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A fellow we know is looking back on 20 years in Grand Forks. He arrived with his young family a few months after the 1997 flood. Today, the kids have passed through the Grand Forks schools and are making their way in the world. So a new chapter has begun, but the fellow and his wife are happy to stay. Why? Because Grand Forks retains its appeal. Trash covered the berms when the newcomers arrived in 1997. But the city's assets shone through, and today they're on full display.
The North Dakota prairie is the last place you'd expect to find an iceberg. But drive on out to the Grand Sky project, take a look at the construction there, and you'll see it—the tip of one, at least. It's the buildings themselves. They're the tip of a truly massive "iceberg"—a huge and, until now, hidden source of growth and economic development.
To help prevent opioid addiction, take an "ecosystem" approach. That means employ a web of strategies, a network that involves police, hospitals, nonprofits, families and others in a citywide response. Here's one strand of the web: Learn from Iceland's experience. The country devotes time and effort to helping young people experience "natural highs," a recognized key to avoiding addiction.
The points have nothing to do with either the Legislature or UND, and they were buried in a long Q&A. So for Grand Forks residents, it would have been easy to miss North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's recent comments about downtowns and development. This editorial will help make sure that doesn't happen. Clearly, Burgum believes healthy downtowns matter, and that they matters for reasons beyond the standard line, "downtown is the heart of the city." In Burgum's eyes, a healthy downtown and the policies that foster it are signs of a fiscally responsible city, too.
Editor's note: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently visited the Herald and sat for an interview with the newspaper's editorial board. Today, we're presenting Part 2 of a two-part transcript of the interview highlights. Part 1 was presented on yesterday's editorial page. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. □ □ □ Q. How do we work on the workforce issue in North Dakota?
In Minnesota, the outline of a Grand Plan is coming into view. It shows a way forward on the three big budget divides that are threatening yet another government shutdown. The divides are taxes, education and transportation. And the way forward is this: Gov. Mark Dayton yields on education; Republicans in the Legislature yield on transportation; and the two sides split the difference on taxes. ▇ "Both parties are divided on how much to spend, particularly on Dayton's proposal to add $175 million to expand prekindergarten programs," the Star Tribune summarized this week.
Editor's note: Earlier this month, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum visited the Herald and sat for an interview with the newspaper's editorial board. Today, we're presenting Part 1 of a two-part transcript of the highlights of the interview. Part 2 will be presented on tomorrow's editorial page. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. □ □ □
Put the words "Kim Kardashian" into your headline, and you're sure to get lots of clicks online. Here are two words that have the opposite effect: "Strategic plan." So, when UND's new strategic plan hit the news this week, we're guessing the click counters spun down until they clunked on zero. And that's a shame. Because strategic plans can provide that rarest of visions: a glimpse into the future. Remember that the next time you read about UND President Mark Kennedy and his strategic plan.
People take speed limits personally. Some limits even are taken as a sign of character: Think of the federal 55 mph limit, and you'll picture yourself back in the 1970s, when the Arab oil embargo kneecapped the nation, and President Jimmy Carter spoke of a national malaise. The Reagan administration started to lift those caps, and the limits were fully repealed during the 1990s boom years. Today, nobody but nobody talks about reimposing 55.
"It's admissions season — and this one is one like no other," USA Today reported last month. Now, take a guess. How does that story turn out? Is the season "like no other" because it's showing clear signs of an industry in collapse? Are America's best students abandoning expensive colleges, and saving tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars by taking classes on their phones? In short, are America's colleges and universities facing an imminent threat? No, no and no.