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Community Columnists

Picking your pronouns a difficult problem

I t’s 2022, and everything is better now. Russia and China will play nice. Toxicity in society will no longer be an issue. Inflation is good. Gender is fluid. Way better than 2021, right? Despite entering a new period of societal Nirvana, I have quite the conundrum; I STILL haven’t ...

Give gratitude to those who have sacrificed to help with pandemic

As we mark the beginning of a new year, we typically look to the future with a sense of hope. It’s true that this year might be somewhat different with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted how we interact, shop, travel, and dine. For some, it’s been a time fraught with deep ...

Reflecting on the Minot I believe in, and looking ahead

I want to take this opportunity to wish every Minot resident a happy new year. It’s been a challenging year, to be sure, but it’s also been a year full of successes for our community as a whole. As 2022 unfolds, we’re planning to take some time to reflect on those success stories and ...

Should Legacy dollars be invested in North Dakota?

Having served on the State Investment Board on behalf of Governor George Sinner, I have had a continuing interest in the $8 billion pot of gold accumulated in the state treasury from oil revenue. The Fargo Forum and KX Television have been looking for a smoking gun in the State Investment ...

Making New Year’s resolutions for others is fun

The week between Christmas and New Years is pretty relaxing for me. The kids are home, all the planning and prepping is complete, and aside from a couple returns, the shopping is thankfully over. Leftovers make for a few easy meals. Things slow down enough to allow for some moments of ...

Community had no tree for Christmas

"We had no town Christmas tree this year and I want to know what happened,” Orville Jordan raged at the December meeting of 12 electors at the Homeland Security Committee in the Community Hall. “Well, I designated a committee of two on December 16 to get a Christmas tree even though it ...