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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 »»

It’s a good time to be a North Dakotan

April 13, 2016 Yes, North Dakota faces some challenges when it comes to revenue, budget and a slowing economy in places. Still, it’s a good year to be a North Dakotan. more »»

Time for the city to hire an auditor

April 10, 2016 Last week’s decision by the City of Minot to seek out a consultant for its troubled planning department was a good first step. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Crime & Punishment

April 10, 2016 When I first arrived in Minot last fall, I wanted to get an idea of the issues on the minds of everyday residents, before anyone recognized my name. more »»

Don’t think about how new minumum wage will get paid

April 9, 2016 How would you feel if, as you were about to pay for some bread and milk at the grocery store, the cashier stopped and said, “I’m going to have to add some to your bil. more »»

DEA plane still not in use

April 8, 2016 It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. more »»

An uncomfortable truth about the drug problem

April 7, 2016 By now, most people are aware of the challenge of drug addiction facing Minot and every other community in the countr. more »»

Trump needs to dump whining

April 7, 2016 In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over th... more »»

It takes a community

April 6, 2016 The current wave of crime in Minot highlights a reality many might not often accept –that fighting crime like this is not just the reponsibility of police. It takes the entire community. more »»

What can be done to prevent railroad accidents?

April 5, 2016 Sunday’s crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia brought to 20 the number of serious railroad accidents in the United States during the past year. more »»



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