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Talk about “news you can use”: Grand Forks police officers patrol in unmarked cars to catch drivers who are texting-while-driving, a GFPD lieutenant told the Herald. The officers look “for tell-tale signs of texting while driving: head down, one hand or no hands on the wheel, a phone in their palm,” the story on Monday’s front page reported.
There’s no need for UND to be shy at this point about choosing a new nickname. Just the opposite, in fact. There’s every reason for the university to pick up the pace — to start naming people to committees, soliciting ideas from fans and issuing press releases about the results. But shy is how UND is choosing to proceed. That’s shown by comments such as this one, which Herald Staff Writer Anna Burleson quoted in her recent story on the issue: “We want to emphasize that the work of this group will be to establish a process, not to select a new nickname or logo,” said one administrator.
Let's talk a little walk down Memory Lane. Here are a few excerpts from news stories about the Alerus Center in Grand Forks and its budget over the years. Read, and remember. From 2001: "The Alerus Center is expected to lose money this year, and it will likely lose next year, too, according to center officials." From 2003: "Grand Forks' Alerus Center expects to operate in the red again this year, according to a marketing plan released Wednesday.
In November, just as North Dakotans vote on an amendment to embed conservation funding in their constitution, Minnesotans will mark the six-year anniversary of their own vote to do the same. So, how has Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment fared? Let’s ask Minnesotans themselves. Earlier this year, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership did just that, and North Dakota voters may want to take note of the results.
Ever stand next to a railroad track as a speeding train whizzes past? It’s more than a bit unnerving. The residents of Devils Lake may soon be unnerved in just that way if trains are allowed to double their speed to 60 mph through the city limits. Trains and rail service providers are under plenty of heat lately in North Dakota. Residents want better service, lower costs and more accessibility, all the while heaping more of a load on the tracks that exist in the state.
Our view: Youth sports can both bring prosperity and boost the quality of life.
Herald employees always are happy to be associated with Forum Communications, the company that owns the newspaper. But there are times when the pride runs especially deep, and this is one of those times. Last week, the Community Foundation announced that Forum Communications Co. Chairman William C. Marcil and his family have given $300,000 to the 42nd Street Arts Corridor Project in Grand Forks.
Minnesota locks up more sex offenders per capita for longer periods and with fewer chances for release than any other state.
There is a wilderness area in northern Minnesota. It’s the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; and as specified in the Wilderness Act of 1964, it’s an area “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man” and “where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” But it encompasses only part of northern Minnesota. Not the whole.
Here’s a suggestion for people who’d like to establish a university district or an arts-and-entertainment zone in Grand Forks: First things first.