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Dr. Shelley Lenz is the Dem-NPL candidate for governor of North Dakota. David Samson / The Forum

‘Trump Has Brought the Rural Voice Back Into Play’ Says Democratic-NPL Gubernatorial Candidate Shelley Lenz

Trump has brought the rural voice back into play,” Shelley Lenz told me on this episode of Plain Talk. Lenz is the Democratic-NPL candidate for governor, challenging Republican incumbent Doug Burgum, and while she clearly doesn’t like Trump overall, she is critical of her own party for not paying enough attention to the priorities of

Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Underwood Superintendent of Schools Brandt Dick.

Plain Talk: Brandt Dick, Challenger for Superintendent, Says North Dakota ‘Going the Wrong Way’ on Test Scores

This episode of Plain Talk was intended to be a conversation with North Dakota’s candidates for superintendent. Sadly, the incumbent, Kirsten Baesler, opted not to participate, claiming she didn’t have enough time to make it work, though she did offer me a one-on-one interview later in the week. Go figure. The challenger, Brandt Dick, did

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread stands in the state Capitol press room March 28, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

Plain Talk: Instead of Communist China, How About We Invest Some Legacy Fund Dollars in North Dakota Businesses?

What are we going to do with the Legacy Fund, the pot of cash North Dakota has been collecting from oil tax revenues and investing? There are a lot of things we could do, and they generally fall into two broad categories. One is how the fund is invested, the other is what we do

Ralph Muecke at the North Dakota Watchdog Network booth explains a proposed ballot measure to a fairgoer in the Commercial II Building at the North Dakota State Fair. (Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News)

Plain Talk: Is Measure 2 a Good Idea or a Bad One?

Measure 2 is a constitutional amendment, put on the November ballot by the Legislature, which would change the initiated measure process for constitutional measures. Activists would still collect and file signatures the same way, but if a measure amending the constitution is passed by voters, it wouldn’t immediately be enacted. It would first go to

Governor Doug Burgum speaking at the coronavirus press conference Thursday, Sept. 3

Plain Talk: Burgum Says He Has to ‘Own the Miscue’ Rescinding Quarantine Order

“I have to own the miscue,” Gov. Doug Burgum said on this episode of Plain Talk. He was referring to a quarantine order issued by his administration earlier this week which carried with it a misdemeanor criminal charge for anyone who violated it. The order applied to people who came into close contact with someone

The Milton R. Young power plant, home to Project Tundra

Guest Post: Project Tundra Demonstrates ‘Can-Do’ Spirit

This guest post was submitted by Jason Bohrer, President and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council Not long ago, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) was considered to be a moon shot.  A technology with a lot of promise but a steep hill to climb. In fact, just this week, there have been questions raised

Guest Post: North Dakota University Students Shouldn’t Go Home for Labor Day

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott, State Board of Higher Education Chairman Nick Hacker, and SBHE student member Erica Solberg We are extremely impressed with our students, faculty and staff and how they have approached the start of the fall semester. Testing, face coverings, plexiglass shields, and social