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FARGO—Yes, Rep. Kevin Cramer got some needed love at President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena. But he wasn't the star. That would be the president himself, of course. And U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp? She tooks hits from Trump, but the president didn't get personal and didn't brand her with a nickname, as he's done to other Democrats he opposes. But Trump's message was clear: North Dakota needs to send Cramer to the Senate because he will vote with the president all the time.
From defending a peeping Tom as "a very good man" to saying that all chain-link fences are created equal, whether they are holding children like caged dogs or simply enclosing a playground, it's been a rough past few weeks for Kevin Cramer.
It seems obvious the moral thing to do would be to reunite the migrant children with their parents at this country's southern border. Stop the cruelty as the first step and go from there. Using children as young as 18 months old as political leverage isn't the American way.
It was only the June primary, and turnout was abysmal, but North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson might be a little less sure of reelection after Tuesday. This will make Democrats happy. There are more than a few Republicans, Carlson's party, snickering, too. Disliking Al is often a bipartisan exercise.
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."