The week that was

BATTLING THE BUGS Minot, Williston and other locations will get some help in battling pesky mosquitoes this summer after the Air Force Reserve Command approved requests for aerial spraying. The spraying is expected to take place at the end of June and in mid-July, according to the office of Sen. John?Hoeven, who had urged the command to spray non-federal lands while the Air Force Reserve will be in the area spraying federal land. We’re happy with the announcement. Anyone who’s been outside since the recent rains knows the mosquito problem first-hand. Aerial spraying will help get rid of the little blood-suckers, which helps prevent diseases such as West Nile Virus and others. The communities being sprayed will pay for the cost of chemicals, and the spraying will be used as a training mission for the Air Force Reserve’s 910th (Airlift Wing). Until then, residents will no doubt continue to battle the annoying skeeters on their own, but at least we know there is help on the way.

BUILDING BOOM And the building continues in western North Dakota. Last week, a Minnesota financial group held ground-breaking ceremonies for projects in Stanley and Tioga. The commercial projects include Cash Wise Grocery and Liquor Store, as well as other tenants including a Holiday Station,?Tractor Supply and a hotel. Oppidian, based in Minnetonka, Minn., plans to build $150 million worth of commercial and residential projects in Stanley, Tioga, Watford City, Dickinson, Williston and Minot. The projects represent another example of ongoing investment in cities in the oil patch, as well as those on the edge, like Minot. We expect there will certainly be more projects coming in the future.