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Letters to the Editor

Lost ballot no fun

Debra Squadrito, Minot I am angry. I just checked the state website to see if my mail-in ballot has been sent, and lo and behold it was mailed on the 21st of May! Either the mail is moving very slowly or someone else has it! I have contacted the state and demanded a new ballot be sent ...

Let’s have a parade

Troy Johnson, Williston Now that the historical society has moved off the fairgrounds, and since the fair is cancelled, Minot should have a parade at the new historical society. Old tractors and cars would be a great idea. They need some income and this would be a great way for people to ...

Long-term care staff show dedication amid COVID-19

Shelly Peterson, President, North Dakota Long Term Care Association As president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association, I am in awe of the dedication of facility staff, families of residents and our state government to protecting the health of North Dakota’s most vulnerable ...

Weather modification claims misleading

Charlie Adams, Lansford I support a NO vote on weather modification for Ward County and here is why: The advocates for weather modification are misleading us. They claim they have reduced hail by 45%. Real world data shows hail loss rates have not changed since the years before 50 years of ...

Cloud seeding decisions explained

Henry L Bodmer, Kenmare Keli Anderson’s claim in the May 23, 2020, edition of the Minot Daily News concerning the “secrecy around who decides when and where cloud seeding flights take place” is false and misleading. The statement that “flying only when there is a severe forecast with ...

Beware of utility scams

Brian Kroshus, Chairman, North Dakota Public Service Commission The effects of the COVID-19 virus have been felt around the world. Unfortunately, beyond health risks, bad actors are using the pandemic to capitalize off unsuspecting victims. Scams are nothing new, even in the utility world. ...

To all 2020 graduates

Milt Korslien, Minot The following is a poem that my nephew, Cade Korslien, and I put together for his graduation speech at South Prairie School. This could go to all 2020 graduates. The year 2020 has been a mystery, And our class will go down in history. Many things have changed this ...

To lock down or not

Phil Weigel, Minot There was a comment about Coronavirus, or as I like to call it, Beer Virus, that came across as a bit ignorant on the weekend of May 16-17th of The Minot Daily News. This comment of “Are people so ignorant that they can’t realize the spread was not as fast BECAUSE we ...

Weather Mod in a cloud of secrecy

Keli Anderson, Minot Weather modification is a hot topic right now, because of the current ballot measure to decide its fate in Ward County. I am voting no because I have several issues with the project. One is the secrecy around who decides when and where cloud seeding flights take place. ...

$4.2 million and we still get hail

Lianne Zeltinger, Minot We must vote no on the Weather Modification measure on the June 9 primary ballot to stop this expensive and ineffective project in Ward County. Ward County and the state of North Dakota have spent over $4.2 million on the Weather Modification Project since 2006. We ...

Small investment saves ND $2 million annually

Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, Bismarck I am excited to vote for Thomas Beadle for State Treasurer. He has been a leader for our state in the Legislature and has been instrumental in bringing new education technologies to our state. I met Thomas after he introduced legislation in 2013 to reduce ...

Commerce has been stellar through COVID-19

Megan Laudenschlager, Minot Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, North Dakota’s public officials and nonprofit leaders have shown decisive leadership at every turn. Thanks to our state’s strong and forward-thinking leaders like Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer, our communities are ...

Do what is best for the county

John Pietsch, Rural Minot As a member of the Ward County Water Board I attended a seminar sponsored by the North Dakota State Water Commission in 2004. The speakers came from the Alberta Severe Weather Management Society, a program started in 1996 to reduce hail damage in to a large area of ...

Public has a right to know

Bruce Stroklund, Minot Which two facilities in Minot are refusing to be tested? Only other one in the state, per the MDN article this a.m., is in Fargo. I think the community has a right to know if a facility in ‘their” neighborhood is refusing to be tested. The POTUS and the ...

What are people thinking?

Dan Caswell, Minot Regarding the Corona Virus and the quarantine we are and have been under. I wonder just where people’s brains are in today’s world. On the East Coast, a minister died from the virus. Then I heard another minister was suing the state for not letting him have church ...

Weather Mod a costly failure

Tanner Vix, Velva I am a Ward county farmer and taxpayer and I am voting “no” on weather modification. Agriculture is the backbone of our state and local communities and many farmers oppose Weather Modification because it does not prevent hail or enhance rainfall. The farmers who say ...

Thanks to the sanitation workers

Brenda Mosser, Minot There has been so many thanks out to all the first responders and we all sure do appreciate them at this time and always. They go the extra mile when they are needed and many times are taken for granted and brushed off because “that’s their job”. There are so ...

In support of front-line workers

Landis Larson, West Fargo The North Dakota AFL-CIO sends thanks to all of the front-line workers who keep our lives going during this pandemic. They are the ones who really keep this country operating. We have been urging Governor Burgum to follow the AFL-CIO’s “Safety First” plan for ...

Are you serious?

Harold Mellberg, Minot I seriously had to laugh when Council President Jantzer shared his email with Former City Manager Lee Staab. Who in their right mind would not want to come back to Minot and get back on the gravy train for $181,000 or more? You better banish that thought and idea, as ...

It’s time to change … again!

Bob Wetzler, Minot It is so interesting following the actions of the Minot City Council. A little more than three years ago the #MakeMinot group was able to convince folks a change was needed with our city government. They decided fourteen aldermen, representing the seven Wards in Minot was ...