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David Corum, operator of the Gunslinger Grill in Willow City, N.D., is seen here in one of many YouTube videos he's published protesting the restrictions placed on his business during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘I Prefer Dangerous Freedom to Peaceful Slavery,’ Says Small-Town North Dakota Bar Owner Who Has Repeatedly Defied Shutdown Orders Over Coronavirus

‘I Prefer Dangerous Freedom to Peaceful Slavery,’ Says Small-Town North Dakota Bar Owner Who Has Repeatedly Defied Shutdown Orders Over Coronavirus

MINOT, N.D. — David Corum is the operator of the Gunslinger Grill in tiny Willow City, about 70 miles northeast of Minot. Like many business owners, he’s been walloped by Gov. Doug Burgum’s decision to restrict business operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike most business owners, Corum has tried to operate anyway. Corum has been

A sign announces that City Hall is closed to the public. Business can be handled by appointments made within specific departments. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stop Giving People Money and Start Protecting Their Jobs

There was a lot of focus put on the one-time checks Americans will be receiving from the government, but that money could probably have been better spent on loans and grants to businesses so they could maintain their payrolls. Continue reading…

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in Fargo March 11 during a press conference where he addressed the severity of the coronavirus. Chris Hagen / The Forum

Democrats, Now Is Not the Time to Divide Us

MINOT, N.D. — Partisan activists must tread carefully during times of strife. When some emergency is afoot, there is, for a while, limited public appetite for the usual bomb-throwing and mud-slinging. The public expects leaders to focus on solutions. It never lasts. Inevitably the partisans find a pretext to return to combat, and we all

Rep. Daniel Johnston (R-Kathryn), pictured here in October 2019. (Photo via Facebook)

NDGOP Candidate for Treasurer Has Also Accepted His Local District’s Endorsement for the Legislature

MINOT, N.D. — Dan Johnston is a candidate for the NDGOP’s nomination for Treasurer. He is also a sitting member of the state Legislature, representing District 24 in the House. For the Treasurer nomination, Johnston is competing against fellow lawmaker Thomas Beadle, a Republican from Fargo. Johnston’s legislative seat is on the ballot this cycle,

Austin Albrecht, who lives in 220 West Apartments on 10th Street North in Fargo, was laid off from his job because of the coronavirus pandemic. He received this memorandum telling him that rent still needed to be paid despite the difficult times. Special to The Forum

Plain Talk: “We Have No Interest in Trying to Screw Landlords,” ACLU Leader Says of Call for a Moratorium on Evictions

The ACLU of North Dakota, among other organizations, has called on Governor Doug Burgum to issue a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus crisis. Dane DeKrey, a spokesman for the ACLU, says it’s about protecting renters but not making landlords the bad guys. “We have no interest in trying to screw landlords,” DeKrey

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ Copyright 2020 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Says He’ll Self-Quarantine After Returning to North Dakota From the Washington D.C. “Petri Dish”

After helping to pass a massive relief bill for a nation afflicted by a coronavirus, Congressman Kelly Armstrong says he’ll have to quarantine for two weeks after returning to North Dakota from Washington D.C. “The North Dakota Department of Health recommends that people coming in from out of state self-quarantine,” Armstrong said on this episode

The Boiler Room at 210 Roberts Alley in downtown Fargo decided the evening of Wednesday, March 18, to close for indoor dining. Business has been upturned for local restaurants due to the coronavirus. David Samson / The Forum

Mailbag: Readers Ask About the Schools Still Open, a ‘Rent Vacation’ for Businesses and What Snowbirds Should Do

MINOT, N.D. — Hello readers, and welcome to the second edition of this mailbag column wherein I respond to your praise and criticism and questions. If you’d like to send something to be included in the next column, fire it off to rport@forumcomm.com. Your messages may get edited for clarity and brevity. Now, to the

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Guest Post: North Dakota Teachers Say “We’re All in This Together”

This guest post was submitted by the following teachers: Dean Aamodt, Wahpeton; Melessa Bosch, Minot; Jessica Brandt, Central Cass; Dr. Karyn Chiapella, Scranton; Nanci Dauwen, West Fargo; Kayla Dornfeld, Mapleton; Mary Eldredge Sandbo, Des Lacs; Andrea Fox, West Fargo; Lynae Holmen, Minot; Linda Hope, Langdon; Annette Hovey, New Rockford; Leah Juelke, Fargo; Julia Koble, Minot;