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RALPH KINGSBURY: N.D. energy growth shows free market at work

May 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Keynesian economics made America the greatest power the world had ever seen. That was the conventional wisdom about 50 years ago. At that time, most students this writer included tended to accept the prevailing theories of every field of study. Keynes was right about anything dealing with economics; Freud was right about psychology, and so on. Continue Reading

RALPH KINGSBURY: Keep an eye on housing starts in Grand Forks

May 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Another month, another set of upbeat numbers. We could call the building permit report negative. The total dollar amount is only about 30 percent of the first four months of last year, and there is not one category that is better than last year. Continue Reading

RALPH KINGSBURY: Needles of worry in haystack of good news

April 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

This job should be easy. With an economy like the one we have in Grand Forks, the Red River Valley (including Minnesota) and all of North Dakota, it is as good as it gets. Of course, that’s the problem. I mean, what is there to say month after month? Power up Word and write, “Well, the economy continues to grow. There are no signs of trouble” again this month. Then what? I am supposed to write a column. How do I fill the rest of this space? Continue Reading

RALPH KINGSBURY: With Measure 2, N.D. faces landmark fork in the road

February 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s only a primary election. But it’ll be one of the most important elections in a long time in North Dakota.
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RALPH KINGSBURY: It’s not Mayberry anymore. But what to do?

January 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Now and then as my columns have appeared, readers have had comments and questions. Today’s column is an attempt to reply to some of the comments and to answer some of the questions. Continue Reading

RALPH KINGSBURY: It’s a new N.D., for better — and for better yet

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

He comes from a northwest North Dakota town. He is pretty smart and well-educated, with a background including UND and a professional degree from a national, highly ranked private university.
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RALPH KINGSBURY: Crystal is a business, not a welfare agency

December 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

About 20 years ago, co-ops were all the rage in the upper Midwest. Led by American Crystal Sugar and Dakota Growers in Carrington, N.D., farmer-owned and value-added businesses were going to make us all rich. Continue Reading

Time to look Grand Forks’s gift-horse in the mouth

December 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

We might as well start at the beginning. The unbelievable, unexplained, unwritten-about beginning. What is doing this? Why in Grand Forks, so far from the oil patch? What is making this happen? Continue Reading

RALPH KINGSBURY: Controlling the costs of college

November 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education is going to study the cost of fees assessed against students for enrolling in particular programs at North Dakota colleges and universities. Continue Reading

GF’s motel-tax collections go up, up, up

November 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Today, I fear this sense of community has disappeared from much of America. But one of the few places where it has continued is in rural areas, and that means North Dakota. Now, I fear the North Dakota Legislature is about to take on giant step toward destroying that community. It will save taxpayers a few pennies, maybe the cost of a Big Mac a year or so. Continue Reading