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When choosing a person to serve on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, it helps if the candidate has experience. Alice Hoffert's experience in both higher education and on high-level boards is exceptional. Hoffert is one of three finalists for an open seat. Here is what Gov. Jack Dalrymple — who'll make the selection — should know: Hoffert worked at UND for 37 years, serving in a variety of administrative and executive roles. The jobs gave her insight into key higher ed concerns.
So, did God really create the world in seven days? And even if he did, what does that have to do with North Dakota State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler? Only this: Science strongly and convincingly argues that the world was not, in fact, created in seven days. But when it comes to wisdom about human nature, science still hasn't caught up with the Bible, many of whose insights seem as relevant today as they were in 2,000 B.C. We're thinking especially of the suggestion that "we are all sinners." The evidence for this claim doesn't show up on any brain scan. But for a
Here's our take on how local leaders in the unmanned aircraft systems industry reacted to Sunday's release of long-awaited FAA rules: Whew! That's "whew!" as in, "Whew! These rules are better than we were expecting. For months, rumor had it that Federal Aviation Administration was going to power down commercial uses of UAS via draconian regs. "Instead, the agency's proposals are both safety-conscious and technologically liberating — and that's a tough balance to strike.
Opponents of licensing mid-level dental practitioners have a problem, and the problem is research. Specifically, the problem is the absence of any research finding that fears of mid-level practitioners are warranted, as well as the presence of many conclusions that the reform works fine. Here's hoping the North Dakota Legislature passes Senate Bill 2354, licensing advanced practice dental hygienists and letting science carry the day. Since 2009, Minnesota has licensed dental therapists, mid-levels who can do not only dental hygienists' work but also a few tasks — filling cavities, rou
Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, is right about one thing. When it comes to his House Bill 1181, which would change the way North Dakota fills vacant U.S. Senate seats, "the reason for this bill is very simple." But Streyle's wrong about the "very simple" reason he ascribes — namely, his and his party's supposedly deep desire to let North Dakota voters and only North Dakota voters choose a replacement U.S.
A rock-solid Republican state, North Dakota still has two well-known vestiges from its short period of socialist rule: the Bank of North Dakota, and the State Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks. With the 100th anniversaries of the state mill and bank fast approaching, it's safe to say that most residents view the institutions with some affection. They rank high on the list of quirks that set North Dakota apart. But an even more essential North Dakota institution also dates back to the state's NonPartisan League days: the North Dakota Industrial Commission.
Politics ain't beanbag, and neither is it baseball, in which the rule is "Three strikes, and you're out." Still, the three strikes that are dogging a Minnesota effort to lower the drinking age to 18 seem more than enough to doom the proposal. Lawmakers who support the change should retreat, recalculate how to put together a winning plan and renew their push at a later time. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is leading the reform charge.
Both the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks city councils will be considering social-host ordinances sometime soon. Good. America has learned a lot about how to prevent teen drinking, and these ordinances are one of the strategies that work. But even if the councils find the evidence persuasive, there's one key area that's still up for debate.
Don't look now, but the United States quickly is losing its advantage in the commercial use of unmanned aircraft, a hugely promising industry whose technology the nation pioneered. And given that the Grand Forks area is counting on unmanned aircraft to be a growth engine for decades to come, valley residents should be concerned. For years, the Federal Aviation Administration has let only hobbyists — not businesses — fly privately owned drones.
Two words often stop policy innovation in its tracks: Unintended consequences. From anti-poverty initiatives that seem to make poverty worse, to invasive species controls that wind up spreading and becoming invasive themselves, projects have wound up validating the familiar health care refrain about the cure being worse than the disease. That's why the American Civil Liberties Union is right to raise privacy concerns about enhanced driver's licenses.