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Karla Rose Hanson speaks during a meeting Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at North Dakota State University of the N.D. chapter of Ready to Run, a group that encourages women to participate in public service. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Proposed Legislation Would Expose North Dakotans Who Donate to Private Advocacy Groups

Proposed Legislation Would Expose North Dakotans Who Donate to Private Advocacy Groups

It’s one thing to require political candidates and political parties to disclose their finances. It’s quite another to tell private citizens that the private donations they make to private advocacy groups must be exposed to public scrutiny. Continue reading…

Teen activists Tokata Iron Eyes (left) and Greta Thunberg prepare to speak at a forum on climate change on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Standing Rock High School in Fort Yates, N.D. Thunberg called the Standing Rock Sioux Nation "a symbolic place of resistance." Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Greta Thunberg Mural Fight Has Devolved Into Olympics-Level Pettiness

The folderol around this mural of Thunberg, a trite and superficial figure who will be a little more than a footnote in history soon enough, has been embarrassing for just about everybody involved. Continue reading…

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Land Board Is Being Unreasonable, and Not at All Transparent, on Royalty Payments

Worse, in the lead-up to these letters, the state’s Board of University and School Lands (which counts Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, among other statewide elected officials, among its membership) met repeatedly behind closed doors — almost a half-dozen times in the last three months according to the Bismarck Tribune — to

A sign company employee carries away the letter S from the word Sioux as the signage proclaiming Ralph Engelstad Arena "Home of the Fighting Sioux" is taken down in Grand Forks in 2012. The removal was part of the agreement between the state of North Dakota and the NCAA over the University of North Dakota's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. John Stennes / Forum Communications

Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now. This spring, he’s finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to

President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum David Samson

Impeachment Accomplished the Opposite of What Democrats Were Hoping For

MINOT, N.D. — The impeachment of President Donald Trump may have been satisfying for certain hard-bitten Trump haters, but as a practical matter of politics, it has backfired on Democrats colossally. I’m not sure we’ve seen anything but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to just how wrong a move it was. From

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota May Have Dodged a Bullet Because the Way Florida Is Using Its “Red Flag Law” Sure Looks Like Mass Confiscation

When I interviewed Rep. Hanson about her proposed bill last year, she gave the strong impression that this process was designed to be used in extraordinary circumstances. She stressed that orders to remove guns would be sought in emergencies. Yet that doesn’t seem to be what’s happening in Florida. “The law, supported by legislators of

The proposed mural of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg is visualized on an external wall of Brick Oven Bakery in downtown Bismarck. Photo provided / City of Bismarck

Guest Post: Bismarck Embraces Cancel Culture and It’s Not a Good Thing

Dustin Gawrylow is the managing director of the North Dakota Watchdog Network and a Bismarck resident.   Bismarck’s latest controversy can be summed up as follows:  A local artist wanted to practice his first amendment rights by hanging an old fashioned black and white portrait of an internationally known climate change zealot on the alley-facing exterior wall

“It’s a Bull***T Process”

MINOT, N.D. — In North Dakota, if you are arrested for something like driving under the influence, the state initiates two separate legal proceedings against you. One is the familiar criminal proceeding. The other is a civil proceeding aimed at removing your driving privileges. “It’s a bulls**t process,” a reader who is also a practicing

Governor Doug Burgum Forum News Service photo

Plain Talk: Burgum Talks About the Greta Thunberg Mural Controversy, His 2020 Challenger, Energy, Agriculture and Trump

“Art is art,” Gov. Doug Burgum said of controversy in Bismarck over a mural of activist Greta Thunberg. “Art is free speech.” On this episode of Plain Talk, he also discussed what he described as our “broken energy market,” which is contributing to the financial woes of a major coal-fired power plant owned by Great

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Protesters to the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Why Is Bismarck So Angry at Greta Thunberg? Thank the Violent #NoDAPL Protests

Remember, we’re just a few years removed from the violent #NoDAPL protests which saw extremists from around the country descend on the Bismarck region. They terrorized the people. They instigated violence with law enforcement. They vandalized and trespassed and littered, and it was all the more frustrating given how many in the news media who

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