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Ending stigma — the first step to ending America’s addiction crisis

We know firsthand that addiction to drugs and alcohol does not discriminate. In 2018, about 68,000 Americans died from a drug overdose, and an estimated 88,000 die from the effects of alcohol annually in our country. The estimated cost of the opioid crisis alone is $696 billion dollars ...

West Fargo trip yielded valuable information

he City of Minot was afforded an opportunity to travel to West Fargo in August 2019 to see first-hand a project that blends commercial development with low-to-moderate income housing. It was a trip well-worth taking. City Manager Tom Barry, National Disaster Resilience Program Manager John ...

North Dakota has a huge public square

Many states claim to be different, but of all of the states, North Dakota has the distinction of having the flattest power structure. Power is distributed thinly because everybody must have “a say.” Egalitarianism runs to the point of becoming sinful. First, our institutional makeup is ...

Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘I Have a Dream’

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 56 years ago. God placed a dream in him to share with the world. MLK Jr.’s words are very much alive today as they were spoken 56 years ago, as they seem to speak still of our times today. That is what drew me to read his ...

Nursing at Minot State University

One of the largest and highest profile majors we have at Minot State University is Nursing. It is one of the academic programs about which I receive the most questions and feedback. The nursing field seems to constantly be in the headlines, both across the state and nationally, due to the ...

Can Native-American kids have dreams?

RFormer Senator Byron Dorgan’s recent book, “The Girl in the Photograph,” is a 196-page indictment of every European-American that set foot in the United States since Plymouth Rock. On the basis of his sweeping evidence, we all belong in jail for crimes against Native-Americans, ...

Minot has options to fight the winter blues

If you’ve checked the weather forecast for the next 10 days, you know we’re in for a harsh dose of winter reality. We know it’s coming every year; after all, it is winter. Still, the cold, snow, and wind all add up to our annual search for things to do while staying safely out of ...

Liberal New Yorker does well in ND

When former State Representative Eliot Glassheim came to North Dakota in the early 1970s to teach literature at the University of North Dakota, he had three strikes against him: He was from New York. He was liberal. He was Jewish. Any of these could make him a target of conservative ...

Folding newspapers threaten community life

The national newspaper crisis became a reality in North Dakota when three weeklies in the southwest corner of the state announced in December that they were folding. Two of the three – the New England Herald and the Adams County Record – were rescued by the quick action of Jill Friesz, ...

We’re anxious to see ‘Minot through your eyes’

"One voice. One mission. One Minot.” That will be the focus of our third annual State of the City on Feb. 6, which will again be held at the Arvel Graving Theatre at Minot’s Magic City Campus. Beginning at 4:45 p.m. with a traveling City Hall that includes department heads and other City ...

People need a sense of belonging

One Sunday morning the pastor said that “everyone has a need to belong.” He was confirming God’s earlier statement that it was not good for man to be alone. That profound observation stuck with me because it is so true. However, we have not thought about seriously addressing this ...

Like Obamacare, Democrats might regret impeachment vote

According to Heidi Heitkamp, now that Democrats have impeached President Donald Trump, what they really need to do is spend a lot of money on explaining what they just did to the American people. The erstwhile senator has somehow fashioned for herself a post-Senate career playing an expert on ...

Burleigh takes courageous stand for refugees

If North Dakota was going to emulate President Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, our first chapter would have to be dedicated to the three Burleigh County commissioners who voted to keep the door open for refugees. President Donald Trump authorized local governments to veto the importing of ...

A Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library influences the world

While pondering the potential of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, I think back to my time at the Nixon Library in California. It was in 2008 and I was US Secretary of Agriculture and a member of the team negotiating trade agreements around the world. The subject at hand ...

Fisher Industries kerfuffle is a political Rorschach test

Do the politicians in Washington, D.C., do anything besides investigate one another? Someone accuses another of outrageous behavior and demands an investigation. Months, or years later, after a bevy of salacious (though often false) leaks to the press, the proceedings usually conclude with ...

Thanks for the feedback

Just in time for the holidays, here’s my gift to you. It’s the latest edition of “Reader Feedback.” It’s my column dedicated to the readers of this column. Roughly 90% of the comments I receive from emails, Facebook, letters and other columns are wonderful. They include: “As ...

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 ...