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UND's Lexie Shaw prepares for a goal attempt by Bemidji State University at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Nick Nelson for the Grand Forks Herald.

You Can’t Write Sad, Sad Stories About Women’s Hockey at UND Without Talking About the Money

You Can’t Write Sad, Sad Stories About Women’s Hockey at UND Without Talking About the Money

The New York Times recently published a story about the end of the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota. It was published in the Times on the 10th, and has been republished here in North Dakota by my employers at Forum Communications today. The story aims to evoke sympathy over the demise

UND's Lexie Shaw prepares for a goal attempt by Bemidji State University during the 2nd period of Saturday's game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Nick Nelson for the Grand Forks Herald.

The UND Women’s Hockey Program Lost $1.9 Million in 2016

There are a couple of ugly and inconvenient truths revealed by the University of North Dakota’s controversial decision to cut, among other sports programs, their popular women’s hockey team. The first is this: Contrary to popular belief, campus athletics are no revenue boon to the schools. Very few collegiate athletic programs in the nation operate

In 40 Out Of 50 States The Highest Paid Public Official Is A Coach

This inforgraphic from Deadspin represents a pretty said commentary on the state of our priorities. In 40 out of the 50 states, the highest paid person on the public’s payroll is a university athletics coach. Also worth noting is that in 100% of the states, the highest paid public official is someone in higher ed:

Video: Democrats Argue In Favor Of Burdening Poor With Tax Hikes For Their Own Good

Yesterday the North Dakota House voted down HB1387 which would have instituted a 127% tax hike on cigarettes. The bill failed on by 19 – 72 vote margin, but the debate was interesting. Rep. Glen Froseth, arguing against the bill, noted that tax hikes on tobacco use disproportionately burden the poor. But Rep. Eliot Glassheim,

Whoops: Controversy Results In More Ticket Sales For Gun Raffle

I wrote earlier this week about the West Fargo Hockey Club becoming a target for the anti-gun crowd over a fundraiser they’re holding raffling off 200 guns (including scary “assault weapons”). But something ironic happened. As the raffle got media attention, ticket sales went through the roof. “We’ve seen an increase in traffic and appreciate

North Dakota Hockey Club Stirs Controversy With Gun Raffle

North Dakotans are no strangers to gun raffles. It seems every time I go out to eat or for drinks with friends I get hit up to buy a raffle ticket from this or that group where, among the prices, there are a bunch of guns. So I’m scratching my head as to why a

If Only The ND Media Put As Much Effort Into Covering Government As They Put Into Covering Football Games

Considering this a bit of an addendum to my post yesterday about pay for public officials versus pay for football and hockey coaches. Today my social media feeds are full of dispatches from North Dakota reporters and media types extolling their coverage of the NDSU Bison championship game in Texas which, apparently, the Bison won.

Something Is Wrong With Our Priorities When University Sports Coaches Make More Than Governors

Earlier today I wrote about proposed increases in pay for North Dakota’s executive branch elected officials. Per Governor Jack Dalrymple’s proposed budget, the officials (including the governor himself) would get an 11.4% increase in pay by 2015 over their 2012 levels. People tend to get pretty wound up about how much public officials make, but

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