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NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

One of the most persistent and confounding problems in North Dakota’s higher education system are university presidents – backed by politically loud constituencies made up of alumni and sports fans and hometown media – who don’t want to be governed. Who resent the governance of the State Board of Higher Education and the Legislature and

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt stands on a street corner in Medora, N.D., as visitors roam the town Saturday, June 29, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Poll: North Dakotans Split on Supporting Roosevelt Library, Project Is Least Popular in Western North Dakota

Dean Mitchell of DFM Research is a friend of mine who also works as a political pollster. I’ve commissioned polling from him, and his worked for various groups and political candidates on both sides ideological spectrum. His work is well-regarded in North Dakota. Recently he shared with me some excerpts from polling he did in

The Alerus Center in Grand Forks. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

City of Grand Forks Says Alerus Center Finances Were Misrepresented

UPDATE: Reporter Sam Easter now insists that the City of Grand Forks did not initiate a response to the SAB blog posts. This is at odds with communications he had with me, both via email and via telephone, where he referred to an “accusation” and a “complaint” about the post. Also, his article linked below

Alerus Center Building Grand Forks Herald Photo

Guest Post: Grand Forks Alerus Center Had a Net Operating Loss of $3,777,692 in 2018

This guest post was submitted by a Grand Forks resident, and long-time SAB contributor, who uses the nom-de-plume of The Whistler On Monday the Grand Forks City Council had the most exciting item of the year on the agenda.  The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was set for discussion and approval. The CAFR  is the

Secretary of State Al Jaeger TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Guest Post: Al Jaeger Strikes Again

This guest post was submitted by Dustin Gawrylow from the North Dakota Watchdog Network Today’s headline is that two of the three referral petitions may not make the deadline set by the Secretary of State under the law. But the real news story is that one of these referrals was given two separate deadlines – by

A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who used his Navajo name, Askii Ligaii, looks back as logs burn on the Morton County Road 134 bridge to hold back law enforcement on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Hollywood Activists and a Presidential Candidate to Help Standing Rock Sioux Announce North Dakota’s First Solar Farm

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe will be cutting the proverbial ribbon this week on what they’re describing as North Dakota’s first solar farm. The project “already represents 50% of the state’s solar power,” according to a press release which notes the project will be capable of producing 300 kilowatts of power when the sun is

Hall of Fame inductees Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera, and Brandy Halladay, widow of Hall of Fame inductee Roy Halladay, hold up their plaques after the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center Sunday, July 21. Gregory J. Fisher / USA TODAY Sports

Mariano Rivera Guilty of Playing Baseball While “Right Wing”

As many of you readers probably know, I’m a bit of a baseball fanatic. A Yankees fan since I was a little boy growing up in Alaska. My teen years, from the mid-1990’s on, were spent watching greats like Paul O’Neill, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera take the field. This weekend

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is running for re-election, talks to voters at AFL-CIO House of Labor in Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

If You’re Going to Attack My Credibility Please Quote Me Accurately

A recent letter to the editor by one David Wells attacks my credibility. “I believe some clarification is in order regarding Rob Port’s description of Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s political career in his July 17th column. Port is either woefully ignorant of Heitkamp’s political history or he is making a deliberate attempt to deceive Forum readers to advance

Fargo police released squad car footage of a traffic stop from Monday, July 15. The stop resulted in the use of force against 26-year-old Abraham Nyei, who was arrested on three misdemeanor charges. Police shared the edited video with their commentary Tuesday, July 16, on Facebook.

We Need to Take Away Law Enforcement’s Ability to Withhold Video From the Public

Yesterday Fargo Forum reporter Kim Hyatt published a story about Abraham Nyei, a 26-year-old Fargo man who says he suffered injury to his person and his property during his recent arrest by the Fargo Police Department. Nyei’s version of events isn’t terribly flattering for the cops. Initially the Fargo police declined to release video they

Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Using the Legacy Fund to Eliminate Income Taxes Would Not Make North Dakota Like Alaska

During the last legislative session there was a bill, passed by the state House by a wide margin but shot down by the Senate, which would have used revenues from the state’s Legacy Fund to reduce and eventually eliminate state income taxes. I interviewed the sponsor, state Rep. Craig Headland (R-Montpelier), about the legislation earlier

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