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Duke lacrosse. Baylor football. Now, the University of Minnesota football scandal, which—importantly—fits neither of the above narratives. Instead, U of M authorities seem to be finding the elusive middle way. In the Duke lacrosse case, athletes' lives were upended by accusations of racism and rape—accusations that later were shown to be false.
The Herald's series, "Hooked in Heartland," looked at addiction through the eyes of therapists, physicians, police officers, family members and the addicts themselves. Now, here are the professionals with whom society should consult next: Linguists. Yes, we're serious. Because the more we learn about addiction, the more we realize our language—our vocabulary—is inadequate to the task.
Editor's note: On Dec. 5, Paul Eberth, project director for Enbridge Energy, stopped by the Herald to talk with the editorial board about the company's LIne 3 Pipeline replacement project. The following is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and length. Q: The Canadian government recently approved Line 3. So, where are you at with it in the United States? It crosses North Dakota slightly, correct?
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.