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A child gets her teeth cleaned during the "Give Kids a Smile" day at the Valley Community Health Centers Dental Clinic earlier this month in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg

Guest Post: Access to Quality Dental Care Can Be Improved by Supporting Dental Therapy

Guest Post: Access to Quality Dental Care Can Be Improved by Supporting Dental Therapy

This guest post was submitted by Dr. Joanne Luger, a Bismarck-based dentist, and Emily Mallory, a Dental Hygienist in Grand Forks and President of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association. Did you know that more than 1 in 4 North Dakota 3rd graders have untreated tooth decay – and that nearly 97,000 North Dakotans live

Plain Talk: Does Klobuchar Have a Chance in a Democratic Party That’s Shifted So Far Left?

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar launched her campaign for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination this weekend. Klobuchar styles herself as a moderate and pragmatist from flyover country. An antidote to the struggles Democrats faced in the 2016 election when it came to winning over voters in states like Wisconsin. In fact, Klobuchar has vowed to make

Kelly Armstrong speaks with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Says Democrats Are Out for “First Blood” on Trump

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes your questions. He’ll be on every week doing that, so email your questions to House Democrats are “fighting to do whatever they think they have to do to draw first blood on the Trump administration,” Armstrong told me of efforts to investigate

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says of Donating Shutdown Salary, “I Don’t Find It Very Noble, Frankly”

On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator Kevin Cramer makes his first of what will be weekly appearances to take questions from listeners. If you’d like to submit a question for Cramer you can do so by emailing it to any time. Responding to a question about donating his shutdown salary – as the

Ralph Northam's page in the 1984 yearbook of Eastern Virginia Medical School in which two people are wearing blackface and a KKK costume. Obtained by The Washington Post

Mark Western: Northam Shouldn’t Resign

This guest post was submitted by Fargo-based attorney Mark Western “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” If I were a betting man, I bet I don’t agree with many policy ideas that Governor Ralph Northam (D- Va.) has proposed. I think that his recent comments about birth/abortion are especially barbaric. But I

Gov. Doug Burgum, left, answers question from members of the House Appropriations Committee's Education and Environment Division in the state Capitol in Bismarck. He is proposing that money from the Legacy Fund proposal be used to build the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum at Medora. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Plain Talk: Burgum Says Those Ranking Other Priorities Above Roosevelt Library Are Presenting a “False Choice”

On this episode of Plain Talk, Governor Doug Burgum defended his push for $50 million in funding for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora. Asked about the argument, coming from many, which suggests the state has other priorities for that money, Burgum said it’s “understandable” since “we do have needs across the state.” But

Print Column: Why Shouldn’t North Dakota’s Universities Have a ‘Sword’ Over Their Heads?

MINOT, N.D. — Recently the editorial board of the Grand Forks Herald came out against HCR3016. That legislation, introduced by state Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), is a proposed amendment which would remove the mandate for 8 of North Dakota’s 11 public institutions of higher education from the state constitution. “Regardless of its declared intent, HCR

Plain Talk: Shouldn’t Universities Exist Because We Need Them, and Not Because of the Law?

On this episode of Plain Talk, legislation proposed in Bismarck would remove mandates for eight of North Dakota’s 11 institutions of higher education from the state constitution. The Grand Forks Herald, in an editorial, argues this puts those universities at risk. But shouldn’t universities exist because they’re needed, and not because they’re mandated by law?

Print Column: People Targeted by Gun-Grabbing ‘Red Flag’ Law Would Have to Pay for Their Own Defense

MINOT, N.D. – “You have the right to an attorney.” We’re all familiar with that phrase, a part of the famous Miranda warning that’s a staple of television and movies and, you know, actual police work. It’s formal recognition of the right to legal counsel from the Sixth Amendment. Thank goodness for it. Can you