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Pipeline camp disputes film crew's claims
Heckaman critical of Sanford for declining lieutenant governor debate
Hoeven pushes Corps to issue Dakota Access easement
Another horse reported shot near pipeline protest
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Spill reported at well site without berm
ND health department tightens up on radioactive waste monitoring
Treater leak spills oil, brine in Mountrail County
Legal challenges buy time to develop clean coal
Coal prepares for carbon-free future as industry pushes developing commercially viable programs
Country superstar Garth Brooks signs Amazon streaming deal
Dickinson teen to receive Eagle Scout award
Irish singers headline concert series
Auxiliary sponsors Tour of Tables
U.S. breast cancer deaths drop; rate among white women falls most
UND athletes breathing sigh of relief after Kennedy's decision
Indians blank Blue Jays to book trip to World Series
Big Sky Conference names UND guard Quinton Hooker preseason MVP
Fox Sports apologizes for putting Bradford head on Bridgewater body in graphic
The story behind the UND hockey masks
PORT: Democratic candidate calls for permanent Native American member of the Public Service Commission
Our View: Four for ND state offices
Letter: An inconvenient truth for ND Democrats
Letter: Fridrich has skills needed for City Commission
Benson: Dualism nothing new to this world
Allan Milton Wallman
Delia "Dee" Hammel
Mary Ellen Carey
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
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
February 24, 2015
Jacobs: More noise about a Heitkamp candidacy
Pretty much all of the chatter in North Dakota politics this season is about U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp running for governor in 2016. It is a tantalizing prospect, and Heitkamp herself is being coy about the possibility. Keep in mind as you read that I predicted early on that Heitkamp...
February 24, 2015 - 10:11pm
February 10, 2015
Jacobs: For good government, keep applications open
The former publisher was all set to take on his former newspaper’s editorial position about “quiet applications” when the editorial page editor reminded him that the newspaper had endorsed these amendments to the state’s Open Records law at least twice while he was, in fact,...
February 10, 2015 - 10:50pm
February 3, 2015
Jacobs: North Dakota Democrats show signs of life
The North Dakota Legislature finished its 20th day Monday, so a quarter of its allotted time is gone. So far, the session has proceeded pretty much as expected. Higher education has been banged up, losing the chair of its governing board. Common Core has been controversial, drawing...
February 3, 2015 - 6:18pm
January 27, 2015
Jacobs: The Legislature’s rules empower us all
The Legislature has been grinding away for three weeks now, processing proposed legislation and considering proposed budgets. It’s not all work, though. There’s a reception pretty much every night. Some with dinner. Most with drinks. And once in awhile, there’s a ceremony. One...
January 27, 2015 - 11:56pm
January 20, 2015
Jacobs: Legislature should ignore higher-ed ultimatum
Now the former president of the Board of Higher Education issues an ultimatum. Let the board conduct its reviews of presidents in secret, Kirsten Diederich says. Or else there will be no 360 reviews. The answer to that one is simple. Get rid of the 360 reviews. Reviews of this...
January 20, 2015 - 6:49pm