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Community Columnists

Mayor, saving the newspaper is your job

Daily papers are cutting corners and weekly newspapers are dying. A couple more North Dakota weekly newspapers are now on the chopping block, suffering from the same changes facing the dailies. Higher costs, less advertising, fewer subscriptions. While these factors are killing weeklies, ...

ND says thank you to O’Mahoney, Millikin

All of us in North Dakota owe a big thank you to Joe O’Mahoney and Eugene Millikin. Never heard of them? Well, that’s not unusual. But if your water supply is from the Missouri River, or if you are an irrigator from that river, or use and enjoy its recreational benefits, or power ...

Is North Dakota due for another Non-Partisan moment?

In an age of fiery hyper-partisanship driven by intractable wedge issues, to be a centrist or anyone politically agnostic is to be left between a rock and a hard place, both of which are dying to squish you for daring to be caught in the middle. While the culture war rages on, the day-to-day ...

Student debt: Fairness is the issue

The drumbeat for abolishing student debt is growing as students and former students feel the financial crunch of poor employment and increasing inflation. Forty five million (45,000,000) Americans owe $1.6 trillion ($1,600,000,000) for federal student loans. But there is a lot of hidden ...

Downtown changes started seven years ago

Seven years later, we look back on May 15, 2015, as an important date in the history of downtown Minot. Why? That’s the day construction began on the three-year, approximately $34.75 million Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project. That’s the day concrete in part of the intersection ...

Do we have a mental health crisis?

May being Mental Health Awareness month, it seems appropriate for us to confront an issue that eludes our attention until it strikes home. It is odd that mental health has become a major problem in a country flowing with money and professionalism, both essential for attacking the problem. ...