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Community Columnists

Teach our next generation about Veterans Day

We in America know what Veterans Day is all about, but do our children? This Veterans Day, take time to teach them. Share this article with them or teach them about Veterans Day in your own words as you can explain it to your children better than I can. Teach them that Veterans Day was ...

Marine Corps to celebrate special birthday

This November 10 will mark a special birthday for the United States Marine Corps. Not only will they celebrate their 246th birthday, but also their 100th year of celebrating their birthday on November 10. To help celebrate their birthday, here are a few facts about the Marine Corps: ...

ND still living in frontier culture

In the special session beginning on November 8, the legislature planned to validate the frontier culture that has dominated North Dakota policy process since the first oxen broke a furrow in the prairie grass. In the early warning signs we found that the legislature planned to reapportion ...

FEMA map appeal benefits our community

One of the lasting effects of the Souris River flood of 2011 is the potential of costly flood insurance premiums for residents living in the floodplain. A recent decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency should give those residents another three years before any significant insurance ...

Bismarck, we have a spending problem

Next week, the legislature will be in session. It’s required every ten years for the purpose of redrawing our state’s legislative districts to adapt to changing population numbers. Although that is the only objective that must be fulfilled, others will be addressed. The issue of vaccine ...

Some clarifications to redistricting questions

As a scholar who has studied the State Legislature’s process, state and local voting behavior, and the changing demographics of the state over the last twenty years, I took a great interest in the North Dakota Redistricting Committee’s meetings which occurred earlier this Fall. Although my ...