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For a city, flooding is bad in the worst way. But not flooding is bad in its own way, as Fargo learned after its 2009 near-miss with a disastrous flood. A flood would have pushed Fargo, Moorhead, their home states and the federal government to get off the dime and build the kind of flood protection the metro area needs.
When the talk turns to Amtrak, the arguments often are predictable, with liberals favoring the passenger-train service and conservatives opposing it. But is there a conservative case for Amtrak? There is.
Take an improved Minnesota state budget. Add a House Republican majority that had won power thanks to many members' victories in Minnesota's small towns. Toss in as Senate majority leader a Democrat who hails from the Minnesota lake-country community of Cook, pop.
Back in March, a Herald editorial about the Grand Forks Police Department's response to a shooting started this way: "Three days have passed, and we still don't really know what happened in the mysterious, yet violent, incident that took place early Saturday morning in the parking lot at Altru Hospital. ... This is an entirely unacceptable method of doing the people's business." Early Tuesday morning, Grand Forks got word of another shooting incident, one that left two people dead.
Memorial Day comes once a year. But almost every other day and in every American town, there's a Memorial Two Minutes. It's the time before a ball game or other sporting event when everyone stands, faces the flag and listens to or sings "The Star Spangled Banner." And it may be the best two minutes in sports. Two such minutes unfolded Saturday in Fargo, before the start of the Eastern Dakota Conference high school championship baseball game.
Gov. Dayton, you should have listened to Art Rolnick. If you had, you could have gotten everything you wanted: more money for early-childhood education, a bipartisan consensus at the Legislature and a legislative session that ended on time. But maybe there's still hope—because Rolnick's still talking. And he's offering a logical path forward. Rolnick is one of America's most influential advocates of quality early-childhood education.
Minnesota is the home of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor's fictional creation. But North Dakota is the home of only the Lake Wobegon Effect. And alas, there's nothing fictional about it...
OK. Here is the question that lots of people in Grand Forks are asking, including arts supporters and (likely) most members of the Grand Forks City Council: What the heck is going on with the North Valley Arts Council? Six people have left the council's board this year, including the board president as recently as Tuesday.
Long ago in a newsroom far, far away, a reporter complained that the people over in that community's City Hall were getting paid more than she was. "So go work for City Hall," the publisher barked. End of discussion — and the reporter knew it.
As Jarrod Thomas of KNOX Radio in Grand Forks said on his talk show Monday morning, some news stories grow so fast that they proceed to block out the sun...