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Mitsubishi Power Americas CEO Paul Browning and Bakken Energy founder Steve Lebow color in a single eye on traditional Japanese dolls presented at the North Dakota Capitol on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, a traditional gesture meant to show commitment to the fulfillment of a challenging task. Adam Willis / The Forum

LIVE at 2 P.M.: A Hydrogen Hub Is a Big Deal for North Dakota; Listen to the Discussion

LIVE at 2 P.M.: A Hydrogen Hub Is a Big Deal for North Dakota; Listen to the Discussion

A big name in power is coming to North Dakota to invest in hydrogen energy, and it’s a big deal for our state in a lot of ways. Mitsubishi Power is partnering with Bakken Energy to build a hydrogen hub in the state. The potential benefits are enormous. It’s a new industry, for one, in a state that desperately

LIVE at 2 P.M.: Lawmakers Say OK to a Ban on LGBT Conversion? Watch the Discussion and Chat Live With Rob Port

The Administrative Rules Committee approved a ban on LGBT conversion therapy asked for by the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, which oversees licensing for social workers. Some Republican lawmakers resisted the change. Was it the right move? I’ll talk about it with former Democratic-NPL executive director Chad Oban on this episode of Plain Talk.

The row of wind turbines receive shade while underneath a summer cloud. Soon to be pushed away by North Dakota's wind. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

LIVE at 3 P.m.: How Many Wind Turbines Do You Want in Your Back Yard? Watch the Discussion

“Rural America gets bad vibrations from Big Wind,” Robert Bryce wrote recently for the Wall Street Journal. He notes that President Joe Biden’s administration is pushing for “tens of thousands of wind turbines,” but asks, “where, exactly, will all those turbines be built?” It’s a good question. Many Americans, even those who support the concept of wind energy, may not

LIVE at 11 A.m.: What Could Upset the Apple Cart in the Coal Creek Station Deal? an Update From McLean County

Coal Creek Station is North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant and, for a while, it was slated for closure, thanks to a long-running political campaign to tilt the energy markets away from coal, with environmental activists and political partisans cheering its demise. Then, a reprieve. Current owner Great River Energy is close to a deal with a buyer

Senator Kevin Cramer

Putting ‘the Smile’ Back in Conservatism? Sen. Kevin Cramer Talks About It Live at 11:30 Am

“I would like us to get the smile back,” Sen. Kevin Cramer said in a recent interview. “I mean, we still are the greatest experiment in political world history. Self-governance requires people of virtue, as Os Guinness puts it, and our virtue needs to be demonstrated in our personalities, not just in our ideals. If I

LIVE at 1 P.m.: Conservative Rob Port Talks With Former Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy About the State of Politics

Earl Pomeroy served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1980 to 1985, as state Insurance Commissioner from 1985 to 1992, and as the state’s at-large member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2010. He knows a thing or two about state politics. And national politics. He joins this episode of Plain

State health officials in North Dakota are encouraging people to get vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing, even though the state's emergency COVID order expired Friday, April 30. WDAY file photo

Should Prisoners Have Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?

Public health officials and other policymakers have been working hard to persuade people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but one group of citizens in two North Dakota counties are being denied that opportunity. Williams and Burleigh counties — the former in the heart of North Dakota’s oil fields, the latter home to the state capital

North Dakota State University nursing professor Molly Secor-Turner stands next to her father, plant pathology professor Gary Secor, at a rally on April 22, 2021, opposing legislation aimed at an NDSU sex education program Secor-Turner oversees. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Is This New North Dakota Law an Affront to Academic Freedom? Watch the Discussion and Join the Chat Live at 2 P.m.

Earlier this year North Dakota’s lawmakers approved a bill that prohibited institutions in the state’s university system from working with groups that promote abortion. The bill, as passed, also included a financial penalty, denying matching state fundraising dollars for campuses that ran afoul of the provision. The impetus for the legislation was a long-standing grant

Jack Seaman, the owner of MinDak Gold and Silver in south Fargo, shows the workings of the cryptocurrency ATM. David Samson / The Forum

What Is Cryptocurrency and How Do We Use It? Watch Live at 2 P.m.

You’re probably hearing a lot about cryptocurrency these days. Dogecoin. Bitcoin. The businesses you patronize are telling you they accept it. Heck, here in North Dakota, the City of Williston has begun accepting it as a payment option. But what is it? How do you use it? And given the headlines we see about the rollercoaster values