Community Columnists

Old Sievert announces for president

"I’m going to run,” announced Old Sievert as he joined the other 12 town electors in the community hall for the spring planning conference of the Homeland Security Committee. “That may be kind of risky, you using a cane and all,” noted Josh Dvorchik. “I haven’t seen you run in ...

Republican leadership is proud of the work accomplished this session

Republicans scored big wins for our state this session. We addressed key issues that matter to all North Dakotans, including infrastructure funding, workforce development, human services, and education. As we leave Bismarck, we are going home having balanced the budget with no tax ...

ND Democratic-NPL lawmakers put families first

During the 66th Legislative Assembly, Democratic-NPL legislators successfully advanced a legislative agenda that puts the needs of working families first and supports the values of North Dakotans. Strong state investments in these four areas help the people of our state. They also reduce the ...

We need to indoctrinate our kids the right way

According to the National Weather Service, we’re on track for the Weirdest Year on Record. Now, I don’t want this to devolve into a climate change discussion, because everyone knows that’s a plot to something, something, China, something, something, New World Order, something, but ...

Builders, not bureaucrats, should build the wall

There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), unauthorized immigrant crossings reached a 12-year high in 2019. Over 318,000 have attempted to enter illegally through the southern border since the beginning of fiscal year 2019. ...

Vision Zero seeks to save lives

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death for teens. That’s an eye-opening statistic for anyone to read, especially parents. In North Dakota, there is a statewide strategy called Vision Zero, to reduce motor vehicle crash deaths and serious injuries to zero. The goal of ...

Just kick the can down the road

For centuries, philosophers have tried to rationalize the underpinnings of governments. We are supposed to be in some make-believe contract to bond together for mutual security, shared services, negotiating conflict and keeping the peace. Even in the best of years, our society has struggled ...

Subjecting Mark Kennedy to an ideological litmus test is unfair

Once upon a time I thought Mark Kennedy was going to be a good leader for the University of North Dakota. I cheered when he made tough decisions like closing down the women’s hockey program which bled money because, despite vocal support from some, few showed up to watch the games or ...

The liberals fight back

Progressives gathered on 4/20 in a smoke-filled backroom at an undisclosed location that for sure wasn't Leonardo DiCaprio's home. Actually, it was more of a rave than a meeting — don't take the brown acid — but there were pressing issues on the agenda. “What if Trump sends all those ...

Congressional hearing on voter ID was a shame and a sham

You probably read some headlines last week about a congressional hearing, hosted on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, at which North Dakota’s voter ID laws were characterized as a calculated effort to suppress Native American voters. In truth the field hearing was a sham. A partisan ...

100 days of action

April 13 marked my 100th day as North Dakota’s congressman. This milestone offers an opportunity to look back at what has been accomplished so far for North Dakota and the American people. In my first 100 days, I’ve focused on issues that matter to our state. I’ve sought to help our ...

Citizens academies offer unique look inside police, fire departments

f you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in one of the Citizens Academies held by the Minot Fire Department or the Minot Police Department, I’d strongly encourage you to give it a try. The experience will truly open your eyes to what our Police and Fire departments do on a daily ...

Can democracy survive big money?

For the past several months, the political dialogue has been focused on the involvement of Russian operatives in the American democratic processes. Whether or not American politicians were involved in collusion has been the primary point of inquiry. Those who have suspected evil have talked ...

God is angry with North Dakota

Last week, as we dug out from yet another “bomb cyclone,” I wondered why it’s been such a brutal winter. I know, you think because I’m a tree-hugging liberal, I’m going to say “climate change.” Nope. (I got paid $5,000 from the Koch Brothers to deny it.) Actually, I’ve had an ...

Don’t let politicians deflect criticism by playing victim

The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd. And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House. Trump’s criticism of Omar’s ...

North Dakota should stay the course on prison reform

There is nothing magic about being released from prison. When they return to the community, men and women leaving state custody bring with them whatever problems, habits, and mentalities they had behind bars — only enhanced by the stress of trying to rebuild their lives from scratch. ...

A look inside the Minot Fire Department

One of our goals at the Minot Fire Department is to continue to educate the citizens of Minot on our mission and to take advantage of more community outreach opportunities. We are excited for our partnership with The Minot Daily News that includes a new weekly version of incident reporting as ...

A Night To Remember: Christmas Day 2018

It was late in the evening on Christmas Day. The kids had fallen asleep in their beds after a long festive day of gift opening, food, and traveling to our house outside the city of Bottineau. Before retiring for the evening, I had several things that needed to be returned to the furnace room. I ...

What it takes to be president

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., has announced he’s running for president. I don’t know much about him, but every time someone new declares their candidacy, I want them to be president. I think the same of any person I meet on the street, and some dogs. It’s early, but I have a prediction: ...