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Brian Kalk Column: Time For North Dakota To Take The Lead On Pipeline Safety

Brian Kalk Column: Time For North Dakota To Take The Lead On Pipeline Safety

Most North Dakota citizens believe the development of our God given energy resources has been good for our state.  Oil, coal, wind, and natural gas, along with our booming agricultural sector, and the best work force in America, have combined to make us the envy of the nation.  Our entire state has prospered these past

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 3, 5, 38, 40 and 26 Minot Area and Southeast ND Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. Note: As District Convention season gets into full swing, these posts will

From The Left: The GOP Lies On Health Care Reform Have Real Life Consequences

Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong chose to tell a company-wide conference call that two AOL employees who had “distressed babies” requiring high health care costs and the Affordable Care Act was forcing him to make cuts to 401(k) benefits. Following the public outcry over this “distressed babies” comment, including a well written article by one of

Kreutzer Column: North Dakota Isn't Immune To The War On Coal

The effect of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and those expected next year could end coal-fired power over the next 30 years. Despite its recent oil boom, North Dakota will feel the effects of these misguided policies. While the coal industry will be directly affected by the EPA’s proposal, the resulting higher energy costs,

Julie Fedorchak Column: We Don't Have To Choose Between Energy Development And Environmental Stewardship

A debate is occurring in our state about economic development versus environmental and cultural preservation. It’s a healthy discussion. However, like too many important policy issues today, the extreme positions dominate the discourse. Opponents of any and all fossil fuel development are motivated and organized to stop it, while forces against government interference fight any

Flynn Column: Number Employed In Williston Now Rivals Grand Forks

The big story for North Dakota is not just about oil in western North Dakota, it is about the adjustments to the underlying economic dynamics in the state. Consider the situation of labor markets in two North Dakota cities, Williston and Grand Forks. These data are for the Williston micropolitan area and the Grand Forks

Aaland Column: Diversion Alternative Puts Flood Protection Above Special Interests

Two weeks ago the Mndak Upstream Coalition detailed an alternative to Fargo’s diversion plan that would put Fargo first and deliver the same level of protection for the FM Metro without impacting upstream communities.  If the southern inlet to the FM Diversion is moved three miles north, all impacts to Richland and Wilkin Counties would

Glawe Column: Do North Dakota Leaders Share Blame For Homeless Man's Amputations?

Let me ask you something, not as North Dakotans, but as human beings: What is your reaction to the following headline? Man moves to North Dakota looking for work, ends up homeless and living in a dumpster If it’s that Wayne Williams, the subject of Lauren Donovan’s story in Tuesday’s Bismarck Tribune, should have planned