Herald editorial board
Herald editorial board Over the past century, East Grand Forks went from wet to dry and back to wet, meaning the city adjusted as Prohibition and various conservative laws and habits affected its lucrative nightlife economy. That wet-dry analogy refers to liquor, of course. But the city also went from wet to dry in a more literal sense: After various floods wreaked havoc on East Grand Forks, the city eventually erected a flood wall and now enjoys much better odds that it will stay dry in future high-water years.
Herald editorial board A month ago, a Grand Forks resident walked into City Hall and asked to see a very specific piece of public information, hidden deep in the city budget. The person didn't identify himself as an employee of the Herald, but simply walked up to the counter and requested the data. Was he questioned? Did the clerk hesitate? Was the request accompanied by an eyeroll or any sort of terse response? Not at all. In fact, the clerk presented the budget book and politely asked the visitor if he needed help finding the line item he sought.
Herald editorial board Is it OK to break the law if it's in the name of perceived public good? Specifically, can people who trespassed and tampered with a multi-million-dollar pipeline avoid jail time if they can prove it was for the sake of slowing climate change? This is the issue that's before a jury in Bagley, Minn., where two women from Washington face trial for attempting to shut down two pipelines in northwest Minnesota in 2016.
Herald editorial board For years, communities have been divided by stereotypical lines that crisscross geographic areas, often more imaginary than real. For example, the "wrong side of the tracks." Now, a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and Brown universities shows how specific neighborhood lines can impact a child's prospect of upward mobility. The atlas uses numbers from the census, tax returns and other data on roughly 20 million people born between 1978 and 1983. It considers their parents' income, along with the child's income in subsequent years.
Longtime Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost earns $114,402 annually. That comes after eight years as the county's top cop and at the conclusion of 48 years in law enforcement. That's quite a bit of experience as a lawman. Rost's tenure as sheriff is coming to a close, and he will retire in a few weeks. The next sheriff of Grand Forks County — either B.J. Maxson or Andy Schneider — will earn $107,538. That's a 6 percent decrease.
An email sent this week from a state leader to his staff prompted a political ripple and a swift reaction in Bismarck. North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler resigned Monday after he sent an email to his staff portraying his personal thoughts about the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Herald editorial board North Dakota exported $5.8 billion worth of goods to the world in 2017, and those exports supported an estimated 28,000 jobs. Of the $5.8 billion, the state exported $4.9 billion of goods to Canada in 2017. That's 84 percent of the state's total exported goods. Minnesota's exports to Canada top $20 billion annually.
Herald editorial board Calling Dave Molmen and Dr. Joshua Wynne: Your expertise, advice or lucky charm may be needed. Molmen, outgoing CEO of Altru Health, and Wynne, dean of UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, played monumental roles in the work that eventually led to a new medical-school building at UND.
Herald editorial board Bill Cosby is headed to jail, sentenced to serve three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. The comedian, actor and man who voiced the characters in the "Fat Albert" cartoon series of the 1970s has been declared a "sexually violent predator" by the presiding judge. The woman Cosby assaulted, Andrea Constand, is one of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, generally following a similar pattern of drugging the women and assaulting them while they were unable to defend themselves.
Are Democrats not interested in hearing that accuser's story? More to the point: Is it a double standard, as Republicans claim?