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OUR OPINION: Carlson should make nickname change happen

August 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The House majority leader got UND into this fix. Now, he should show the way out.Pulling the goalie at the end of a hockey game usually doesn’t work, either. And in the end, that’s what the North Dakota law commanding UND to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname amounted to. It was a last-ditch effort against long odds to get the NCAA to change its mind. But it failed. Now, state leaders should turn toward repealing the law. And House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, should take the lead. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Welcoming the new era of UND-NDSU cooperation

June 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota is better off when its universities recognize and build on each others’ strengths.
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Wisconsin, take note: N.D. shows the way

February 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

True, he or she won’t find state senators gone missing or 30,000 protesters in the streets. But a sharp reporter from CNN or The New York Times still might want to visit Bismarck in the next few days. You see, something happened last week in the North Dakota Capitol that is in the context of what’s going on in Wisconsin truly remarkable. The event shines a light that not only illuminates the goings-on in Madison but also might just might show a way forward. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Library plan needs — but lacks — consensus

February 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

If the library has lost Tyrone Grandstrand, has it lost middle America?
That’s actually a serious question. And among some library supporters, including the Herald’s editorial board, the fear is that the answer may be yes. Continue Reading

Minnesota’s path to compromise is clearly evident

January 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

And so it begins, again. Here’s hoping it doesn’t end badly the way it did the first three or four times around. Continue Reading

Easing life’s final choices

January 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Elvin Flynn is a dying man, but no one here is about to deprive him of his chances to live. He lies in a hospital bed on the seventh floor of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a fungal infection threatening his central nervous system. Continue Reading