center in the 25th anniversary year of the founding of the Center. Those young people deserve the community’s applause and congratulations, whether one has ever had an acquaintance or ...

Deal harshly with illegal robocallers when identified

It was welcome news earlier this week when it was announced that a dozen of the biggest phone companies will join a crackdown on those nuisance robocalls we all get. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced that a coalition of 51 attorneys general has reached an agreement with ...

State needs more transparency on spills

The harshest critics of the oil and gas boom in North Dakota often cite production or transportation spills as a prime objection. Many have gone so far as to imply malfeasance on the part of energy companies and state officials. The State of North Dakota isn’t doing a great job at allaying ...

County sales tax extension may require considerable campaign

If indeed Ward County voters are presented with the question of extending the county’s half percent sales tax beyond 2022, proponents should be prepared for an informational campaign about the merits of the measure. Currently, the tax is set to sunset at the end of 2022. The county is ...

Parking ramp roofs were always going to be completed

Critical local taxpayers voice a variety of complaints about the city’s two downtown parking ramps. Some date back to the original concept or the development deal that followed. Other criticism is more recent. Besides the fact that completion of the project, which included residential ...

New fire station likely a project public will support

Public sector development can draw a lot of fire in the Minot community these days. From the completion of two under-utilized parking ramps to a palpable resistance to the idea of a downtown public gathering space (at least in its current configuration), there is skepticism and plenty of ...