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We Must Do Everything We Can to Send Kids Back to School This Fall

We Must Do Everything We Can to Send Kids Back to School This Fall

MINOT, N.D. — I am a father to a 12-year-old who, last year, was just completing her first year of middle school. Thanks to coronavirus, the last months of the school year were rough. We did our best with the online assignments, but the online system our school district deployed to track assignments was clunky.

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Highway. 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball, N.D. 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

What if Pipeline Companies Behaved Like Their Political Enemies?

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week, there was a lot of heavy breathing in the news media over a statement from Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, which made it seem like they might defy a court order to shut the line down. That lasted for a hot minute. After the

Former Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson C.S. Hagen / The Forum

Fargo Police Finally Get Around to Handling Osmundson Situation Appropriately

MINOT, N.D. — “Osmundson’s actions should have been investigated by an entity outside of the Fargo Police Department,” I wrote earlier this week, referring to disgraced former deputy chief Todd Osmundson. “That’s not what happened, and it only contributes to the erosion of trust in the department that Osmundson’s actions began in the first place.” Today

Kipp Gabriel, a local rapper known as Kipp G, is seen in this 2014 photo. Gabriel died Sunday, June 28, at the age of 37. Raul Gomez / High Plains Reader

Defending the Rights of the Accused Is Not the Same Thing as Victim Shaming

MINOT, N.D. — “[T]he mob is the most ruthless of tyrants,” wrote Nietzsche. If only he’d been around to bear witness to our society under the influence of social media. We do everything on Facebook now. Or Twitter or Snapchat or Reddit. We used to see the internet as a sort of utopia—a place where

North Dakota Voters First organizers haul nearly 37,000 signatures into the state Capitol Monday, July 6, for review by the Secretary of State's Office. Adam Willis / The Forum

It’s Amazing What You Can Do With a Billionaire’s Money and a Lack of Integrity

MINOT, N.D. — A group calling itself North Dakota Voters First — they’re the folks who call themselves the “badass grandmas” — has submitted 36,708 signatures to the Secretary of State. Those signatures are in support of a constitutional amendment which would impact military and overseas voting and election audits as well as create open

Are We Still Allowed to Love America?

MINOT, N.D. — This may be the strangest Fourth of July holiday in my lifetime. As we celebrate our nation’s founding, the federal government is mobilizing the National Guard to protect monuments in Washington, D.C., many of them dedicated to our founders, from violent protests. In recent weeks memorials to numerous American luminaries have been defaced and

Lake Metigoshe State Park is located in the Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe near Bottineau, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

North Dakota’s State Parks Are a Treasure

MINOT, N.D. — “I don’t want to leave, Daddy.” Those were the words of my 4-year-old son, Cooper. He and I were in the process of packing up our tent on a recent Sunday after a weekend at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Though it’s more accurate to say that I was packing up the tent,

Andrea Olson, executive director of the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, talks during a virtual news conference Tuesday, March 31, during which local nonprofit organizations and faith groups repeated a call for North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to establish a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to aid people who are becoming financially vulnerable due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dave Olson/The Forum

Turns Out Burgum Was Right Not to Order a Moratorium on Evictions During Pandemic

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year, as our society grappled with the realities of a global pandemic, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL decided it was time to leverage the situation for political gain. They joined with several left-leaning groups, including the North Dakota chapter of the ACLU, in calling on Gov. Doug Burgum to issue an

Latest Spat in the NDGOP Has Former Chairman Planning His Own State Convention for the Party

MINOT, N.D. — There are a lot of fractures in the North Dakota Republican Party, from Gov. Doug Burgum ruffling the feathers of many lawmakers with his big-money spending in the June legislative primary campaigns to the rump caucus Bastiat faction of the Legislature, the divides in North Dakota’s dominant political party have perhaps never been more palpable.