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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.
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.