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Grand Loop? Great idea. Greater Grand Forks Arts Council? Hmm ... Could be a great idea, too. But that'll depend on how the council is set up and administered—and that, in turn, will depend on how well arts organizers explain the need for the council in the first place. Last week, Grand Forks saw the release of its public arts master plan. The 139-page document "proposes a list of spaces where public art could shine and gives city leaders a blueprint for how to start seeking, placing and maintaining it," as Herald staff writer Sam Easter reported.
May we offer a piece of advice to the Grand Forks Library Board? It is this: As the board does its research on the two finalist sites for a new...
Duane Sand has not had much success in politics, the career for which most North Dakotans know him. He ran for Congress four times and lost on all four occasions. But Sand has been much more successful in the nonpolitical part of his career: specifically, his U.S.
Now that Duane Sand is not running for office, maybe North Dakotans will start listening to him. Let's hope so. Because Sand's back, and he's re-introducing a fascinating idea that's truly "in his wheelhouse," to use the maritime term that fits well with Sand's Navy background. It's the notion that utilities should build a nuclear power plant in the Red River Valley.
Memo to the Republican majority in the Minnesota House: Strongly supporting Local Government Aid is a political winner for you.
Now and then, the hype coming out of Washington PR machines is warranted. This is one of those times. The North Dakota congressional delegation—especially Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp—is crowing about the new bipartisan agreement that's likely to lift America's 40-year-old ban on exporting oil. But the lifting of the ban would be, in fact, a big deal for North Dakota.
Did you notice? Something's missing in the Grand Forks Community Land Trust's approach to affordable housing, an approach that was described in a story in Saturday's Herald: Controversy. And that's...
The Sandpiper Pipeline project will transport Bakken oil from western North Dakota through Clearbrook, Minn., and then on to oil terminals in Superior, Wis. The $2.6 billion project has been approved by North Dakota, but Minnesota regulators still are making up their minds, and some environmental groups are hoping to see the pipeline either blocked or substantially rerouted. Paul Eberth, Sandpiper Pipeline project director for Enbridge Energy, recently gave an update on the project to the Herald's editorial board. Below is a transcript, which has been edited for length and clarity. Q.
Santa's main toy shop, of course, is at the North Pole. But in recent days, a regional warehouse in St. Nick's annual effort could be found in the Herald's Community Room—complete with "elves." Also known as the Santa Claus Girls. And thanks to the bustling work of the Santa Claus Girls, if you would have peeked into the Herald's biggest room anytime in the past few days, you would have seen toys overflowing from every table.
The black, oily smoke billows so thickly off the aircraft carrier that it looks like the whole ship is on fire. This is not a minor or even a major mishap, the grainy film from World War II makes clear. This is an gigantic catastrophe: a firestorm at sea, an epic, volcanic conflagration that’s bound to get even worse as it starts lighting off the ship’s stores of aviation fuel.