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Community Columnists

The truth about North Dakota

So you thought Prof. Elwyn Robinson told the whole truth when he wrote his 599-page “History of North Dakota” printed at the University of Nebraska because the boat carrying the UND Press missed a turn in Montana and sank near Williston. That’s the varnished truth. Because he planned ...

The tombstone market becomes personal

Just when I was planning to get one, the tombstone market turned to dust and everyone has to wait for memorial stones because the supply line died before we did. All we can say to bereaved friends, if any, is “be patient.” I am not sure if the Scriptural suggestion to “be content” ...

Supporting Minot AFB through stressful times

As the world watches the events unfolding daily in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, there are undoubtedly countless eyes at Minot Air Force Base focused on what’s happening more than 5,000 miles away. It’s a horrific reminder that the men and women who call Minot Air Force Base ...

County home rule offers local control

Last week, the Walsh County Record carried an advertisement for a county treasurer, setting out qualifications as follows: Candidates must have a proven track record of being proficient and accurate with numbers and professional and courteous transactions… A background in finances, ...

COVID: From a pandemic to a joke

COVID has taken the United States – and especially North Dakota – from a pandemic to a joke that would be funny except so many people died needlessly in the transformation. The problem all started when the national administration lacked cognitive flexibility – the ability to recognize ...

The magic in Minot is very much alive

Every time the City of Minot seeks public input on recognizing residents who go out of their way to help the community, we’re reminded of the countless selfless acts that often go unnoticed. At last week’s State of the City event, we honored Eric Locken as the Citizen of the Year. Eric ...