The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Relations between the state of North Dakota and its American Indian nations in the modern era have never been as strained as they are now. Tensions from the ongoing demonstrations...
Donald Trump’s win Tuesday in the presidential contest was not a squeaker. He won big over Hillary Clinton in nearly every swing state and population cohort that she was supposed...
The grumbling (not much, but some) about television spots that ask voters to support extensions of flood protection sales taxes in Fargo and Cass County is silly at best and...
For the first time in more than half a century, Forum Communications Co. declines to endorse the Republican candidate for president of the United States. It does not follow, however, that the endorsement goes to the Democratic candidate. This year, we suggest none of the above is the best choice.
No matter how weather gurus tell it, winter in North Dakota and northern Minnesota is cold, even when the region has "warm" winters, as the last few have been characterized. It is, after all, the Red River Valley of the North, and with that geography — the middle-of-the-continent location — comes winters where deep cold, deep snow and frigid winds are routine.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources embarrassed itself Monday by denying a permit for a dam that is an essential feature of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The decision, which seems to fly in the face of at least two DNR conclusions about the diversion, is more about politics than science and engineering.
When the North Dakota Legacy Fund topped $4 billion in value in August, it confirmed the wisdom of legislators who championed the idea and voters who approved it. After a false start and a few tweaks of the initial proposal, voters said "yes" to the constitutional fund by a huge margin in 2010. Starting in 2011, 30 percent of oil and gas extraction taxes were deposited in the fund. So in about five years the fund has grown to $4.012 billion, and continues to grow by tax deposits and investment income.
The Dakota Access oil pipeline protest by American Indians and others at an encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota is protected — enshrined, really — in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But rallies Tuesday at public buildings in Mandan undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the pipeline protest.
As promised from the start, the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has prepared a detailed mitigation plan for upstream landowners and others who believe they will be damaged by the water-staging feature of the flood protection project. And as sure as falling leaves in fall, diversion opponents will conclude it's not good enough.
The dustup about the health of presidential candidates is foolish on one level and serious on another. It's foolish because it manipulates the reality that hard-driving candidates on the brutal campaign trail will get fatigued and possibly pick up a sniffle or worse. It's serious because the physical health and mental acuity of the two people who would be the nation's commander-in-chief are pertinent to their competence to hold high office. Politics and hype aside (if that's possible), several factors are in play.