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Strength of bison market comes through at frigid sale
Knutson: Why people are mad at farmers
Trump says he'll have health 'insurance for everybody' under new plan almost ready
Waste or recycle: How will you use your phone book?
Republican SD governor hoping for expanded CRP acres
crime and courts
nation and world
MDU enters power purchase agreement for Thunder Spirit Wind project near Hettinger
U.S. oil rig count recovers to end 2016 near year-ago levels
New state regulations will affect repairs of pipeline
ND oil production up 7 percent, returns above 1 million barrels a day
Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons
5 Ways to Ensure Your Small Business is In Lending Shape in 2017
Overcoming barriers to employment
Chili Cook-off set
Gladstone firefighters move into new fire hall
Offering end-of-life services
Kicker lifts Steelers past Chiefs to advance to AFC title game
Rodgers almost speechless after Packers thrilling win to advance to NFC championship
Mavericks halt Timberwolves' three-game win streak
Wentz looks forward to recharging after taxing year
Lower walleye limits, license fees among changes being considered in MN
Always in Season: House sparrows present a mystery
AstroBob: Aurora -- the big picture from 518 miles up
Port: Legislative session has been embarrassing in the early going
Swift: Life is not so 'Rosy' with new Roomba
OUR VIEW: DSU nursing program too valuable to be eliminated
Shirley A. Dvorak
Kim F. Krull
Medora gears up for visitors
New tellings of old museum stories
Beach vibe in the Bakken
Sax remodels downtown building into custom and detailing center
Business steady as Platinum Motorsports becomes certified
July 7, 2015
Jacobs: Mid-summer brings new rules for politicians
GRAND FORKS -- One of the great things about being a political commentator is that I get to articulate rules about politics and point out rule...
July 7, 2015 - 5:57pm
June 23, 2015
Jacobs: Policy trumps politics in North Dakota’s reconvened session
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota legislators didn’t spend much time in last week’s first-of-a-kind reconvened session. The affair took just a little more than four hours. In that time, lawmakers took care of one bill left over from their meeting that ended in April. They traded barbs...
June 23, 2015 - 10:22pm
June 17, 2015
Jacobs: UND’s Kelley cheated of greatness
GRAND FORKS -- Robert O. Kelley was an unknown quantity when he arrived to preside at UND. In his seven-year-long tenure he has proven to be a visionary, a builder and a welcome counterweight to the imperial governance that developed in the Board of Higher Education office and at...
June 17, 2015 - 2:37am
June 10, 2015
Jacobs: Lawmakers alighting on Capitol perches in June
If interest wanes in North Dakota politics, we can always spy on the neighbors. Minnesota for sure. Of course, interest has not yet waned in North Dakota politics. It looks as if the Legislature will reconvene. We should know Wednesday. This would be the first time lawmakers have...
June 10, 2015 - 12:05am
June 3, 2015
Jacobs: Lots to feed on for North Dakota’s political animals
You might expect that North Dakota politics would pipe down some now that the Legislature has left town. But you’d be wrong. The lawmakers probably will be back within a fortnight, trying to finish the unfinished business of the regular session. You’ll recall that the House...
June 3, 2015 - 10:44pm
May 26, 2015
Jacobs: Veto messages show governor wields 2 tools
GRAND FORKS -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple showed that the veto power can be a scalpel in the hands of the governor, and he used it to excise some of the Legislature’s excesses. Would that he had done more — but Dalrymple is not a blunt-instrument kind of guy. He prefers precision in...
May 26, 2015 - 11:16pm
May 19, 2015
Jacobs: Path to power leads through tower
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota Democrats will focus on the Legislature, their new chair, state Rep. Kylie Oversen of Grand Forks, told the Forum News Service’s John Hageman last week. Good luck with that. The Legislature isn’t a very good path to power in the state. Sure, legislators...
May 19, 2015 - 10:42pm
May 13, 2015
Jacobs: Montana experience reflects ND session
GRAND FORKS Montana is not North Dakota’s twin, as South Dakota often is said to be. The Dakotas entered the union on the same day. Yet Montana and North Dakota are certainly sibling states. These three and Washington are quadruplets, admitted in a nine-day period in November...
May 13, 2015 - 3:57pm
May 5, 2015
Jacobs: Oil anxiety became theme of legislative session
GRAND FORKS -- The legislative session that ended last week made history. Every legislative session does. Journalists like to claim that our work is the first rough draft of history, so here it goes: Probably the overarching theme of this session was “oil anxiety.” Worry was...
May 5, 2015 - 5:42pm
April 29, 2015
Jacobs: Process isn’t pretty, but the sausage gets made
Last week’s lesson is that there is always a way out. It might not be pretty. It might not be smooth. It might not be unanimous. It might not even be right. But it’s there. The week’s examples took place at the state Capitol in Bismarck and on the University of North...
April 29, 2015 - 11:21pm
April 23, 2015
Jacobs: UND flap teaches political lessons
In an odd-numbered winter in North Dakota, it’s tough to turn the political spotlight away from the Legislature, but it happened last week...
April 23, 2015 - 4:46pm
April 15, 2015
Jacobs: Lawmakers, higher ed officials differ on process
A winter of watching has taught me something about the Legislature and higher education. For legislators, governing is all about decision-making. Governance in higher education is all about process. Lawmakers make scores of decisions every day. Ideas are examined and acted upon,...
April 15, 2015 - 7:24pm
April 7, 2015
Jacobs: The N.D. politics of discrimination against gay people
It’s OK to be disappointed about last week’s House vote denying protection to homosexuals seeking homes or jobs. Embarrassed even. But...
April 7, 2015 - 7:30pm
March 31, 2015
Jacobs: ‘ND exceptionalism’ explains much about state
Long ago, in a life that seems quite far away, the editor of a big American newspaper asked me, “Why do you Dakotans expect so much from the federal government?” My answer was pretty simple and pretty direct. “We deserve it,” I said. And I think that we think we do. This...
March 31, 2015 - 5:01pm
March 3, 2015
Jacobs: Good advice from the governor about higher ed
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has the best advice about higher education. In an interview with Doug Hamilton on Prairie Public’s Main Street program Thursday afternoon, the governor said, essentially, “Let’s put down the baggage and move on.” As we move away from the crisis that’s...
March 3, 2015 - 6:42pm