In all of the noise emanating from the strident arguments for and against refugee resettlement in North Dakota, it's easy to forget that the state has been quietly accepting refugees since 1948, welcoming a displaced Latvian as its first. Other early refugees included people fleeing Communist Hungary and Cuba, among other countries, in the 1950s and '60s.
The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, an economic indicator for a nine-state region stretching from Arkansas to North Dakota, dipped to a still healthy level for March, according the latest survey results. The Business Conditions Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, slipped to 60.1 from February's 60.5. This is the fourth straight month the index has advanced above growth neutral.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's behavior toward his neighbor to the west has been bizarre and petty. He seems to have gone out of his way to undermine and disparage North Dakota's priorities in several areas of public policy. In the process, the governor of one of the nation's great states looks small and vindictive.
Soon the Block 9 project will begin taking shape in downtown Fargo. Once finished, the building will rise 18 stories tall, the same height as the Radisson Hotel. The $98 million tower will include luxury condominiums, an upscale hotel, retail and office space. Its developers project the building will house 560 new jobs: 475 in offices, 50 in the hotel and 35 in retail shops. It will be a significant addition to the downtown skyline and to the city's economy.
When South Central North Dakota was beset by protesters angry over the Dakota Access Pipeline, North Dakota law enforcement officials turned to other states for help. Requests for police resources were made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an agreement among states to offer mutual aid in emergent situations. The state in need posts a request. States capable of helping respond. But Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton squashed those requests, refusing to forward them to his law enforcement agencies.
The demonized Dakota Access Pipeline will go into service soon, likely early this week, and will begin delivering 470,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil every day to a distribution hub, providing better access to important markets. In all the pandemonium over the pipeline, with months of noisy protests, the importance of the pipeline to North Dakota has been overshadowed. The Dakota Access Pipeline will make North Dakota's roads and railroad crossings safer, a big plus for public safety. It has the capacity to eliminate 500 to 740 rail cars or more than 250 trucks each day.
FARGO — If you want to eschew the traditional Valentine's Day itinerary for something more altruistic, head to NDSU for "The Vagina Monologues." The episodic play by Eve Ensler includes a number of monologues performed by various women. Each monologue is written from the perspective of a vagina. Topics range from sex, love, rape, masturbation, genital mutilation, birth and menstruation. The monologues strive to indicate the vagina is a tool of female empowerment. Tickets are $7 for the public. Proceeds will be donated to the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center.
The ancient Greeks recognized six different kinds of love, yet every Valentine's Day, we seem to focus only on romantic love (those groovy Greeks referred to sexual passion as "eros"). Yet our relationships extend far beyond just significant others. So this Valentine's Day, we wanted to celebrate lots of different types of love and all the people we celebrate with — whether you're with your family, a group of beloved friends or by yourself. Fast facts
BISMARCK – The Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol will meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Fort Union Room of the Capitol at 600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Smith appointed to field director Mike Smith, a financial representative with the Fargo Gores office of Northwestern Mutual, has been appointed a field director. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in...