North Dakota articles

fedex_2

Controversy Over Fargo’s FedEx Tax Break Shows Need for Reforming Economic Incentives

Controversy Over Fargo’s FedEx Tax Break Shows Need for Reforming Economic Incentives

Last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig lost his push to rescind over $600,000 in property tax incentives granted to parcel delivery giant FedEx after the company announced they were moving some of their operations to that city from Grand Forks. Gehrig may have lost that vote, but the last laugh may yet be his. When Gehrig got

4989329033_c2d0baeffb_b

One of the Best Things About America Is That Colin Kaepernick Can Sit During the National Anthem

I have no problem if people refuse to stand for the national anthem. This is America, after all. One of the things which makes this place great, which inspires millions upon millions of people to voluntarily stand in respect during our national anthem, is that we don’t force people into unwilling displays of nationalism. North

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II greets the Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, who are camped north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II greets the Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, who are camped north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

There Doesn’t Seem to Be Anyone Really in Control of the #NoDAPL Protest and That’s a Little Scary

The impression one gets from media reports of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, located on and near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, is that they have been organized by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and joined by other tribes and organizations from across the nation. Standing Rock tribal chairman David Archambault is written of as

TOM STROMME/Tribune
The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806.
The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Conspiracy Theories About State Response to Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Turn Out to Be Mostly False

As the state has struggled to respond to a very large, and often illegal, protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation there have been a number of unflattering rumors circulating about the state’s response. Some of the claims are: That the state has been using airplanes to inhibit cell phone

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

University System Should Get Open Records Exemption for President Applications

Over the years of writing this blog I developed something of a reputation as a strong supporter of open records and open meetings. So when the North Dakota University System – an organization with an unfortunate history of violating our state’s transparency laws – began making noises about getting an exemption from the state’s open

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo Democrat Kris Wallman May Be Delaying Official Resignation From Legislature for Political Reasons

During the legislative session earlier this month I reported that state Rep. Kris Wallman, a Democrat from Fargo’s District 11, was not in attendance on the first day. In fact, Wallman didn’t attend any of the three days of the special session in Bismarck. There may be a reason for that. For some time now

Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)
Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

Are North Dakota Democrats Really Supporting Their Native American Candidates?

Mike Jacobs writes about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in his column this week. He notes that the protests illustrate what a political force the tribes have come, at least when it comes to obstructing pipelines, and points out that North Dakota’s Democrats have three Native American candidates on the statewide ballot this cycle. North

James Patrick Whalen enters elevator Thursday morning after making his first appearance in court .Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald
James Patrick Whalen enters elevator after his first court apperance on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Marsy’s Law Is an Affront to the Rights of the Accused

Earlier this month I flagged a criminal case out of Grand Forks involving a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student as an example of why we don’t need Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law, of course, is the pet project of California billionaire Henry Nicholas which has been placed on North Dakota’s November ballot (read

082316.N.BND_.DAKOTAACESSPROTEST 4 (2) (2)
The entrance to the sprawling campgrounds for an estimated 2,000-plus Dakota Access Pipeline protesters is seen here Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at the site north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Irony: Dakota Access Pipeline Is Permitted While Protest Against It Is Not

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is being represented by an extremist, anti-oil group called Earthjustice in a lawsuit against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There is a federal court hearing in Washington D.C. this week about the lawsuit. I’m sure that the Earthjustice lawyers will blow a great deal of smoke over any indication that Energy

Gov. Jack Dalrymple gives a speech about the continuing investment of unmanned aircrafts at the Grand Forks County Building in Grand Forks, ND on July 6, 2015. (Grand Forks herald/ Joshua Komer)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple gives a speech about the continuing investment of unmanned aircrafts at the Grand Forks County Building in Grand Forks, ND on July 6, 2015. (Grand Forks herald/ Joshua Komer)

Citing Concerns Over Public Safety and Property Damage Governor Dalrymple Declares Emergency Over Dakota Access Protests

“The State of North Dakota remains committed to protecting citizens’ rights to lawfully assemble and protest,” Governor Jack Dalrymple said in a statement his afternoon, “but the unfortunate fact remains that unlawful acts associated with the protest near Cannon Ball have led to serious public safety concerns and property damage.” The statement was announcing an

Top
Skip to toolbar