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Is The Bakken Housing Boom A Bubble, Or A Good Long-Term Investment?

Is The Bakken Housing Boom A Bubble, Or A Good Long-Term Investment?

For a while now I’ve been wondering if we have a housing bubble in North Dakota. I definitely think we’ve got a bubble of hotel rooms. In Minot, and points further west into the Bakken boom area, there are hundreds of new hotel rooms, but occupancy rates are beginning to fall and where just a

Fargo Forum Won't Print List Of Businesses Donating To Abortion Rally

The Fargo Forum picked up on a SAB guest post from Concerned Women for America director Janne Myrdal concerning a fundraiser for North Dakota’s only abortion clinic was sponsored, according to the organizers, by a number of Fargo-area businesses. The angle Forum reporter Patrick Springer chose for his piece suggests that the boycott Myrdal and

Chris Berg: The Fargo Forum Ought Not Lecture About Journalistic Integrity

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Last night Valley News Live’s Chris Berg took the Fargo Forum to the woodshed over their attacks on me for covering the NDSU email controversy, and their often all-too-cozy relationship with the state’s political and bureaucratic elite. I always get a little uncomfortable when people accuse me

NDSU President Dean Besciani Denies Deleting Emails To Avoid Open Records Request

The Fargo-area media is catching up to a story we broke here on SAB this weekend which has Legislative Council questioning whether or not NDSU President Dean Bresciani broke open records law by deleting over 45,000 emails from his account the day a request for them was made. If he did, he is potentially guilty

With The Chancellor Leaving, Let's Talk About North Dakota's Problematic University Presidents

Scoring their second victory over a chancellor of the North Dakota University System in less than a decade, the state’s university presidents have to be feeling pretty full of themselves. Yet, even as Chancellor Hamid Shirvani departs (golden parachute planted squarely on his back), the problems in the state’s university system remains. And those problems

Two North Dakotans Named Best State-Based Political Reporters By The Washington Post

The Washington Post has selected the best state-based political reporters in the country, and two names got picked from North Dakota. The first is long-time Associated Press reporter Dale Wetzel who last year joined a new media venture at the Great Plains Examiner in addition to hosting a radio show. The other is, uh, me.

North Dakota Isn't Governed By Conservatives

There’s a common misconception about North Dakota, which is that this is a conservative state. And it is a conservative state, in a lot of ways, despite a strong streak of what is often called “prairie populism.” That North Dakotans like to think of themselves as conservative is born out by the fact that they

Site Announcement: Welcoming A View From The Left To SAB

I’ve long wanted Say Anything to be an open political forum. That’s why we have an open commenting section, so that the blog doesn’t become an echo chamber. But I also like the idea of SAB having some different viewpoints on the front page, which is why I’ve invited GameND to contribute regular “from the

North Dakota Seeks To Take Advantage Of Minnesota Tax Hikes

Guest poster Mike Marcil, a North Dakota businessman, wrote here on SAB recently about the growing disparities between Minnesota and North Dakota taxes. “[A] family living in Moorhead making $60,000 per year will pay $3,626 per year in personal income tax vs. only $756 in North Dakota under the new tax rates,” he wrote. “A

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