Herald editorial board
Joe Biden for president? He hasn't said he will run in 2020, but he also hasn't said he won't. And if he does, his announcement could be a boost for the Democratic Party, since many feel he's the best option for Democrats if they hope to unseat President Trump. The former senator and vice president spoke at the Democratic Convention on Saturday in Grand Forks and it occurred to us — as it has to many before us — that his appearance may just be a mile marker on the road to a presidential run in two years.
Herald editorial board Question: How can Democrats rally in the state in 2018 and nationally in 2020? Answer: Campaign like Donald Trump. When Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015, few gave him any chance at a victory. But he rallied and claimed his spot in history by crossing traditional lines, by breaking party character and by refusing to follow party script.
Herald editorial board As U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp explains it, her approach to governing employs a mix of cognitive analysis and emotional understanding. Translated: "Even though I probably prioritize with my heart, I pretty much lead with my head," she said. Heitkamp, D-N.D., is beginning a re-election campaign that will be watched nationwide as she hopes to stave off Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who seeks to move from the House to the Senate and has the blessing of President Donald Trump.
Herald editorial board A few years ago, a small-town newspaper upset a lawmaker when his weekly column didn't appear in print. The newspaper traditionally published the weekly columns of all three members of the legislative district, and that week only two of those columns made their way into the printed edition. Of course, the lawmaker was upset at not being able to convey his accomplishments to the newspaper's readers, and therefore his constituents. Turns out, the newspaper instead had only published his column online, on the newspaper's website.
Herald editorial board So UND President Mark Kennedy didn't get the job as president of the University of Central Florida. Although Kennedy was among the finalists, the position instead went to an insider, UCF Provost Dale Whittaker. After being in Grand Forks 18 months, Kennedy — only the 12th president in UND history — already was seeking another position, a development that has disappointed some at the university and in the community. After all, the search to bring Kennedy here in the first place cost more than $100,000.
Not yet fully terrified of the internet and associated technologies that allow devious people to create false or outright fake claims? Then consider this: The ability to manipulate audio and video has come so far in such a short time that mischief-makers now are capable of putting words into the mouths of the world's most famous and influential people.
Minnesota state law regarding teacher-student conduct has a great loophole — an alarmingly large one that must be closed. Fortunately, it's an issue that has been moved to the front burner and one that could see action this year by the Minnesota Legislature.
How many businesses have their own visitor center and museum? Not many, we figure, but the ones that do probably deserve it.
Herald editorial board To tell the truth, we don't even want to talk about the following subject for fear of giving free publicity to a plan in Fargo that could hurt Grand Forks. Yes, the Herald is owned by a Fargo company, but it doesn't mean we want people shopping down there. But, we suppose it's necessary to discuss this as it fully displays the importance of Canadian shoppers, the ongoing efforts by cities in the region to entice them, and also what needs to happen in the future if Grand Forks hopes to convince Canadians to not continue on southward.
Herald editorial board Now here's some news we can all get behind: North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota all rank among the best places for quality of life, according to a recently released study by U.S. News & World Report. Among the chief factors considered when determining the ranking was "social environment," including social support and community engagement. It's no surprise then that rural states rank the highest. After North Dakota came Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and South Dakota.