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Plain Talk: Grand Forks Mayor Bochenski talks about public reaction to his stand on UND transgender policy

Plain Talk: Grand Forks Mayor Bochenski talks about public reaction to his stand on UND transgender policy

MINOT, N.D. — “I’ve largely stayed out of that stuff,” Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski says about national hot-button issues. He says he’s tried to focus on local issues like public safety and infrastructure during his first term in office. But when it became public that the University of North Dakota is pursuing a new policy on

Trumpism isn’t aging well

MINOT, N.D. — Since the 2016 election, North Dakota has been one of the most consistently pro-Trump states in the union. Even now, according to polling data from multiple surveys that I’ve seen but am not at liberty to share in detail, the disgraced former president remains popular among North Dakotans. But is there evidence

UND hasn’t earned the trust to implement a controversial gender inclusion policy

Minot, N.D. — Back in October this column brought to public light a draft gender inclusion policy at the University of North Dakota. Among other things, the policy would punish students or university employees who intentionally use the wrong pronouns. It would also grant transgender students the right to use all university facilities, including bathrooms and even

If North Dakota can’t spend rental assistance money prudently, then we shouldn’t spend it at all

MINOT, N.D. — The State of North Dakota received $352 million in funding through the federal government’s Emergency Rental Assistance program. The money was intended to help renters who had fallen behind during the pandemic, but now the state is set to return about 42% of that funding, or $149 million dollars. Why? The state

Plain Talk: Majority Leader Pollert reflects on career, Rep. Howe talks possible secretary of state campaign

MINOT, N.D. — After more than two decades in the North Dakota Legislature, having served in some consequential ways, as an influential appropriator and eventually leader the majority Republican caucus, Rep. Chet Pollert is calling it a career. On this episode of Plain Talk, he talked about that decision, as well as what changed during