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Letters to the Editor

Omdahl off the mark with anti-coal opinion

Jason Bohrer, Bismarck Columnist Lloyd Omdahl’s recent opinion piece “Lowering the coal industry down gently” seems ill-timed considering the role that the state’s seven lignite-based power plants are playing in the national defense against the coronavirus. Baseload power - the ...

You can count on your credit union

Jeffrey Olson, Bismarck The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has us all feeling worried and a little uncertain, whether it’s how long we’ll need to continue social distance or what our community will look like once it’s passed. But one thing Dakotans can count on right now ...

Thoughts in a time of distress

Boniface Muggli, Richardton It’s been a long few weeks. Many of our lives have been uprooted. We are afraid, confused, wondering what will happen. How can we know what to do, what to think? It helps to listen to the Gospels the Church holds out to us in these weeks of Lent. Jesus is the ...

We are all in this together: A message from North Dakota teachers

ND State Teacher of the Year Chapter members The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting all of us with unforeseen challenges. As members of the North Dakota State Teacher of the Year Chapter, we feel compelled to share our perspectives. Guided by love for our students and pride in the teaching ...

Empty shelves, empty hearts

Wayne Rowe, Minot I went shopping on Saturday with my wife to get our groceries and other needed items. One item needed unfortunately was toilet paper. I couldn’t believe what I saw at Walmart. Empty shelves, no toilet paper, food shelves bare, some areas of the drugs bare. I ...

A timely message

Jeff Moen, Foxholm I have a question. Don’t want any answers or show of hands. Just give it some thought. What is your #1 priority or goal in Life. For some of us, it may be that promotion at work, get that manager’s position or whatever. For others, it may be as simple as getting ...

Game & Fish harassing fishermen

Craig Argabright, Minot The North Dakota Game and Fish have set their regulations for the 2020-2022 fishing seasons. The new regulations have a major change that will affect all fisherman alike, young and old. The regulation states that two pieces of fish will now be considered two ...

Stop the media circus

Nancy Bommelman, Minot It absolutely amazes me the people that are complaining about the city. Tom Barry did this, Shaun Sipma did that. Does anybody ever think about going to these people and ask questions yourself? I know I have talked to Tom Barry quite often and he will tell you that. ...

Community Rocks! gifts $51,500

J. Erik Anderson, Andy Bertsch, Minot For the 6th year in a row, our community hosted another successful Community Rocks! concert held Feb. 15 at the Grand Hotel. As has been done every year since its inception, Community Rocks! partners with a local community beneficiary to stage an annual ...

Stay in your home if possible

Lloyd Kvam, Minot There is a trend regarding senior housing so one would rather be closer to medical than family. Therefore the need for housing is growing as people can’t rely on living with family. I believe that one should stay in their homes as long as they can. One might consider ...

Remembering another wall

Jim Lein, Minot President Trump wants to take Pentagon funds to “build the wall” on our southern border. And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are resisting this. Yet Trump seems obsessed with this wall. He wants it no matter what. His repetitious and self-centered remarks about ...

Still a need to recycle

Brad Magnuson, Minot As the chairman of the ND Renewable Energy Caucus, I would like to address recycling in Minot. Lately, we’ve seen what the status is on getting curbside recycling in Minot. It’s always been the position of this caucus, to have recycling. As such, we have a ...

Life is short, enjoy your family

Janice Moen, Minot My husband and I were eating at the new restaurant in Minot the other day and noticed a young man and his young daughter sat down in a booth across from us. The entire time they sat there and ate, he not once said anything to his daughter, hardly acknowledged her presence ...

Remember the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus?

James Campbell, Minot From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, the CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in the United States due to the swine flu (H1N1) virus. I doubt very many people remember this problem because the opposing party did not ...

Wonder no more

Wayne Rowe, Minot I think it is time to put a good scare into everyone reading your newspaper. The Coronavirus is slowly wreaking havoc around the world. The stock market is falling, oil prices dropping and people apparently going crazy for toilet paper. Oh yes and people are getting sick ...

Now we get it

Daryl Somerville, Chandler, AZ Now we get it. It was very puzzling to many of us as to why the new contract extension for the city manager was done in such a rush. I am assuming that it needed to get done before any of the city employee concerns were made public. The article written by Rob ...

Thanks for the assistance

Willie Ressler, Minot On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, thank you to the city of Minot for hosting the 2020 State Basketball Tournament. The Minot community played a significant role in providing over 60 games for 49 teams comprised of more than 430 athletes from across North Dakota ...

Working on a badge

Bill Egan, Minot My name is Bill Egan. I am a 16-year-old sophomore at Central Campus. I am a Life Scout with Troop 425 and I am working towards my Eagle Scout. Currently I am in a Communication merit badge and I am writing you to tell you about the Salvation Army. I choose the Salvation ...

Arrive alive, don’t drive distracted

Sydney Boyce, Minot Distracted driving is any act that takes a person’s attention off the road. When the term distracted driving is presented, the first thing that may come to mind is the use of cell phones. Cell phone usage while driving is seen almost everywhere you go and is a dangerous ...

Don’t judge the parents

Nancy Bommelman, Minot We all talk about bullying in the school system. Which is wrong from the word go. Even as adults I see bullying going on. Having a loved one who has an addiction is hard enough without people in this community looking down on me as if I have a scarlet letter on me. ...