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Community Columnists

How much Democracy do we want?

Here we are 250 years after the Founding Fathers declared that “we the people” were creating a government with the consent of the governed, we are still trying to define who “we the people” are. At first, we the people consisted of white property and asset owners who had a stake in ...

A bold vision – then and now

Dear Minot Community and the Region-at-Large: Welcome to the first in a series of columns designed to share the story of our new healthcare campus and medical district. For Trinity Health, this project represents our once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the delivery of healthcare ...

Saga of Dem-NPL light brigade

In 1854, when the United Kingdom was engaged in the Crimean War, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the “Charge of the Light Brigade” to describe the slaughter in the Battle of Baraclava against the Russians. It is somewhat descriptive of the recent Democratic-NPL state convention in Minot where ...

In local government, change is constant

One of the most challenging aspects of participating in municipal government is adapting to perhaps the most constant issue facing elected officials: Change. In recent years, the City of Minot has faced a multitude of instances when changes have been necessary regarding City Council ...

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” ...