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Community Columnists

Tradition can come in many forms

Christmas is upon us. It’s the time of year in which we commonly remember and participate in a variety of customs and traditions. These are wonderful things, our traditions, and they should be celebrated whenever possible. Not only during the various holidays of the year, but more commonly ...

Our community is changing right before our eyes

As 2021 nears an end, it’s easy to look back on the past 12 months and remember the challenges brought on by a continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic and political ramifications. But we would be wrong to ignore the number of resilient and forward-thinking projects that are ...

Suddenly, the Gospel is for everyone

"And the angel said to them ‘do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) Ordinarily, many professing Christians and ...

Vaccine mandates nonsensical, intrusive policy

Between various recent court rulings pertaining to President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine executive orders, as well as the work of the state legislature in November, several citizens have somewhat of an early Christmas present. For a variety of reasons, many people are not interested in ...

North Dakota’s lignite industry has been a good neighbor

The state’s bountiful, economical lignite coal reserves are estimated to last another 800 years at today’s production rate of nearly 30 million tons a year. Besides being a sustainable industry, it has also been a good neighbor providing high paying jobs, taxes to local and state treasuries ...

Questioning the ethics of the Ethics Commission

The ethics of the constitutional North Dakota Ethics Commission are being subjected to questioning by North Dakotans for Public Integrity, creators of the Commission, because the rules proposed by the Commission would permit a continuous conflict of interest involving campaign contributions and ...