The Moorhead City Council’s reluctance to embrace its role as a full partner in the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project is shortsighted and parochial. It suggests the city’s leadership (or at least a portion of it) is content to look inward at a time when the F-M metro is expanding and solidifying its place as a significant regional urban center.
Roland Dille was among a very few who, as they say, owned the room. His outsized personality was matched by his intellectual depth. His public speaking skills were nourished by his credibility. His dedication to his university complemented his commitment to learning. When Roland Dille spoke, everyone within earshot was compelled to listen.
Americans have conflated the specific meanings of Memorial Day (today) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11) over the decades. Memorial Day honors men and women in uniform who died in service to the nation. Veterans Day honors living veterans who served their country.
When both houses of Congress passed the Water Resources Reform Development Act last week by lopsided margins, supporters of the Fargo-Moorhead diversion had reason to cheer. Unlike previous water bills, the 2014 version was not a classic pork-barrel exercise. The bill had been stripped of projects deemed unfeasible or permanently stalled, and the total price of the legislation was about half the cost of the last big water projects bill.
If the forecast is right, weather for the three-day Memorial Day weekend will be beautiful. Indeed, after a long, cool, wet spring thus far, the next few days are expected to be positively spectacular.
The potential for North Dakota tourism to be bigger than it has historically been has never been better. The state has the resources to better sell its attractions, and the national exposure from oil development in the west offers a unique opportunity to showcase far more than oil country.
The Moorhead City Council is moving in the right direction regarding first-time offenses for selling alcoholic beverages to minors. If the council approves a proposed change, the city will fall in line with similar laws in Fargo and West Fargo.
One of the best stories to come out of Moorhead’s downtown in some time is that the former Coach’s Sports Pub building on Center Avenue might be demolished to make room for a new, family-friendly entertainment complex.
North Dakota State University sports has been filled with amazing stories this season, from a third Bison football national championship to Bison basketball’s first win ever in the NCAA tournament. Good stuff, all. But the accomplishment during the past few days of the women’s softball team ranks up there as one of the most startling, most satisfying achievements of the sports year.
Another shoe dropped last week on a story that seems to have more feet than a centipede. The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads to send states estimates of how much oil moves through their borders in railroad tank cars.
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