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North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott visits with the Editorial Board at the Grand Forks Herald. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Chancellor Hagerott’s Open Records Dodges Are Too Cute by Half

Chancellor Hagerott’s Open Records Dodges Are Too Cute by Half

From what I’m hearing the interim President at the University of North Dakota, who will be taking over for departing President Mark Kennedy, is the school’s medical school dean Joshua Wynne. He’s one of the named finalists, and I’m also told he’s not interested in the gig long term. He told my colleague Sydney Mook

The campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Special to Forum News Service

The Mission of the North Dakota State College of Science Is to Serve Students Not the Chamber of Commerce

I wasn’t a bit surprised to learn that the usual suspects are circling the wagons around embattled North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman. A group of powerful business leaders, not to mention the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and a Republican state Senator, have sent letters backing Richman to the

Ride-hailing app Lyft Special to The Forum

Maybe We Should Spend Less on Arresting Drunk Drivers and More on Getting Them Home Safe

We should be doing a better job of tracking the impact ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft are having on drunk driving rates in North Dakota. We have spent literally decades making various changes and reforms to our traffic laws in an attempt to curve the very real problem with driving under the influence.

If Democrats Are Worried About Trade, Why Aren’t They Ratifying the USMCA?

North Dakota Democrats are trying to make hay on trade, hoping to leverage some of the pain farmers may be feeling as a result of the trade war with China into political progress. That talking point didn’t get a lot of traction during the 2018 election cycle, but it’s hard to blame them for keeping

Fargo police officers and firefighters packed the Fargo City Hall Monday night, May 20, to listen to a debate over increases for the employees of the two departments. Barry Amundson / The Forum

Cops Wearing Their Taxpayer-Issued Uniforms for Political Purposes Is Not Protected Speech

Earlier this week I was critical of members of the Fargo Police Department for showing up en masse, and in uniform, to a meeting of the Fargo City Commission at which a pay raise for the cops was being decided. Today Waylon Hedegaard, head of the North Dakota chapter of the AFL-CIO, accuses me wanting to suppress

The large mural painted on the door wind block at the entrance to Lonesome Dove on "The Strip" in Mandan is an unpermitted mural under the Mandan city's ordinance. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Court Blocks City of Mandan From Fining Bar Owner Over Mural

On today’s Plain Talk podcast I spoke with one of the owners of the Lonesome Dove bar in Mandan. He had paid to have a mural painted on the side of his business – it cost him around $3,000 – but bureaucrats at the City of Mandan took exception. They told him his mural was

Marijuana Amendment Supporters Withdraw Measure for “Language Changes”

Yesterday we got news that a group of activists had submitted a petitions to be approved for circulation in support of a constitutional amendment to legalize the growth and use of marijuana and to mandate state-backed research into the same. This morning, however, the group withdrew their measure. The reason? “Language changes,” John Bailey, chairman

Constitutional Measure to Legalize Marijuana Has Sponsoring Committee With a Spotty Background

Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office has received for review a petition backing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. While I support legalizing marijuana, this proposed policy is a terrible idea, all the more so because the policy would be enshrined in the state constitution. Where this sort of policy ought not be. But more

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones." x Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones." Helen Sloane / HBO / TNS

I’m Not Surprised a Lot of People on the Left Disliked the Game of Thrones Ending

There are spoilers here, so if you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, go away. “They don’t get to choose.” Those were some of the last words of Daenerys Targaryen, the “breaker of chains” who sought to “break the wheel” only to, in the end, become the wheel herself. I’m still deciding how I

Dina Butcher, left, and Ellen Chaffee were involved with changing the North Dakota constitution when voters approved Measure 1 in November. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Measure 1 Bans Lobbyists on the Ethics Commission, but a Measure 1 Lobbyist Has Applied Anyway

Yesterday I wrote about a lobbyist for the North Dakotans for Public Integrity – the local front group for the Hollywood activists behind Measure 1 – who wants to serve on the state ethics committee Measure 1 created. Governor Doug Burgum is currently accepting applications to serve on the committee. Greg Stites, who was a