The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Weather folklore includes the wildly unscientific notion that fog will be followed in about 90 days by storms. By that reckoning, fog in early April means nasty thunderstorms in late June or early July; and fog in early October is a warning to prepare for a blizzard in late December. And what’s the deal if a fog slides off the Red River in eastern Cass County, but no fog occurs in western Cass? Will that storm 90 days hence affect only that part of the county that was fogbound?
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy on the court and, as the U.S. Constitution mandates, the president must nominate a replacement. Despite the political...
Minnesota routinely has been classified by its neighbors — North Dakota and South Dakota — as a high-tax state that is business unfriendly.
If the best Mike McFadden can do in his drive to become U.S. senator from Minnesota is to stumble and bumble his way to Nov. 4, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will glide to re-election. The Republican businessman’s campaign is off to an unimpressive start. First, he said he’d be OK using Chinese steel to build a pipeline, a position that likely did not go over well in taconite country in northeast Minnesota, where the hardworking folks up there make steel. Second, he said he’d be OK with an increase in the gasoline tax, a gaffe he retreated from quickly.
Gov. Mark Dayton hasn’t done his homework. Minnesota’s chief executive, who ought to know better, has come to conclusions about the Fargo-Moorhead diversion that are not based on facts. His letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting that work be halted is a disturbing indication that he has accepted, without serious appraisal, the self-serving claims of diversion opponents. Dayton wants work halted until his Department of Natural Resources, which has an obvious and uninformed bias against the North Dakota project, completes an environmental assessment.
Kids Count, the nation’s gold standard for rating the quality of the lives of children, finds conditions pretty good for kids in Minnesota and North Dakota. The annual assessment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation rates Minnesota fifth overall and North Dakota sixth. The North Dakota ranking is better than in the past; Minnesota consistently has been in the top five. The foundation uses several criteria in its rankings, including economic well-being, education, health and family/community. Among those categories, North Dakota’s only first-place rank was economic well-being.
Legislation to temporarily suspend wolf hunting, trapping and snaring in Minnesota is a rational response to legitimate concerns about the management of the state’s wolf population. It’s an emotional issue that is more multifaceted than the oft-drawn line between preservationists and hunters. The debate should focus on data, not emotion. Proposed legislation, which has cleared one committee of the Legislature, does not close the door to a wolf hunt (recreational hunting is permitted now) but rather calls for more and better information about the status of the animals.