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Maybe those of us who don't believe thoughts and prayers can stop bullets are aiming too high, pardon the pun, in our apparent fantasy that one day US citizens will demand their jellyfish elected officials—right and left, but mostly right—do something about the carnage. Mass shootings like the one in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have become so common we barely flinch anymore, and the number of dead and wounded is measured not so much in bodies and destroyed families as it is on a relative scale of horror.
Pelican Rapids, Minn. How many food businesses have been started by the constant urging of friends and family using the words, "You should really sell these"? Too many, maybe. The path of entrepreneurship is likely littered with hundreds (thousands?) of delicious ideas that couldn't be mass marketed.
Congratulations to Govs. Doug Burgum of North Dakota and Mark Dayton of Minnesota for inventing a time machine that turns back the clock seven years. It is called the F-M Diversion Task Force, a 16-person committee that spent one of its precious few meetings airing past grievances and asking questions that were answered years ago.
Fargo Desmond Cain didn't know Scott Miller. The wide receiver on the North Dakota State football team didn't arrive in Fargo until after the longtime broadcaster's death. But Cain sure knows Miller's signature radio call. "My oh my," Cain said. That's a testament to the enduring impression Miller's impeccable voice has on Bison athletes and fans of NDSU. The play-by-play man died after a long battle with cancer in February 2016, but his voice lives on the highlight videos and radio montages scattered on the Internet.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Is Bo Pelini a savior of troubled young men or a coach willing to give a convicted rapist an undeserved second chance? That's what it comes down to in the case of Ma'lik Richmond, a sophomore defensive end on Pelini's Youngstown State football team, which hosts North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 14. Pelini, not surprisingly, sees himself and his football program as a haven that will instill discipline into those who need it. Others on the Youngstown State campus aren't so sure.
FARGO — It's all of the sudden become hush-hush, this Fargo-Moorhead diversion thing. The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, said last week the task force that will try to find a path forward on permanent protection against catastrophic flooding will meet in private, without the media present. And this week, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, members of the Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had a Forum reporter escorted out of a meeting. Other media were banned, too.
Charles Sisney killed his girlfriend in Sioux Falls in 1997, shooting her twice in the head before hiding her body by stuffing it in a plastic container and putting it in a storage shed. He's spending the rest of his life, without possibility of parole, in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Shaquille O'Neal didn't answer a question about Donald Trump's tepid response to white supremacists at Charlottesville, nor did he comment on the president's call for NFL owners to fire players for protesting during the national anthem. Shaq wouldn't offer his own opinion on whether athletes should be fired for protesting. The closest thing to a spicy answer the former NBA superstar gave to 15 questions sent to his representatives via e-mail was his belief that professional athletes should be able to take political stances.
Well, this is a sticky wicket. A North Dakota woman being investigated for an adoption scam involving Native American children is the same North Dakota woman who was heralded as a whistleblower for exposing problems with child protection and welfare services on the Spirit Lake Reservation. It's the same North Dakota woman who was invited to Washington, D.C., by Rep. Kevin Cramer to testify before Congress on Native American child welfare issues, after which she harshly criticized then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for visiting the Standing Rock Reservation.
The only word the president and many of his supporters are leaving out is "uppity." As in "uppity NFL players." Uppity Colin Kaepernick. Uppity black athletes. Uppity SOBs. Uppity n-words. Isn't that what this fuss over standing or not standing for the national anthem is really all about? The President of the United States is trying to win a political culture war, pitting the bumper-sticker patriots against those who believe there is more nuance to the complicated topic of police bias against people of color.