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China’s political aggression and human rights track record has to matter more than corn prices

China’s political aggression and human rights track record has to matter more than corn prices

MINOT, N.D. — An economic development project in Grand Forks has attracted attention because the company at the heart of it is Chinese. The Fufeng Group wants to build a corn-milling facility in Grand Forks, and they’re seeking some heavy investments from the taxpayers to make it happen. They want tax exemptions. They want infrastructure. The usual

A bizarre political attack precipitated by the 4-year anniversary of my dog getting lost

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party has gotten a lot of flak over new rules requiring contributions to the party from candidates seeking the party’s endorsement. It’s pay for play, critics, including this one, have said. Though I don’t support the rule change, because I don’t think money is the best way to go about

Nobody wants to be the king of the clowns

MINOT, N.D. — Wednesday evening I got word from my sources in legislative District 7 that state Rep. Rick Becker, the founder of the Bastiat Caucus wing of the North Dakota Republican Party, wouldn’t be seeking re-election to his seat this cycle. I was told he wouldn’t be on the ballot at all for any

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