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Audio: Fired Fargo Cop Tells His Side of the Story

Fargo police officer David Boelke was fired yesterday by Chief David Todd for a number of reasons. You can read Todd’s memo justifying the termination below. I had Boelke on my radio show today alongside his attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. I asked Boelke why this happened. “I don’t know if this

David Myers, executive director of Center for Interfaith Projects, speaks during an anti-hate rally Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in front of the Civic Center, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Hate Crime Legislation Is as Pointless as the Death Penalty

Proponents of the death penalty justify that policy by suggesting that it deters crime. The problem is there’s no evidence that it does. There seems to be no causal relationship between the death penalty and crime incidence at all, anywhere. So why bother with the expensive and legally/emotionally fraught exercise of putting prisoners to death?

Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Students Association speaks during a meeting where the Somali Council of Elders was introduced to local Moorhead leaders and the Somali community on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

In my Sunday print column I wrote that an ugly incident in the parking lot of a Fargo Walmart between a white woman and three Somali women has “served as a sort of bat signal for political opportunists eager to swoop in and use this anecdote as leverage.” Consider these comments, as quoted by my

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?

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

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