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"This intuitive understanding of the benefits of early childhood education is supported by a wealth of social and medical research," writes North Dakota's state superintendent of public instruction on this page. Counters the president of the North Dakota Family Alliance, "but countless studies confirm the 'fade-out' effect of preschool programs by the end of the third grade." Who's right? Well, that's not clear.
Most Grand Forks residents look west these days and wonder what effect the Oil Boom will have on the local economy. But a decision to be made in Washington in 2016 or 2017 could goose the Grand Forks economy much more than the Oil Boom at its boomiest. That would be the Air Force's decision on where to base the service's KC-46A flying refueling tankers. A "go" decision to base some tankers in Grand Forks would mark a big boost in payroll, population and prospects for the city.
One hundred and fifty years ago today, U.S. Grant accepted Robert E. Lee's surrender in the village of Appomattox Court House. And while the action marked the end of the divisive Civil War, it marked the start of a unifying tradition: the tradition of generosity in victory. Now, a century-and-a-half later, that's a tradition supporters of gay rights should consider returning to.
President Barack Obama would do America a great service if he were to show the courage of his convictions, and seek Congress' approval of his nuclear agreement with Iran. And Minnesota's senators would do the president a great service if they were to help persuade him to make that move. They could do that by signing on to a key bill by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., which already has significant bipartisan support. As Herald readers will remember from their civics classes, presidents can make treaties, but only with the concurrence of two-thirds of the U.S.
This evening, a Grand Forks group will host an event meant to help residents learn about Islam and answer questions about the religion. May we ask a few questions based...
Conservatives in the North Dakota often point to South Dakota as a place with friendlier tax policies, and as a result — until the Oil Boom, at least — a...
When the Task Force on Open Meetings has its first get-together in the North Dakota attorney general's office, here's a resource that all of the members will want access to: It's the website of the Reporter's Committee for the Freedom of the Press, rcfp.org. And there's no better source of info on Sunshine Laws in all 50 states. As Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, make clear in their columns on this page, North Dakota's Sunshine Laws identify violators very well, but are less successful at deterring abuse.
Say, Minnesota lawmakers: Have we got a deal for you. It's a proposal that would be immensely popular throughout the state, make Minnesota a better place and win praise from coast to coast. Interested? Here it is: Adopt the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities' compromise transportation plan. Then let the good times roll. A lot is at stake in Minnesota's transportation planning—so much, in fact, that the words "a lot" don't begin to do it justice. When you think about, say, Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to spend $10 billion on roads and transit over 10 years ...
Two items on the Grand Forks School Board's agenda also command the attention of lots of other people in town. Here's our take: ￭ Parking is an issue for every business and organization in America, very much including the Herald. It's safe to say that every Herald employee feels a little sunburst of joy upon finding a place in our lots — and a tiny thundercloud of frustration when the spaces are full, and parking must be hunted down three or four blocks away. Central High students are no different.
No, it's not going to make ESPN or put 19,000 people in a Boston arena. But the Grand Forks School District's annual success being named one of America's best communities for music education deserves notice. And that's true even if the award doesn't have quite the cachet of the UND men's hockey team's regular trips to the Frozen Four. Year in, year out, the National Association of Music Merchants names the best communities for music education; and year in, year out, the Grand Forks School District makes the list.