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West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis issues a stay-home directive with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney on Tuesday, April 7, at Fargo City Hall. Dardis said wearing a face mask and gloves is “challenging for me” but that it's necessary to help protect his family. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

In the Coronavirus Fight, Choice Is Better Than Force

In the Coronavirus Fight, Choice Is Better Than Force

MINOT, N.D. — One of my favorite books of all time, one which frightened and challenged the 13-year-old version of me, is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure you know it. It’s in the canon of great American literature and often cited when discussions turn to issues of free speech. As an adult, I’ve come to

State Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot), pictured here at a District 38 NDGOP event in 2019. (photo via Facebook)

Minot Lawmaker Criticizes Courts for Halting Evictions, Urges Burgum Not to Issue an Order

MINOT, N.D. — A state lawmaker from the Minot area is urging Gov. Doug Burgum “not to yield” to political pressure brought by a coalition of non-profit groups and left-wing political interests to issue an executive order halting evictions in the state. In a letter to Burgum sent late last week, Rep. Dan Ruby, a Republican representing

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and other state officials on stage during a March 18 press conference addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

ND Doesn’t Need a “shelter-in-place” Order. Based on an Online Petition, It Seems Like Most North Dakotans Agree

MINOT, N.D. — Online petitions are dumb. In terms of civic engagement, they’re just about the least you could do. If you’re concerned about an issue, please do something more helpful than adding your name to an online petition. Still, a recent Change.org petition urging Gov. Doug Burgum to “place a shelter-in-place order and do what’s best

David Corum, operator of the Gunslinger Grill in Willow City, N.D., is seen here in one of many YouTube videos he's published protesting the restrictions placed on his business during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘I Prefer Dangerous Freedom to Peaceful Slavery,’ Says Small-Town North Dakota Bar Owner Who Has Repeatedly Defied Shutdown Orders Over Coronavirus

MINOT, N.D. — David Corum is the operator of the Gunslinger Grill in tiny Willow City, about 70 miles northeast of Minot. Like many business owners, he’s been walloped by Gov. Doug Burgum’s decision to restrict business operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike most business owners, Corum has tried to operate anyway. Corum has been

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in Fargo March 11 during a press conference where he addressed the severity of the coronavirus. Chris Hagen / The Forum

Democrats, Now Is Not the Time to Divide Us

MINOT, N.D. — Partisan activists must tread carefully during times of strife. When some emergency is afoot, there is, for a while, limited public appetite for the usual bomb-throwing and mud-slinging. The public expects leaders to focus on solutions. It never lasts. Inevitably the partisans find a pretext to return to combat, and we all

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee on Wednesday morning. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Coronavirus or Not, Candidates and Ballot Measure Committees Still Need Signatures

This cycle statutory measures have to collect nearly 15,000 signatures. Constitutional measures must receive approximately 27,000. Per Secretary of State Al Jaeger, there’s no getting around those requirements. “There are no plans to change any signature requirements and timelines for candidates,” he told me. “The signature requirements and timelines for measures are set in the

North Dakota Land Commissioner Jodi Smith listens during a Land Board meeting in March 2019. Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota Land Board Owes Oil Companies an Apology

Last month the Land Board backed down from the hardline position Smith took, noting that they’d still continue with collection efforts, but approving a friendlier timeline for repayment efforts. Yet Ness was absolutely right when he argued that the legal dispute over these royalties is not over yet, and the Land Board really has no

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