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 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 21, 2021 

College enrollments continue declining

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment in higher education institutions continues to decline, dropping 5% this spring. The 5% represents 725,000 fewer students. According to the...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 21, 2021 

My dad taught me how

Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death, or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities? Rob Kenney offers...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    June 21, 2021 

Trump's claimed reinstatement: A Constitutional myth

Former President Donald Trump has been telling people that he expects to be “reinstated” as president, in August. The premise behind this theory, embraced by his MAGA supporters, is that President Joe Biden’s election victory will be...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 14, 2021

Need a broader view for legacy fund

While other armchair quarterbacks are surveying the work of the 2021 legislative session, the three most significant acts include $700 million in bonding for infrastructure, $70 million for “career...

 
 By Jase Graves    Opinion    June 14, 2021

Teach a man to fish, or not

You may have heard the proverb, "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you'll feed him for a lifetime of crushing debt after he buys the boat, trailer, tackle,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 14, 2021

The dying art of conversation

Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication? According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between bein...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Opinion    June 7, 2021

Waking up to the truth about the Wuhan Biolab

Facebook decided this week it’s no longer “misinformation” to wonder whether COVID-19 was manmade by Chinese scientists in a biolab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. But it’s not just...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    June 7, 2021

Saving our elders from the dirty rotten scammers

I just got another scam phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, and my blood is boiling. When I answered my phone — from the 480 area code in Arizona, far...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    June 7, 2021

What was your favorite summer job?

With the school year ending and the economy slowly reopening, let’s reminisce about the illustrious history of summer jobs. I’m sure many of you worked your way through high school and college by...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 31, 2021

Newspapers foster the sense of community

Because newspapers have been at the forefront of community building, we cannot talk about the precarious condition of the published word without considering this primary function of nurturing the...

 
 By Kevin Cramer    Opinion    May 31, 2021

Letter: Senator Cramer calls for Congressional review of proposals to improve the meatpacking industry

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) on Monday urging them to convene a committee...

 

N.D. Treasurer Thomas Beadle joins coalition to oppose Biden Administration attacks on the fossil fuel industry

North Dakota State Treasurer Thomas Beadle announced Wednesday he has joined a coalition of 15 State Treasurers to speak out against apparent attempts by President Joe Biden's administration to...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    May 24, 2021

Fighting off cyberscammers

Everyone is at risk of being scammed now. The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a wakeup call for everyone in America. Ransomware is malicious software that cyberscammers use to...

 

Legislation is crucial to the future of local journalism in North Dakota

Here is how I often do it: I’m scrolling on Facebook, and I see a tidbit of news. Sometimes it’s a link to a trusted news site, sometimes it’s not a trusted news site. Sometimes it’s a meme, or a photo of something that looks like a...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    May 24, 2021

There's value in work, like it or not

The disappointing April jobs report should surprise absolutely no one, given that we now have a government more interested in providing incentives for people not to work, rather than paving the way to gainful employment. What this approach fails to...

 

Building bridges for kids to value wildlife

Children love learning, and it's undeniable that great ideas and principles shared at a young age can impact the path of a child for a lifetime. A coloring book I had as a child about America's...

 
 By Rich Manieri    Opinion    May 10, 2021

Your call is not really important to us

I've been hacked. Officially. Someone pretending to be me - go figure - has applied for unemployment benefits in my name. By the way, if you, whoever you are, really want to serve as my stuntman,...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    May 10, 2021

Celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, skilled care centers and their staff have shown an incredible and steadfast commitment to caring for and ensuring the safety of their residents. We, at the New... Full story

 
 By Oakley Brazil    Opinion    May 3, 2021

What It Took: Writing a Series

Over the years of writing I have learned a lot, but learning is never ending. When I started this “What it Takes” series, I was just eight years old. In the past two and a half years, I have...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 3, 2021

Investment decisions not for the legislature

At the behest of Jamestown area legislators, a grand plan for a $60 million amusement park has been proposed to the legislature with a direct appropriation of $5 million and a $60 million loan from...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    April 26, 2021

Can we possibly laugh about seasonal allergies?

Tree huggers, are you contemplating a Zoom meeting with Mr. Elm instead? Yes, this is dedicated to the millions of you who share my susceptibility to seasonal allergies. (Seasonal allergies? Yes,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 26, 2021

The high price of a modest roof

The cost of construction materials has gone through the roof – if you can still afford a roof, which isn’t very affordable right now. All I wanted to do was build a modest roof over my modest...

 
 By Carl Golden    Opinion    April 26, 2021

Biden's Supreme Court Commission is about one thing

Disregard the policy, the law school lecture language, the obfuscation, and don’t be misled by the bureaucratic psychobabble. President Joe Biden’s executive order, the creation of a commission to study the U.S. Supreme Court is about one thing...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    April 19, 2021

Baseball strikes out on politics

You can’t escape politics anywhere now – not even in America’s once great pastime, baseball. A “pastime,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “something that amuses and serves...

 

The American Jobs Plan will make our infrastructure crisis worsen

I read the Fact Sheet for the American Jobs Plan recently released by the White House and found it difficult not to feel depressed by the approach. As advertised, it is bold, but when it comes to...

 

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