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Despite the headlines, experts are skeptical of study linking Sturgis to over 260,000 cases of COVID-19

Despite the Headlines, Experts Are Skeptical of Study Linking Sturgis to Over 260,000 Cases of COVID-19

Despite the Headlines, Experts Are Skeptical of Study Linking Sturgis to Over 260,000 Cases of COVID-19

MINOT, N.D. — There is a faction in the news media that would like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held in South Dakota last month despite the ongoing pandemic, to be the “superspreader” event researchers at San Diego State University have said it was. Bikers are a largely white, mostly male and quite Trumpy demographic. They’re

Third-grade students listen to their teacher, Mrs. Rheault, read a book to them on their first day of class on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School in Moorhead. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Burgum Should Heed Dems’ Call for Pandemic-Expanded Workers Comp

MINOT, N.D. — Our top priority in the coming months, aside from the overall task of combating the spread of COVID-19, is keeping our schools open. We’re just a week or two into the school year, depending on where you live, and already we’re seeing outbreaks in some areas. This was inevitable — in-person schooling

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, visits with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., during a 2014 tour of housing needs in Indian Country. Special to Forum News Service

ND’s ‘moderate’ Democrats Want You to Pay to Listen to … Julian Castro?

MINOT, N.D. — Most North Dakotans don’t trust Democrats. This wasn’t always the case. A dozen years ago, the state’s delegation to Congress — Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, along with Rep. Earl Pomeroy — was comprised entirely of Democrats. That changed right around the time Barack Obama was elected to the White House.

Dr. Shelley Lenz stands in the examination room of State Avenue Vet Clinic. (Linda Sailer / Forum News Service)

Pay Attention to Shelley Lenz

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakotans on the left side of the political spectrum have had a tough couple of weeks. They’ve had to suffer through the uncomfortable spectacle of one of their candidates for statewide office, Travisia Martin, getting disqualified. The Democratic-NPL fought to keep Martin on the ballot, leaning on the goofy legal machinations

North Dakota Democratic-NPL party chairwoman Kylie Oversen

Having Lost the Previous Candidate to Ineligibility, ND Democrats Demand Supreme Court Allow New Candidate Onto the Ballot

MINOT, N.D. — Last week the North Dakota Supreme Court concluded something that was blindingly obvious back in May. Travisia Martin, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate for Insurance Commissioner, is not eligible to hold the office she was campaigning for. She voted in Nevada in 2016, and since voting in that state requires you to

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seen speaking to the media next to Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the McGovern Alumni Center in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / Forum News Service

We Aren’t Governed by Scientists, Nor Should We Be

MINOT, N.D. — America has long sought to protect itself from being governed by technical experts. The best example of this is the military and law enforcement. The person at the top of the chain of command for cops and soldiers is always someone who is neither (at least not actively). Police chiefs report to

North Dakota Voters First organizers and volunteers stand outside the state Capitol Monday, July 6, before delivering their petitions to the Secretary of State's Office. (Adam Willis / The Forum)

Measure 3 Off the Ballot … Let’s Hope Sponsors Can Get Refund From Their Attorney

MINOT, N.D. — After hearing oral arguments last week, today, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision enjoining Secretary of State Al Jaeger from placing Measure 3 on the November ballot. In a more just world, the court would have also barred the hucksters behind Measure 3 from participating in the initiated measure

Hatton-Northwood running back Teddy Peterick (21) rushes for yardage between Park River Area defenders Brady Omdahl (55), Kaleb Hodney (diving at left) and Logan Wieler (diving at right) during a high school football game Friday in Hatton. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

What’s More Important, Classroom Time or Football Practice?

MINOT, N.D. — It’s no secret that I’m skeptical of the social value of scholastic sports, at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. I think they are an unnecessary distraction from the academic missions of the institutions that host them. The defenders of these sports programs — without a doubt a passionate majority judging by