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Plain Talk: Replacing the only elected Democrat in western North Dakota

Plain Talk: Replacing the only elected Democrat in western North Dakota

Sen. Erin Oban is the only member of the Democratic-NPL to be elected in western North Dakota. To the extent that you can consider her Bismarck-area district to be “western North Dakota,” anyway. Oban announced recently that she will not be running for another term in that office. Hot on the heels of that announcement, Republican Sean

Friday Mailbag: A Christmas tradition, defending Agatha Christie, common ground on EV, and our shifting political landscape

MINOT, N.D. — Decorating for Christmas might be my favorite family tradition. In my family, it’s a very specific tradition. Right after Thanksgiving we go and buy a tree (we’re a real tree family). Then we order Pizza Hut (it has to be that specific restaurant, which we don’t patronize any other time of the

University system didn’t provide sufficient oversight on problematic Dickinson State procurement

At best, we have a university president who leaned a bit too heavily on some personal relationships while supervising a sloppy procurement. At worst, we have a significant contract that was deliberately steered toward some friends of the president. Even worse, when asked to provide oversight, the NDUS issued some superficial findings completely out of

Plain Talk: How are North Dakota’s businesses handling vaccine mandate uncertainty?

Vaccine mandate policies are a fluid situation right now. They’re being challenged in the courts. The federal government is tweaking its policies. In North Dakota, during the recent special session of the Legislature, a bill passed that doesn’t ban businesses from implementing vaccine mandates, but did implement a lot of policies dictating what those mandates

Pete Buttigieg, electric cars, and why Democrats can’t win in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — Recently Pete Buttigieg, erstwhile presidential candidate and current secretary of transportation, appeared on MSNBC to extol the benefits of electric vehicles we rubes in fly-over country will enjoy if we ever become as enlightened as our more urban and coastal counterparts. “The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are

Amid the chaos, something to be thankful for

MINOT, N.D. — As we begin the week that encompasses the Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I know that many of you are feeling anxious about the state of our nation. You’re feeling beat down. Discouraged. I feel it too. So let us turn to history for an analgesic. In 1921, Republican Warren G. Harding was inaugurated