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"Senate bill would limit volatility of crude shipped by rail." "Senator wants tougher rules for volatile oil moved by rail." As it rolls down the tracks, the oil-train debate is throwing off these headlines like sparks, reflecting the efforts of senior government officials to cope with the higher volumes of oil being shipped from the Bakken and elsewhere One key issue involves the treatment of the oil before shipment. Currently, North Dakota requires that the oil be "conditioned"—but that's not enough, critics declare.
Every Grand Forks and East Grand Forks resident knows the impact the Greenway has had on local life. After all, the spectacular resource is universally loved.
There'll be time enough in days to come to consider the survey of UND faculty that offered very harsh judgments about UND President Robert Kelley. That survey is big news in Grand Forks and around the state.
It's a case of dueling press releases. But it deserves a minute of Minnesotans' time—especially those Minnesotans who oppose the Sandpiper Pipeline and can't understand why their fellow residents keep rejecting their arguments. For those opponents, gaining this understanding is crucial. For indisputable evidence now has surfaced that the pipeline's backers are carrying the day—evidence in the form of Friday's unanimous vote in favor of the pipeline by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. How can that be?
Billings, Mont., is about Fargo's size, so what happens there isn't directly comparable to life in Grand Forks. But here's some Billings news that Grand Forks residents at least ought to consider: In 2011, Billings residents voted to replace their worn-out downtown library with a brand-new building, also downtown.
"Transparency shouldn't be a goal," as Herald Editor Steve Wagner writes in his column on this page. "It should be assumed." But besides the episodes Wagner mentions, there's one other recent incident in local governance in which transparency was neither assumed nor made a goal. Instead, it was ignored: We're talking about the 12-day period in which Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown was convalescing from triple-bypass surgery, but failed tell the public about it. And we use the term "failed" deliberately.
As policy debates get more partisan and the media hosts more voices of the hard left and far right, one source of centrism remains: newspaper editorials. At most newspapers, editorials represent the views of the editorial board, not just one person. Further, because board members not only live in the community but also hail from all points along the political spectrum, editorials at their best often take a "common sense," consensus or compromise approach. All of which is not to toot the Herald editorial board's horn.
Sign on the back of a sewage tanker truck: "Back off!" it reads. "We ain't haulin' milk." With that in mind, it can be hard to see a new sewer pipe as a cause for celebration. But East Grand Forks' decision to tie in to Grand Forks' sewage treatment system still deserves a round of applause and maybe even a bottle of champagne. That's because the coming interconnect, despite its odious contents, might just mark the spring-fresh dawn of a new era of partnership between the two cities.
If the new chancellor of the North Dakota University System wants to hit the ground running, he quickly should follow up on Sunday's news about the system's noninstructional staff. You see, "North Dakota has far more non-teaching jobs at its public colleges and universities per capita than any other state," a Forum News Service story reported. And it's "a gap that's growing, according to a recent National Education Association report." So, is that the case?
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.