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Plain Talk: Fargo mayoral candidate says current leadership is missing opportunities

Plain Talk: Fargo mayoral candidate says current leadership is missing opportunities

MINOT, N.D. — “We have opportunities that are being missed,” says Shannon Roers Jones. Roers Jones is currently a state representative, having been elected to the House from District 26 in 2016. She was just re-elected to that seat by a small but comfortable margin in 2020, and now she’d like to be mayor of

UND hasn’t earned the trust to implement a controversial gender inclusion policy

Minot, N.D. — Back in October this column brought to public light a draft gender inclusion policy at the University of North Dakota. Among other things, the policy would punish students or university employees who intentionally use the wrong pronouns. It would also grant transgender students the right to use all university facilities, including bathrooms and even

If North Dakota can’t spend rental assistance money prudently, then we shouldn’t spend it at all

MINOT, N.D. — The State of North Dakota received $352 million in funding through the federal government’s Emergency Rental Assistance program. The money was intended to help renters who had fallen behind during the pandemic, but now the state is set to return about 42% of that funding, or $149 million dollars. Why? The state

Plain Talk: Majority Leader Pollert reflects on career, Rep. Howe talks possible secretary of state campaign

MINOT, N.D. — After more than two decades in the North Dakota Legislature, having served in some consequential ways, as an influential appropriator and eventually leader the majority Republican caucus, Rep. Chet Pollert is calling it a career. On this episode of Plain Talk, he talked about that decision, as well as what changed during

Let’s get the university presidents out of sports

INOT, N.D. — Dean Bresciani, the outgoing president of North Dakota State University, is not good at his job. That’s why he got canned by the State Board of Higher Education. His institution’s enrollment numbers and academic metrics stalled during his tenure. He feuded with elected leaders. He clashed with faculty. The only thing he

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