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Forum editorial: Oil train regs front and center

As reflected in Sen. Al Franken’s, D-Minn., visit to Moorhead this week, senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are on the same page regarding railroad safety.

Trygve Olson cartoon April 17

Trygve Olson cartoon April 17


Letter: I won’t be moving to North Dakota

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported on the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation’s aggressive and well-funded workforce recruitment campaign to attract permanent private-sector workforce employees to North Dakota.

Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken

Open up Google and search for “satellite photos of North Dakota at night.” Western North Dakota appears brighter than Minneapolis-St. Paul. The dazzling lights come from oil companies that are “flaring” natural gas instead of harvesting it, sending untold quantities of polluted smoke into our lungs.

Letter: Accountability foremost in conservation measure

This is an exciting time to live in North Dakota. Our economy is growing, jobs are plentiful and personal incomes are increasing. This current prosperity gives North Dakotans the opportunity to invest a small portion of the state’s existing revenue to address the challenges that come with rapid growth.

Forum editorial: Even wind farms get old and die

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk has the right perspective on reclamation of wind power sites that are either abandoned or have outlived their usefulness.

Letter: Say ‘no’ to deeply flawed ND conservation measure

I read with interest Rep. Kylie Oversen’s, D-Grand Forks, recent letter expressing support for the proposed Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks amendment. My hope was to read an objective, fact-based benefit of the proposed amendment, and yet it had none.

Forum editorial: Dems fold to power of union

Whether limited alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday is a good idea for Minnesota, the merits of the issue are being shunted aside by the political power of a labor union.

Letter: High court ruling a truly sad day

What about the April 2 Supreme Court ruling might cause someone like me to despair? If our children are to have any hope for the future, Earth is a ticking time bomb – and time is running out.

Letter: Editorial conveniently left out part of the story

The April 11 Forum editorial is the perfect opportunity to address the recent Pew study that ranks North Dakota as the top-performing state in the Elections Performance Index. In fact, North Dakota was the top-performing state for three years in a row, largely because we do not require voter registration, according to Pew.

Letter: Detente much better for an old rivalry

As I write this, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota are tied at the end of the second period. I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate UND on their effort, win or lose.

Letter: Maybe they should enroll at St. Cloud State

Here we go again – the Indians bashing the Gamma Phi Beta sorority for the sign supporting the University of North Dakota’s hockey team.

Omdahl: It is not a new problem

Omdahl: It is not a new problem

Because the Washington policymakers have been unable to resolve the problem of 11 million illegal immigrants, another opinion, no matter how unlearned, could hardly impair the discussion.


Forum editorial: Shanley student wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo Shanley High School student Alivia Fraase, who last week was honored with the National Guard Inspiration Award, one of only 15 handed out to outstanding students across the nation in conjunction with USA Today High School Sports.

Letter: North Dakota’s senators are right about coal

On April 9 in The Forum, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., wrote about the importance of preserving coal as part of our region’s energy mix. Sen. Heitkamp, who previously served as director of Dakota Gasification Co.’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant, knows all too well that coal is not only abundant in our region but its affordability makes it attractive to consumers whose family budgets increasingly have additional costs to bear.

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