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Community Columnists

Greetings from Minot State University …

A few weeks ago, Kent Olson, Managing Editor of the Minot Daily News, contacted me to see if I would be interested in writing a monthly column. I jumped at the opportunity, and certainly appreciate the MDN seeking input from Minot State University for its newspaper. So, what you are reading ...

One Brand data comes at a perfect time

The data unveiled recently as part of Minot’s One Brand campaign was something of an early Christmas present. The research, compiled by Odney and presented to community stakeholders on Dec. 9, showed that most Minot-area residents surveyed have a positive view of our community. In fact, ...

It’s not the gifts, it’s the moments

Have you ever wondered how valuable your time is versus your money? Time is much more valuable than money, we can use our time to make money, but we cannot use our money to purchase more time. Believe me, I have checked! Can you remember what you spent your money on last year for Christmas ...

Women’s right to vote only first step

On December 1, the “suffragettes” of North Dakota met at the State Heritage Center to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 giving women the right to vote. It was a long time in coming. Too long. Historians mark the beginning ...

Heroes are hard to find

I’m an optimist, but in the wake of the Burleigh County Commission’s turbulent 3-2 vote to accept 25 refugees, it’s about realism. It’s not a victory. It sure wasn’t North Dakota nice. Let’s call it what it is — a start. We don’t get bonus points for doing the right thing. Not ...

Burleigh County made the right decision

Let’s start here: North Dakota is a wonderful place. That was a subtext of the refugee resettlement debate in Burleigh County this last week, though one overlooked by most. The county commissioners had before them the opportunity to exercise a veto over continued refugee ...

ND opened its arms to oil workers, why not refugees too?

The Trump administration has given the states and local governments the ability to opt-out of federal refugee resettlement. The feds, or the private groups doing resettlement for the feds, haven’t always been cooperative. City and county governments, not to mention school districts and ...

Board of Higher Ed picking wrong president

It is unfortunate that we must hang our dirty linen before the whole state to address the selection of a new president for the University of North Dakota. However, it is a fair subject for a statewide columnist because we are talking about the University of North Dakota and not the University ...

A death in the family

There were three newspaper deaths in the family last Friday, in the North Dakota towns of Killdeer, New England and Hettinger. I knew them all as the news director for Dickson Media in the ‘90s, but the loss of the Adams County Record in Hettinger hit especially hard. Following a 12-year ...

Left complain about Trump’s fabulism while they perpetuate their own

Ever noticed how the news media appends words like “without evidence” to claims President Donald Trump makes? I don’t blame them. Our president’s endless adventures with falsehood are undeniable. The man lies, with bald-faced constancy, about things both trivial and consequential. The ...

Shame on you, hunters

i would like to direct your attention to a Facebook page called North Dakota Lock Out. It was created after the debate in the Legislature earlier this year over SB2315. That bill would have reversed the backward presumption of public access to private land in our state. Currently, those ...

2020 Census: Minot needs everyone to be counted

The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and the national once-every-decade population count is an opportunity to confirm what we’ve been anticipating: Minot’s population has hit the 50,000 mark. By April 1, 2020, every home in the United States will receive an invitation by mail to take part ...

Home committee works on Christmas

The town’s 12 electors were stumbling through the north door of the community hall, stamping their feet and muttering about the cold, when Chairman Ork Dorken rapped his Coke bottle against the hollow core door converted into a head table. “Find a seat around the stove and we shall begin ...

Government by the rich, for the rich

If you needed another example of democracy for sale, Michael Bloomberg is spending $37 million to buy the presidency. Based on the current conversion rate, that's 2.37 billion rubles. Enough to buy 23 million Big Gulps. It's said history doesn't repeat itself but that it rhymes. Well, roses ...

Be thankful that Americans can choose

One of the wonders of our free society is that nobody is required to do much of anything. Sure, there are certain imperatives. We all need food and shelter, and getting those basics requires effort. Yet our society enjoys a level of convenience and wealth which would be almost unimaginable to ...

Wounded Knee medals should be revoked

Shame on 9 of the 10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota and the Dakotas for their responses on revoking the Medals of Honor awarded to 20 U.S. soldiers for their parts in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Reporter Natasha Rausch of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead did an ...

Maybe parents shouldn’t be allowed at sporting events

What is it about sports which bring out the absolute worst in some parents? We’ve all seen the headlines, and sometimes the videos too. Parents brawling at a fourth-grade basketball game in Oklahoma. A half-dozen grown men punching each other at a game played by 7-year-olds in Ohio. A man ...

Season for Ceasefires and Love

The era of good feeling between Thanksgiving and Christmas is an excellent time to take a serious look at a country muddled in violence, bigotry, intolerance, polarization and hatred. Polls show that the polarized Republicans and Democrats hate each other more than ever before and the ...

Methed up marketing

Dear South Dakota, Are you OK? Because your new ad campaign is freaking us out. Folks, I’m no conspiracy theorist — I still believe Jeffrey Epstein strangled himself to death and that Prince Andrew was out getting pizza at the time — but South Dakota’s weird new meth awareness ...

Please, conservatives, don’t abandon local media

I wrote a column recently about local journalists getting blowback for the bias of the national news media. I almost always get a lot of feedback from my writing, which I’m deeply thankful for, but this particular column garnered more responses than I expected. Mostly from two categories ...