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A statue of Woodrow Wilson stands Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Woodrow Wilson High School at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

How About We Don’t Judge People by the Color of Their Skin?

How About We Don’t Judge People by the Color of Their Skin?

Earlier this week I wrote about the controversy surrounding a Fargo high school named after former President Woodrow Wilson. My colleague Jim Shaw wrote a column saying Wilson’s name should be removed from the school because he was a racist and a bad president. Which are true things. He was a racist. He was also

The current Woodrow Wilson High School is housed at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Don’t Erase Ugly History, Teach It

There is a controversy in Fargo over the name of Woodrow Wilson High School. Wilson was a Democratic president and an early luminary of the progressive movement. He presided over the implementation of a host of progressive policy priorities including the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Farm

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, left, and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, right

We May Need to Rethink How Recall Elections Work in North Dakota

Recall elections have been in state headlines a lot recently. An effort to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn has belly flopped, which I’m glad of. Despite the recall committee declaring publicly that they had, or would have, enough signatures to put Piepkorn on the ballot it turns out they couldn’t muster the requisite number.

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The Recall of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Isn’t Really About Dave Piepkorn

According to reports the committee organized to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says they have the requisite signatures and will be turning them in some time this week. Which means the recall will happen, assuming all the petitions and signatures are in proper order. This may seem like a local issue which only matters

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Dave Wallis / The Forum

Something Fishy Is Going on With the Effort to Recall Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Over the weekend there was a claim that petitioners working to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn were being threatened and harassed to the point where some were calling for the petition drive to be stopped for the sake of safety. Now that claim is being walked back by the petitioners themselves (the recall committee

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Wrong Time for a Vacation Mr. Piepkorn

I don’t think the people trying to recall Fargo City Commissioner David Piepkorn will ultimately be successful (more on that here) but if they do manage a victory I think the turning point for voters will be Piepkorn’s behavior in office rather than his questions about refugee resettlement. The latter issue was the casus belli for

Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, explaining some of the expenses and procedures of refugee resettlement in the Fargo area. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Refugee Report From Fargo’s Human Relations Commission Reveals Very Little

The problem with the debate of refugee resettlement here in North Dakota is that we really don’t have a lot of data on its impacts. But even the push to address that information vacuum has proved politically harrowing. Those who want to explore the issue are accused of bigotry by strident left wing ideologues. Fargo

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Maybe Wanting to Understand the Social Impacts of Refugee Resettlement Isn’t Bigotry

My colleague Mike McFeely is urging his fellow liberals to call off an effort to recall right-of-center Fargo city commissioner David Piepkorn over his push for information about refugee resettlement in that community. The endeavor will not be successful, McFeely warns: Piepkorn is no dummy, and he probably has a campaign organization already in place

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