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Thank wind power for the ‘tough’ spike in heating bills you’re about to suffer

Thank wind power for the ‘tough’ spike in heating bills you’re about to suffer

MINOT, N.D. — Consumers need to prepare,” Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus told the Bismarck Tribune. “It’s going to potentially be a tough heating season.” Gas customers, and specifically those who get their gas from Montana-Dakota Utilities which serves about 115,000 homes and businesses in North Dakota, may be paying about $170 more, on average, for gas this year. This isn’t

Treating school board protests like acts of terrorism is a gross overreaction

MINOT, N.D. —Like many of you, I have been concerned about the growing acrimony on display at school board meetings in our region and across the nation. Still, a recent letter from the National School Board Association requesting the feds’ intervention is a bridge too far. The lengthy missive branded the often-unruly protests as “domestic terrorism” perpetrated by

Bastiat Caucus lawmaker threatens legal action over mask requirement at upcoming special session

MINOT, N.D. — The Legislature may not be session, but the work of lawmakers continues in the interim. Part of that work means attending interim committee meetings. Sen. Judy Lee, a Republican from Fargo, chairs the interim Human Services Committee, and ahead of an Oct. 21 meeting of her committee sent out some guidelines requesting that committee

Gov. Kristi Noem attempted to intervene in Lewandowski harassment, Trump donor claims

MINOT, N.D. — Last week, the wife of a major supporter of former Donald Trump alleged that the former president’s advisor Corey Lewandowski sexually harassed her during an event in Las Vegas. Today, I bring you the police report of the incident filed by Trashelle Odom and obtained by The Daily Mail. Be cautioned before reading, my friends, because it’s a wild ride. Odom

Chris Berg is out at Valley News Live over vaccine mandate controversy

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week we learned that there was some friction between conservative television host Chris Berg and his employers at Fargo-based television station Valley News Live. Gray Television owns Valley News Live. They’ve issued a vaccine mandate for their employees. Berg, reportedly, didn’t like the mandate. This morning, the news is that Berg is out. I

Thou shalt not molest the donor class

MINOT, N.D. — “Corey Lewandowski, a longtime political adviser to Donald J. Trump, was removed on Wednesday from his role overseeing a super PAC supporting the former president after a donor accused him of making unwanted sexual advances and touching her inappropriately at a dinner in Las Vegas on Sunday night,” reports The New York Times.

Freedom is not a one-way street

MINOT, N.D. — I had a small part in launching Chris Berg’s broadcast career. When I was working at a previous iteration of Fargo-based AM1100 WZFG, doing a talk show, I asked Berg, who was then working for the North Dakota Republican Party, to guest host for me. He did well and got an invite to guest host conservative

Hey Republicans, vaccine hesitancy is killing your voters

MINOT, N.D. — Vaccine hesitancy isn’t just a political thing. For instance, Black Americans and Hispanics have lagged behind other demographics in getting dosed. But, as David Leonhardt reports in The New York Times, “the racial gaps — while still existing — have narrowed. The partisan gap, however, continues to be enormous.” The juxtaposition of vaccination rates and voting trends is