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Recently, North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson and North Dakota Census Office Manager Kevin Iverson spoke to the Herald's editorial board about the economic and demographic changes in the state. What follows is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and length. Q. What are some of the issues for Grand Forks County?
For Grand Forks residents, here's a bottom line on the region's economic and demographic trends: The Grand Forks area is poised for dramatic growth, as it's a leader in one...
Reason No. 26 to regret the Democratic Party's weakness in today's North Dakota: Because Republicans in power need a watchdog, exactly as Democrats do in states where they have control. Case in point: the proposed North Dakota Industrial Commission rule that would block most of the public from participating in public hearings on oil and gas issues. Marvin Nelson, the state legislator from Rolla, N.D., who's now the Democratic candidate for North Dakota governor, called attention to the proposed rule this week. He was right to do so:
Tonight is a special night in Grand Forks. And it's one that residents of Roseau, Minn., probably best understand. For as Roseau residents know, Roseau culture is organized in part around producing outstanding hockey players and teams. The process starts in preschool. It continues throughout Roseau youngsters' K-5 years and intensifies in middle school and beyond.
When Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama back in 2012, Republicans commissioned an autopsy: the Growth and Opportunity Project, an in-depth look at demographics and the party's dynamics that resulted in a brutally honest 97-page report. "Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future," it concluded. True, it would be unusual for a party to launch such a dissection before, rather than after, an election. But North Dakota Democrats might as well get started.
Wayne Stenehjem's victory over both Doug Burgum and Rick Becker at the GOP convention in Fargo reinforces a core truth about North Dakota politics: North Dakotans trend Republican but are not especially conservative, at least in the economic sense. Come to think of it, that's a fair statement about large numbers of voters nationwide, as the Republican Party keeps finding out.
Last week, President Barack Obama's recent visit to Cuba got a post-visit boost: Fidel Castro came out against it. Fidel's opposition helped Obama because in making his tirade, the retired Cuban leader looked less like a revolutionary and more like a crotchety reactionary—one who is standing athwart history and futilely yelling, "¡Alto!" Fidel's effort is not going to work, judging by the Cuban and American publics' favorable reactions to Obama's visit.
Now and then, a letter arrives that's worth calling attention to upon publication. Today is one of those days. For not only does John Sens' letter make a lot of...
Call it the Third C: For true College and Career readiness, think Computer science. One of the most valuable skills in the modern economy, computer science gets taught only occasionally and to only a comparative few in America's elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools. Changing those situations could improve all kinds of outcomes, including math scores, college completion rates, college placement rates and even college graduates' incomes. North Dakota and Minnesota, take note.
The Red River Valley Water Supply Project has a number of disadvantages, the biggest one being cost. The proposed pipeline to carry water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley could cost a billion dollars or more.