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Gov. Doug Burgum David Samson / The Forum

Governor Burgum Tells Trump Administration That North Dakota Will Continue to Accept Refugees

Governor Burgum Tells Trump Administration That North Dakota Will Continue to Accept Refugees

Last month President Donald Trump’s administration issued an executive order asking that state and local governments consent, in writing, to refugee resettlement before it happens. This afternoon North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s office issued a press release announcing that our state will continue to accept refugees. “We are grateful for the administration’s consideration of states’

Print Column: The Left’s Commitment to Wokeness Ends When It’s Time to Do Business With Communists

MINOT, N.D. — Not so long ago we here in North Dakota had a debate about refugee resettlement. Some of our elected leaders, including Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn and former West Fargo state lawmaker Chris Olson, wanted to collect more data on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement. They pushed for the state

High school friends Lars Brinkema, 15, Reece Walton, 15, Piper Sorock, 15 and Beatrice Tassoni, 15, all of Minneapolis, protested President Donald Trump's rally in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service

If You Support Refugee Resettlement You Should Support Trump’s Push to Give States and Cities a Say in It

At a rally in Minneapolis President Donald Trump touted a change in federal policy giving states and cities a level of veto power over refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions. Not surprisingly, given Trump’s polarizing nature, this change was met with no small amount of blowback. “Trump’s executive order requires state and local governments to consent

Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Students Association speaks during a meeting where the Somali Council of Elders was introduced to local Moorhead leaders and the Somali community on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

In my Sunday print column I wrote that an ugly incident in the parking lot of a Fargo Walmart between a white woman and three Somali women has “served as a sort of bat signal for political opportunists eager to swoop in and use this anecdote as leverage.” Consider these comments, as quoted by my

The Recall of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Isn’t Really About Dave Piepkorn

According to reports the committee organized to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says they have the requisite signatures and will be turning them in some time this week. Which means the recall will happen, assuming all the petitions and signatures are in proper order. This may seem like a local issue which only matters

Something Fishy Is Going on With the Effort to Recall Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Over the weekend there was a claim that petitioners working to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn were being threatened and harassed to the point where some were calling for the petition drive to be stopped for the sake of safety. Now that claim is being walked back by the petitioners themselves (the recall committee

Fargo City Commissioner Dave 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

Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, reads prepared insults aimed at Rep. Chris Olson, the sponsor of legislation aimed at studying refugee resettlement.

Governor Doug Burgum Says Yes to Studying Refugee Resettlement

Despite a lot of overheated rhetoric from the left about it the Legislature has passed, and now Governor Doug Burgum has signed, a bill to study refugee resettlement in North Dakota. “It requests a legislative study of various aspects of refugee resettlement in North Dakota, ranging from any effect refugees have on wages or working

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