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Enbridge oil pipeline markers dot the land near Leonard, Minn. Forum News Service file photo

Audio: Line 3 Pipeline Project Manager Says There Will Be More Environmental Impacts if Old Line Isn’t Replaced

Audio: Line 3 Pipeline Project Manager Says There Will Be More Environmental Impacts if Old Line Isn’t Replaced

UPDATE: This post originally said the public hearings were being held by Enbridge. That was an error. They’re being held by the State of Minnesota. Public hearings regarding Line 3 pipeline replacement project have begun in Minnesota. And of course, because pipelines are a hot political topic these days, those hearings are featuring push back from

Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Governor Burgum: Higher Ed Leaders Need to Feel More Fear

Forbes today has a very good interview with Governor Doug Burgum. The whole thing is very interesting and worth your time to read, but this exchange regarding education policy jumped out at me. In it Burgum, who has been saying some provocative things about education reform of late, suggests that people in higher education are

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

There Was Never a Bust: North Dakota’s Oil Industry Is More Efficient, More Resilient Than Ever Before

“A Shale-Oil Boomtown Climbs Back From the Bust” That was a headline from the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. It was an article, focused on Watford City in McKenzie County, describing about oil jobs and oil activity rebounding. The rebound is very good news, and a story worth telling, but I take issue with describing the

Many graduating North Dakota State University students displayed messages on their caps like this one during ceremonies at the fargodome on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (David Samson / The Forum)

“It’s Cheaper to Help a Student Stay in School Than to Recruit a New One.”

The headline comes from this New York Times article from last week about some of the new realities universities are facing. Realities which threaten their existence. The article’s author describes universities desperately trying to maintain enrollment by offering steep tuition discounts. Sound familiar? North Dakota’s public universities, NDSU in particular, have drawn criticism for years

A statue of Woodrow Wilson stands Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Woodrow Wilson High School at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

How About We Don’t Judge People by the Color of Their Skin?

Earlier this week I wrote about the controversy surrounding a Fargo high school named after former President Woodrow Wilson. My colleague Jim Shaw wrote a column saying Wilson’s name should be removed from the school because he was a racist and a bad president. Which are true things. He was a racist. He was also

Doug Burgum tours the Cardinal IG plant Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Some Grumbling Over Governor Doug Burgum’s Absence From His Own Education Summit

Earlier this week Governor Doug Burgum announced that he’d be flying to Washington D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump on the topic of infrastructure. That trip is happening today. The problem? The trip coincides with an education summit Burgum has been touting for some time now. “Creating a clear path and connection between our education

Actor Josh Duhamel prepares in front of the Fargo Theatre as he shoots a tourism commercial Aug. 16, 2015. Forum News Service file photo

Josh Duhamel Says He Stays Away From Politics, but Remember When He Endorsed Governor Doug Burgum?

North Dakota’s own Josh Duhamel gave an interview ostensibly about his love of baseball, and selection as an ambassador for Major League Baseball’s All Star balloting, but he also had some comments about social media and why he steers clear of politics which were pretty interesting: Fox News: You’ve described having a love/hate relationship with

Comedian Kathy Griffin (C) cries during a news conference in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Understand What the Term “Shouting Fire in a Theater” Means Before You Use It

“Comedian Kathy Griffin has proverbially shouted ‘fire’ in a movie theater and now is distraught over the consequences,” the Grand Forks Herald editorial states today. It’s a good editorial overall, skewering Griffin for playing the victim amid recent controversy, but I have to take exception to one part of the argument the editorial makes. The whole

Democrat Announces Campaign for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission

A Democrat from central North Dakota has announced – way, way early – that he’s seeking a seat on the Public Service Commission. Casey Buchmann is from Washburn. He ran for the state House in 2016 in District 8 and earned just over 12 percent of the vote, coming in third among four candidates. He says

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Audio: Chancellor Mark Hagerott Says ND University System Has “Dilemma” Handling “Speed of Change”

“We have a dilemma here,” North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott told me during an interview on my radio show on Friday. That dilemma is North Dakota’s eleven institutions of higher education keeping up with the “speed of change,” he continued. He identifies part of the problem as a somewhat stagnant pool educators who

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