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Grand Forks Herald Defends NDSU's Airplane

Grand Forks Herald Defends NDSU's Airplane

In an editorial responding to my on-going criticism of NDSU’s extravagant and unnecessary private airplane, the Grand Forks Herald defends the plane. “Clearly, lots of people — including lots of private-sector entrepreneurs and executives, people who answer to a profit-or-loss bottom line — find that the time saved by flying point-to-point more than makes up

NDSU Uses Funds From Research Grants For Private Airplane

Last week we got some interesting news from North Dakota State University about the funding sources for their controversial airplane. NDSU had apparently told reporters from Valley News Live that the source of funds was private donors and investors, but when I filed an open records request asking for a list of those donors and

Legislator Proposes Bill Making Constitutional Petition Process Harder

There have been a lot of measures on North Dakota’s ballots over the last few years, and it appears as though one legislator wants to make the process a little harder. Rep. Keith Kempenich, a Republican from Bowman, ND, is proposing a bill that if passed would amend the state constitution to require that any

Did NDSU Lie To The Media About The Funding For Their Airplane?

North Dakota State University has a lot of problems being forthcoming about their controversial private airplane. They tried to exempt it from a state inquiry into airplane use by claiming it was owned by the Alumni Foundation and not the university (that didn’t pass muster). Then they claimed they were going to sell the plane,

NDSU Tries To Explain Away Airplane Use

In a story sparked, I believe, by my post yesterday about NDSU using the university’s private airplane to visit the legislature (it’s ok, news directors, to admit that you get story ideas here) Valley News Live asked university officials about the propriety of using the airplane. And in the story, NDSU claims that not a

Air Bison Is Back In Operation For The 2013 Legislative Session

After receiving heavy legislative criticism for their use, and abuse, of their private airplane the folks at North Dakota State University announced they were selling the airplane. Except, now they’re not selling the airplane, and with legislation in the hopper to exempt the university system from oversight of state aircraft use NDSU is up to

Guest Post: At NDSU, It's Win At All Costs

Now that everyone is happy that the Bison won their national championship, I wonder if anyone has taken away a lesson from the victory. The lesson I have learned is that it appears NDSU football coach Craigh Bohl believes in the win at all costs school of coaching. He has taught his players that as

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

NDSU Isn't Really Selling Their Airplane After All

Starting in 2011, SAB exposed the fact that North Dakota State University was spending extravagant sums of money on a private airplane for the use of university officials. Ironically enough, the most common use of the airplane at the time was to shuttle NDSU President Dean Bresciani back and forth to Bismarck so that he

North Dakota State University Teams Up With Planned Parenthood To Spend Obamacare Money On Sex Education

The State of North Dakota turned down a grant, made available through the Obamacare legislation, to fund sex education in North Dakota. But North Dakota State University, part of that fourth branch of government that is our university system, has accepted it. Now two NDSU professors are working with abortion mill giant Planned Parenthood to

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