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This statue of a Native American man stands outside the Chieftain Conference Center in Carrington, North Dakota (photo by Rob Port)

Fargo Democrat Picks a Fight With Carrington Restaurant Over Native American Statue

Fargo Democrat Picks a Fight With Carrington Restaurant Over Native American Statue

MINOT, N.D. — Do you ever wonder, when you see people complaining about a business online, if that person even attempted to talk about the problem with the business before complaining about it online? Many people seem more interested in online griping than working with someone out in the real world to actually solve the

Bismarck resident Mark Haugen is a candidate for Treasurer for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party. (Photo provided by campaign)

Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer’s Wife Endorses Democrat in Treasurer Race

MINOT, N.D. — It’s been a topsy-turvy year, hasn’t it folks? Here’s another weird bit of news from the world of North Dakota politics to make you feel like you’re living in the Upside Down. Kris Cramer, wife of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and also his campaign manager, has endorsed Democratic-NPL candidate Mark Haugen

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Oct. 23, 2016. Loren Elliott / REUTERS

The Sports Industry Got Woke, and the Fans Don’t Seem to Like It at All

MINOT, N.D. — The polling firm Gallup has been tracking American attitudes about various business and industry sectors for two decades. In their most recent longitudinal survey, they found something interesting about the sports industry. It’s fallen out of favor with Americans, in a big, big way. To put it in perspective, only the pharmaceutical

Malachi Petersen, 26, of West Fargo, holds a sign outside the NDSU Alumni Center in Fargo, where Dr. Deborah Birx met with Gov. Doug Burgum and other state and city leaders regarding North Dakota's coronavirus response. Robin Huebner / Forum News Service

We Shouldn’t Force People to Wear Masks, We Should Encourage Them to Choose Masks

MINOT, N.D. — During a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Doug Burgum, while simultaneously reiterating his long-standing support for wearing masks during the pandemic, again declined to issue a mask mandate that would punish citizens for not wearing them. “We’ve had a great track record so far of relying on personal responsibility, and I guess I’m still hoping

Motorcycles packed the curbs of downtown Sturgis, S.D., during the bike rally's opening weekend. Adam Willis / The Forum

Can We Please Exercise Some Skepticism About That Report Linking Sturgis to 267,000 Cases of COVID-19?

MINOT, N.D. — A lot of people in the political world, and in the media industry, really want the recent Sturgis motorcycle rally to have been a pandemic disaster. And, to be sure, hundreds of cases have been linked to the event, which drew in the ballpark of a quarter-million attendees to Meade County, S.D.,

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to support Sen. Heid Heitkamp in her re-election bid Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at the Fargo Air Museum. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Here’s a Chance for the Democratic-NPL to Show They’re Different From National Democrats

MINOT, N.D. — We’ve all watched as numerous Democrats, including many right here in North Dakota, have heaped praise on Republicans who have crossed the political divide to support the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket. I wonder if North Dakota’s Democrats have the courage of those convictions? Recently Biden promised, during a speech in Pennsylvania, that

Travisia Martin of Bismarck is running for North Dakota insurance commissioner. Submitted photo

ND Supreme Court Bars Democratic Candidate From the Ballot for Not Complying With Residency Requirements

MINOT, N.D. — After oral arguments, and a lower court finding of fact that the candidate did not meet North Dakota’s five-year residency requirement for statewide office, the state Supreme Court has barred Democratic-NPL Insurance Commissioner candidate Travisia Martin from the ballot. Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution states that to be eligible

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

North Dakota Needs a New Land Board Commissioner

MINOT, N.D. — If you took at face value some of the things Land Board Commissioner Jodi Smith has been telling the news media of late, you’d think a bunch of evil oil barons were out to get North Dakota’s children. There is a dispute between Smith’s office and some oil companies over how royalty payments were

A sign welcomes participants to a coronavirus testing event at UND in August 2020. (Grand Forks Herald photo)

Almost Everybody Is Surviving the Coronavirus

As luck would have it, the most recent testing data from the state Department of Health has us landing on a nice, round number for the number of positive tests our state has seen since the pandemic began: 10,000. The positive test rate for North Dakota (which is the percentage of individuals with positive tests