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Community Columnists

Working together, we can achieve a safe ND Smart Restart

Since this historic journey began with the first case of COVID-19 being confirmed in North Dakota on March 11, we have learned much about this insidious disease. We have learned that it spreads quickly and without regard for borders. We have learned that it takes loved ones too soon and ...

ND Smart Restart is about making choices

Gov. Doug Burgum’s ND Smart Restart allowed businesses across the state to begin the process of reopening late last week during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s guidelines also provide opportunities for businesses and individuals to continue to make choices that are best for ...

Supporting our patients at every level

The caregivers at Trinity Health have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for the last six weeks. I want to take a moment to update you on our response, share how your support and investment of time and resources have impacted our ...

Thank you for the incredible generosity

When the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading and it became apparent that students at Minot State University would have to complete the Spring 2020 academic semester at a distance and online, one of the first issues that surfaced was the unexpected financial burden faced by many of our students. ...

Back stage of the coronavirus show

The White House expects to improve its administration on May 1 when Inspector Clouseau comes on as chief of staff. —— Congress is planning the 17th distribution of stimulus money to get the economy going even though we are now in $24 trillion in debt and China refuses to buy any more of ...

Stay calm and safe during pandemic

Conquering COVID-19 Keep calm and carry on. That is the attitude many Americans are embracing as they adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has upended life for nearly all of us in varying degrees. Luckily, the Scandinavian heritage that prevails in our region makes us ...

New ‘public’ meetings still need public input

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’ve made many changes in the daily operations of the City of Minot – none more unfortunate than temporarily restricting access to our public meetings. It was a decision we made only after considerable discussion among City leaders and ...

Kutch addresses announced furloughs

A Plan for Stability Our nation is experiencing a deep and painful economic recession. Job losses across the nation have skyrocketed as restaurants, hotels, businesses, gyms, and travel have shut down across our country. Layoffs and furloughs are also rising in manufacturing, housing, and ...

Genuine human kindness is also spreading

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, we are reminded daily that North Dakota is not immune from the health concerns and societal repercussions of the virus. But we also are witnessing events daily that remind us that we, truly, are all in this together. The number ...

Coronavirus brings pontius pilate anxiety

"This emergency anti-virus meeting of the Homeland Committee will come to order,” announced Chairperson Ork Dorken as he rapped the head table with his genuine Coke bottle. “Security Officer Garvey Erfald will take the roll.” Garvey stood up and glanced around the room, counting 11 ...

Amidst a pandemic, completing the semester online at MSU

I fully realize you might be tiring of reading news related to COVID-19, and thus looking for another subject to temporarily take your mind off current circumstances. However, as this serious public health crisis expands and the virus continues disrupting daily life for people across the globe, ...

A call to action

The North Dakota AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions in North Dakota, urges the North Dakota Legislature to immediately take swift and decisive action to help working families through these difficult times. COVID-19 has and will take a major toll on our working families, union and ...

ND Has a Lot of Social Distance

While most people have been badmouthing the coronavirus, I am trying to look on the positive side. This hope that we will bounce back the better is unfounded. We need to search for the good side of the virus attack. So far, there are two positives, pun not intended. If North Dakota plays its ...

WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD!

The grocery industry of the USA and particularly North Dakota is working overtime to meet the needs of our customers. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly changed the way our industry operates, but it has not stopped the cows from milking, the corn from becoming cereal and the fruit trees ...

COVID-19: Protecting ourselves from ourselves

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended that residents across the United States practice social distancing – and, yes, that includes us here in Minot, too. Social distancing, in short, means staying away from other people as much as ...

Lowering the coal industry down gently

In 25 years, the North Dakota coal industry will be gone. By 2050, the evidence of earth warming will be so strong that the naysayers and deniers will be forced to surrender the untenable position that they have adopted today. As polar ice melts into the oceans, gobbling up the coastlines ...

North Dakota will need the Legacy Fund earnings

he Legislature is considering whether we should spend Legacy Fund earnings. They’ve heard many spending ideas. The Fund has $6.8 billion today. The Legacy Fund was approved by the voters in 2010. It was designed to convert oil revenue, into cash and create a permanent fund for future ...

Virus pandemic at our doorstep

With the possibility of a 2020 virus pandemic, it is time for North Dakotans to be reminded of the devastation that occurred in the country and the state when influenza raged in 1918. It gives us a serious lesson so that we don’t take the threat too casually and expect to continue life as ...

UND women’s hockey handed a bad deal

"Be slow to anger,” the Good Book says. On March 29, 2017 – four years ago this month – the University of North Dakota made a critical mistake when it arbitrarily shut down the successful women’s Fighting Hawks hockey team. By now, it’s okay to be angry. Four years is long ...