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Community Columnists

The critical need for cognitive flexibility

If the Democratic Party plans to influence public policy in North Dakota, it will need cognitive flexibility in abundance. Right now, it is in short supply. Cognitive flexibility means the ability to recognize the need for change but traveling in the same rut, no matter what. The focus of ...

The fight for freedom is worldwide

Living in North Dakota is somewhat insulating to the COVID hysteria, no thanks to several authoritarian-leaning health “experts” and the ND Department of Health (that’s redundant). I absolutely love hearing from people that travelled to North Dakota from a crazy blue state, and they say ...

Cities with schools need a newspaper

The dramatic decline of the newspaper industry has been continuing as community newspapers across the country have been folding left and right. Since 2005, 2,200 local newspapers across America have been forced to close their doors. Not only have the rural areas lost a lot of subscribers but ...

Picking your pronouns a difficult problem

I t’s 2022, and everything is better now. Russia and China will play nice. Toxicity in society will no longer be an issue. Inflation is good. Gender is fluid. Way better than 2021, right? Despite entering a new period of societal Nirvana, I have quite the conundrum; I STILL haven’t ...

Give gratitude to those who have sacrificed to help with pandemic

As we mark the beginning of a new year, we typically look to the future with a sense of hope. It’s true that this year might be somewhat different with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted how we interact, shop, travel, and dine. For some, it’s been a time fraught with deep ...

Reflecting on the Minot I believe in, and looking ahead

I want to take this opportunity to wish every Minot resident a happy new year. It’s been a challenging year, to be sure, but it’s also been a year full of successes for our community as a whole. As 2022 unfolds, we’re planning to take some time to reflect on those success stories and ...