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Crew members of the movie, "Tankhouse, film south of Fargo. The movie brought about 40 cast and crew members, who bought lodging, catering, supplies and set materials that likely injected several hundred thousand dollars into the local economy. Jim Manney / The Forum

What if North Dakota Gives Hollywood Incentives and They Treat Us Like They Did Georgia?

What if North Dakota Gives Hollywood Incentives and They Treat Us Like They Did Georgia?

In an editorial over the weekend, the Fargo Forum made a case for North Dakota offering film incentives. This was occasioned by the recent work in Fargo on a film based there called “Tankhouse.” The company which owns the Forum (and which also employs me) is an investor in that film. “North Dakota has the means and

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I Guess Maybe the Kids Really Are Dumb?

Jim Shaw’s columns often make me laugh, though I’m pretty sure it’s not for reasons he intends. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been excoriated by critics, in various mediums, for suggesting that maybe teenagers like Greta Thunberg and the kids who participated in the protests she inspired are not the best people to

President Donald Trump speaks with Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Fargo Air National Guard Base ahead of his rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum

Amid Scandal and a Push for Impeachment North Dakota’s Top Elected Officials Join Trump’s Re-Election Campaign

There were some headlines earlier this week about incumbent President Donald Trump losing some popularity in North Dakota ahead of the 2020 election year. That was according to one poll, anyway, and I’m dubious of its findings for several reasons. Still, scandal has enveloped the Trump administration, and there is an ardent for impeachment in

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Greta Thunberg to Visit Site of Violent Protests Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

According to a press release from the Lakota People’s Law Project, child activist Greta Thunberg will be visiting North and South Dakota this week. She will visit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Sunday, October 6. On Tuesday, October 8, she’ll visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Standing Rock straddles the North

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

I’m Not Buying That President Trump’s Approval Rating Is “Barely Above Water” in North Dakota

Recently some members of North Dakota’s left-wing media – notably radio station KFGO, managed by the brother of former Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and former KFGO employee Mike McFeely – have been giddily touting a Morning Consult poll which shows President Donald Trump with some discouraging approval numbers among North Dakotans. Discouraging, that is,

File photo of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) during her 2018 re-election campaign. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Heidi Heitkamp Rails Against “Ultra-Conservative” Judges, but She Voted for Most of Them

Since I write about politics for a living I end up on a lot of political email lists. I also have a lot of political emails forwarded to me. Which I don’t mind since it allows me to kind of monitor the zeitgeist of campaign messaging in a given moment. Today a reader forwarded me

North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

Bail, as I’m sure you all know, is money or valuable property put into a bond so that someone charged with a crime can be released from jail pending resolution of the charges. On paper, it’s not a terrible system. It frees up jail space. It allows the accused to better participate in defending themselves

File photo. Discontent in downtown Fargo has a large selection of products for people who enjoy vaping. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Turns Out the Anti-Vaping Hysteria Was Unwarranted

In recent weeks – amid a drip-drip-drip of stories about illnesses and, tragically, deaths among users of vaping products – there has been an almost palpable glee emanating from the ranks of the professional anti-tobacco activists. With tobacco use rates at historic lows, the anti-tobacco people have been looking for a new dragon to slay

Red Trail Energy LLC of Richardton, N.D. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service

There Is No “Demand for Ethanol” if the Government Has to Make People Use It

This quote, from a news story about the woes the ethanol industry is facing, has to be one of the least self-aware comments I’ve read in a while: “The demand for ethanol is there. If you look at the RFS, the demand for ethanol is supposed to be 15 million gallons of corn-based ethanol. That’s

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Who Are North Dakota’s Most Conservative Lawmakers?

Who are the most and least conservative members of North Dakota’s state legislature based on the 2019 session? The folks at the American Conservative Union want to tell you. They’ve ranked the lawmakers based on their votes on pieces of legislation selected by the ACU as bellwethers. I’m always a bit dubious about these sorts

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