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Pierce Co. Ag Improvement Annual Meeting & Seed Increase Varieties Available

February 24, 2017 The Pierce County Ag Improvement Association held its annual meeting at Dakota Farms in Rugby last week. One new director, Dave Teigen, was elected. Brad Fritel and Larry Pieterick were re-elected. more »»

Heitkamp: How I'm working to make sure every North Dakotan is connected to high-speed internet

February 24, 2017 It's no secret that access to technology is now a key ingredient to the success of any student in any town from those living in rural communities in the middle of the country to cities on ou... more »»

Port: Hey Shailene Woodley, come back to North Dakota and clean up your mess

February 24, 2017 I don't doubt for a moment the sincerity of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. They're wrong, of course. Their concerns are overblown. more »»

Omdahl: Looking for a flawless president to honor

February 24, 2017 Which of the presidents did you honor on Presidents’ Day? Or maybe you didn’t honor a president on February 20 but made it a shopping instead of an honoring da. more »»

Schmidt: 2016 Wheat Midge Survey Results, 2017 Forecast

February 17, 2017 Results of the fall 2016 wheat midge survey are in and soil samples in North Dakota indicate low levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2017 season. more »»

Port: Measure 5 forgot to legalize medical marijuana

February 17, 2017 The medical marijuana measure which earned nearly 64 percent of the vote in November is a mess. It set out to legalize access to marijuana treatments, but its drafters forgot to legalize that access. more »»

Progress in Education: growth model v. proficiency model Part 2

February 17, 2017 Welcome back to class! In the last column I talked about the proficiency model through which schools are judged, and the ongoing debate among education professionals between proficiency models and... more »»

Omdahl: Economic fear drives shepherds to Sanhedrin

February 17, 2017 “Speaking for the shepherds in the Bethlehem area, we want something done about this Jesus person,’ Isaac, son of Methish, demanded of the Sanhedrin, governing body of the Jews, as shepherds crowded... more »»

Heitkamp: Rural students deserve better than DeVos

February 10, 2017 NOTE: The following column was submitted prior to Betsy DeVos’confirmation vote earlier this week. DeVos was confirmed with Vice President Mike Pence providing the tie-breaking vote. more »»

Port: The left loses moral high ground on Trump

February 10, 2017 I desperately want Donald Trump to be a good Presiden. more »»

Omdahl: Medical marijuana in for long, difficult siege

February 10, 2017 Anyone who has read the 23-page initiated measure providing for medical marijuana has to agree that the Legislature did the right thing to suspend its effective date until July 1. more »»

Progress in Education

February 10, 2017 I recently watched the Senate confirmation hearing with Betsy DeVos. For those that don’t know, she is Donald Trump’s nominee to run the United States Education Departmen. more »»

Port: Meet Burgum the politician

January 27, 2017 North Dakotans got their first introduction to a version of Gov. Doug Burgum they haven't met ye. more »»

Omdahl: Devil in details of property tax reform

January 27, 2017 Through the ages, the property tax has been denounced as the scourge of the civilized world. more »»

Omdahl: 80-day biennial sessions cause fiscal disarray

January 20, 2017 North Dakota fiscal affairs are in disarray, primarily because of our clinging to an unworkable 80-day biennial legislative process. more »»

Port: Legislative session embarrassing in the early going

January 20, 2017 The North Dakota legislature has not gotten off to an auspicious start in 2017. It started with a bit of pettiness over the governor's garb. Gov. more »»

‘Proud’ of rural development work

January 13, 2017 Seventeen months ago, I was asked by the Obama administration to take up the reins for USDA Rural Development in North Dakota. more »»

High-tech governor shows promise

January 13, 2017 As a political science professor and a recovering government reorganizer, I was impressed by the inaugural address of Governor Doug Burgum. And the more he talked the more impressed I became. more »»

District 14 Legislative Report

January 13, 2017 The 65th Legislative Session began on January 3rd this year and we are now into the second week of the session. I serve again on the House Appropriations Committee on the Human Resource Sub sectio. more »»

Heitkamp: My RESPONSE Act will keep our first responders safe

January 6, 2017 Three years ago last week, disaster struck in Casselton. more »»



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