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Community Columnists

Spring is a great opportunity for cleaning

It’s time for some spring cleaning - literally and figuratively. First, the easy parts. The City of Minot’s annual spring clean up week is fast approaching. The 2021 event is scheduled for May 3-7, with the household hazardous waste collection event to be held on May 7-8 at the Public ...

Building back better in North Dakota

Just over a year ago the COVID-19 global health pandemic began the public health and economic crisis that infected almost 30 million people in the U. S. alone and took over 540,000 American lives. In North Dakota over 100,000 of our just 762,062 population were infected and 1466 fellow North ...

WalletHub rains on investment parade

ust when the legislature was ready to break open the $8 billion Legacy Fund egg, an organization called WalletHub came out with a study that demeaned North Dakota’s ability to innovate, perhaps suggesting that we weren’t a very good opportunity for major venture capital investment after ...

Vaccine offers safe step toward normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed daily life. North Dakotans continue to work toward herd immunity, a phase when more than 85% of residents become immune through exposure to the virus or immunization. Vaccinations provide a safe and effective solution to reach herd immunity ...

Oil is making my people sick

This past week, oil and gas industry leaders, government officials, and other leaders in the energy world from North Dakota to Saudi Arabia gathered virtually for the annual CERAWeek conference. For years, industry representatives have gathered to tout their achievements and voluntary ‘green ...

Vaccines are another tool against COVID-19

It’s been just over a year since the first positive coronavirus test was reported in Ward County. We’ve come a long way in the past 12 months, and we’ve learned a great deal about dealing with COVID-19 and its effects. We’ve learned that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and it ...