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Herald editorial board According to Christian lore, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus drove his staff into the bank of the River Lycus and stopped its waters from rising to a devastating flood. Born in 213 AD, he is known as the patron saint of floods and desperate causes. As rivers in the Midwest this month overflow their regular courses, a miracle from St. Gregory would be most welcome. In the absence of such intervention, man and modern infrastructure must intercede when possible.
Herald editorial board State Rep. Mary Adams finds herself in turmoil as she nears the end of her first session in the North Dakota Legislature. Adams, a Democrat, represents District 43 — roughly the center of Grand Forks. Earlier this week, she made a post on the internet that compares President Trump to Adolf Hitler. The post shows the president's face superimposed over Hitler's body, with text that reads: "The only thing that's worse than a wanna-be tyrant is the corrupt party that protects and enables him."
Herald editorial board The state Legislature has moved forward with a plan to allow retail shopping in North Dakota on Sunday mornings. House Bill 1097 passed the House in January; the Senate this week approved it with a 25-21 vote. With the stroke of Gov. Doug Burgum's pen — and he's expected to sign it — the bill will become law Aug. 1. For effect, perhaps the governor could sign it on a Sunday morning, since he has the ability, if he chooses, to work on a Sunday morning.
Herald editorial board There are 440 waterways managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Of those, only about a dozen have confirmed aquatic nuisance species, such as zebra mussels, silver carp or Eurasian milfoil. That's just 3 percent of the state's waters. Good news, right?
Herald editorial board Potential good news comes for Minnesota ranchers who essentially are being forced to sit on their hands while wolves ravage their livestock. Thursday, the U.S. Interior Department moved forward on a plan to remove federal protections for gray wolves, which have gone from near extinction in the 1960s and '70s to what we consider a healthy population — and especially in northern Minnesota. It's still early in the process and will require weeks of public comment and, likely, fierce debate.
Herald editorial board The Grand Forks County sheriff this week created a short video that truly was a picture worth a thousand words. Judging by the number of views it has received, it probably preserved public resources and maybe even saved a life.
Herald editorial board A pair of young congresswomen continue to put their feet in their mouths, just months into their first term in the U.S. House. Last month, it was Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who suggested via Twitter that the United States' support of Israel is motivated by money, and specifically by donations from the pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Omar's comments were condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike; she has since apologized.
Social media sites YouTube and Facebook have taken steps to bury misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccinations as certain diseases — especially measles — make a comeback. Facebook last week said it will no longer recommend pages about anti-vaccination theories and also will block advertisements from appearing on those pages. The same goes for Facebook-owned Instagram.
Herald editorial board A year ago, the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force sent a letter to the National Governors Association, outlining what they consider the most challenging drawbacks for military families who endure station transfers as they serve their country. They didn't pull any punches as they urged for high-quality schools near bases and also for states to better allow spouses of servicemen and women to continue their careers after a station change.
It's funny how, as ISIS appears to be down to its last breath in Syria, a woman who ran away from her family in Alabama to join the Islamic State now pines to return to the United States. Hoda Muthana left the U.S. in 2014 specifically to marry a terrorist fighter in Syria. Now, the 24-year-old says she was brainwashed, and that led to her decision to leave Alabama. As U.S.-backed forces close in on the last remnants of ISIS in Syria, Muthana—through a lawyer—says she is "genuinely remorseful."