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A graphic urging North Dakotans to download the free Care19 app to help track coronavirus exposure.

Care19 App Developer Says Not Only Would It Be Illegal for Him to Sell Data, the Data Collected Is ‘Completely Worthless’ to Marketers

Care19 App Developer Says Not Only Would It Be Illegal for Him to Sell Data, the Data Collected Is ‘Completely Worthless’ to Marketers

One of the innovative things the State of North Dakota has done during the coronavirus pandemic is work with a Fargo-based developer ProudCrowd to create a contact tracing app. Contract tracing is an epidemiological technique aimed at tracking where an outbreak is happening and who it is happening to so that policies can be targeted.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in Fargo March 11 during a press conference where he addressed the severity of the coronavirus. Chris Hagen / The Forum

Plain Talk: Former NDGOP Chairman and Burgum Supporter Says the Governor Is “Using His Wealth” to Punish the Legislature

Gary Emineth is a long-time activist in North Dakota politics, and at one point served as the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party. He was an outspoken supporter of Gov. Doug Burgum’s 2016 campaign, but he sees problems in Burgum’s decision to spend big money defeating other Republicans in primary races. Two of Burgum’s former

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Copyright 2020 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: “A New Realm of Virtue Signalling”

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., recounts being lectured about not wearing a mask by a reporter who was wearing a mask, albeit around his neck and not up over his mouth and nose. “All this is turning into a new realm of virtue signaling,” he said. Will

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N.D., is the state's largest coal-fired power plant, capable of generating 1,151 megawatts of power for 1.7 million people in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Great River Energy plans to close the plant in 2022, but remains open to selling the plant, something North Dakota leaders are working to do. Special to The Forum

Plain Talk: State’s Attorney Says if Great River Closes Their Coal Power Plant, They Should Take Down Their Transmission Line Too

To hear Ladd Erickson tell it, when Coal Creek Station was built the justification for constructing the power transmission line that services it across acres and acres of prime North Dakota farmland (to the consternation of many farmers at the time) was that the coal plant would generate economic activity. Erickson is the State’s Attorney

Stylists work on their clients hair on Monday, May 4, at Salon DUO in downtown Fargo as some businesses have reopened. David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: “Opening up Our Own Economy Is Not Enough”

“Opening up our own economy is not enough,” Dr. Jeremy Jackson, head of North Dakota State University’s Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise, said on this episode of Plain Talk. “We need other places to open up.” Jackson is the author of a new forecast for North Dakota’s economy which has some

Oil pumps fall silent across the Western Edge as crude oil prices drop to historic low. (Dickinson Press file photo)

What Saudi Arabia Has to Say to North Dakota

A one-two punch from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a price war in the international oil markets, has hit North Dakota hard. Thousands are losing their jobs. Oil production in the state is tanking, and tax revenues are sure to follow. The latter of the two just-mentioned causes for this was kicked off, in

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., speaks at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition event held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Fargo Air Museum. The theme of the event, which included a panel discussion, was “Why America’s global leadership matters for U.S. national security and North Dakota’s economy.” John Borge Studios / Special to The Forum

Plain Talk: Cramer Talks COVID-19 Relief, Oil, Guns, and Coal Creek Station

“I don’t know how he could have handled it better.” That’s what Sen. Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk in praise of fellow Republican, Gov. Doug Burgum, and his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Dakota. Cramer has also praised President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis. “His actions have demonstrated

The Great River Energy Coal Creek Station coal plant near the Falkirk mine outside of Underwood, N.D., is the largest power plant in North Dakota. Forum file photo

Plain Talk: Coal’s Future Is ‘More in Doubt Now Than It Was Five Years Ago’

Jason Bohrer is President of the Lignite Energy Council, an industry group representing coal interests in North Dakota. His group made a move about, you guessed it, coal. “You get 50 miles outside those coal mines, people don’t know much about them,” he said, referring to the coal operations in central North Dakota. “What they

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (Forum News Service photo)

Governor Burgum: Working Together, We Can Achieve a Safe ND Smart Restart

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Since this historic journey began with the first case of COVID-19 being confirmed in North Dakota on March 11, we have learned much about this insidious disease. We have learned that it spreads quickly and without regard for borders. We have learned that it