Fargo’s State of the ‘Cities’ is An Idea Worth Stealing

Tomorrow, Mayor Tom Ross will deliver the State of the City address. In its sixth year, Minot’s State of the City is a relatively new event, but the tradition is a good one. An annual check-in is important. Maybe more important than we realize.  Of course, Minot didn’t invent the idea. We copied it from

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Q & A With ND Game & Fish Director Jeb Williams

 As Jeb Williams, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director, works into his second calendar year leading the agency, he takes a look in the rearview mirror and also offers insight on challenges and important topics for North Dakota’s outdoors.  How important was the spring precipitation of 2022?  Jeb: So, it was really positive for our local lakes and wildlife habitat conditions around the state. We’d been in tough

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Is An Accounting Coming?

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but being curious by nature, have several questions. My friends in the Republican party are against waste, fraud and abuse in government. They have been in total control of state government in Bismarck since 1994. It would be very educational to have an itemized list of the

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Let’s Call It Taxpayer Subsidized Parking

City Council meets tonight. The agenda includes more than a few items you should know about; read it here. Perhaps most interesting, two items related to our infamous downtown parking garages will be considered. First, where should the City employees park when City Hall moves downtown later this year? That is a timely question. More

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Want to give property owners some relief? Give the firefighters back their full funding

There’s lots of talk about how the state can help reduce local property taxes, but they’re usually just shell games that involve taking money from one place and giving it in another. Rob Port argues that’s a great place to start, only in this instance, we should start by talking money originally meant to support

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Hunter Education Is Key to Enduring Hunting Heritage, Become An Instructor Today!

If you’ve ever wondered why a hunter education class isn’t offered in your town or why the dates and times weren’t to your preference, the answer and fix are straightforward. First, all hunter education classes in North Dakota are taught by volunteer instructors. These volunteers likely spend their time during the spring and summer fishing,

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Why do Wyoming legislators import other states’ worst laws?

From gender and LBGTQ+ issues to banning library books, one long-time Wyoming reporter and columnist is wondering why his state legislators insist on importing bad ideas from other places. It’s a question especially relevant as state legislatures around the country seem to be tackling all the same culture issues at the same moment. Read the

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Their Personal Lives Were None of My Business and Other Legislative Musings From a Long-time Democrat

It is very gracious of the Minot Voice to give me a voice. Like the Federalists and the Whigs of early American history, the North Dakota Democratic party may be on the road to being a mere memory. Why and how that has happened, I will leave to historians. There is plenty of blame to

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Indigenous knowledge is key to sustainable food systems

Have you noticed the price of food increasing? Have you noticed shelves empty? They’re two questions that invite a third: have you noticed how vulnerable we are to the industrialized and corporate shareholder driven food systems? They’re three questions that invite a fourth: are there other methods or ways to hedge against our dependence current

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North Dakota Local Elections Are No Place For Local Control

When it comes to electing City officials, Fargo has broken ranks with the rest of us. They no longer select the one candidate they want elected, they select all the candidates they approve of getting elected. Whoever gets the most approvals gets elected. It’s an adaptation Fargo turned to given the high number of candidates

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Manitoba’s Prairie Garden book series is a must-have

If you haven’t noticed, North Dakota is basically one big garden. In that light, it makes sense to bring you a lot of ‘gardening’ content. And the Grand Forks Herald and Don Kinzler have a little more for you this morning. It’s a book review in an annual series you need to put in your

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Republicans Have Lost Their Way

What do Republican’s stand for these days? That’s the question Rob Port is asking, while at the same time nostalgically remembering the old days when individualism and freedom were respected values in the party. And if you need evidence of his argument, he’ll point you straight to the legislation. Get the full commentary from Rob

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Gabbing with the greenery

Do you talk to your plants? I read an interesting article last year on this topic and filed it away for later use. It turns out the dark foggy days of January are the perfect time to explore the benefits of plants in our lives. In 2022, Trees.com surveyed 1,250 people to see how chatty

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North Dakota leaders to remind Minnesota not to regular inter-state commerce

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is made up of Governor Burgum, Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring, and Attorney General Drew Wrigley. They met on Wednesday, and among the items they considered was proposed Minnesota legislation requiring electricity consumed in Minnesota to come from non-carbon bearing production methods. The Industrial Commission acted to draft a letter reminding Minnesota

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The Game Outdoor Enthusiasts Should Be Watching in January are the Legislators

Late January is sometimes considered a time when not much is going on in North Dakota’s outdoors. But this year with new boat registrations coming in and the state legislature in session, it’s a busy time at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Here’s a recap of a few news items from recent weeks

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Brandon Manitoba Prioritizes Global citizenship, It’s Making a Difference

For almost three decades, our prairie neighbors to the North in Brandon have been making a point to think globally and act locally. It’s more than a call to action, it’s a call to decency. And one citizen is selected annually and recognized. It’s a small award for a big idea, you can learn more

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