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Lisa Drafall answered a cell phone call from an unknown 701 area code number after the second ring, for which she deserves a measure of credit. But the general manager of the Redwood Falls (Minn.) Gazette sounded weary in a brief conversation, perhaps owing to the attention her twice-weekly newspaper was receiving from every corner of the world. "On what topic?" she asked when the caller from Fargo wanted to ask a few questions. The Obit, of course, the caller said. "No, I'm not going to make any comments. I'm not going to say anything about that," she said.
Tony Gehrig was elected to the Fargo City Commission in April 2015. It took him until May 2018, one day before absentee voting began and a little more than a month before election day, to introduce a plan to eliminate special assessments in the city.
There will be two things remaining on this Earth when it is obliterated by nuclear war or the Kardashians: cockroaches and Hamid Shirvani. Don't read anything into the juxtaposition of those two words. It's strictly coincidental, maybe. But you need to know that North Dakota's worst-ever higher education leader is popping up in the news again, even though he leaves behind a trail of destruction and golden parachutes everywhere he goes.
If Al Jaeger had a wisp of vengefulness—or pride—in his 74-year-old bones, he'd tell North Dakota's Republican Party to take a long hike down a short trail. The party deemed Jaeger too old and too archaic to be secretary of state any longer and it traded him in for a younger, more tech-savvy, more God-fearing model. Then the new guy got caught with his hand in the ... well, somewhere ... and now the GOP needs Ol' Al again.
Yes, valuable readers of The Forum and other Forum Communications Co. properties, we hear you. Rob Port, the company's conservative blogger/columnist, writes about Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp a lot. And he trashes her a lot. A ... freaking ... lot. Not every day, but it sure seems like it. Same goes for listeners of 970 WDAY radio, the Forum Communications radio station on which Port has a two-hour weekday show. We hear you. He talks about Heitkamp a lot. A ... freaking ... lot. Almost every day.
Maya Rao went where North Dakota media often dared not go during the peak of the oil boom in the western part of the state. She talked to, in her words, "pioneers, outcasts, losers, tramps, dreamers, do-gooders, failures, drifters, deadbeats, felons, freaks, dodgers, bootleggers, scum, miscreants, missionaries, stumblebums, sneaks, bastards, loan sharks, hustlers, millionaires."
It's not often the U.S. attorney general flies to North Dakota specifically to hold a press conference to praise the work of the state's U.S. attorney and the good work his office did in busting bad guys. Any time this happens, it should be noted and underlined with a red Sharpie pen. So consider this column as an official noting and underlining of Jeff Sessions' stop in Fargo last week. Also consider it a question from the peanut gallery: If the current U.S. attorney is doing such a great job for the people of North Dakota, why replace him?
The Great Minnesota Muskie War is getting ugly. It includes threats, intrigue and vindictive backroom politics that would make Tammany Hall politicians blush. And it's all over a fish that, according to scientific studies, has no negative effects in the lakes in which it swims.
MOORHEAD — It is time for Moorhead to think big, perhaps bigger than it's dared think before. Does that mean anything fruitful will come of trying to fill the black hole left behind by the Herberger's store in the Moorhead Center Mall going out of business? Certainly not, but for some reason the death of Herberger's seems like a critical moment and one that can't pass without a major reaction.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The family of a 6-year-old boy slain in Fergus Falls says it knows of multiple people who called social services in Otter Tail County to warn of possible abuse by the child's accused killers, but says nothing was done. The child's mother also says she called social services two times in the days leading up to his death.