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Community Columnists

Thank You for supporting MSU’s Giving Day!

On April 14, Minot State University held our annual MSU Giving Day. This is an online, 24-hour event through the MSU Foundation to raise funds and support over 50 programs across campus. Our Giving Day event began in 2018 and occurred again in 2019. Last year, it was shifted to a singular focus ...

Mayor calls committee to fight COVID

With COVID-19 running rampant, the mayor called the Homeland Security Committee to adopt a protocol to guide the citizens. Obediently, the town’s 12 electors trouped into the old ZCBJ lodge hall to apply their wisdom and ingenuity to the problem. No sooner had Chairperson Ork Dorken rapped ...

Democrats don’t need to pack the court

This idea by some Democrats to “pack” the Supreme Court gets me to humming Joe Friday’s old Dragnet tune. “Dum, de dum dum.” Oh yeah, it’s that stupid. It’s that short-sighted. It’s that overtly political. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts says the High Court needs to be ...

Blu on Broadway one of many great NDR projects

It can be easy to forget how much progress we’ve made when things are happening so quickly. I was reminded of that when I read a Letter to the Editor a few weeks back about Blu on Broadway. This private/public project went from concept to a prominent skyline feature on South Broadway in ...

COVID-19: ‘It isn’t over ‘til it’s over’

Yankee catcher Yogi Berra was known for his succinct observations; especially well-known is his comment about a baseball game when he noted that “it isn’t over ‘til it’s over.” He saw too many batters hit home runs in the last inning after the fans left in the seventh only to read ...

The bitter realities of growing old

After one week in first grade, my daughter came home with a conclusion about life: “Life is hard and then you die.” She had homework. Fast forward that through job losses, divorces, chronic ailments and famiy tragedies for 60 years and we are on the cusp of old age. She was right. We have ...