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Police: Shots fired at law officers, protesters pepper sprayed as protest site turns tense
ND man gets 19 years for killing co-worker, dumping body in field
Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights
1 killed, 1 injured in crash near Wahpeton
Woman accused of chasing 11-year-old with stun gun
crime and courts
nation and world
Obama administration sends $28 million to aid coal regions
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
Ark Encounter brings biblical story to life: Faith Expressions to showcase Noah’s Ark collection
Veeder: Rainy horse ride triggers memory of couple's beginnings
Dullum climbs Mount Rainier with his Scout troop
Revitalizing Ukrainian churches: Priest and family from Ukraine arrive in western ND
Gabbert specializes in unlocking puzzles of the mind
Cutler's back in time to face his fave foe
Thief River Falls' Bergland off to blazing start for Bemidji State
Bailey or Dunne? Bison expecting both to play against them on Saturday
Bismarck volleyball sweeps Midgets
'The complete package'
ERICKSON: False hope and lies from the Trump campaign
MURDOCK: Hillary's new hires would go FAR beyond the Supreme Court
HEDGER: Time to finish the job, for jobs
OMDAHL: Lack of research endangers Marsy's Law
JACOBS: Election could gauge party loyalty in North Dakota
Martin R. Harnisch
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 10, 2009
Scanning the Legislature's performance
After struggling through the longest session in history, the North Dakota Legislature finally adjourned. Scanning the record, it would be tempting to criticize this biennial assembly of citizens for its shortcomings. And even though they gave us the usual number of shortcomings, legislators...
May 10, 2009 - 12:00am
May 3, 2009
Too late to challenge voter intelligence
State legislatures have never liked the right of citizens to initiate and refer laws and regret that they ever surrendered sole control of legislation to the reformists in the early 1900s and opened this Pandora's Box. The North Dakota Legislature has had more regrets than most...
May 3, 2009 - 12:00am
April 26, 2009
Spend money or give it back
As part of the national effort to jump start a dead economy, around 100,000 North Dakota recipients of Social Security benefits will be receiving $25 million in May to boost their purchasing power. If the behavior of the Legislature is setting the example, however, it may be money...
April 26, 2009 - 12:00am
April 19, 2009
Security Committee yaks about stimulus
"We just gotta get our share of that stimulus money floating around the country," Orville Jordan bellowed as he entered the community hall where members of the town's Homeland Security Committee were assembled to serve as the leading Midwest bulwark against terrorism and other horribles. The...
April 19, 2009 - 12:00am
April 12, 2009
Guns to level playing field
North Dakota's romance with guns became apparent in the current session of the Legislature when a bill to legalize concealed weapons on the college campuses survived weeks of scrutiny. Sponsors argued that students needed weapons to protect themselves against the kind of slaughter...
April 12, 2009 - 12:00am
April 5, 2009
Weekly newspapers faring better than dailies
According to the Pew Research Center's annual report on American journalism, advertising revenues for newspapers dropped 23 percent in the last two years; circulation declined around 5 percent over the past year, and one out of five journalists working in 2001 is now gone. This...
April 5, 2009 - 12:00am
March 29, 2009
Newspapers decline, democracy loses
The crisis in the newspaper business came closer to home recently when two of North Dakota's major dailies -- the Fargo Forum and the Grand Forks Herald -- added more staff cuts to the 12,000 jobs already lost in the newspaper industry over the past year. Newspapers across the country...
March 29, 2009 - 12:00am
March 22, 2009
N.D. marches to its own drummer
The U.S. Constitution came into existence because the 13 states were all marching to 13 different drummers, exploiting the latitude left to them by the Articles of Confederation. Chaos reined until delegates met in Philadelphia to compel states to consider the well-being of the country...
March 22, 2009 - 12:00am
March 15, 2009
ND loves those earmarks
If you have an advantage, never give it up. That is an iron rule in politics. So before North Dakota joins the anti-earmark hysteria sweeping Washington, we need to consider the great advantage the state has been enjoying under this budget-inflating practice. All three members of...
March 15, 2009 - 12:00am
March 8, 2009
Life is hard, then you die
My daughter, Becky, startled me with a bit of uncharacteristic fatalism when she summed up the human condition with the expression "life is hard, then you die." For a gal who has conquered many a personal challenge, the expression was out of character, given her buoyant battle against...
March 8, 2009 - 12:00am
March 1, 2009
Legislature raises doubts about legislatures
With 20 proposals to amend the state constitution on its agenda, the 2009 session is raising serious doubts about the wisdom of future assemblies. Amendments approved by a majority in both houses will be submitted to the voters in the 2010 primary and general elections. One-third...
March 1, 2009 - 12:00pm
February 15, 2009
Bills that touch individualism bomb
If a new "Profiles in Courage" were going to be written featuring courageous folks in the North Dakota Legislature, the first few chapters would have to acknowledge the bravery of Rep. Ed Gruchalla, D-Fargo, Rep. Joyce Kingsbury, R-Grafton, Sen. Art Behm, D-Niagara and Rep. Lawrence...
February 15, 2009 - 12:00am
February 8, 2009
James Madison knew about the legislatures
"The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex." This was the observation of James Madison, the most articulate of the Founding Fathers, when he was explaining in Federalist Paper No. 38 that the branches...
February 8, 2009 - 12:00am
January 25, 2009
Out-of-state students benefit state colleges
In a recent flurry of letters to state newspapers, the North Dakota Taxpayers' Association claimed that state taxpayers were "subsidizing" out-of-state college students. Instead of subsidizing out-of-state students, it suggested that reducing the number of out-of-state students would...
January 25, 2009 - 12:00am
January 18, 2009
Mr. President: Don't give stimulus money
Open Letter to the president: Many of us in North Dakota are concerned about the skyrocketing national debt and your plans to increase it by implementing a $750 billion economic stimulus package consisting of tax breaks and public projects. Since most economists are convinced that...
January 18, 2009 - 12:00am