Grand Forks Herald
Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon in 1994 and turned it into the retail giant it is today, is looking for a new company home. Bezos calls it HQ2. It will be the second headquarters for Amazon, which employs some 380,000. He is encouraging cities to submit ideas that will "allow Amazon to determine the ideal location for our project." And get this: The new headquarters will require approximately 50,000 new workers with average pay of $100,000.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds and number of broods are down statewide from 2016. According to R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the survey shows total pheasants observed per 100 miles are down 61 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 63 percent, while the average brood size was down 19 percent. The final summary is based on 279 survey runs made along 103 brood routes across North Dakota.
It isn’t the position. It’s the timing — and the president’s response. That’s our takeaway from the fracas over the replacement of a retiring event coordinator in University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s office.
Donald Trump doesn't have the slightest interest in farm policy. But it's farm policy that offers the clearest guide to Trump's presidency. Why? Two reasons: First, because farm policy elevates jobs and subordinates prices, in direct violation of free-market principles. And second, because farm policy works. On balance, it has shielded American farmers from many of the ravages of international competition, even — to some extent — at American consumers' expense.
The knotted impasse over the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines was primed for a Trumpian sword. But the immigration and refugee situation was not, as events have made clear since President Donald Trump temporarily blocked the entry of all refugees. The president should understand the difference. And the lesson is important enough that those North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress who have the president's ear, should instruct him.
Should North Dakota be able to keep confidential all applications for stategovernment jobs, some applications or only one class of application - namely, those from aspiring chancellors and college presidents?
It’s a rather depressing time for business in North Dakota. The oil, agriculture and Canadian tourism industries all tanked at once. Now, consider a governmentmandated plan to add 27 percent labor costs to small businesses throughout the state. That’s essentially what would happen if a plan to raise minimum wage is passed by the North Dakota Legislature.
We’re not sure what President Barack Obama’s legacy will be. But we are sure about what it should be: Presidents should not pass major, once-in-a-generation legislation without bipartisan support. When Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Obama faced a choice. A few weeks earlier, Senate Democrats had passed their version of Obamacare. They’d taken advantage of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority to pass the massive bill on a party-line vote.
To North Dakota lawmakers: Are you interested in helping President-elect Trump fulfill his promise to make America great again? And are you interested in making North Dakota a national leader in that effort? Then take up the cause that's sure not only to be smart policy, but also to put North Dakota in a flattering national spotlight: voter ID. No, not that voter ID, the one that has prompted judges to intervene from coast to coast, including in North Dakota. This voter ID: Bipartisan voter ID. Is such a thing even possible?
Wednesday was North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's last full day in office. Thursday, Doug Burgum started his term in Bismarck as Dalrymple's successor. And for North Dakotans, that transition is both exhilarating and unsettling. Because while Burgum has a terrific reputation as a business leader, he's an unknown quantity in a public-service leadership role. Dalrymple, in contrast, has been neither exhilarating nor unsettling. And we mean that as high praise. Because what Jack Dalrymple is, is steadying.