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As snow and rain started to fall on Sunday, April 25, dozens of concerned citizens from many different religions rallied to the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center in support after the mosque was vandalized by hate speech. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

AT 2 P.M.: Readers Chat Live With Rob Port, Wess Philome and Mark Friese About North Dakota and Hate Crime Legislation

AT 2 P.M.: Readers Chat Live With Rob Port, Wess Philome and Mark Friese About North Dakota and Hate Crime Legislation

A Fargo/Moorhead mosque was vandalized with racial slurs and Nazi imagery recently. That and other incidents have led some to call for new hate crime policies in North Dakota. Fargo City Commissioner Arlette Preston is calling for a new ordinance in her community. The editorial board of the Fargo Forum has also called for new statewide policies in North

State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service, via Twitter)

Bastiat Founder Rep. Rick Becker Loses in His Own District

MINOT, N.D. — The fight for control of the North Dakota Republican Party continues to play out in district party reorganizations across the state. Activists aligned with the Bastiat Caucus in the Legislature have been trying to take over district leadership positions and then use those positions to censure Republican lawmakers who voted against Bastiat-backed bills, and

LIVE at 2 P.m.: Former Gov. Ed Schafer on Trumpism, the Legislative Session, the Executive Branch, and the Legacy Fund

Ed Schafer helped usher in the current era of Republican dominance in North Dakota when he was elected Governor back in the early 1990s. How does he feel about the Trump era, and the strife and faction now dividing his party? We’ll talk about it on this episode of Plain Talk Live. Also, the Governor weighs

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Save America Rally on the Ellipse on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the White House in Washington, D.C. Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

Loyalty to Trump Can’t Be the Litmus Test for Republicans

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Liz Cheney may soon be out of her leadership position in the U.S. House Republican caucus. A growing list of prominent House Republicans are calling for her removal, and Cheney herself doesn’t seem to be fighting it. As you probably know, her great sin is a refusal to stay silent about the lie disgraced former President

UND President Mark Kennedy is interviewed Tuesday in his Twamley Hall office. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Our Campuses Are a Place Where Minds Narrow

MINOT, N.D. — Mark Kennedy, who for a short time was the president of the University of North Dakota, is having some problems at his new job as president of the University of Colorado system. The former Republican congressman had problems before he even got the gig, really, but they’ve only intensified during his time on the job. The issue?

Canadian truck drivers fill out forms for receiving a COVID vaccination at a rest stop near Drayton, ND, Friday, April 23, 2021. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s Daily Vaccination Dose Count Has Slowed to a Trickle

MINOT, N.D. — We’ve all read the headlines about vaccine hesitancy in North Dakota, but how bad is it? It’s bad. Like, really bad. The pace of administered vaccines has slowed to a trickle. According to the state Department of Health’s vaccine data dashboard, so far in May, the average number of vaccine doses delivered has

LIVE at 2 P.m.: Rob Port and Rep. Kelly Armstrong Talk About House GOP Infighting, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and More

Some Republicans in the U.S. House want Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP’s conference chair and the third-ranking Republican in the chamber, to be ousted over her criticism of former President Donald Trump. Trump supporters are even attacking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pointing out his living arrangement with prominent consultant Frank Luntz. Is any work getting done in the

Gary Emineth, left, laughs as he submits signatures for a ballot measure to amend North Dakota's constitution to ensure only U.S. citizens can vote in North Dakota elections Friday, July 6, 2018. (John Hageman / Forum News Service)

Ballot Measures Just Got Even Harder for Actual Grassroots Groups

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota law allows citizens to legislate at the ballot box, whether it’s a statute or even the state constitution. Initiated measure campaigns need only collect the requisite number of petition signatures from North Dakota citizens and their issue goes on the ballot for an up or down vote. For statutory measures,

State health officials in North Dakota are encouraging people to get vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing, even though the state's emergency COVID order expired Friday, April 30. WDAY file photo

LIVE at 11 A.m.: Do Vaccination Selfies Bother You?

Do vaccination selfies, or other types of posts people make on social media indicating they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, bother you? Some are irate about them. Some want them to stop. Rob Port and Jay Thomas, talk show host for WDAY AM970 in Fargo, talk about that and other headlines and issues heading into a