If you could reliably reduce the future incidence of crime, drug use and suicide in our community, would you be willing to commit 30 cents from your household budget per year? This column focuses on the intersection of one important, expensive and mandatory function of county governance — law enforcement — and one small, inexpensive, and discretionary function of county government — arts funding, specifically arts funding targeted on troubled youth but integrated into a larger program so seamlessly as to be nearly invisible.
GRAND FORKS—In Wednesday's Herald, Lloyd Omdahl provided a valuable lesson in federalism to outgoing Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Too late, Lloyd. The current administration has already militarized the pipeline protest beyond reason and set state-tribal relations back a generation. That was before House Majority Leader Al Carlson destroyed a proud state tradition by "un-inviting" the tribal government address to the Legislature. Our only hope for sensible resolution lies with the next administration.
Long-time director of the UND Energy and Environmental Research Center, Gerald Groenewold, currently is on administrative leave with pay, but without explanation. This column is not about him. I write today out of concern for future of the institution that is the EERC: