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"It's going to be painful, but Republicans can't just turn away from Trump. Republicans have to lead their people away from Trumpism and the morass of conspiracy-addled grievance and unvarnished racism it has become," Rob Port writes.
Ann Bailey explains why she's thankful for agriculture in professional and personal life.
Conversations about obesity and weight loss tend to make people feel judged and uncomfortable.
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"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Katie Pinke looks at the positive impact of 4-H on youth.
Sen. David Hogue and Rep. Mike Lefor, the newly elected majority leaders of North Dakota's Senate and House chambers, respectively, joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the upcoming legislative session.
Democrats have embraced early voting, to their benefit. Republicans, following Trump's lead, have not, and it's hurting them.
"Lacking substance, the “politics” argument, is all Trump has. Grievance. Victimhood. Misdirection. More Big Lies. More whining. That'll play to the gullible, but no serious politician celebrates this — no, not even Democrats. They, along with two-thirds of the GOP, are exhausted by Trump."
Small businesses still need our support now more than ever.
If we're lucky, Trump's sway over the GOP will fade away, allowing the party to return to its status as the far more dignified opponent of Democratic rule in the future.
Data from this month's midterm election vote show the delegates showing up for the North Dakota Republican Party's candidate selection process are significantly out of touch with what North Dakota voters want from those candidates.
Columnist Roxane B. Salonen writes, "
"It's pretty easy to forget that the rest of us can stay inside and not deal with these things only because there are people who willingly go outside every day and do the work. When you pull a package of hamburger or a steak from your freezer, remember the ones who raised the cattle and say a little prayer for their safety and well-being."
Columnist Jim Shaw shares information from Dr. Ana Tobiasz, a Bismarck doctor who specializes in treating high-risk pregnancies. "When they made these laws in North Dakota, they didn’t think about the consequences,” Tobiasz told Shaw. “I’m disgusted, confused and enraged.”

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