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.
PolitiFact is a project run by the Tampa Bay Times in which journalists from that newspaper and affiliated media fact-check claims and statements made by politicians. It is generally viewed as independent, although it has its detractors on both the left and right. The right, of course, is more critical because PolitiFact often finds the claims of right-wing media to be misleading or false. What else is new?
FARGO, N.D.—Dallas Goedert's grandfather sent me a wonderful letter (handwritten) and a packet of information the other day. Gordon Phillips lives in Forman, N.D., and wanted to provide me an update on his daughter's son, the South Dakota State University tight end who likely will be a high National Football League draft choice come April. Forman is about 95 miles from Fargo, located in Sargent County in the southeast portion of North Dakota. It is not far from Havana, N.D., where much of the Goedert/Phillips clan is from.
The Minnesota Vikings, favored to win the NFC and qualify for the Super Bowl, open the playoffs Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way.
North Dakota State’s 17-13 victory over James Madison in the Football Championship Subdivision game Saturday, Jan. 6 drew an average of 1.515 million viewers between 11 a.m. and 2:18 p.m. Central, when the game ended on ESPN2. That’s the highest television ratings a Bison national championship game has drawn in their six appearances in Frisco, Texas.