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Democratic U.S. House candidate Zach Raknerud

Plain Talk: Democratic House Candidate Criticizes His Party for Delays in Coronavirus Relief Bill

Plain Talk: Democratic House Candidate Criticizes His Party for Delays in Coronavirus Relief Bill

On this episode of Plain Talk, Zach Raknerud pointed out that many North Dakota Democrats are afraid to do interviews with me. “I don’t think that’s right,” he said. He’s the candidate North Dakota Democrats endorsed to challenge Republican Congressman Kelly Armstrong this cycle. He made that point while arguing that he intends to offer

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

With Budget Problems Looming, Gov. Burgum Needs to Call a Special Session of the Legislature to Address Coronavirus

MINOT, N.D. — Today begins another day with North Dakota’s economy, in many ways, shut down. Some businesses continue to operate, but many are shuttered or have curtailed their operations to comply with Gov. Doug Burgum’s executive order limiting commerce, as well as further urging voluntary limits on social interaction. These moves, agree with them

The normally crowded and bustling lobby of Moorhead Senior High School is empty and quiet during the shutdown Monday, March 16. W. Scott Olsen / Special to The Forum

Plain Talk: Education Professor Says North Dakota’s Push for Remote Education Has Been “Overly Bureaucratic,” Tells Parents Not to Worry About Kids Losing Ground

Dan Conn is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Kinesiology at Minot State University. In this episode of Plain Talk, he discusses the challenges related to mobilizing, as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, remote education solutions on the short timeline state leaders like Governor Doug Burgum and Superintendent Kirsten Baesler are asking for.

The West Acres food court is seen at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Fargo after switching to carry-out orders only. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Republicans Channel Obama in Coronavirus Response

MINOT, N.D. — We like to describe politics as the “marketplace of ideas.” If only it were so. A marketplace, in the economic sense, tends to be innovative. Competition drives a constant need to find the new and improved. There is little innovation taking place in America’s political thinking. At least at the national level.

Aaron Hill, co-owner of Fargo Brewing Co., listens to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday, March 19, as he announces the statewide closure of bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus. David Samson / The Forum

The Legacy Fund Should Be Part of North Dakota’s Recovery From Coronavirus

MINOT, N.D. — Our nation is under quarantine, and the economy is suffering because of it. That’s why, at the federal level. Congress is rushing to spend something like $1 trillion on a stimulus package. What are we going to do here at the state level? A lot of you readers have been contacting me

Senator Kevin Cramer Forum News Service photo

Plain Talk 146: Senator Cramer Says He Thinks Americans Should Have Their Stimulus Checks by April 6

Senator Kevin Cramer says Congress is aiming to get stimulus checks, a response to the coronavirus crisis, into the bank accounts of Americans by April 6. That’s what he said on this episode of Plain Talk. The legislation isn’t finalized yet, but he expects each individual to get in the ballpark of $1,200 each. The

North Dakota State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte speaks at a press conference about coronavirus in Bismarck on Wednesday, March 18. She is joined on stage by Gov. Doug Burgum. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Guest Post: You’re Going to Be Ok

This guest post was submitted by James Kerian of Grafton, North Dakota. Calm down. Don’t be afraid. Take some deep breaths. I’m not saying you shouldn’t follow the Governor’s instructions or the President’s instructions or the Bishop’s instructions. It’s their place, not mine, to lead. But follow them without being afraid. Everyone I talk to

Patrons leave the West Fargo Public Library loaded with books on Monday, March 16, after the announced closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. David Samson / The Forum

Calm, My Friends

MINOT, N.D. — Despite what you may have heard, this is not the new normal. As this dark cloud of agoraphobia descends on our communities, we’re all reading and viewing a lot of content telling us that our lives have been forever changed. They haven’t. Not really. We are a pampered people. Cynicism about America may be en