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Frustration in the town of Thompson seems to be at high levels these days. Evidently, many residents and school officials are frustrated they cannot generate enough support for an expansion of the town's school facilities. Others are frustrated that supporters continue to put the issue on a ballot, despite it being voted down four times now.
North Dakota's budget woes have dominated headlines, legislative sessions and coffee shop discussion for the better part of two years. Spurred by an unpredicted drop in revenue from oil- and ag-based commodities, it appears it won't improve anytime soon. It's prompting consideration of new revenue streams, and we're intrigued by the process.
Ray Holmberg envisions an end to the relationship between North Dakota and the economic research firm Moody's, but the longtime state senator from Grand Forks doesn't think the Legislature will be so quick to reconfigure its own schedule.
Today's assignment: Go to the internet and look up the primary rules of North Dakota's hunter safety education course. The four primary rules of firearm safety — as taught to young hunters in this state — include: -Point the muzzle in a safe direction. -Treat every firearm with respect due a loaded gun. -Be sure of your target and what is in front and beyond it. -Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
With respect to the local chapter of United Way and a host of other important charitable organizations, poverty in our community might not be as bad as some numbers indicate.
North Dakota lawmakers met in special session last week and approved a $310 million budget fix that will bridge the gap between the Legislature's last session in 2015 and the coming session this January. It was just the 15th time in state history a special session has been convened by the Legislature, which is one of just four in the nation that meets every other year. Forty-six states meet annually; only North Dakota, Texas, Montana and Nevada gather every two years.
Hosting the Olympics is a boondoggle no city should want. Over the course of two and a half weeks, the Olympics lure hundreds of thousands of tourists to the host cities, supposedly resulting in billions of dollars of tourism revenue and economic impact. Is it worth it? Will the cities really find adequate use for the numerous new venues to justify their construction? And are the dollars spent in advance really recouped during the 17-day run of the Olympics? Probably not.
Notice those pesky mosquitoes swarming in great clouds during picnics, ballgames and cool evenings on the patio? No? Neither have we, and our hunch is that the city's efforts to combat mosquitoes must be paying off as we head toward the sunset of the mosquito season. The Herald recently reported that city workers have been conducting mosquito sprayings throughout Grand Forks in recent weeks. The city also has increased it surveillance traps and sites, as well as its daily larvicide program.
Drive past the Apollo Sports Complex in Grand Forks some summer day and soak in the excitement and passion that comes with young boys playing youth baseball. Each of those...
A proposal to increase the sales tax in Grand Forks is coming, members of City Council have decided. Good. The proposal will not include a funding mechanism for a new library. Again, good. As the Herald has reported several times in recent months, members of the Grand Forks City Council have shown interest in pushing forward an increase to the city's sales tax. Monday, council members voted to put the proposal to a citywide vote in November.