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Fargo (N.D) City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn stand outside City Hall on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

What Are the Supporters of Refugee Resettlement So Afraid Of?

What Are the Supporters of Refugee Resettlement So Afraid Of?

Last week Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asked for a thorough review of the costs to the City of Fargo from refugee resettlement in that community. Piepkorn estimates the cost to the city is in the millions, but wants a formal review. It didn’t seem like a terribly controversial request to me. Fargo has taken

President Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, gives his State of the University address Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

In Email to NDSU Employees President Dean Bresciani Admits Text Messages Were “Not Appropriate”

In an email sent out to the entire NDSU campus this morning President Dean Bresciani admits that text messages he sent supporting controversial media restrictions he later rescinded were “not appropriate.” I broke the story about the text messages on Friday, and in a subsequent editorial the Fargo Forum has asked for Bresciani to resign.

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani stands in one of the main rooms of a campus event center that also serves as his home. Photo by Dave Olson / The Forum

In Editorial Fargo Forum Asks for NDSU President Dean Bresciani’s Resignation Calling Him an “Embarrassment”

Yesterday I broke a story about North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani lying to the public about his support for restrictions placed on media covering Bison athletics events. Today, in an editorial, the Fargo Forum calls for Bresciani to resign. An excerpt: Is this the type of leadership we want for our 14,000 sons and

Lynn Helms, from left, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, presents to Industrial Commission members Doug Goehring, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Wayne Stenehjem on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bismarck. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Industrial Commission’s “Interested Party” Rule Was Never About Muzzling the Public

At a meeting of the North Dakota Industrial Commission this week the triumvirate – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Governor Jack Dalrymple – shot down a proposed rule which would have limited public participation in hearings before the commission to members of the public with a defined interest in the subject

Fargo, N.D., City Commissioner Tony Gehrig listens to Commissioner Dave Piepkorn speak about Gehrig's plan to cut the city's property taxes by 20-percent during a city commissioner's meeting at the Civic Center on Monday, July 20, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Hey Forum Editorial Board, You Should Read Your Own Reporting

Earlier this week the Fargo city commission approved what has become something of a controversial project in downtown Fargo. Businessman, and gubernatorial candidate, Doug Burgum and some partners received a bunch of public assistance to build the Block 9 development. Millions and millions in public assistance, leading some to wonder why we need to help

State Reps. Mike Nathe (left), R-Bismarck, and Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, listen as tax department auditor Joe Becker compares the angel fund tax credit programs in North Dakota and Minnesota on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Blaming Angel Fund Tax Credit Controversy On "Politics" Is A Cop Out

Recently, during a review which began with a study passed during the 2015 legislature, state lawmakers discovered that North Dakota tax credits for angel funds investments were being used on ventures out of state that had no discernible benefit for North Dakotans. No commerce in North Dakota. No goods or services provided to North Dakotans.

Fargo Forum Has A Double Standard When It Comes To Which Candidates We Should Be Ashamed Of

“A teacher who almost got the North Dakota Republican Party’s nod to run for superintendent of public instruction harbors opinions and beliefs that should embarrass sensible Republicans,” opines the Fargo Forum editorial board today. The operative word in that sentence is “almost.” The candidate in question is Fort Totten teacher Joe Chiang who did outperform expectations

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LSS Boss Jessica Thomasson An Unfortunate Choice For Fargo Forum's "Person Of The Year"

Over the holiday break the Fargo Forum announced a provocative and unfortunate choice for their Person of the Year 2015. Namely, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota CEO Jessica Thomasson. I say provocative because LSS contracts with the federal government to administer refugee resettlement in North Dakota, something that has been conducted in a manner

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North Dakota's Tax Revenues Are Actually Down 25 Percent Over The Previous Biennium

“[E]ven with revenues below projections, revenue collections are higher than they were two years ago,” the Fargo Forum editorial board reports today, attributing that statement to Governor Jack Dalrymple who met with the board this week. The paper then goes on to castigate “Chicken Littles in the blogosphere” who “who breathlessly wheeze that the state

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