There was a time not so long ago when Republicans looked at a government bailout as socialism. There was a time not so long ago when Rep. Kevin Cramer viewed farm country’s skittishness over President Donald Trump’s trade war as “hysteria.” And by not so long ago we mean , like, Monday.
Maybe marijuana is the one thing that can bring this divided country together again, uniting the coasts with the heartland, the urban with the rural, the Democrats with the Republicans. If the good folks of North Dakota need to find something in common with the crazy liberals of California or the big-city swamp creatures of Washington, D.C. -- people and regions residents of the Flickertail State seem to view with contempt and distrust -- it might just turn out to be weed.
The message posted to Sen. John Hoeven’s Twitter account July 4 featured a gloriously patriotic photograph of the U.S. Capitol at night, fireworks exploding above, along with the text “Happy Independence Day.” The Republican senator from North Dakota also wrote a sentence about history, heritage and veterans.
All is quiet on the shores of beautiful Star Lake in Otter Tail County. There is no noise from slot machines, no flashing lights from signs, no hum of generators from RVs. The casino proposed to be built on the 4,700-acre lake east of Maplewood State Park, an idea generated by the White Earth Band of Chippewa, is apparently no closer to being built today than when it was first proposed nearly three years ago. But opponents are not resting.
There will be resistance from the usual corners of paragon and virtue, of course, when it comes to legalized sports betting in North Dakota and Minnesota. But it’s coming, and that’s about the safest wager a person could make. And sooner rather than later, according to a couple of local legislators.
There was no doubt the U.S. Senate race between Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer was going to get nasty. With Republicans holding a narrow 51-49 majority and Heitkamp the only Democrat holding a statewide office in deep-red North Dakota, the national GOP has targeted her as particularly vulnerable. But getting nasty six months before Election Day? Before all the snow has melted in North Dakota?
I’ve been working on a column about North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick as the Bison opened spring practice this week. It will run in Friday’s editions of The Forum. The gist is that Stick has worked his way into becoming an NFL prospect and enters 2018, by some accounts, as the top-ranked FCS prospect at quarterback.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Adam Goldwyn's political activism began shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016. Like, really shortly. The assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University woke up the morning after the election "heartbroken," Goldwyn said. "I love my country and I'm a great patriot, so I said, 'What can I do?'" Goldwyn said. "So I joined a group that wrote postcards to representatives. I decided that was insufficient, so I went down to the Democratic-NPL office in Fargo and said, 'What else can I do?'"
Oxbow Country Club and several individuals are punching back at a golfer who says his reputation and income have been badly damaged by allegations of drug use directed at him by members of the private course. Court papers filed on behalf of Oxbow in Cass County District Court paint West Fargo real estate agent Aaron Greterman to look more like Rodney Dangerfield’s character in the movie “Caddyshack,” the boorish Al Czervik, than an innocent golfer wronged.
A story out of Wisconsin is a bit chilling for radio talk-show hosts. And it has local ties because the station from which a host was fired is owned by the same company that owns Fargo-Moorhead news/talk station KFGO. Longtime conservative radio host Jerry Bader of WTAQ-AM in Green Bay was fired because, he says, he was too critical of President Donald Trump. Bader told news outlets in Wisconsin he had been fired by officials from Wausau-based Midwest Communications, for whom he’d worked for 18 years.