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Enbridge Energy's Line 3 replacement project makes perfect sense. The project will swap out a prematurely aging and corroding crude-oil pipeline for a state-of-the-art replacement. We anticipate few objections from Minnesota agencies, smooth sailing at the state-board level and strong support from northern Minnesota. But that isn't enough. Enbridge officials may not want to quarrel with the anti-pipeline movement. But that movement very much wants to quarrel with them. More important, that movement can kill the project—but only if Enbridge loses the PR war.
A smart plan is one that offers proposals that make people think, "Hey. Interesting. Someone took a fresh look at the landscape, and came up with a good idea." The new Plan for Downtown Grand Forks sparks a number of those happy jolts. That means the Mayor's Downtown Vibrancy Group did a creative and professional job. Grand Forks should welcome the plan and use it as intended, which means as a blueprint for building an even more successful and attractive downtown.
Today is North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's last full day in office. Thursday, Doug Burgum will start his term in Bismarck as Dalrymple's successor. And for North Dakotans, that transition is both exhilarating and unsettling. Because while Burgum has a terrific reputation as a business leader, he's an unknown quantity in a public-service leadership role. Dalrymple, in contrast, has been neither exhilarating nor unsettling. And we mean that as high praise. Because what Jack Dalrymple is, is steadying.
North Dakotans should be proud that two of the state's members of Congress are being considered for Cabinet posts. Midwestern states like to be known for punching above their weight: Iowa, for its outsized influence in presidential campaigns; Minnesota, where innovative governance routinely draws national attention.
The world of wood is a great place to visit. But when a snowstorm whites out the North Dakota plains, the drifts start covering tents, and the temperatures plunge to frostbite-within-minutes levels, it sure is nice to have the world of oil to retreat to. Which sums up much of what's been happening recently at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp. Fresh from winning an encouraging U.S. Army ruling on their protest, the protesters—some thousands of them, at least—declared victory and went home.
Thirty million dollars doesn't wind up in a state budget by accident. The $30 million that Gov. Jack Dalrymple is recommending for the Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant is no exception. That's especially true given North Dakota's newly austere budget climate. State agencies are seeing parentheses around their numbers in the proposed budget, meaning that in comparison with previous budgets, their allocation is likely to take a hit.
It's 75 years ago yesterday—Dec. 7, 1941. You're a prominent member of the America First Committee, the group that demanded America stay out of the European and Pacific wars. You're scheduled to speak to an arena full of America Firsters. But an hour beforehand, you're handed a note saying the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor. What do you do? As North Dakota history buffs know, a U.S. senator from North Dakota, Gerald Nye, was in exactly that situation. As it turned out, Nye tried to do the right thing—but, alas, hours later than he should have.
The attack on Pearl Harbor took place 75 years ago today. But if you look out your window, you'll see an even more direct connection to the America of that era. Because a quilt of new snow now blankets the prairie, telling North Dakotans and Minnesotans they're sure to have a white Christmas. And on Christmas Day 1941—only 17 days after the Japanese attack—The Kraft Music Hall radio show featured Bing Crosby, singing "White Christmas" publicly for the first time. So, this month marks the 75th anniversary of that song's premiere. Don't it take ya back?
Building consensus is Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown's thing. Getting back up right after a hard-fought smackdown and vowing to fight again? Less so. It's not that the mayor can't do it; it's that he hasn't chosen to do it. Until now: "Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown said he'd like to see a city sales tax increase on the ballot by June or earlier, launching a second discussion on the topic three weeks after an attempt to increase city tax rates failed at the polls," Herald staff writer Sam Easter reported last week. "'The sooner, the better,' Brown said."
There's a reason why Republicans soon will control not only the presidency, but also the Senate, the House, 33 governorships and both chambers in 32 states. The reason can be found in the Dakota Access Pipeline case. With its elevation of identity politics above all else, its twisting of facts to accuse others of racism, its fanatic claim of being above the law and its wild exaggerations of environmental risk, the protest helps explain why so few Americans are willing to give the Left power.