Lloyd Omdahl’s recent column on preschool services in North Dakota was right on the mark in blasting the Legislature for its lack of support for preschool programs. But it failed to tell the whole story, though not through any fault of Omdahl, because he was not in the halls of the Capitol when these decisions were made back in 2009. I was.
Four years ago in the N.D. District 43 Senate race, Democrat JoNell Bakke, a teacher, beat Republican incumbent Duaine Espegard, a retired banker, who ran on a primarily economic development platform.
In 2010, Bakke faces another Republican business leader, architect Lonnie Laffen, running on an economic development platform.
Sen. JoNell Bakke, D-Grand Forks, and my colleague in the North Dakota Senate from District 43, is exactly the kind of knowledgeable, caring and effective public servant who deserves reelection this year.
Grand Forks architect said he’d focus on job creation, energy development Grand Forks business owner Lonnie Laffen is seeking Grand Forks Republicans’ endorsement to run for the North Dakota Senate, he announced Sunday night.
Senate Bill 2271 would have required any individual responding to a domestic disturbance to report to authorities if they find a family pet or animal in the home that also had been mistreated or abused.
Unfortunately, I met with resistance to this bill from a variety of sources.
Over the protests of a Grand Forks legislator who called it “reinventing the wheel,” the state Senate gave final passage to a bill Wednesday that could give $5 million in state funds to a new “Great Plains applied energy research center” in Bismarck.
As a special education teacher and foster parent, Bakke lives the values she advocates. Her life has given her a front-row seat to witness how a little compassion and caring can make the world a better place.
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