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Plain Talk: ND’s teacher retention problem, and should parents get taxpayer dollars for private schools?

Plain Talk: ND’s teacher retention problem, and should parents get taxpayer dollars for private schools?

MINOT, N.D. — A new survey from North Dakota United, the state’s combined public worker and teacher union, finds strong evidence that teachers are feeling burned out. Why? A lot of the same reasons many of us are feeling burned out. It’s politics and the pandemic and shifting attitudes about compensation levels. On this episode of Plain

China’s political aggression and human rights track record has to matter more than corn prices

MINOT, N.D. — An economic development project in Grand Forks has attracted attention because the company at the heart of it is Chinese. The Fufeng Group wants to build a corn-milling facility in Grand Forks, and they’re seeking some heavy investments from the taxpayers to make it happen. They want tax exemptions. They want infrastructure. The usual

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong talks Biden’s first year, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, and China

MINOT, N.D. — I’ll admit, I wanted to use this interview to push Congressman Kelly Armstrong, a fellow baseball nut, to pass legislation to end Major League Baseball’s ongoing lockout. But I controlled myself. What kind of conservative would I be if I was pushing for that sort of federal intervention? Principles must trump emotion,

A bizarre political attack precipitated by the 4-year anniversary of my dog getting lost

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party has gotten a lot of flak over new rules requiring contributions to the party from candidates seeking the party’s endorsement. It’s pay for play, critics, including this one, have said. Though I don’t support the rule change, because I don’t think money is the best way to go about

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