Chuck Marohn is passionate about downtowns and any town that's committed to a strong inner core. He's also a fun interview, because he doesn't shy away from bold, readable quotes. Marohn is founder and president of Strong Towns, a Brainerd, Minn.- based nonprofit dedicated to developing fiscally stable downtowns based in part on traditional, pre-World War II ideals.
The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline passed a key milestone this week, further convincing us that its construction is necessary and, even, imminent. Eric Lipman, an administrative law judge in Minnesota, on Monday recommended that Sandpiper be built, albeit with a few conditions. He made that decision after taking five days of testimony and receiving some 2,000 letters about the pipeline. The next step for the Sandpiper is to receive a certificate of need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
I met a fellow named Tom in the lobby of the Herald. He was here Thursday to buy a subscription, and we talked for a few minutes about farms and North Dakota soybeans. He shook my hand and told me to keep up the good work. It made me smile, because in the newspaper business, we don't always hear such cheerful compliments. And that's OK, because if the Herald really is going to be a great product that continues its historic tradition of journalistic excellence, we need to hear the bad with the good. John S.
About the only thing to slow Mayor Mike Brown's enthusiasm during his State of the City address Thursday was a two-minutes-long gap in his speech, due to a technical glitch with some computer equipment. Brown, speaking to a packed house during a luncheon at the Alerus Center, gave an hour-long update on numerous Grand Forks initiatives and statistics, most of which were accompanied by a heavy dose of optimism after what Brown said was a great year for the city. The mayor told us the city is healthy, run by competent managers and headed in the right direction.
Are brick-and-mortar businesses at risk in today's world of Internet commerce? Absolutely. But if a group of senators get their way, America's evolving business marketplace finally will return to a level field. Monday, the Herald reported that U.S. senators are pushing to allow states to collect sales tax from remote retailers who do not have a physical presence in that particular state.
Kids can't chant "scoreboard" at basketball games anymore? Times sure have changed in this era of over-protectionism — sometimes for the better, but in some cases for the worse. Saturday, the Herald reported about efforts made at Red River High School to control student fans at basketball games, and specifically the state Class A games over the weekend at the Fargodome.
The January collision between a school bus and freight train near Larimore, N.D., was due to an error on the part of the bus driver, the state Highway Patrol has concluded. In the weeks since the Jan. 5 accident, many wondered if the crash came after some sort of medical condition that rendered the driver unable to stop the bus, but the Highway Patrol's investigation shows otherwise. It's a sad chapter in this tragic drama, but we hope it's not the conclusion.
Three days have passed, and we still don't really know what happened in the mysterious, yet violent, incident that took place early Saturday morning in the parking lot at Altru Hospital. Far too few details have emerged regarding the incident, which we now know involved potentially deadly force by a UND police officer, as well as heavy use of several other taxpayer-funded law-enforcement agencies. This is an entirely unacceptable method of doing the people's business. Thanks to a very brief police statement and eyewitness accounts, here is what we knew prior to a Monday afternoon press conf
We thought for a moment that U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., may have spilled the beans about her true feelings on a gubernatorial bid.
Boosters of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline project came to our office recently to tout what they say will be the many benefits to the region if the pipeline ever gets...