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Plain Talk: Burgum’s Democratic Challenger Says She’d Have Issued a Shelter-in-Place Order

Plain Talk: Burgum’s Democratic Challenger Says She’d Have Issued a Shelter-in-Place Order

Dr. Shelley Lenz is a veterinarian based in western North Dakota. She’s also running unopposed for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL’s gubernatorial nomination. “I would have issued it, yes,” she said when asked on this episode of “Plain Talk” about whether she would have issued a shelter-in-place order. North Dakota is one of a few states

Guest Post: North Dakota Supreme Court Has Authority to Suspend Evictions

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Sean Foss. Over the past week, Say Anything Blog has published several articles touching upon the North Dakota Supreme Court’s Order suspending residential eviction actions across the State during the current Covid-19 pandemic. While noting the Governor’s broad discretion under N.D.C.C. Chapter 37-17.1 during a declared “emergency,”

West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis issues a stay-home directive with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney on Tuesday, April 7, at Fargo City Hall. Dardis said wearing a face mask and gloves is “challenging for me” but that it's necessary to help protect his family. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

In the Coronavirus Fight, Choice Is Better Than Force

MINOT, N.D. — One of my favorite books of all time, one which frightened and challenged the 13-year-old version of me, is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure you know it. It’s in the canon of great American literature and often cited when discussions turn to issues of free speech. As an adult, I’ve come to

State Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot), pictured here at a District 38 NDGOP event in 2019. (photo via Facebook)

Minot Lawmaker Criticizes Courts for Halting Evictions, Urges Burgum Not to Issue an Order

MINOT, N.D. — A state lawmaker from the Minot area is urging Gov. Doug Burgum “not to yield” to political pressure brought by a coalition of non-profit groups and left-wing political interests to issue an executive order halting evictions in the state. In a letter to Burgum sent late last week, Rep. Dan Ruby, a Republican representing

Gov. Doug Burgum attempted to calm the fears of business, community and government leaders in a conference call arranged by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Thursday, March 19. Forum file photo

Do You Just Want to Hear Gov. Burgum Say the Words “Shelter-in-Place”?

MINOT, N.D. — As I’ve watched critics gripe about our national and state-level response to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been struck by how often the things people are complaining about are actually good. Nationally, President Donald Trump is under fire for an approach that emphasizes state leadership. “Trump administration tells states to step up as

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and other state officials on stage during a March 18 press conference addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

ND Doesn’t Need a “shelter-in-place” Order. Based on an Online Petition, It Seems Like Most North Dakotans Agree

MINOT, N.D. — Online petitions are dumb. In terms of civic engagement, they’re just about the least you could do. If you’re concerned about an issue, please do something more helpful than adding your name to an online petition. Still, a recent Change.org petition urging Gov. Doug Burgum to “place a shelter-in-place order and do what’s best

North Dakota Supreme Court chambers. John Hageman / Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Courts Overstepped Their Authority by Halting Evictions

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Supreme Court is operating under new leadership at the moment. Chief Justice Jon Jensen was appointed to the Supreme Court by Burgum in 2017. He was seated as chief justice in January. His comments to the media at the time are revealing. “I think judges like to help people,” Jensen said. “And

Health care workers at Jamestown Regional Medical Center and across the state may wear masks to protect themselves and patients from spreading illness. Pictured are registered nurse Tracy Dale and patient access clerk Holly Wald. As of Tuesday, there were no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Stutsman County area. Katie Ryan-Anderson / For the Jamestown Sun

Readers Ask About Expanded Unemployment Benefits Removing the Incentive to Work, the Status of DAPL and More

MINOT, N.D. — This week’s mailbag features a question, or more accurately a concern, that unemployment benefits which may be luring health care workers away from the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus. Also messages about rent, price-fixing in the beef industry, divisive politics in a time of pandemic, and a recent federal court ruling

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