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North Dakota Highway Patrol K9 Fia sits next to piles of meth and marijuana that was sniffed out Sunday, March 4, during a traffic stop along Interstate 94 in the Fargo area. Two people were arrested in the case, the patrol said. Special to The Forum

When Cops Break the Law Criminals Go Free and Innocent People Are Hurt

When Cops Break the Law Criminals Go Free and Innocent People Are Hurt

MINOT, N.D. — Back in November, I mentioned in a column the frequency with which drug cases, originating from traffic stops made by North Dakota cops, were being tossed because of evidence suppressed by judges. Suppressed because North Dakota cops need a refresher course on the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading…

North Dakota DOT’s Use of Suspended Director’s Signature to Authenticate Records Goes Before State Supreme Court

MINOT, N.D. — In February of 2019, Glenn Jackson, then the director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Driver’s License Division, was placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into his behavior with subordinates. The investigation revealed some behavior that, at least in the eyes of this observer, was completely inappropriate. Jackson ultimately

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds Will Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune

Environmental Extremist Groups Upset to Lose an Arcane Regulatory Process as a Weapon

We have a duty to ensure that infrastructure projects are built safely and responsibly. We do not have a duty to let factions of zealots impose their will on the rest of us by perverting a process, intended to facilitate responsible construction, so that it blocks any construction at all. Continue reading…

North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Jon Jensen (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Courts Take Down Expanded Records System

Our state Supreme Court justices, who are elected officials and in charge of administering the court system, owe us an explanation for how this happened, what they’re going to do to help people potentially harmed by these actions, and how they’re going to prevent something like this from happening again. Continue reading…

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a campaign-style rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., June 27, 2018. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Given the Alternatives, Why Wouldn’t Christians Back Trump?

Trump may be a human toothache, but every single Democratic candidate to replace him in the White House has either come out in favor of banning fracking or all but regulating it out of existence. If any of those candidates won, and made good on their campaign promise, it would be like someone hit the

Traffic flows Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, through the intersection of 45th Street and 17th Avenue South, Fargo. A traffic study of 17th Avenue South considered safety, traffic flow and bicycle path work. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

North Dakota Officials Aren’t Taking Enough Credit for Traffic Safety Improvements

While monitoring the body count for our state’s highways is important (it’s a bit morbid to put it that way, but it is what it is), it needs to be put in the context of how much traffic there was on the roads. Continue reading…

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