Is It Insanity That Drives Congressional Approval Ratings?

The present approval rating of Congress, especially the House of Representatives, has a well-deserved abysmal approval rating with the American public. For those who think this may be a modern phenomenon, let’s take a trip back in time to the 1840s. At that time, classic American poet, Walt Whitman, was a journalist in New York

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Minot State Hockey Faces Off Against Denver and Colorado College (Preview)

It’s a big weekend for Minot State hockey and the entire athletics program. The men’s hockey team has three ACHA national championships under its belt, and a reputation of success and high standards. But an argument could be made that the biggest games in program history are the exhibition games coming up this weekend in

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City Council Agenda, December 18, 2023

Minot’s City Council will meet tonight at 5:30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The following agenda will be considered. Minot City Council meetings are live-streamed through the City’s Youtube Channel found here. The meeting will consider the agenda attached below. Notable items include consideration of a suspension of a liquor license for The Spot,

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Begrudgingly, I’m Recycling

Nuance Alert: If you see the world in clear cases of right and wrong, black and white, us and them, you’re going to be confused by what you read next. I color myself fully for the environment. Climate change is real, human impacts are pushing the global environment out of balance, and we should absolutely

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Weighing In for the Battle for Local Control

In 2024, North Dakota voters will probably vote whether or not to eliminate real estate property taxes. It looks like it will be a proxy war between the obvious factions within the North Dakota Republican party. Republicans in recent history have comprised roughly 75% of North Dakota voters. Is the Republican party still the party

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Burgum’s ND Values on the National Political Stage is Good For All Of Us

I lived in the South. I learned an important lesson there. Before doing something stupid that may end up either horrific or just entertaining, you have to say, “y’all hold my beer and watch this.” Consider it said. Let’s get to it. I’m grabbing the third rail. National politics. On the Internet. And for the

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10 things to know about how social media affects teens’ brains

Kids today are among the first generation of humans to grow up with social media as a dominant factor in their lives. After hundreds of thousands of years of evolving and adapting to the natural world, we’re now dealing with the challenges of evolving and adapting to a much faster-moving technological world. It’s a great

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House Passes Raw Milk Bill

The ND House delivered a win to food freedom advocates Monday. House Bill 1515 allows dairy farms to sell raw, unpasteurized milk straight off the farm, but restrict dairies from selling raw product to grocery stores or wholesalers. The bill passed by an 83-10 vote. The Grand Forks Herald has the full story.

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Minot City Council Agenda, February 21, 2023

Minot’s City Council will meet Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The following agenda will be considered. Minot City Council meetings are live-streamed through the City’s Youtube Channel found here. The meeting will consider the agenda attached below. Notable items include an adjustment to a previous MAGIC Fund investment,

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Legislative Round Up, February 19, 2023

North Dakota’s legislature meets once every two years, and our state Constitution requires they complete their business in 80 days or less. It means when they’re in session, they’re working and making news. Here’s a round-up of the latest from the legislature. But before we get to the news, we’ve built a new tool that

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Downtown & MDN Editors Lukewarm on ‘Free’ Parking Plan

Last week, City Council voted to make parking in the Renaissance Parking free starting April 1. It was the solution to making sure City staff had parking when City Hall moved downtown later this spring. Following that decision, Minot Daily News reporter Jill Schramm reached out to downtown business owners to get their thoughts on

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North Dakota lawmakers toss bills to boost campaign finance transparency; two others still in the process

Do you want to know who’s funneling money into what North Dakota issues and campaigns? The North Dakota legislature has a long tradition of saying you don’t need that information, but money targeting Republicans in the last election cycle has made for some unlikely political allies. The vote tally is getting closer, but two bills

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Legislators Choose Themselves Over Librarians as Library Curators

How should oversee the collections in our local library? The ND House has spoken; they should. House Bill 1205 spells out new terms for what can and cannot exist in North Dakota libraries. The bill defines ‘explicit sexual material’ and says no to it. It passed by a vote of 65-28 and will no head

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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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Ward County Commission Agenda, February 7, 2023

The Ward County Commission will meet Tuesday, February 7th at 9:00 am for the first of their regular monthly meetings. The meeting will take place at the Ward County Administration Building on 3rd Street in downtown Minot. The Commission will consider the following agenda. The complete Commissioner meeting packet can be viewed here.

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Montana Bill would force Montana cities to allow smaller home lots

Affordable housing is a challenge across the country. In Minot, we’ve spent many tens of millions of dollars over the past ten years attempting to move the needle. But maybe we should be looking at solutions beyond direct subsidies? In Montana, our neighbors to the west are taking a novel approach — forcing the law

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