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Audio: Rep. Cramer Says He Expects Trump to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline by Next Week

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:26:07 +0000

Congressman Kevin Cramer poses with his wife Kris in front of "Executive One," the helicopter which would carry former President Barack Obama from the capitol after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Photo via Twitter
Congressman Kevin Cramer was on my radio show today live from Washington D.C. where he attended the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. During his speech Trump said his administration would be one of action, and apparently he wasn’t kidding. When I asked Cramer when we might see some movement from the incoming administration on...(image)

A Cocktail Freedom Bill Is Being Considered in Bismarck

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:34:06 +0000

Chris Herner pours vodka into a mix of ingredients for making an aromatic bitters solution at Mezzaluna in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
The alcohol industry is perhaps one of the most heavily regulated from our country. Partly because of the very real social impacts of alcohol use and partly as an anachronism from our nation’s complicated history with alcohol prohibition. The result is a very tightly controlled market for booze. So much so that those who retail...(image)

He Was a Terrible President

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:57:02 +0000

President Barack Obama waves as he departs the briefing room at the conclusion of his final press conference Jan. 18, 2017, at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
By the time most of us here in the Central Time Zone get around to eating our lunches Barack Obama will no longer be our president. This thought brings to my mind a sense of relief. Barack Obama has been the worst President in my lifetime. A rigid, ideologically hidebound man who came into office with...(image)

Michael Hamilton: Time for North Dakota to End Dental Therapy Prohibition

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:48 +0000

Sen. Judy Lee (R-West Fargo) speaks of the benefits of good dental access and in support of HB 1256, a bill dealing with the issue at a press conference in Memorial Hall of the state capitol in Bismarck on Wednesday afternoon. Bill supporters in back from left are Jenna Herman, Christy Jo Fogarty, of the Minnesota Childrens Dental Services, Renee Stromme, Rep. Christopher Olson (R-West Fargo), Dianne Billey, Connie Kalanek and Michael Hamilton. Photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
There was standing room only by 8:40 a.m. in a North Dakota House Human Services Committee hearing that started on January 18 at 9:00 a.m. and ran past noon, more than 90 minutes overschedule, as experts made their cases for and against a bill to allow midlevel providers called dental therapists to practice in the...(image)

If It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Oil Workers, It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Refugees

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:48:58 +0000

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum
“It is remarkable how often those who preach tolerance and patience with ‘new Americans’ will turn around and rail against the oil industry for increasing crime in our state.” I wrote those words back in 2015, noting the left’s propensity to malign energy industry workers with pejoratives like “oilfield trash.” I thought about that post...(image)

Six Cops and National Guard Soldiers Injured During Latest #NoDAPL Riot, Arrests Hit 624

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:14:52 +0000

Veterans have a confrontation with police on Backwater bridge during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., Dec. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
On the same night a Rolette County deputy lost his life a half dozen law enforcement officers and National Guard soldiers were injured at the site of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There were 21 arrests made at the protests which started at 6:45pm last night. “Last night our officers faced the same type...(image)

Audio: “Our Hearts Are Breaking Again” Says Sheriff Paul Laney of Rolette County Shooting

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:56:10 +0000

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney
I had Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney on air with me on a somber day for North Dakota. Last night a Rolette County deputy was killed in the line of duty. Three other deputies are currently on leave. The shooter also died. “Our hearts are breaking again,” Sheriff Laney told me, noting that it was...(image)

Kalk Will Be Leaving Public Service Commission Creating Opening for Burgum’s First Appointment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:13:25 +0000

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk speaks at the NDGOP convention in 2012.
Yesterday I broke the news that Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk was considering a job at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center. When I spoke to Kalk about the situation he said he had a press release prepared to go out as soon as he was formally offered the job. Well,...(image)

Universities Will Consider Rule Change Making It Easier to Fire Tenured Faculty, Protests Expected

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:03:06 +0000

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education is considering a controversial policy change which may prompt protests. At issue is section 605.3 of the university system’s policies which state, in part, that tenured faculty “shall be given written notice of termination, including the reason(s) for the action, at least twelve months prior to the date...(image)

John Andrist: Who Is in Charge of Moral Compasses?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:19:25 +0000

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The old saying that the only certainties of life are death and taxes is wrong. You can be almost certain, when the legislature is in session, there will be bills to change speed limits, revisit time zones, set rules on ethics, and close some public meetings or records. That’s an incomplete list, because there are...(image)