Controversial former North Dakota University System chancellor Hamid Shirvani has withdrawn as a candidate for the president’s job at the University of Guam, according to media reports. The Guam Daily Post reports Shirvani told the University of Guam presidential search committee Tuesday, June 5, he will “not be visiting the campus.”
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — This Minnesota lakes country town is swapping burgers. After losing its McDonald’s restaurant this spring, the Park Region Cooperative convenience store/gas station at the south end of Broadway is replacing it with a Burger King. “The Whopper replaces the Big Mac in Pelican Rapids,” said Greg Larson, general manager of the co-op.
All is quiet on the shores of beautiful Star Lake in Otter Tail County. There is no noise from slot machines, no flashing lights from signs, no hum of generators from RVs. The casino proposed to be built on the 4,700-acre lake east of Maplewood State Park, an idea generated by the White Earth Band of Chippewa, is apparently no closer to being built today than when it was first proposed nearly three years ago. But opponents are not resting.
Fargo-based radio host Scott Hennen raised the specter that teen-aged female victims of window-peeper Will Gardner might have “tried to lure somebody in to watch” by leaving their curtains open.
There will be resistance from the usual corners of paragon and virtue, of course, when it comes to legalized sports betting in North Dakota and Minnesota. But it’s coming, and that’s about the safest wager a person could make. And sooner rather than later, according to a couple of local legislators.
Pelican Rapids, Minn. A lake, even at 2 o'clock in the morning with not a whisper of wind and not another soul silly enough to be fishing in a boat, is almost never completely quiet. Loons, for example, are using their silly yodel to call back and forth even when the next sunrise is nearer than the previous sunset. Owls, not unexpectedly given their nocturnal nature, are hoot-hoot-hooting for most of the black night. And Canada geese. Who knew honkers honked to each other at 3:30 a.m.?
WAHPETON, N.D. — That’s going to leave a mark. A pontoon being transported to a local lake busted loose from its trailer Monday, May 7 and came to rest on Interstate 29 near the Wahpeton exit, according to Trooper Luke Hendrickson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Hendrickson said a local resident was moving the pontoon to Lake Elsie near Hankinson, N.D., when straps holding the boat to the trailer broke. The pontoon slid off the trailer and skidded to a stop in a lane of the freeway.
It’s not often the U.S. Attorney General flies to North Dakota specifically to hold a press conference to praise the work of the state’s U.S. Attorney and the good work his office did in busting bad guys. Any time this happens, it should be noted and underlined with a red Sharpie pen. So consider this column as an official noting and underlining of Jeff Sessions’ stop in Fargo last week. Also consider it a question from the peanut gallery: If the current U.S. Attorney is doing such a great job for the people of North Dakota, why replace him?
There was no doubt the U.S. Senate race between Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer was going to get nasty. With Republicans holding a narrow 51-49 majority and Heitkamp the only Democrat holding a statewide office in deep-red North Dakota, the national GOP has targeted her as particularly vulnerable. But getting nasty six months before Election Day? Before all the snow has melted in North Dakota?
I’ve been working on a column about North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick as the Bison opened spring practice this week. It will run in Friday’s editions of The Forum. The gist is that Stick has worked his way into becoming an NFL prospect and enters 2018, by some accounts, as the top-ranked FCS prospect at quarterback.