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Julie Weme leaves Mount Royal Market with several plastic shopping bags on Thursday. She normally uses re-usable cloth bags, but forgot to bring them on Thursday. Several groups are pushing for a Duluth city ordinance that would ban plastic shopping bags and put a $.05 charge on each paper shopping bag. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

Tony Gehrig: Plastic Bag Ban Isn’t Needed in Fargo

Tony Gehrig: Plastic Bag Ban Isn’t Needed in Fargo

After reading The Forum’s opinion, one would think Fargo is awash in plastic bags with garbage lining the streets. Every reasonable person can see through the hyperbole and identify the endgame is a ban on plastic bags. Such bans originated mostly in west coast cities. These bans result in higher taxes and higher cost of

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, operations chief at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site in Morton County, consults with members of the Operations Unit. Laney is sitting down. Standing, from left to right, are Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, Lt. Rich Reichenberger with the Wisconsin Highway Patrol and Cass County Detective Tonya Jahner. Special to The Forum.

Fargo Leaders Are Absolutely in the Wrong to Question #NoDAPL Law Enforcement Costs

News this evening is that a group of Fargo and Cass County leaders are beginning to question the use of county/municipal law enforcement personnel and resources in the response to the #NoDAPL protests. Fargo City Commissioner John Strand (who visited the #NoDAPL protest camps to support them earlier this year), with an assist from fellow

Fargo City Commission candidate John Strand embraces Jenni Carriveau during an election watch party at Würst Bier Hall on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Tony Gehrig: Fargo Doesn’t Need Changes to Local Election System

The Forum has been pushing this narrative for a year now. They demand that we go back to the already voted out runoff system. Why? Because “we” don’t want commissioners to win with 22.3% of the vote, “we” want a majority! Doesn’t sound bad. Problem is, the runoff system doesn’t fix that or any other

On Television: Distrusting The Government, Except When They're Reading Our Email

I was on television last night on Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View Program on Valley News Live alongside John Strand from the High Plains Reader (which publishs my column every week if you’re interested) and Scott Hennen. As always, it was a great discussion. We talked about the Waters of the U.S. rule and

Prosecutor Removes His Government Email Address From Campaign Database

Valley News Live has a follow-up to their story yesterday (piggybacking on my story from earlier this week) regarding the use of state-issued email addresses for political campaigns. I had found 18 candidates for the Legislature – both Republicans and Democrats – who were using their state-issued emails in contact information for their campaigns. Valley

Irony: Prosecutor Investigating Water Tower Projection Used State Resources In His Own Campaign

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks In Fargo, City Council candidate John Strand is now undergoing a police investigation because he used a digital projector to cast a campaign message onto a public water tower. The prosecutor leading the charge is Birch Burdick. I noted in a post about the matter yesterday that

Eighteen North Dakota Legislative Candidates Are Using Government Emails For Their Campaigns

Fargo City Commission candidate John Strand (full disclosure: John and I are friendly and have appeared on television together in the past) is now under police investigation for the “crime” of using a digital projector to cast a campaign message on a city water tower. It’s a pretty innovative idea (I got a laugh when I

SAB On Television: School Choice And Higher Ed

Chris Berg was kind enough to invite me on to his 6:30 POV program again last night opposite John Strand of the High Plains Reader. It was a fun discussion covering higher education issues and school choice bills. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Strand said my complaints about the anti-Catholic religious bigotry

SBHE Student Member Distributes Documents Full Of "Disturbing" Allegations Against Chancellor Shirvani

Breaking news this afternoon is that the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, Sydney Hull, referred to “disturbing” allegations about embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. What’s even more disturbing than what may or may not be in the allegations themselves (including alleged open meetings law violations, among other things) is the fact that

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