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So important is the office of the president that Europeans often say they wish they could vote in U.S. elections. That won't be happening anytime soon, of course. But it helps explain what's happening in Minnesota right now, as the Legislature comes closer to scrapping the presidential caucus system and setting up a presidential primary. The change is a good one, and North Dakotans should take note.
Call it the Gasp Factor. As in, When something routinely happens in sports that makes fans gasp with alarm, it's time to take protective measures. And for softball, that moment may have arrived, given the number of line drives that either hit or nearly miss pitchers and infielders while drawing from the stands a collective intake of breath. The Gasp Factor suggests that high schools, colleges and statewide softball associations should be pushed to require vulnerable players to wear protective face masks.
Q. Does it play into your campaign that it's not an economic boom right now? As a citizen, I'll take a boom any time over a downturn. But it seems like this is the year of the outsider nationally. And the people of North Dakota have to understand what the job of governor now is. The job today is not presiding over a historic boom. That's not the job anymore. The job is, how do we try to transform the state during a period where we're in the middle of a downturn?
Doug Burgum likely will visit the Herald's Editorial Board again. When he does, here's a question we'll want to ask: What role does Burgum see North Dakota's public sector unions playing in his drive to refashion government? Burgum—a Republican candidate for governor of North Dakota—visited the Herald recently, and today we're printing an edited transcript of his interview with the editorial board.
A question for North Dakotans: Why are the state-mandated budget cuts seeming to take such a heavy toll on UND -- and only on UND? Why aren’t we reading about...
"Summer seemed like winter then," as author Richard Rhodes has written. And the time he's talking about wasn't so long ago. UND's national men's hockey championship is not the only reason for the spring in Grand Forks residents' step today. Because summer is coming, and people can feel it: When you step out the door this morning, you won't be wincing and ducking your head because of the needle-sharp wind. Instead, you'll be smiling because of the warmth.
In a recent editorial statement, Rae Ann Kelsch of Mandan, N.D., reminded political candidates and voters that campaign promises by candidates that they single-handedly would abolish Common Core procedures and standards are misleading. "The bottom line is that no governor or president can tell local schools what standards or curriculum they must or must not use," she wrote. Kelsch is well qualified to make this observation, having served as chair of the North Dakota House Education Committee for 17 years.
It's called a pin tumbler lock. You probably can see one now; these locks are common in door handles across America. But take a closer look, because the lock's mechanism helps explain both the UND men's hockey team's 16-year-long Frozen Four victory-party drought — and the team's thrilling, fulfilling win on Saturday of that elusive national championship.
Recently, North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson and North Dakota Census Office Manager Kevin Iverson spoke to the Herald's editorial board about the economic and demographic changes in the state. What follows is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and length. Q. What are some of the issues for Grand Forks County?
For Grand Forks residents, here's a bottom line on the region's economic and demographic trends: The Grand Forks area is poised for dramatic growth, as it's a leader in one...