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North Dakota Student Loan Debt Has Increased 125% At NDSU, UND

North Dakota Student Loan Debt Has Increased 125% At NDSU, UND

According to the Grand Forks Herald, student loan debt accumulation has increased dramatically over the last decade: In the 2010-2012 school year, undergraduate and graduate students at UND and North Dakota State University borrowed an average of $7,855 in a year, according to the university system report released Friday. That’s up 125 percent over the

ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 3: Rep. Bob Skarphol

This week’s Hall of Shame honoree is Rep. Bob Skarphol of Tioga. Skarphol is the sponsor of HB1189, which would seek to target out-of-state drivers with larger speeding fines than in-state drivers while rewarding law enforcement agencies who target out-of-state drivers over in-state drivers with the revenues from the tickets they write. Here’s the text:

Aircraft Management Bill Amended To End University System Exemption

During the interim between the 2011 legislative session and the current one it seemed legislators were ready to crack down on the abuse of private airplanes by the university system. Legislators chastised NDSU for overspending on the plane they own for the use of university officials, noting that the university (which, ironically enough, has largely

Guest Post: Fargo Flood Diversion Would Use Federal Eminent Domain Powers To Get Around North Dakota Law

We hold dear the rights enumerated by the founders, chief among them the rights to life, liberty and property. Our laws limit when and how our government, whether state, federal or municipal, may separate us from those rights. As residents of North Dakota we are protected by both a state constitution and the federal constitution.

Hennen's Notebook: Planned Parenthood, March For Life And Guns In Church

I wonder if Representative Kathy Hawken (RINO – Fargo) remembers what happened to Senator Curtis Olafson? Given her cheer leading this week for the two NDSU professors who were part of dissing legislators by doing an end-around the law on sex-education curriculum in North Dakota, she could face the same fate at election time. She

Video: Talking Ads For Strippers, Sexist Emails And NDSU's Planned Parenthood Parntership On Valley News Live

On my regular segment on Valley News Live’s 6:30 POV show we discussed the Fargo Forum’s web ads for strippers, the allegedly “sexist” email sent out by a North Dakota legislator and North Dakota State University’s partnership with Planned Parenthood. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks I actually found a lot of common

Question Of The Week: Will North Dakota Get Higher Ed Reform?

Today we introduce a new feature on SAB… Question of the Week. Weekly we will pose a question on a current event, and allow you readers to take the discussion from there with your posts. We are quite confident you won’t be bashful in offering up your thoughts. During the interim legislative session, there was

North Dakota House Votes Down Bill Mandating Later School Year Start Date

Currently North Dakota law leaves the school year start date up to local school districts. Many districts choose to start their school years in mid to early August, which causes a number of headaches. Families have a smaller window into which vacations and other summer time leisure activities must be fit. Seasonal business, particularly those

Should Out Of State Drivers Be Hit With Bigger Speeding Fines?

Rep. Bob Skarphol has introduced HB1189 which, if passed, would target out-of-state drivers with bigger speeding fines and distribute the revenues from those larger fines back to the cops writing the tickets. Not withstanding any other provision of law, if an operator of a vehicle is stopped for a violation of section 39-09-02 or equivalent

North Dakota Democrats Introduce Raft Of Ethics Reforms Both Good And Bad

Last year the Fargo Forum took a bribe from the George Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity to help produce a study claiming North Dakota was one of the states in the nation most at-risk for corruption. How much did the Forum take? They’re not telling, but this ridiculous study also managed to conclude that the

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