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This photo from Feb. 9, 2021, shows members of the National Guard assisting with a vaccination clinic administered by Central Valley Health District at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Census Survey Shows North Dakota’s Vaccine Attitudes Going in the Wrong Direction

Census Survey Shows North Dakota’s Vaccine Attitudes Going in the Wrong Direction

MINOT, N.D. — Here’s some good news amid the on-going COVID-19 pandemic: “A shrinking percentage of Americans are expressing reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine,” the Wall Street Journal reports. That finding is based on a U.S. Census survey of some 80,000 Americans conducted between March 3-15. In North Dakota, however, these numbers don’t look so

A long line of voters in Grand Forks wait to cast their vote in the closing hours of early voting at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks in 2020. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

North Dakotans Can Understand the Overreaction to Georgia’s New Voting Laws

MINOT, N.D. — During the 2018 election cycle, when it became clear that then-U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was on the political ropes, her campaign decided it needed a talking point to drive desired voting demographics to the polls. Thus was born the claim that North Dakota’s voter ID laws were crafted to disenfranchise Native American voters, generally,

The Coal Creek Station power plant as seen Wednesday, May 13, near Underwood, N.D. Great River Energy has announced the plant’s closure in 2022. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

North Dakota Has No Choice but to Build a Political Moat Around Coal-Fired Power

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota got some excellent news today. After months of largely behind-the-scenes negotiations, spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, it seems there may be a buyer for Coal Creek Station. That’s North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant, which owner Great River Energy, bowing to the realities of an energy market that’s been heavily manipulated by politics

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Informed Adults Should Be Allowed to Make Unhealthy Choices

MINOT, N.D. — The paternalism of big government was on full display in North Dakota’s Senate this week. One example was the failure of House Concurrent Resolution 3032, which would have put a constitutional amendment to legalize sports gambling on the statewide ballot. It failed on a 23-24 vote, though the motivations may have been more

An abandoned farm house sits below a wind turbine near Wilton, N.D. Will Kincaid / Bismarck TribuneWill Kincaid / Bismarck Tribune

Xcel Energy Brags About ‘Retiring Coal Plants Early’

MINOT, N.D. — Given where I live, I’m obliged to be a customer of Xcel Energy. Wouldn’t it be something if power markets were competitive, and we got to choose who we buy our electrons from? Alas. As an obligatory customer of Xcel Energy, I’m also on the hook for their regular barrages of self-congratulatory

Minot city sign. Photo by Rob Port

Politicians Shouldn’t Get to Govern People Who Can’t Vote for Them

MINOT, N.D. — In North Dakota, extraterritorial zoning is a policy that allows city governments to regulate people and property who aren’t actually in those cities. This often irks the people living in those zones who get stuck paying fees and following policies set by people they can’t vote for. And why shouldn’t it irk

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Save America Rally on the Ellipse on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the White House in Washington, D.C. Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

That Massive Correction on the Trump/Georgia Phone Call Is an Opportunity for Local Media to Speak Up

MINOT, N.D. — If you complain about “the media” to someone who works in local or regional journalism, you’re likely to elicit some eye rolls. The “media” are not monolithic, they’ll probably tell you. It’s not fair to lump them in with the New York Times or the baying jackals who populate cable news. They’re right. It’s

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland (D-New Mexico) speaks at a book signing event in 2019 in Bismarck. Natasha Rausch / Forum News Service

Extremism, in Pursuit of Left-Wing Causes, Is Apparently OK

MINOT, N.D. — Imagine it’s 2025, and voters have ended Joe Biden’s time in the White House. Or, perhaps by that time, given Biden’s fragility, it will be President Kamala Harris. Regardless, we’d have a new Republican president. How would you feel if that President chose, as a member of their cabinet, someone who attended