Herald editorial board
The first time we heard that UND’s homecoming and Potato Bowl would this year coincide, we were excited by the potential. It’s a unique scheduling glitch that we suppose has frustrated some traditionalists, but not us.
Herald editorial board In one year, national e-cigarette use among high-schoolers has jumped 75 percent. That's according to a recent report by The Washington Post, which quoted Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Seventy-five percent. If that statistic is correct, it's mind-blowing. Even if the increase is only half that, it's still a trend that must be addressed.
Herald editorial board J.R. Simplot Co. is a multi-million-dollar industrial anchor on the city's north side. It employs 427 and has a payroll of more than $20 million. It is a giant in the potato processing industry, in the city's business community and in its sheer size along Gateway Avenue. As it considers a bold expansion, the company seeks a tax break over the next decade to help make the $57 million project more affordable. Should the local taxing entities allow it?
Herald editorial board Compromise and compassion. Those are important words to remember in decision-making, and they come to mind after learning that the Grand Forks School Board chose a kinder, gentler approach to families indebted to the district's lunch program. The Herald reported this week how board members debated the child nutrition account balances policy for more than a half an hour at the regularly scheduled Monday meeting. Eventually, new Superintendent Terry Brenner interjected.
Herald editorial board The trendy term is "charismatic megafauna," and it's used to describe large animals of the world that have universal, popular appeal. Think bald eagles, grizzly bears and the like. It's what most people likely consider when thinking of the Endangered Species Act, the landmark legislation signed by President Nixon in 1973.
Starting next month, Grand Forks is expecting a bump in sales-tax collections after a new rule puts traditional retailers on equal footing as those who do their business online. It's been a long time coming, and the result of a Supreme Court decision made in June that declared online retailers must pay appropriate sales taxes to states for the goods they sell and deliver there.
Herald editorial board It was called the "Bridge to Nowhere," and it sparked national ire over supposed unnecessary government spending. The name even trickled down to other controversial "bridges to nowhere." The first was at Ketchikan, Alaska. It would have cost $400 million yet would have served only 50 people on a tiny island. It became a poster child of a debate on congressional earmarks and pork-barrel spending and eventually was dropped.
Herald editorial board As shown on a large, colored map in Sunday's Grand Forks Herald, sex offenders are among us. Most sex offenders in Grand Forks are considered by the state of North Dakota to be low-risk; however, a half-dozen in the city are high-risk offenders and, according to the state, deserve a higher level of scrutiny.
When Prairie Business — the Herald's business magazine — sought nominations for its annual "50 Best Places to Work" edition, more than 1,300 nominations poured in. Each year, that number grows, and each year, we are stunned by the response. But should we be? Unemployment in North Dakota is at historically low levels. Last week, we noted in this space the state's unemployment rate is around 2 percent, which is prompting businesses to take heretofore unbelievable steps to find workers.
Herald editorial board The junior college systems in Minnesota and North Dakota rank among the best in America, and our local community college on the Minnesota side of the Red River holds a lofty spot of prominence in national rankings. So says the company WalletHub, a personal finance website known for all sorts of rankings related to finances and education.