Community Columnists

Russians involved in California secession plan

It has now become evident that the Russians have been meddling in the internal affairs of the United States beyond the 2016 presidential election. While the mass media have been focused on President Donald Trump, they missed the really big news about the plan in California to secede from the ...

Could Wrigley end up being named U.S. attorney again?

Drew Wrigley served as North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. He stepped down from that appointment during the Obama administration – though many at the time, including the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in a glowing editorial, urged President Obama to ...

A political preacher may be coming to your church

Somewhere deep in the bowels of Congress, a committee is drafting language to repeal that section of the Internal Revenue Code that prohibits charities, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. For some evangelical pastors, the Gospel is no longer sufficient so they are ...

Property taxes will be a thorn in the side of Republicans in 2018

The truth is the public doesn’t really care about 90 percent of the drama in politics. It’s not something people who make a living from politics like to admit. It’s not something those of us who subsist on writing and talking about politics are comfortable with. We all like to think ...

How I found the newspaper

"Tina, what do you want to be when you grow up?” asked my third-grade teacher. I remember the scenario clearly. It was early in the school year and my teacher asked me and my 8-year-old classmates what we wished to be in the future. There was a chorus of “doctor,” “veterinarian,” ...

Can Democrats capitalize Republican mismanagement?

North Dakota’s Republicans have given Democrats an opening in 2018, but can the liberals exploit it? Much is made of the utter electoral devastation North Dakota Democrats have suffered in recent election cycles, and rightfully so. Thanks to campaign incompetence, and a myopic adherence to ...

Dakota Access pipeline execs among Rep. Cramer’s oil campaign donors

The company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline is a major campaign contributor to North Dakota U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer. The congressman, as expected, is wholly unapologetic. Optics be darned. “Frankly, I’d be surprised if they didn’t support me,” Cramer said. Cramer was a strong ...

Peering over horizon to 2018 in North Dakota

Kevin Cramer for the U.S. Senate? Hmm … Could happen. The Republican congressman is probably the leading candidate. It’s not a sure thing, though — not that he’ll seek the Republican endorsement, nor that he’d win it, nor that he’d defeat incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in ...

Cramer’s tough week capped by fundraising report

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer raised about $322,000 in the first quarter of 2017, far behind the campaign total raised by his potential opponent in a 2018 Senate race in North Dakota. Filings with the Federal Election Commission show Cramer’s fundraising committee, Cramer for Congress, raised ...

The Onlooker

Little is certain in any representative assembly, except that there will be differences of opinion, and that these can escalate to disagreement, tension, conflict and confrontation. At each of these stages, news is made. The North Dakota Legislature, now entering its endgame, offers an ...

Dems divided while Burgum, Hoeven, and Heitkamp have high approval

There are sharp divisions among North Dakota Democrats, party insiders tell me, and not even Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is shielded from the food fighting. On April 8, a Saturday, Democratic party activists traveled to Bismarck for a reorganization of the leadership of their party. Heitkamp, the ...

Face-off approaches in North Dakota Legislature

ittle is certain in any representative assembly, except that there will be differences of opinion, and that these can escalate to disagreement, tension, conflict and confrontation. At each of these stages, news is made. The North Dakota Legislature, now entering its endgame, offers an ...

Sharia law will never come to ND

Earlier in the legislative session, Rep. Mike Schatz, R-New England, a former social studies teacher, proposed legislation to broaden the knowledge and understanding of high school students by requiring the teaching of some of the nation’s basic documents. While his bill was defeated, it ...

Despite discriminatory law, the games will go on in SD

Worry not, North Dakota State and Minnesota State University Moorhead sports fans who want to travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for postseason tournaments. South Dakota’s legislature might have legalized discrimination against same-sex couples, but the NCAA apparently doesn’t think the fine ...

Campus life provides experience, not just knowledge

One strand in the ongoing conversation about higher education is that campuses have become obsolete. Technology makes all knowledge available from anywhere, the argument goes, and this renders the campus little more than bricks and mortar. Except that any campus is more than bricks and ...

Can NPL return to fill the political vacuum?

With a diminishing core of Democrats struggling in an overwhelmingly Republican Legislature, discontent is cropping up over the apparent decline of the electoral capacity of Democratic Party. This discontent has led to subdued discussions by several party activists about resurrecting the ...

First – do no harm

In 1976, I finished my nursing degree and worked in an intensive care unit in Bismarck. Many of the patients I cared for came in with illnesses that could have been prevented had they accessed good health care. Years later, as a teacher, I helped prepare nursing students for what they would see ...

Norskes! Celebrate! The ‘Old Country’ is happy

Rise up and celebrate, Norskes. The ‘Old Country’ may not have discovered the fountain of youth but it just won first prize as the happiest nation in the world. So plan an extra day at the North American Mecca for Scandinavians, the Hostfest in Minot September 27-30. Heck! This is a big ...