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Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, discusses actress Gina Carano on "Real Time with Bill Maher." (screenshot via Twitter)

Heidi Heitkamp Says She May Be Subject to “defamation” for Calling Actress Gina Carano a “Nazi”

Heidi Heitkamp Says She May Be Subject to “defamation” for Calling Actress Gina Carano a “Nazi”

MINOT, N.D. — When Heidi Heitkamp campaigned for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018, she did so while posturing as a moderate lawmaker. She even did her best to paint herself as somewhat Trump-friendly. It was a front. Since losing, and after failing to get a gig in President Joe Biden’s administration, Heitkamp has morphed into

If Everything Is Racist, Then Nothing Is

MINOT, N.D. — You know who the winner was in Aesop’s fable about the boy who cried wolf? The wolves. In the end, they got the sheep. I wonder who wins amid the cynical accusations of racism against anyone dissenting from left-wing orthodoxies that have de rigueur in “woke” American politics? Probably the actual racists.

From left, activists Tara Houska, Jane Fonda and Winona LaDuke spoke of the civil rights and climate change threats they say Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project brings to northern Minnesota. Shannon Geisen / Forum News Service

The Coal Creek Station Power Plant as Seen Wednesday, May 13, Near Underwood, N.D. Great River Energy Has Announced the Plant’s Closure in 2022. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — I missed last week’s mailbag column because I was busy fighting off the side effects of my first shot of the Moderna vaccine. It was rough, but worth it for protection it will afford me, my family, and my community. If you want to reach me with feedback, send me an email

Dave Andahl. Special to The Forum

Lawmakers Finally Get Around to Writing a Law They Claimed Already Existed

MINOT, N.D. — Last year Dave Andahl, a candidate for the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 8, died and was subsequently elected. The timing of his death meant state officials couldn’t remove his name from the ballot. Voters cast their ballots for him anyway. He wasn’t a valid candidate. State law requires that a

Dr. Matthew Viscito, Chief Medical Officer at Unity Medical Center in Grafton, rolls up his sleeve as LPN Kari Novak gives him one of the first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, at Unity Medical Center in Grafton. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Active COVID Cases up 43% in Last Three Weeks, but There’s Evidence Vaccines Are Working

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s count of active COVID-19 cases has been climbing in recent weeks. After bottoming out on Feb. 28 at 553 cases, today’s count was 794, a more than 43% increase in just over three weeks. It’s not a great trend, but not a surprising one either. The provisions and restrictions we

Barry Jennings, a 2018 graduate of North Dakota State University, protests the handling of hate speech incidents involving NDSU students Saturday, Dec. 5, in front of Ceres Hall. It was the second day of protests on the campus. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Why Are North Dakota’s Campuses Afraid of Free Speech Protections?

MINOT, N.D. — House Bill 1503, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, would “prohibit activity fee funding discrimination based on a student organization’s viewpoint and allow speakers on campus regardless of their views.” Those seem like good things, right? Our campuses should be places where arguments and viewpoints, even those that are unpopular or controversial, should

COVID-19 vaccine is reconstituted Monday, March 15, 2021, at the community vaccination center in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

My COVID-19 Vaccination Was Rough but Worth It

MINOT, N.D. — Last week, I made an appointment to get the Moderna vaccine’s first shot for COVID-19. I didn’t expect my mention of the appointment on social media to set off a furor, but it did. I got hundreds of often angry and accusatory comments. Why was I throwing my appointment in people’s faces? Why

An oil well pumps at sunrset in western North Dakota's Bakken Formation. Forum News Service file photo

Fossil Fuels Work So the Bullies Have to Protect Us From Them

MINOT, N.D. — If you dare suggest that power sources such as coal or oil still have great utility in a modern economy, you’re likely to be confronted by someone carrying on as if you’re some anti-progress Luddite. All the cool kids know that the future is wind and solar. Coal and oil are old

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Kylie Oversen Gives Herself a Trophy

MINOT, N.D. — Most of you probably don’t care about who chairs the political parties. They are positions that matter, to be sure. A party chair is in charge of important things, like coordinating fundraising, hiring staff, settling intraparty disputes, recruiting candidates, and messaging. Still, party chairs tend to fly under the radar. In baseball,

This poster welcomes people checking in Monday, March 15, 2021, at the community vaccination center in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

It’s Difficult to Understand the Hostility to COVID-19 Vaccination

MINOT, N.D. — This morning, I made an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination from Thrifty White Drug here in Minot. If you’d like to make your own appointment, and you live in North Dakota like me, I’d check out the state Department of Health’s vaccination locator page. I put myself on Thrifty White’s email list