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Are We Still Allowed to Love America?

Are We Still Allowed to Love America?

MINOT, N.D. — This may be the strangest Fourth of July holiday in my lifetime. As we celebrate our nation’s founding, the federal government is mobilizing the National Guard to protect monuments in Washington, D.C., many of them dedicated to our founders, from violent protests. In recent weeks memorials to numerous American luminaries have been defaced and

Lake Metigoshe State Park is located in the Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe near Bottineau, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

North Dakota’s State Parks Are a Treasure

MINOT, N.D. — “I don’t want to leave, Daddy.” Those were the words of my 4-year-old son, Cooper. He and I were in the process of packing up our tent on a recent Sunday after a weekend at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Though it’s more accurate to say that I was packing up the tent,

Andrea Olson, executive director of the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, talks during a virtual news conference Tuesday, March 31, during which local nonprofit organizations and faith groups repeated a call for North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to establish a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to aid people who are becoming financially vulnerable due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dave Olson/The Forum

Turns Out Burgum Was Right Not to Order a Moratorium on Evictions During Pandemic

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year, as our society grappled with the realities of a global pandemic, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL decided it was time to leverage the situation for political gain. They joined with several left-leaning groups, including the North Dakota chapter of the ACLU, in calling on Gov. Doug Burgum to issue an

Latest Spat in the NDGOP Has Former Chairman Planning His Own State Convention for the Party

MINOT, N.D. — There are a lot of fractures in the North Dakota Republican Party, from Gov. Doug Burgum ruffling the feathers of many lawmakers with his big-money spending in the June legislative primary campaigns to the rump caucus Bastiat faction of the Legislature, the divides in North Dakota’s dominant political party have perhaps never been more palpable.

Why Can’t Trump’s Critics Be Better Than Him?

MINOT, N.D. — I’ll not defend President Donald J. Trump’s numerous sins against the dignity of his office, not to mention basic human dignity. Trump’s insufferable bellowing on Twitter, his smug antics in front of the television cameras, are a foghorn blaring over a nation that seems to be coming apart at the seams. I

Former President Theodore Roosevelt arrives for the laying of the cornerstone for a Carnegie Library at Fargo College, September 5, 1910. The campus was once located south of Island Park in Fargo. Credit: NDSU Archives, Fargo, N.D.

First They Came for the Confederates, and Then They Came for Teddy Roosevelt

MINOT, N.D. — I wonder if this era of American history will be seen as our Maoist cultural revolution. A time when dissenters and their works purged from the public eye in favor of the ascendent mob’s preferred ideology. George Floyd’s death, tragic and unnecessary as it was, has a real chance to become an

North Dakota Judicial Candidate Attempted a Dubious Name Change in Ohio as an Apparent Campaign Gimmick

MINOT, N.D. — A candidate campaigning to sit on the judicial bench in North Dakota has a bizarre story in his background. Three candidates were on the primary ballot to replace South Central District Court Judge Thomas Schneider, who has opted to retire after serving in that office since the 1980s. Bonnie Storbakken of Bismarck

Claude Vyomuugu raises a fist at Fargo police headquarters on May 30 during the Fargo Marches for George Floyd protest. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

Fargo Mayor Signs Order Allowing Weapons Ban Ahead of Expected Black Lives Matter Protest

MINOT, N.D. — As part of the preparations for an expected Black Lives Matter protest on Friday, June 19, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has signed an order that, among other things, prohibits the carrying of weapons. Among the justifications for the order is this passage in which the city claims to be aware of plans

Discrimination Protections for the LGBTQ Community Should Have Been Established by Lawmakers, Not the Courts

MINOT, N.D. — This week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion in Bostock vs. Clayton County, which expanded the protections against discrimination from the 1964 Civil Rights Act to gay and transgender Americans. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote the opinion for the 6-3 majority. He has long touted

Hundreds gather in support of George Floyd at the downtown parking garage in Grand Forks on Thursday, June 4, during a peaceful demonstration, which wound through downtown Grand Forks, briefly stopping near the Red River before heading through the city again. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Law Enforcement Abuse Is a Problem for All of Us

MINOT, N.D. — The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has galvanized America’s debate over law enforcement’s relationship to minority communities. Particularly black communities. But it’s interesting to note that the last high-profile case of a Minneapolis cop killing someone involved a white woman, Justine Damond, who was murdered by