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Yes, indeed: The Research Enterprise and Commercialization (REAC) building may prove supremely useful to UND. It's quite possible that the facility "will help support UND's mission of economic development for North Dakota, will provide practical, real-world experience for professors, graduate students and undergraduates, and will provide many opportunities for future growth and development," as Larry Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System, and Robert Kelley, UND president, said in a statement Tuesday. But there's just one problem: The usefulness of the building isn'
There's the North Dakota of drill pads and diesel fumes, of boom towns and Big Rigs and burgeoning bank accounts. But that's not the only North Dakota. There's another North Dakota out there, too. It's the North Dakota that Teddy Roosevelt loved, that hunters and hikers roam and that North Dakotans as a whole take great pride in, as shown by their choosing a scene of buttes and bison for depiction on the commemorative U.S. quarter. Both North Dakotas, of course, are crucial to the future of the state.
It was music to Grand Forks residents' ears, and a tune that local taxpayers had been waiting a long time to hear: "The Alerus Center in Grand Forks has experienced a sharp spike in revenue growth the past two years, leading the center to upgrade facilities and consider expansion, according to officials there," Herald staff writer Charly Haley reported last week. Let's relax and enjoy just a few more bars from that song: "It's by far the highest retained earnings the Alerus Center has seen since it opened. ... The trend is upward ...
Minnesota's 2014 legislative session starts in a few weeks, and the debates are likely to be divisive. Lawmakers from both parties seem determined to focus on partisan issues -- and that's a shame. Because Minnesotans could be united around the issue of fixing the state's transportation infrastructure. This unification has happened before; just a few years ago, Minnesotans voted to raise their own taxes to start repairing the state's highway system. And if Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers made the issue a priority, the shared resolve could happen again.
The Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use is fighting the good fight. North Dakota routinely shows up on lists of states with binge-drinking problems, and Grand Forks surveys also identify binge drinking as a "priority area for improvement," as Bill Vasicek reports in his column nearby. Now, of course, the question facing the committee is this: What should Grand Forks do? Here's one way of looking at the answer: Any citywide response by Grand Forks is going to strike a balance between coercion and persuasion.
Having trouble understanding what the big deal is about "black boxes" in cars collecting crash data? Maybe this will help: It's not just crash data. It's not just black boxes. And it's also not information that's always kept confined in the cars. "On Monday, the Government Accountability Office released a report stating that some automakers were keeping private data collected from onboard navigation systems and mapping apps for varying lengths of time, and that car owners could not request that it be erased," The New York Times reported. "The report, which was requested by Sen.
• "LAKELAND, Fla., July 10 -- Authorities are investigating a widespread sex scandal involving nearly a dozen police officers in one Florida city after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with the men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer." • "PITTSBURGH, Oct.
In his State of the Union address in 1992, President George W. Bush condemned a federal grant that was bound for North Dakota to build "a Lawrence Welk museum." A Herald editorial responded this way: "Bush's words were meant to stir up antagonism against excessive and wasteful federal spending. It's a good target. "But the grant Bush referred to was neither excessive nor wasteful. ... What's more, the money wasn't intended for a museum honoring Lawrence Welk.
Conservative economist Milton Friedman called it "the least bad tax." Liberal professor John Kenneth Galbraith said the tax "can also play an important role in the redress of these problems," which include "declining housing affordability, growing economic inequality and environmental decay." For that matter, Adam Smith -- the founder of modern capitalism -- was a fan, as were Winston Churchill, John Stuart Mill and David Lloyd George. What is this tax that has had such a diverse and interesting lineup of supporters over the past 200 years? The answer is the land tax, a tax imposed on the
Once might just be an accident. Twice could be a coincidence. But now that trains carrying North Dakota crude oil have exploded in flames three times in less then six months, the catastrophes are becoming a pattern -- and it's time, probably past time, for officials and industry to act. Any actions risk slowing down some of the economic activity that the Bakken boom has brought to North Dakota. But failing to act has risks as well -- namely, the risk that the pattern of derailments and fireballs could continue.