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Samantha Velline, 9, of Moorhead undergoes an examination with Teresa Bushnell, a dental therapist from Hibbing, Minn., and Jackie Hasbargen, a hygienist from Breckenridge, Minn., at the Clay County Family Service Center in Moorhead on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Oley Larsen: Dental Therapy Is Working in Minnesota, Why Not North Dakota?

Senator Oley Larsen: Dental Therapy Is Working in Minnesota, Why Not North Dakota?

This guest post was submitted by state Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican representing District 3 in Minot. I recently had the chance to visit with University of Minnesota faculty and tour dental businesses in our neighboring state that are teaching dental therapy and using dental therapists. And to be brief, it’s working! This free market

Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Print Column: Foolish Environmental Activists Say They’ll Make Minnesota’s Line 3 Another #NoDAPL Moment

MINOT, N.D.—Minnesota regulators have given Canadian company Enbridge approval to go forward with replacing their Line 3 pipeline. That line was originally constructed in the 1960s but in recent years has needed constant maintenance to keep it in good working order. It needs replacement to cut down on the amount of digging and construction along

Podcast: Heitkamp Uses Trump Supporter in Ad, Tony Gehrig Talks Fargo City Hall Costs, Earl Pomeroy Calls Out Attorney General Stenehjem

On today’s radio show we talked about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s new campaign ad in which she uses a man who claims to have voted for Donald Trump to defend her record on border security. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig talks about the city hall project going roughly 33 percent over budget. Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy

Curious Kids Childcare is seen here Tuesday, July 10, along 19th Avenue North in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum

Parents: We Oppose Revocation of Our Daycare’s License

This letter, submitted for publication by the signatories including every parent with a child at Curious Kids Childcare, oppose the state’s removal of that business’ child care license. A PDF of their letter, including their signatures, is below. We, the parents of children attending Curious Kids Childcare, are at odds with the State’s decision to

Print Column: Are Capricious State Regulators Contributing to ND’s Child Care Shortage?

MINOT, N.D.—One of the most bedeviling problems facing the great state of North Dakota are chronic labor shortages, as generations of policymakers can attest. A factor in labor shortages is a paucity of services such as child care. Contributing to the child care shortage, perhaps, is a regulatory regime for care providers which is both

Dave Owen, middle, chairman of the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative, celebrtaes a high-five with volunteer Becky Muhs-Rettig inside the Secretary of State's office at the state Capitol on July 9 in Bismarck. More than a dozen volunteers filed into the room to submit the more than 18,000 petition signatures to Jaeger's office. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Mark Friese: Ballot Measure Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Has “Substantial Flaws”

This guest post was submitted by Fargo defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. Decriminalization of marijuana is in sight. Congratulations to Legalize ND and their legion of support, including student organizations, and countless individuals from a wide range of political and professional backgrounds. Without funding, getting an initiated measure on the ballot

Print Column: It’s Time for North Dakota to Legalize Pot

MINOT, N.D.—This week organizers of a ballot measure aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana turned in an estimated 18,700 signatures to the secretary of state’s office. By law they needed less than 14,000 to qualify for the November ballot. Barring some unforeseen problems with the petitions this issue will be before North Dakota voters in the

Podcast: The Arguments for and Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

David Owen from Legalize ND joined me on the radio show today to talk about his group’s ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana which will likely be qualified for the ballot in November. Also Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser talks about why the law enforcement community opposes legalization. Here’s the full audio fo the show:

Student panelists, from left, Liz Schneider, Katie Winbauer, Taylor Toso, Tokata Iron Eyes, Bria Smith, David Hogg and Matt Deitsch speak to a crowd of more than 150 people Thursday during the March for Our Lives, Road to Change national speaking tour at the Bismarck Event Center. MIKE MCCLEARY, BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Podcast: Bismarck Mayor Says Parkland Student Activists Are “Being Used as Pawns”

On the radio show today newly-elected Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken joined me to discuss the recent visit to his community by the anti-gun student activists from Parkland High School, including David Hogg. Bakken spoke at a pro-2nd Amendment rally outside of the Parkland event and then was invited inside to listen to the presentation. He

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2018. Heitkamp is one of three Democrats who are up for reelection in states President Donald Trump carried and voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Print Column: Trump Crumpled up Heitkamp’s Campaign Narrative and Threw It in the Garbage

MINOT N.D. — If Senator Heidi Heitkamp could have walked out on the stage with President Donald Trump in Fargo she would have. I can say this because I pay attention to her campaign. Her almost ubiquitous campaign ads claim endlessly that she votes with President Trump “most of the time.” Heitkamp’s staff was even