Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board
So much is happening in the world of unmanned aerial systems, and so much of it is happening beneath the national — and even local — radar. For instance, do readers realize how greatly the drone industry has affected the wind-energy industry? Unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to carefully inspect wind turbine blades for nicks, scrapes and other inconsistencies that reduce productivity or outright threaten the entire tower. What once took hours is now taking only minutes per tower.
We are not proponents of changing place names to better fit political correctness. President Obama was wrong, in our opinion, to change the name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali in 2015. Meanwhile, we have urged a national cleansing of Confederaterelated statues and flags throughout America, because those relics honor former rebels who took up arms against the United States and fought to preserve slavery, our nation’s greatest sin.
A new study from the University of Utah concludes that technology in cars is causing more – and not reducing – distracted driving.
Let's assume North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott did not fire Vice Chancellor Lisa Feldner just to insert a fellow Navy veteran in her position. In the court of public opinion, that is one of the charges leveled against Hagerott, who last month removed Feldner from office "without cause," as is allowed by North Dakota law.
Cooperation in politics can achieve so much. A good example happened last week in northwest Minnesota, and it's hard not to be caught up in the swirl of bipartisan leadership that created it. The event was the groundbreaking for an expansion at Digi-Key, the electronics component warehouse in Thief River Falls. Over the course of the past few months, the Herald has touted this expansion as great for that city, as well as the entire region.
Fly from Grand Forks to Minneapolis and notice the color of the hundreds of lakes en route. Many are blue and clear. Others are bright green, tainted by slimy surface layers of algae. The former, of course, is preferred, but the latter is becoming more common. Across the United States, algae woes are plaguing formerly clear lakes, many of which are heavily used for recreation and as a source for municipal drinking water. Among the latest is Lake Minnewaska, near Glenwood, Minn.
An interim state government committee is considering whether to push local elections to November, pairing them with larger statewide and national elections. The idea is that doing so will increase voter turnout for local elections and, in effect, boost interest and voter participation. The group met this week in Bismarck after a legislative resolution requested the study.
Football's reputation is taking a beating, especially after results of a new study were released late last month. The media is focused on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, abbreviated to CTE. A study showed that upon review of a set of brains of former players, an alarming number of them showed signs of CTE, which can result in mental issues, ranging from general forgetfulness to explosive anger and suicidal tendencies.
The Global Entrepreneur Training project started with the best intentions. With luck, it could have been something to behold and an example for other diverse cities to follow. Instead, it was beset by failures that fell, as our reporting staff noted, “like dominoes against its success.” A long report that on Sunday’s Page A1 tells the tale of GET, from its optimistic start through a tailspin that ended in its unflattering demise.
Consider the success of the boys’ athletics teams in Thompson, N.D. The football team won the state title in November. The basketball team came within a basket of going to the state tournament. The Tommies lost in overtime in the region tournament. The high school baseball team finished second at the state spring tournament, losing 8-4 in the championship to Park River-Fordville-Lankin.