Building Main Street, not Wall Street

It takes an Army The award-winning and renowned author Malcolm Gladwell once said, “Transformation isn’t about improving, it is about rethinking.” I might also contribute to this quote by adding that true community or business transformation is rarely brought about by evolution but more often by revolution. I often hear the question, what does it take to rethink and spawn […]

State should share surplus money


North Dakota could learn a thing or two from Minnesota. The gopher state has long been a bastion of liberalism and a democratic stronghold, but just when you thought there was nothing good politically that could come from Minnesota, you hear they are giving a portion of the state’s budget surplus back to the people. There are a number of […]

Political Cartoon

Turning back the clock

60 years Two Grafton juveniles were questioned in connection with a check forged and cashed in Park River. The teenagers denied cashing the check in the amount of $50 and agreed to go to Bismarck for lie detector tests. Alvin Cooper, rural Fordville, was appointed to the Grand Forks County Welfare Board. Lynus Sobolik of Minto was present when his […]

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~ Grafton Deaconess Hospital

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the treasure trove of history Vivian Miller of Grafton dropped off. There was one item I didn’t mention. From the best I can gather it was printed in 1947 and is a brochure of the Grafton Deaconess Hospital that used to sit on the corner of Hill Avenue and 11th Street. It […]

Days Gone By

This Record file photo from Dec. 18, 1972, shows the Mrs. Jaycees from Minto making Christmas a bit more cheery for residents of the Grafton State School by caroling and bringing treats. Here the Mrs. Jaycees entertained two bed patients in one of the wards who appeared to be enjoying the visit. Minto Mrs. Jaycees from left, Elaine Byron, Carol […]

Around the County

Pesticide meeting dates Feb. 22, March 1, 13 and 22: Unless otherwise noted, these will be at the Park River City Auditorium and start promptly at 9 a.m. Recertification will run until 12:30 p.m.; initial certification will run until around 3 p.m. or when testing is completed. You will need to preregister with a $30/person fee; you can pay and […]

Conway columnist

Vouchers steal public school funds A bill introduced in the legislature by Rep. Claire Cory of Grand Forks would pave the way to diverting money away from public schools and give it to a variety of nonpublic education institutions through a voucher system. Under the voucher system, the state would give public money to individuals who wanted to send their […]

What will make America great again?

The start of a new year. And people are still looking for the answer to this great question. Is it our government that will straighten out this mess? Or perhaps a new wall? Maybe the next president? Will science solve our problems. Maybe technology can help us. No matter where you look, these all have failed miserably. So where can […]

Say no to pornography books in libraries

You may, no doubt, have heard all of the controversy going on about books that contain pornography. The reason for the controversy is that this material is being made available to children, not only in back alleys, but in public libraries and schools. It would be good to consider what one expert would say on this subject, so let’s look […]

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