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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.
North Dakota, 1990: Eight murders, 98 forcible rapes, 36 robberies and 223 aggravated assaults. North Dakota, 2013: 14 murders, 237 forcible rapes, 151 robberies and 1,156 aggravated assaults. And there you have it. The oil boom, on balance, has been a terrifically good thing in North Dakota. The state’s newfound wealth has brought about tremendous changes, almost all of them for the better.
Talk about your great news: “Survey shows little progress on bullying,” the headline in Sunday’s Herald read. Yep, go ahead and spread the word, because this trend is really worth celebrating. OK, not the trend of “little progress on bullying”; that one’s not worth celebrating at all. It’s the other phrase in the headline that represents good news.
Why are we not surprised to learn that the Grand Forks Summer Performing Arts Co. is a finalist for a major national award?
Four words from flood control — a topic Grand Forks learned about the hard way — could help the teachers unions in their national public-relations war. The words are “room for the river.” And the unions should listen, because right now, they need all the help they can get.