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Vindictive casino proposal born of vengeance

March 10, 2017 The proposal of House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) to launch six state-operated casinos is the most vindictive piece of legislation I have seen in 60 years of legislative tracking. more »»

Heitkamp: Reckless trade policies hurt ND farmers, ranchers

March 10, 2017 A barley field outside Rolla, N.D., just below the Canadian border, is as far from Mexico as it gets in this country. But don't let that distance fool you. more »»

Spring Fever workshops coming soon

March 3, 2017 For the fourth consecutive year, the NDSU Extension Service will host its series of garden forums to help families care for their gardens and landscape. more »»

Washington offers nothing new

March 3, 2017 “This is the first time this has ever ….” is the beginning of many statements around Washington these days as old-timers are struck by departure of the new administration from tradition. more »»

Cramer: Healthcare reform must encourage innovation

March 3, 2017 Within the next few weeks, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, will begin drafting the first legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. more »»

Progress in Education: growth model v. proficiency model Part 3

February 24, 2017 Welcome back to class everyone! Over the last two columns, I have talked about what the proficiency model is and what the growth model is. more »»

Dialogic questioning: A different approach to story time

February 24, 2017 I have four children under the age of 9 and both my wife and I work full time. I understand the “busyness” associated with raising children. more »»

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 »»



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