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Jane Ahlin


Jane Ahlin lives in Fargo and is a frequent contributor to The Forum's opinion pages. Email her at

"Because of the inflammatory rhetoric, UND was blindsided and put on the defensive," writes InForum columnist Jane Ahlin. "Grand Forks mayor Brandon Bochenski had a highly-publicized knee-jerk reaction, which he later retracted. Most importantly, Grand Forks Republican state legislators rushed into the fray, all but promising to rewrite laws to mollify the Catholic Conference."
Ahlin writes, "Bright sadness—a term I’d never heard before—strikes me as wonderful, particularly at Christmas when love and loss, joy and sorrow mingle."