Herald editorial board
Herald editorial board Artificial playing surfaces continue to be installed throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota, bringing consistency to high school and college sports events and marching band competitions. Are those surfaces safe? As these fields now number more than 12,000 across the nation, concerns are arising that the materials used to create them may have a link to cancer.
Herald editorial board The following is from the New York Times: "Many (Democrats and Republicans) despise each other, and to a degree that political scientists and pollsters say has gotten significantly worse over the last 50 years. ... Members of the two parties are more likely today to describe each other unfavorably ... even as unsuitable marriage material."
Herald editorial board Boil some water, slowly pour in the product and stir consistently. A few minutes later, the creamy substance takes shape. A bit of sugar and a splash of milk, and it's ready to eat. Preparing Cream of Wheat is that simple, and it's a basic process that's been repeated incalculable times since the product's debut 125 years ago as America's first hot breakfast cereal.
Nicole Haffely of Hillsboro will be inducted into a bowling hall of fame later this year. We know this because she was featured in a front-page feature story in the Hillsboro Banner. In Mayville, the Riverwood Addition development site is nearly sold out as more people build homes there. That news was on the front page of the Traill County Tribune. The Devils Lake Journal noted the local Sons of Norway lodge recently won a statewide award, and the Walsh County Press reported that Park River is the first city to receive the state's Vision Zero Community Designation.
Herald editorial board As Mark Kennedy and Dean Bresciani finished a joint presentation Thursday before the Economic Development Corp. and others in Grand Forks, two things quickly became apparent. Kennedy, president at UND, and Bresciani, president at North Dakota State University, spoke to a group of about 75 and discussed their goal of securing $100 million in heretofore unbudgeted state funds for research at their respective universities.
Rolette Mayor Blaine Scott had the same reaction we did upon hearing of a murder in that northeast North Dakota community. "Everyone is in shock," he said. "All you can hear on Main Street is 'Wow, I can't believe this happened in our town.'" But it did, and the public deserves to be notified in a timely manner. Mayor Scott was open to reporters about the incident and told us what he knew. Unfortunately, Rolette County State's Attorney Ryan Thompson evidently isn't so interested in informing the public that pays his salary.
Herald editorial board Congratulations, Grafton. You are on the cusp of a new era — your community's post-flood years. Starting in 2020, floods hopefully will be a thing of the past in Grafton, since a $45 million diversion project is underway with hopes that it will eliminate messy and expensive floods forever.
In 1973, U.S. Rep. Donald Brotzman, R-Colo., sponsored HR 2257, which would have mandated that "no part of any appropriation or local currency owned by the United States be available for any expenses ... in connection with travel outside the 50 states" for members of Congress that had been defeated or resigned. That was 45 years ago. HR 2257 died a quiet death. We learned of Brotzman's effort from just a few minutes of research after reading an article in Sunday's USA Today, noting how exiting federal lawmakers are participating in expensive trips paid by U.S. taxpayers.
Herald editorial board The next new name to take the political stage in Minnesota may be a familiar one: Al Franken. During a conversation last week with WCCO, the former U.S. senator hinted he may not be done with politics. When asked whether he had plans to run again for office, Franken said he has neither "ruled it out" nor "ruled it in."
Herald editorial board If Thurman Blevins, the man killed by police in the Twin Cities, had eluded police and committed murder, what would be the public's reaction? That's a question that must be asked as another police shooting has sparked another round of outrage. Here's another question: Had Blevins simply complied with police orders to stop and raise his hands, would he be alive today?