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Back on the night of Jan. 5, North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer made a wrong turn near Larimore, N.D., and wound up driving westbound in the eastbound lane...
It always helps to get a fresh pair of eyes on a situation. And when a series of knowledgeable outsiders — after evaluating that situation — reach strikingly similar conclusions, then it's time for insiders to take note. That's now the case with the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, which is evaluating its short list of candidates for chancellor. The chancellor hire will be the board's most important action of 2015.
Here's the deal. Americans would feel a lot more comfortable about the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran if the president didn't seem so intent on going it alone. For example, 47 Senate Republicans aren't the only lawmakers who've expressed serious reservations about the agreement. As has been reported, Sen.
Ah, the Good Old Days. Some elements of them weren't really so good. But some were righteous, like the luxury of being able to travel to and from Canada while flashing only your driver's license at the border. The act not only reflected a trust between the two countries that was unique in the history of the world.
Here's the item that likely will resolve Grand Forks County commissioners' doubts, and convince the county to partner with others to open a social detox center in Grand Forks: Data. If there's a need for such a center in Grand Forks, that need can and should be documented.
Don't make too much of the actions of a fringe. That was the theme of protesters in downtown Grand Forks recently, when they rightly condemned Usama Dakdok's blanket condemnation of Islam. It's wrong to make generalizations based on the actions of a comparative few, the protesters declared. It's especially wrong in a country like the United States, where terrorism remains extremely rare, and the patriotic conduct of millions of Muslims gives the lie to raw stereotyping of any kind. Now, a mirror image of that situation has arisen in Grand Forks.
As North Dakotans who follow the news know, the dairy industry in the state has experienced a steep decline. There were 49,000 dairy cows on 350 dairy farms in North Dakota in 2000.
"Some say too strong, others too weak," read one headline from an oil-and-gas-country newspaper, describing the federal government's new fracking rules. That suggests the feds got this one right. Surprisingly for an administration that hasn't been shy about throwing its weight around, the Interior Department's new regs reflect a common-sense approach that balances the fracking scale right in the middle. For one thing, the feds could have banned fracking outright, as New York State has done. But federal regulators didn't.
On the topic of Minnesota’s roads and bridges, Gov. Mark Dayton wants one thing. House Republicans want something else. What to do? How about this: Remember the saying, “Everything old...
When North Dakotans go to the polls, they vote for Senate and House members to represent their district. The candidates campaign on their ability to represent the district. Incumbents point to local improvements to show their skill at representing the district. Implicit in all that -- so much so that voters take it for granted -- is the notion that the House and Senate members will live in the district. But will they? North Dakota law is weak on that question.