The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
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.
The latest survey of homeless people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro has some good news, but not much. Numbers were down slightly, according to St. Paul-based Wilder Research, a firm that specializes in assessing homelessness in cities across the nation. The Wilder findings for F-M fit with local analyses of homeless numbers, and confirm that homelessness is a chronic problem in a progressive community that likes to stress its economic strength, livability and managed growth.
The Fargo Airport Authority’s reluctance to proceed aggressively with a covered multi-level parking garage at Hector International Airport is heavy on caution and light on vision. The authority needs to...
The response from Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Department of Human Services to a scathing audit of the department's child care licensing failures misses the mark by a country mile. It's little more than an attempt to muddle the message by shooting the messenger. To his credit, state Auditor Robert Peterson is standing by the work of his staff. He has suggested, rightly, that DHS is downplaying the audit's devastating findings because of public outrage.
Once again, Fargo and Moorhead are demonstrating that the majority of residents here have put out the welcome mat for properly vetted refugee families. Once again, North Dakota is extending...
The short answer to the headline's question is "no." North Dakota's political climate is as hostile to public lands as it has ever been. If Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state's only national park, did not exist in the Badlands and was proposed today, it would be shouted down. It would never happen. But decades ago, when policymakers were smarter and more visionary than they are today, TR park was established. As the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday this week, Theodore Roosevelt National Park shines as one of the state's public lands gems.