The week that was

ENROLLMENT ON THE RISE Minot State University’s enrollment is on the upswing for the fall semester, with about a 3 percent increase over 2012. That’s good news, obviously, as the university continues to recover the student losses brought about from the 2011 Souris River flood. Of those students, some 742 will live in student housing, up from 2012’s 676 students in campus housing. Modular units on campus are again being used, and some students could be housed in area hotels as overflow housing. A growing student population is a good sign that the university is getting back to the business at hand namely educating students instead of worrying about the immediate ramifications of a flood. We’re happy to see students again realizing that Minot State University has much to offer them as they continue their education.

PAYING IT FORWARD Members of the Minot community will be traveling to New York in September to be part of the New York Says Thank You Foundation, and for good reason. The Minoters also plan to ship some 2,000 painted, wooden stars to the event so residents there can add their own words of encouragement and hope, much like Minot residents did when stars were sent to the Magic City after the flood of 2011. Some 1,300 stars have already been completed. In the past year, Minot volunteers have helped paint stars to send to other communities hit by natural disasters. It certainly doesn’t surprise us that Minot residents remain involved in the Stars of Hope project. The painted stars are still visible all around town, and the project lets communities know that they are not alone. We hope the relationship between Minot and the project lasts for a long time.