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District 14 politics is a microcosm of the nation’s

May 3, 2016 The controversy in North Dakota’s District 14 GOP is a good, local representation of what’s going on in national political circles. more »»

Ethics require more than a page in an HR file

May 1, 2016 Who believes in ethics? Raise your hand now. You, you, you ... hey you in the corner. Ethics? OK, thumbs up to ethics. OK, done. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: The other side of free speech

May 1, 2016 The tough decisions in the newspaper business aren’t always made by a newspaper’s editor. Sometimes it’s a reporter. Sometimes it’s a publisher. Sometime it’s an owner. more »»

Hagerot a most visionary leader

April 30, 2016 One doesn’t expect groundbreaking ideas to be rolled out this time of year. more »»

Who will bail out everyday Americans?

April 29, 2016 Imagine this. You’re a nurse in Minot or a mechanic in Rugby. You’ve worked hard for years to scrape out a living on less-than-union wages and support your family as best you can. more »»

Thanks again, Souris Valley United Way

April 28, 2016 Congratulations and thanks are due the Souris Valley United Way for another excellent effort in funding local area programs! Yesterday, grants totalling $419, 570 were announced, each addressing the... more »»

Helping neighbors a source of community pride

April 27, 2016 It doesn’t take much effort to look around Minot and see those things that are needed or that don’t work or that maybe need to be a little better. more »»

Improved island life? Not so much

April 24, 2016 When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Conflict resolution

April 24, 2016 Newspapers are inevitably lightning rods. It comes with the territory. Bringing news and a diversity of opinions to the public is a dangerous thing after all. more »»

A win for the kids

April 23, 2016 Bravo to Souris Valley Golf Course Manager Steve Kottsick and the Minot Park Board for deciding this week to institute free Friday morning golf and tee times for children at the course. more »»

Change in health care is sure bet

April 22, 2016 Listen to the national talking heads discuss health care and you see two distinct positions. One is that health care has never been more accessible and that any increase in cost is negligible. more »»

Unofficial marijuana holiday accentuates nation’s culture war

April 21, 2016 By now, many might have seen clips on TV or the Internet from yesterday’s observance of 4/20 Day, the unofficial day celebrating all things marijuana in some parts of the nation and world. more »»

A slow tear in the fabric of community

April 20, 2016 In Minot, a recent spate of burglaries has been the water cooler talk. Drug crimes are a plague of the region. Gun crimes, murder, always enrage a communit. more »»

Vote in support of Maysa Arena

April 19, 2016 Just in the past couple of days, it was announced that Maysa Arena has advanced as one of the Top 4 arenas in Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016’s search for America’s most passionate hockey community. more »»

Banning books does more harm than good

April 18, 2016 Nearly everyone agrees censorship and banning books (or, rather, eliminating access to books) are wrong ... except for that one book he or she disagrees with or that makes him or her uncomfortab. more »»

Signs point to tight race for governor

April 17, 2016 There might have been a time when in at least this part of North Dakota, it appeared the gubernatorial race was not going to be much of a competition. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Some tough calls

April 17, 2016 Critics and the unaware might often assume that given the non-stop rush of the news world and the marketing demands on newspapers today, that little thought goes into every aspect of producing one. more »»

Garland not fit to be Supreme Court Justice

April 16, 2016 Whether they refuse to even consider him or hold hearings on his nomination, U.S. senators should not place federal Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Cour. more »»

Nowhere is truly safe from crime

April 15, 2016 Several crimes over the past few weeks have prompted perfectly reasonable people affected by the incidents to express surprise. ‘It doesn’t happen here’ has been the core opinion expresse. more »»

Criminal justice system in need of makeover

April 14, 2016 While North Dakota is nicely removed from some of the challenges that face urban war zones such as Chicago and Baltimore, the state and Ward County do share some of the most confounding problems. more »»



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