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Community Columnists

The blurring of facts is disservice to all

Recently our state became the focal point of the culture war because of the death of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson from Grace City, who was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by Shannon Joseph Brandt after a street dance in McHenry. Initially facts around the story were scarce, but it ...

ND needs dream of equality to succeed

North Dakota needs a dream — a dream of equality for rich kids and poor kids, white kids and minority kids, smart kids and slow kids because every kid deserves an equal chance to succeed. We have the money to lift our kids out of a mediocre education system into the brightest one in the ...

Homeland Security Committee tackles inflation

"Inflation is killing us,” Dorsey Crank announced as he entered the community hall where the Homeland Security Committee was meeting to plan Christmas decorations for 2022. “We are on the short end of the stick,” he continued. “I think our retailers and service people are taking the ...

It’s later than you think

"A lot of people tell me what they’ll do, or how quickly they will be back on their feet after the death of a spouse or child. Most of them have never previously attended a funeral of a spouse or a child of theirs.......” 21 years ago this month, 9/11/2001, we all can recall vividly, ...

Election perceptions feature Beast vs. Smiler

The playbook for every recent election, from dog catcher to President, is often won by whomever is able to achieve a certain perception in the majority of the electorate. This perception is that their opponent is a malicious beast ravaging the legacy and principles of the nation, while they are ...

It’s time to recognize importance of pipeline workers

Since his first days in office, President Biden has undermined the hard-working women and men in the oil and gas sector who strive to make energy affordable and reliable across the nation. I began my career as a pipeline welder in 2008. Over the past 14 years, I’ve worked on numerous ...