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We're all human. We all make mistakes. And to her great credit, while Kirsten Diederich made her share of mistakes, she did so while taking on the low-pay but high-stress and hugely important job of chairing the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. In other words, she was "in the arena." She was doing her part and serving her state; and for that, North Dakotans owe her their sincere thanks. But just as Target Corp.
Congratulations to Brian Schill, chairman of the Grand Forks Library Board, for the grant application that recently won finalist status in the Knight Cities Challenge. The board hopes to give library patrons "a 21st Century library experience," and crafted the library's grant application with that in mind, a Herald story reported. Clearly, the board is thinking big and trying to be creative in fulfilling Grand Forks' needs. And as long as "thinking big" and "being creative" are on the agenda, we'd like to return to a suggestion that we made early last year, which is that Grand Forks and UND
You're a college student accused of sexual assault, and your disciplinary hearing at a North Dakota University System campus is under way. If you say nothing, that can be used against you. But if you speak up, that can be used against you, too especially later. For if criminal charges result from the accusation, then everything you say at the hearing will be admissible in court. What to do? Start here: Get a lawyer.
One from Tioga, in northwestern North Dakota. One from Fort Ransom, in the southeastern part of the state. Two from Bismarck-Mandan. Four from Fargo. And none from Grand Forks. So, that's how it will stand on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, assuming the North Dakota Senate confirms the appointments that the governor made Monday: For the first time in more than a generation, Grand Forks will not be represented on the higher-ed board.
Universities across the country have come up with a novel idea in the ongoing fight against campus crime. Social intervention – meaning not necessarily some sort of physical act –...
Years ago, a talk-radio host found a way to silence complaints about a slow housing market, then and forever. The caller was fretting about how long his home had been on the market. But the host interrupted: "Look," he said."Let's say you put your house on the market for $1. Would it sell?" Well, sure, the caller responded. "Then the issue is only partly the slow market," the host declared. "The other part is your refusal to lower your price.
Oil prices collapse. Gas prices fall. And all of this in utter defiance of theories of resource scarcity, including Peak Oil: How wonderful it is to see The Doomslayer, the late economist Julian Simon, proven right once again. And while Simon died in 1998, a kindred spirit now graces America's editorial pages.
This time, the alarmists are not crying "Wolf." They're crying "Too few wolves." But the effect will be the same: a cynical public not only ignoring the calls, but also resenting the groups that keep raising false alarms. Expect a backlash, in the form of Congress taking control of wolf populations out of the hands of activists and judges and giving it back to wildlife biologists, where it belongs. It has happened before. It should happen again.
Without question, North Dakota needs to spend more on effective mental health services, the Herald's series on mental health has documented. And luckily for the state, farsighted lawmakers agree. Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget boosts funding for the services by 13 percent, in part because of the recommendations of an interim legislative committee, a Herald story reported. But as North Dakota's legislative session approaches, California's experience should be both an example and a cautionary tale.
Here's a prediction: The North Dakota Department of Health's proposed rules on oilfield waste will go into effect with few changes. If that happens, then the result will be both a credit to the department's rulemakers and a road map for enacting environmentally sensitive regulations. Other state agencies — notably, the North Dakota Industrial Commission — should take note. As the health department enters a comment period on its proposals regarding TENORM (technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials), its efforts so far stand out for this reason: The depart