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Community Columnists

Virus pandemic at our doorstep

With the possibility of a 2020 virus pandemic, it is time for North Dakotans to be reminded of the devastation that occurred in the country and the state when influenza raged in 1918. It gives us a serious lesson so that we don’t take the threat too casually and expect to continue life as ...

UND women’s hockey handed a bad deal

"Be slow to anger,” the Good Book says. On March 29, 2017 – four years ago this month – the University of North Dakota made a critical mistake when it arbitrarily shut down the successful women’s Fighting Hawks hockey team. By now, it’s okay to be angry. Four years is long ...

When tragedy strikes, our community responds

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind ourselves of what’s really important. The fire at the Hall’s Apartment building in downtown Minot on Feb. 26 was yet another example of the overwhelming number of good people who live in our community. I’m always proud to call Minot my home, and ...

Time for a Legacy Fund earnings plan that invests in North Dakotans first

Voters in North Dakota charged our government with investing in the future by creating the Legacy Fund using oil and natural gas revenues. They entrusted the state legislature with this precious perpetual resource, and we have had nine years to decide how to equitably invest the earnings while ...

All refugees want is a home

When we don’t have the courage to admit we are bigots, we take the circuitous route by claiming our objections are based on costs and the rumors we hear from other bigoted observers. That is what is happening in North Dakota in the refugee resettlement program. The first unfounded rumor I ...

Hiring process / probationary year

Thirty-two years ago, I made a choice to join the volunteer fire department in my small community. I knew several people serving and wanted to do something to help the community. Little did I know, that decision would change my life and begin the greatest adventure I could imagine. I enjoyed ...

Flood map appeal makes sense for Minot

The City of Minot is investing in an official appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood risk maps that will result in significant savings for area residents. The City Council’s decision on Feb. 18 to file an appeal could delay the implementation of the flood risk maps by ...

Pain of true believers in body politic

The country is now in the grips of a mysterious bout with polarization not seen for generations in American society. Hate and anger seem to have displaced civil discourse and honest disagreement. For some strange reason, we are an unhappy people in a time of impressive prosperity. The economy ...

And so history repeats itself

"History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time” is a long standing truism, reaffirmed by people who are unteachable. Not too long ago, I wrote a column claiming victory for the Democrats in the fall but with a note of encouragement for the president. With a historical ...

City weighs needs vs. wants every day

A pair of recent letters to the editor in The Minot Daily News focused on a topic that municipal governments deal with on a daily basis: Needs vs. wants. In the first letter from two weeks ago, it was noted that in 2016, Minot’s budget was roughly $125.7 million, while the budget for 2020 ...

Equal Rights Amendment ratified … maybe

By being the thirty-eighth state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the Virginia Legislature recently declared that it had made the amendment a part of the U. S, Constitution. The Amendment was proposed by Congress to guarantee women equal rights and submitted it to the states for ...

New maps are coming to many ND landowners, so here’s what they need to know:

In the coming weeks, many North Dakota landowners are going to receive new maps from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS), and they will have 40 days to do something about it. I wanted to take a moment to explain what they are, how they can affect their life, and what they can do about ...

The hopeless hunt for voting fraud

The election of 2020 will be the culmination of 20 years of political chicanery involving the right to vote. North Dakota and the other 49 have been closing election loopholes that don’t exist to exploit the ballot box for political gain. The North Dakota Legislature has made voting more ...

Ending stigma — the first step to ending America’s addiction crisis

We know firsthand that addiction to drugs and alcohol does not discriminate. In 2018, about 68,000 Americans died from a drug overdose, and an estimated 88,000 die from the effects of alcohol annually in our country. The estimated cost of the opioid crisis alone is $696 billion dollars ...

West Fargo trip yielded valuable information

he City of Minot was afforded an opportunity to travel to West Fargo in August 2019 to see first-hand a project that blends commercial development with low-to-moderate income housing. It was a trip well-worth taking. City Manager Tom Barry, National Disaster Resilience Program Manager John ...

North Dakota has a huge public square

Many states claim to be different, but of all of the states, North Dakota has the distinction of having the flattest power structure. Power is distributed thinly because everybody must have “a say.” Egalitarianism runs to the point of becoming sinful. First, our institutional makeup is ...

Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘I Have a Dream’

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 56 years ago. God placed a dream in him to share with the world. MLK Jr.’s words are very much alive today as they were spoken 56 years ago, as they seem to speak still of our times today. That is what drew me to read his ...

Nursing at Minot State University

One of the largest and highest profile majors we have at Minot State University is Nursing. It is one of the academic programs about which I receive the most questions and feedback. The nursing field seems to constantly be in the headlines, both across the state and nationally, due to the ...

Can Native-American kids have dreams?

RFormer Senator Byron Dorgan’s recent book, “The Girl in the Photograph,” is a 196-page indictment of every European-American that set foot in the United States since Plymouth Rock. On the basis of his sweeping evidence, we all belong in jail for crimes against Native-Americans, ...

Minot has options to fight the winter blues

If you’ve checked the weather forecast for the next 10 days, you know we’re in for a harsh dose of winter reality. We know it’s coming every year; after all, it is winter. Still, the cold, snow, and wind all add up to our annual search for things to do while staying safely out of ...