Donations do not – or at least should not – give donors the power to be kingmakers. Or, in this case, president-unmakers.
No, Ms. McGarry. You Don’t Get Control.
Kris Engelstad McGarry is at it again, holding a gun to the heads of North Dakota higher education leaders and, ipso facto, to the heads of North Dakota citizens.
This time the Engelstad family is threatening to quit giving money to the University of North Dakota until President Mark Kennedy is gone. McGarry refused to utter the word “fired,” but she didn’t need to.
McGarry: No Engelstad Money while Kennedy is at UND
Gun To Our Heads. Again.
It’s far from the first time for the late UND alumnus Ralph Engelstad and his heirs.
Continue reading “The Ol’ Engelstad Gun-to-Our-Heads Maneuver. Again.”
I understand you better, you understand me better, we understand each other better. From where I’m sitting, the world could use a little more of those kinds of outcomes right about now.
What’s Your Initialism?
Coulda told you that without taking the free online personality-type test.
Seriously, though, my personality type, as gauged by the NERIS Analytics Limited’s 16Personalities screening, is rare indeed. A measly 3-4 percent of the world’s population is like me.
Continue reading “Am I Your (personality) Type?”
The North Dakota State University Bison football team is going to Washington, D.C. What an honor. Now, if only…
If Only They Were Going to Be Greeted by a Fellow Champion
NDSU’s football team is going to Washington, D.C. Good for them. If any athlete or sports team deserves it, the Bison do. Fifteen national titles and seven of the last eight. Wow.
No matter who the president is, being invited to the White House is an honor.
Or so someone recently pointed out. Made my skin crawl at first. But I’ve come around.
Continue reading “Mr. Bison Goes to Washington”
It’s Official. IV Words is “#FakeNews.” As they say up here in the Great White North, Youbetchya. Since “fake news” is simply news the #RedHatters don’t like or agree with, I agree. And welcome the label.
The IV Words blog has arrived. Sort of.
It’s Official. IV Words is “#FakeNews.”
Yep, official. As they say up here in the Great White North, Youbetchya. At least it is according to several fine #MAGAts who read “There’s No Art in Trump’s Fake Deals” post on Facebook and proceeded to deride and condemn the blog and its blogger.
Continue reading ““Fake News””
The new generation of progressives is here. Democratic Party, it’s time to listen and act on their priorities, and in the aggressive manner they demand.
“Their Judgement Cometh and That Right Soon”
I’ve been listening to Democrats bemoan disengagement by the younger generation for decades now. “Young people don’t vote,” they’ve whined, and, “young people don’t get involved.”
For a long time, they’ve been right.
Guess what. The young people have arrived. They’re voting. They’re getting involved. And they’re making their voices heard among Democrats and Republicans both.
But many establishment Democrats aren’t too happy about it.
Continue reading “Establishment Democrats – You Can’t Have It Both Ways”
Being a “progressive” in North Dakota is the greatest. Just check out all these kick-ass reasons to become one….
Being a “progressive” in North Dakota can be tough. No doubt about it.
This state is so deep red that even the sky is crimson a good part of the time. Especially around suppertime. What’s up with that? To be fair, it’s blue once in a while, too, but always a very light hue.
Even so, there are some things about being a “progressive” in North Dakota that are worth considering. Here are the top 10:
10. Enter a crowded room and you’ll always know exactly where you stand. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long to get used to being alone in the corner…
9. Few people around here really understand “progressive” – they’ve never seen one in real life – so you’ll be surrounded by an aura of mystery. The only downside is no one appreciates the sarcastic messages on your political T-shirts.
Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Become a North Dakota Progressive”
New Year’s resolutions. Some will be kept throughout the year, many for a few weeks, most for just a day or two. Maybe we should go with every-day resolutions, instead. Every day.
It’s the Little Things that Make the Big Differences
There will be a woman sweating profusely, lifting dumbbells to shoulder height for a few more reps. A man ordering salads rather than French Fries at lunch. And a business owner following up with clients more often. They’ll all be chasing their New Year’s resolutions.
They’re the big things we promise to do for ourselves and others at the beginning of each trip around the sun.
- Lose 50 pounds.
- Go to the gym. Every. Single. Day.
- Volunteer for 100 hours.
Some people will keep their resolutions throughout the year, many for a few weeks, most for just a day or two. That’s all OK.
But sometimes it’s the every-day resolutions that make the greatest, longest-lasting differences.
Continue reading “Six Every-Day Resolutions for Every Day”
UND hockey has a rich tradition of excellence; nine national championships speak loudly to it. Maybe it’s time to support that excellence by vocalizing support for the team that’s on the ice, in the classroom and at the alumni center.
But There’s Sadness at Engelstad Arena
I’ve always been a fan of University of North Dakota (UND) hockey. My father was in school there when I was born, and my folks used to take me to games all the time. Through the years, I’ve been happy when the teams have had success.
There’s been lots of it. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), “North Dakota is one of two teams with eight national championships. The Fighting Hawks have won a national championship in all but two decades since its birth.”
But if you’re familiar with UND hockey, you understand how those two sentences describe a sadness that’s hard to miss in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
NCAA. Fighting Hawks.
Continue reading “UND’s Hockey Team is on the Ice”
There’s been some activity with the issue of Fargo Public Schools dress code enforcement.
If you have, or if your daughter, sister or friend has ever been “coded,” or if you have concerns about the FPS dress code and/or how it is enforced, please contact Kim Hyatt, a reporter from The Forum, Fargo, at 701- 241-5511.
Ms. Hyatt posted the following to the #IAmNotaDistractionFargo Facebook page today.
Continue reading “#IAmNotaDistractionFargo – Dress Code Enforcement Update”
Sen.-Elect Kevin Cramer should pay the bills for President Trump’s two campaign visits to Fargo. In North Dakota, we pay our own way. It’s the way it is. And it’s the right thing to do.
Pay Your Campaign Bills, Senator-Elect. It’s the Right Thing to Do.
One of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s last acts of her term once again reveals a person of character and class.
The headline in the Nov. 15, 2018 edition of The Forum, Fargo, N.D., says it all: “Heitkamp campaign picking up all costs for Biden visit.” She’s paying all the bills for hosting former Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Fargo to campaign on her behalf.
And why wouldn’t she? Doesn’t sound like that big a deal, really. Right?
Continue reading “Cramer Still Stickin’ It to Fargo, Cass County Citizens”