Collegiate sports at most universities – including North Dakota’s two largest campuses, UND and NDSU in Grand Forks and Fargo respectively – do not make money. In fact, they cost taxpayers and students quite a bit of money.
Recently news broke about a West Fargo teacher who was arrested for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages to two teenage boys, one 16 and one 14 at the time of the incident. She is also accused of having sex with the 16 year old. But some of the public’s response to the situation seems born of the belief that this teacher, Shannon Moser, really didn’t do anything wrong. WDAY did a report about those reactions last night.
MINOT, N.D. — Amid a cloud of smug self righteousness a group calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity announced this week that their constitutional measure was approved for the November ballot. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to circulate their petitions using paid signature collectors they were, not surprisingly, able to collect about 10,000 more signatures than they needed. The group says they're promoting ethics — they call their measure the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment — yet their very name is a deception.
The decision by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election campaign to brag about her close relationship with President Donald Trump – she votes with him most of the time as we’re all reminded, ad nauseum , in her campaign messaging – has created some odd spectacles as national left-wing groups work to get Heitkamp re-elected.
MINOT, N.D.—In 2016 North Dakota voters invited the marijuana industry into the state when nearly 64 percent of them voted for a ballot measure creating a framework for legal access to medical marijuana. Voters will likely get a chance to expand on the liberalization of state marijuana laws in November, assuming the secretary of state's office finds no significant problems with signatures turned in supporting a measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
This article from Hannah Schlosser about a relaxation station provided by Sanford at the Fargo Street Fair is a little frustrating. “New addition take stress off of mothers at the street fair,” the headline tells us . The “new addition” is an area where moms can relax and feed their kids (including breastfeeding) and change diapers.
The Kilbourne Group, a Fargo-based development company founded (well before he took office) by Governor Doug Burgum, is building a 235 foot tower in downtown Fargo called Block 9. Said tower would block ability of Prairie Public to push radio and television signals to a repeater tower in Wheatland that, in turn, feeds those signals to pretty much all of North Dakota outside of the Fargo region.
Priorities USA is a Super PAC founded by Barack Obama campaign alumni which supported the Obama campaign in 2012 as well as the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. They’ve gotten involved in the 2018 election campaign by running ads attacking Congressman Kevin Cramer. You’ve probably seen the ad being promoted on Facebook.
MINOT, N.D.—Minnesota regulators have given Canadian company Enbridge approval to go forward with replacing their Line 3 pipeline. That line was originally constructed in the 1960s but in recent years has needed constant maintenance to keep it in good working order. It needs replacement to cut down on the amount of digging and construction along its route. But hard-core environmental activists have vowed to fight this replacement of an existing pipeline in the same way they fought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
You can always tell when a political campaign has landed a punch when they inspire a television rebuttal from the other side. And what a strange world we’re living in when a Democratic incumbent like Senator Heidi Heitkamp is using a Trump voter to defend her voting record. A tacit acknowledgement from Democrats of how popular the President remains in North Dakota despite the hate for Trump from the party as a whole.