Grand Forks Herald
We're all human. We all make mistakes. And to her great credit, while Kirsten Diederich made her share of mistakes, she did so while taking on the low-pay but high-stress and hugely important job of chairing the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. In other words, she was "in the arena." She was doing her part and serving her state; and for that, North Dakotans owe her their sincere thanks. But just as Target Corp.
You're a college student accused of sexual assault, and your disciplinary hearing at a North Dakota University System campus is under way. If you say nothing, that can be used against you. But if you speak up, that can be used against you, too — especially later. For if criminal charges result from the accusation, then everything you say at the hearing will be admissible in court. What to do? Start here: Get a lawyer.
University of North Dakota’s new head of diversity is urging students, staff and others to be mindful of cultural insensitivities during hockey season and while the university continues the difficult...
Here's a prediction: The North Dakota Department of Health's proposed rules on oilfield waste will go into effect with few changes. If that happens, then the result will be both a credit to the department's rulemakers and a road map for enacting environmentally sensitive regulations. Other state agencies — notably, the North Dakota Industrial Commission — should take note. As the health department enters a comment period on its proposals regarding TENORM (technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials), its efforts so far stand out for this reason: The depart
“A new Gallup survey of nationwide well-being ranks North Dakota at the top,” Time magazine reported back in February. And the top of the rankings offers a pretty good vantage...
Before Minnesota Nice and North Dakota Nice, there was (and still is) Norway Nice. But don't underestimate the Norwegians.
Forget TENORM. Think trade-offs. For as soon as you do that, the whole question of contaminated oilfield waste — aka TENORM, or "technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material" — gets a lot easier to answer. As do the questions about so much else. The notion of "trade-offs" ranks among the most important concepts of economics — important because it explains so much of human society. Take North Dakota and its used oil-filter socks and other TENORM, waste that is contaminated by varying degrees of radioactivity from underground. Again: Think trade-off.
Grand Forks Herald You're the governor of North Dakota. In October, you proposed $80 million in new spending on parks and recreation, in part to head off a ballot measure that was predicted to hike conservation spending by as much as $300 million every two years. Then in November, voters rejected that ballot measure by a 4-1 margin. And the crushing result didn't just let the air out of the conservation balloon. It popped the balloon, then threw the shredded rubber remains onto a Ducks Unlimited wetland just for spite. Now, it's December.
Grand Forks Herald In instructing the governor on how to use judgment in choosing members of the Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota Constitution has only one thing to say. It is this: "The governor shall ensure that the board membership is maintained in a balanced and representative manner." Clearly, the framers wanted the board members to represent a range of interests.
The Legacy Fund's creators put the proposal on the right track. That's why the fund exists in North Dakota today. Clearly, the Legacy Fund Initiative's backers have learned those lessons, too. The backers put together an impressive coalition, which in turn crafted an impressive proposal. The proposal is sure to get a good hearing by the governor and Legislature.