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After Urging From Lawmakers, Burgum Expected to Rescind Order Making Failure to Quarantine a Crime

After Urging From Lawmakers, Burgum Expected to Rescind Order Making Failure to Quarantine a Crime

MINOT, N.D. — Wednesday, Sept. 23, Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order which made failure to quarantine after close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 a Class B Misdemeanor. Today, Sept. 24, lawmakers are saying that order has been rescinded. In an email sent to his caucus this afternoon, which I obtained, House Minority

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Democratic-NPL Is About to Be Embarrassed by the Courts Again

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court removed Travisia Martin, the candidate for Insurance Commissioner endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL, from the statewide ballot. The reason? She voted in Nevada in 2016, something which, when done legally, requires one to be a resident of Nevada and not North Dakota. Yet North

Shelley Lenz, right, Democratic candidate for North Dakota governor, meets local voters during a picnic in June at Lincoln Park in Grand Forks. At left is Sheryll Weisenberger. (Forum News Service file photo)

Dem-NPL Gov Candidate Doesn’t Want to Be Called a Democrat, Stumbles on Mask Mandate Question

MINOT, N.D. — If a candidate demands a mask mandate, shouldn’t they be prepared to tell you what the consequences would be for violating it? Democratic-NPL gubernatorial candidate Shelley Lenz isn’t. Monday I guest-hosted the “Jay Thomas Show” on WDAY AM970 and had nearly an hour-long conversation with Lenz. I like Lenz. I think she’s an

Third-grade students work on projects on their first day of class on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School in Moorhead. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Why Did North Dakota’s Universities Get More Than 5 Times the COVID-19 Funding K-12 Schools Did?

MINOT, N.D. — Let’s do some math. The fall 2019 enrollment number for full-time equivalent students in North Dakota’s public K-12 schools was 110,797. All of those kids are North Dakota residents. The fall 2019 enrollment for North Dakota’s public institutions of higher education was 35,353 full-time equivalent students. Nearly half of them, something like

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott addresses a committee during the 2019 legislative session in this Herald file photo. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald)

MINOT, N.D. — I’ve been writing about higher education for a long time, and when it comes to budgets and how our state’s universities react to them, there are two simple truths. Any budget increase will be treated as a cut because it wasn’t as large an increase as the universities requested. Any actual cut

Shelley Lenz, Democratic-NPL candidate for governor

Gov Candidate Lenz’s Pandemic Plan Amounts to Appointing Someone Else to Lead

MINOT, N.D. — The governor’s job is to govern. The governor’s job is not appointing other people to govern. After reading her plan for addressing the coronavirus pandemic, I’m not sure Shelley Lenz, the Democratic-NPL’s gubernatorial candidate, understands this. The plan was released this week. It tosses a few bones to placate the nascent authoritarians

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Democratic-NPL Says NDGOP Legislative Candidate Is Ineligible Because He Lives in Wyoming

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year the Democratic-NPL stubbornly refused to acknowledge that one of their candidates for statewide office, Travisia Martin, who was running for Insurance Commissioner, was ineligible for the ballot. Despite clear evidence that Martin had cast a ballot in Nevada in the 2016 election — something that, if done legally, requires residency in

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