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Community Columnists

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 ...

Rape victims deserve speedy justice

As discussed in last week’s column, rape is a crime in which victims are traumatized for life and the perpetrator experiences none of the pain and shame. The lives of the victims are shattered; some never recover. The consequences are so serious that even though I believe in the sanctity ...

Haunting bugle call dates to Civil War

"Taps” is the famous, haunting bugle call that we have come to recognize as the sound of honor, dignity, and respect when saying farewell to those that served in the military. It is a tune that consists of only 24 notes; a tune that dates back to the Civil War. You may have heard this ...

Join us at the State of the City on Feb. 18

At the City of Minot, we’re in the midst of final preparations for the annual State of the City event. The State of the City is scheduled for Feb. 18 at the former Cognizant building located at 2000 21st Avenue NW. The building is now owned by the Minot Public School District, and is ...

In most respects, North Dakota is okay

In the creation, it is rumored that the earth was without form and void. And that was before anyone ever saw North Dakota. The Jockey Club in New Jersey protested the creation of a state that was a blank nothingness. Minnesota claimed that we would never make it here. So we must ask: who ...