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Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Land Board Is Being Unreasonable, and Not at All Transparent, on Royalty Payments

Land Board Is Being Unreasonable, and Not at All Transparent, on Royalty Payments

Worse, in the lead-up to these letters, the state’s Board of University and School Lands (which counts Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, among other statewide elected officials, among its membership) met repeatedly behind closed doors — almost a half-dozen times in the last three months according to the Bismarck Tribune — to

A sign company employee carries away the letter S from the word Sioux as the signage proclaiming Ralph Engelstad Arena "Home of the Fighting Sioux" is taken down in Grand Forks in 2012. The removal was part of the agreement between the state of North Dakota and the NCAA over the University of North Dakota's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. John Stennes / Forum Communications

Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now. This spring, he’s finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to

The proposed mural of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg is visualized on an external wall of Brick Oven Bakery in downtown Bismarck. Photo provided / City of Bismarck

Guest Post: Bismarck Embraces Cancel Culture and It’s Not a Good Thing

Dustin Gawrylow is the managing director of the North Dakota Watchdog Network and a Bismarck resident.   Bismarck’s latest controversy can be summed up as follows:  A local artist wanted to practice his first amendment rights by hanging an old fashioned black and white portrait of an internationally known climate change zealot on the alley-facing exterior wall

“It’s a Bull***T Process”

MINOT, N.D. — In North Dakota, if you are arrested for something like driving under the influence, the state initiates two separate legal proceedings against you. One is the familiar criminal proceeding. The other is a civil proceeding aimed at removing your driving privileges. “It’s a bulls**t process,” a reader who is also a practicing

Governor Doug Burgum Forum News Service photo

Plain Talk: Burgum Talks About the Greta Thunberg Mural Controversy, His 2020 Challenger, Energy, Agriculture and Trump

“Art is art,” Gov. Doug Burgum said of controversy in Bismarck over a mural of activist Greta Thunberg. “Art is free speech.” On this episode of Plain Talk, he also discussed what he described as our “broken energy market,” which is contributing to the financial woes of a major coal-fired power plant owned by Great

Dr. Shelley Lenz is running for North Dakota governor. (Photo courtesy of Shelley Lenz)

Plain Talk: Who Is Dr. Shelley Lenz, the Veterinarian Who Wants to Be Governor of North Dakota?

“I don’t have a party. I’m an independent.” That’s what Dr. Shelley Lenz told me on this episode of Plain Talk. Lenz is a veterinarian from western North Dakota who, despite her assertions of independence, is running for the North Dakota Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination. She said that part of the reason why she wants

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Commander of the United States Space Command and Chief of Space Operations for the recently authorized sixth branch of the military, the United States Space Force, tours UND's aerospace facilities with Associate Dean Elizabeth Bjerke, left, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Friday, Jan. 10. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Sen. Cramer Talks About Great River Energy’s Financial Woes, Impeachment Acquittal, Mitt Romney Blowback and the State of the Union Address

Great River Energy says it’s facing some financial woes at it’s Coal Creek Station power plant. While coal power has seen some tough sledding nationally, this may be the first indication of those problems coming to North Dakota, where traditionally, the coal industry has proven more resilient. In this episode of Plain Talk, Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,

President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday Dec. 17, 2019. (Doug Mills/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Guest Post: Romney and the Impeachment Vote

This guest post was submitted by Fargo-area attorney Mark Western. The impeachment trial of President Trump is now over.  It is a part of history.  The President has been acquitted on both counts.  There will be collateral damages, both in terms of the body politic as well as public trust in their institutions. Now the

Marijuana legalization proponent David Owen testifies before a North Dakota legislative committee at the state Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Plain Talk: Does Marijuana Lead to Satanism?

David Owen, a pro-marijuana activist, working to put legalization of recreational pot on North Dakota’s 2020 ballot, says a Legislative study into how to handle legalization has gone “off the rails.” A meeting this week of the committee overseeing an interim study intended to look into the logistics of implementing legal recreational marijuana policy, should

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