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Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Wrong Time for a Vacation Mr. 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

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum gives introductory remarks during an "Energy Day" event at the state Capitol Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Political Quandary Looms for Governor Burgum as Legislation Clashes With His Private Business Interests

Yesterday House lawmakers passed SB2166 by a 75-17 vote. The bill had previously in the Senate on a 38-8 vote. “The bill forbids cities from creating TIF districts in existing renaissance zones and forbids the state Department of Commerce from authorizing renaissance zones in existing TIF districts after July 31,” my colleague Tu-Uyen Tran reports.

Planned Parenthood protesters stand outside a building housing Congressman Kevin Cramer's Fargo office.

Audio: Congressman Cramer Says Planned Parenthood Video Showing Protesters Turned Back by Cops Was a “Stunt”

“I’m happy to listen to them…but at least be truthful about it.” That’s what Congressman Kevin Cramer told me today on my radio show of a Planned Parenthood protest outside his office in Fargo on Friday. The protesters are now alleging that they were blocked from delivering a petition to Cramer’s staff by law enforcement,

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

We Desperately Need More Information on Refugee Resettlement in North Dakota

My colleague Mike McFeely had a column over the weekend which had to be catnip for a left wind audience suggesting as it does that oil workers are more dangerous than the refugees being resettled in our state (mostly in the Fargo area). He points to a recent crime report which suggests that a surge

Fardoso Mohamed talks Monday, March 20, 2017, in Moorhead about how another customer harassed her and shouted at her to remove her hijab when she went grocery shopping Saturday. Forum file photo.

It’s Not a Crime to Be a Jerk

UPDATE: The original headline to this post used a profane word I felt accurately described this man’s behavior. I’ve changed it to something less apt, but also less profane, at the request of my bosses at Forum Communications. There was an ugly incident alleged in Moorhead recently which saw a man at a grocery store

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North Dakota’s Drug Immunity Laws Are Pointless if the Feds Can Prosecute Those Cases Anyway

Back during their 2015 session North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill which gives some legal immunity to people who overdose on drugs who are seeking medical attention and those helping them. The idea, and it’s a very good one, is to prioritize saving a life over padding drug arrest statistics. Only the law isn’t working

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