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Republicans must stop being afraid of the truth

Republicans must stop being afraid of the truth

MINOT, N.D. — “The election was fair, as fair as we have seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency,” Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota told ABC News during a recent interview. Not so long ago saying such a thing would not be an act of courage. But in today’s

UND hasn’t earned the trust to implement a controversial gender inclusion policy

Minot, N.D. — Back in October this column brought to public light a draft gender inclusion policy at the University of North Dakota. Among other things, the policy would punish students or university employees who intentionally use the wrong pronouns. It would also grant transgender students the right to use all university facilities, including bathrooms and even

If North Dakota can’t spend rental assistance money prudently, then we shouldn’t spend it at all

MINOT, N.D. — The State of North Dakota received $352 million in funding through the federal government’s Emergency Rental Assistance program. The money was intended to help renters who had fallen behind during the pandemic, but now the state is set to return about 42% of that funding, or $149 million dollars. Why? The state

Coal Creek Station sale a victory for reality over politics

MINOT, N.D. — Regulators in Minnesota have cleared the last regulatory hurdle standing in the way of the sale of Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant. The state’s Public Utilities Commission, eschewing demands from political activists to nix the sale, instead cast a unanimous 5-0 vote to approve it . That’s a remarkable turnaround.

School districts should have to report bad teachers

MINOT, N.D. — The Crosby Journal has an excellent and eye-opening report about a teacher who has managed to bounce around school districts in western North Dakota for more than a decade despite some deeply troubling on-the-job behavior. What sort of problems are we talking about? According to the Journal, which obtained these facts through open records

The darkest day of the year

MINOT — In our part of the world, which is to say the northern part of the northern hemisphere, we saw, this week, the darkest day of the year. The winter solstice. The day when the North Pole reaches its furthest tilt from the radiance of the sun. It’s a dark day. A cold day.