The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
The scourge of heroin, formerly lurking in the shadows, now is raging in plain sight as the toll in lives lost or ruined keeps piling up. The erosive effects of the epidemic on the community have become painfully obvious: at least five deaths in recent weeks—including three in one week—at least 28 overdose cases handled by paramedics in Fargo-Moorhead so far this year, now seemingly routine police seizures of heroin and fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller, and untold grief and anguish by a growing number of friends and families.
North Dakota governor candidate Doug Burgum has a better perspective on endorsements than the punditry's chattering class. Fargo entrepreneur Burgum was not surprised when Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., passed over him and endorsed Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Given the political histories of the governor and senator, it is no surprise (and it wasn't to Burgum) that the endorsers endorsed the endorsed candidate.
North Dakota, which has one of the most diversified crop bases in the nation, will further diversify this spring with the introduction of an industrial hemp crop on small acreages...
Unless the demand side of the regional illegal drug trade is addressed, very little will be accomplished to stem the tide. The drug merchants, like any business people, depend on demand to sell their products. No demand means no need for supply. No demand means prices plunge, so it's not worth the risk for suppliers to stay in business.
The hype about the relative value of North Dakota’s 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention is a tad, well, hyperbolic. The delegates “value” will depend on a couple of...
Kermit the Frog's lament, "It's not easy being green," could be the theme song—with a small change—of North Dakota's Democrats. "It's not easy being Democrat." As the marginalized Democratic-NPL Party gathers Friday in Bismarck for the state endorsing convention, the high expectation for attendance is an optimistic 500. Some 200 miles to the east, Republicans will convene their convention with at least 1,700 on the roster. The numbers tell a sobering story.
The slowdown in North Dakota's energy- and ag-dependent economy should not mean needs that have gone unmet for decades should continue to go unmet. That is particularly true of projects that are designed to deal with water: too much water and not enough water.
Gridlock has become synonymous with Congress. But despite the deep divisions among elements of the U.S. House and Senate, the first session of the 114th Congress (2015), to the surprise...
A rare bipartisan voice of reason was heard this week in the halls of the North Dakota Capitol. Two legislators, often on opposite sides of issues and policy, agreed the Legislature must bring the language of state law regarding the definitions of marriage into compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot and Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, who are "learned in the law," agreed the state's language should be changed to avoid problems in the future. They spoke at an interim Judiciary Committee meeting.
In the snirt blizzard of political news, North Dakotans might want to take a short break to focus on the past—the prehistoric past.