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US Economy needs Congress to act on aid

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Guidelines for who gets vaccine first needed now

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

COVID-19 not over yet

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. But on Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

If you plan to vote by mail this year, allow plenty of time

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

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Promote community pride

Dale Niewoehner, Former Rugby Mayor How beautiful the chamber of commerce hanging flower planters look on the downtown street lamp poles! They really dress up the streets and business fronts. The magic of Vince Mattern makes their hangers really unique. Even with the dry conditions, they are ...

Fast and pray for drought relief

Dianne Clark, Rugby My husband and I moved to Rugby a few weeks ago to serve a church mission and have enjoyed a positive first impression. We come from an agricultural area in southern Idaho quite similar to this one with good crop variety and growing conditions. Although we haven’t met ...

A jewel of a town

Charles & Dianne Clark, Rugby Two weeks ago we arrived as newly assigned missionaries to serve in a place we had neither seen nor heard of before – Rugby, North Dakota. Happily, positive impressions immediately replaced our ignorance. We have lived many different places in this great ...

Consider risks before vaccination

Kolette Kramer, Denbigh COVID has risks. So does the vaccination. How do we get informed consent and truly know what is best for us, our children, and our elderly? The studies are out there. Our youth are not at great risk of catching COVID, having the side effects of COVID or spreading ...

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Thanksgiving in the military

Our national Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated this coming week. Military personnel serving around the world will be giving thanks in many ways as well. We need to remember all these serving today in our armed forces and be thankful for all they are doing for us. Major holidays such as ...

Apple Cobbler Got Them in Deep Trouble

“America was founded on Christian principles,” it has been claimed. Very few dare contradict this claim because people think you have to be an atheist to doubt it. Being an inquiring soul believing in truth, I thought the claim needed examining so I put my 29-book document of Christian ...

Facts are enough to defeat Measure #1

For a variety of reasons, Measure #1 doubling the size of the Board of Higher Education is a bad idea. Four management organizations say that eight-member boards are more effective, more efficient than 15-member boards. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is presently the right size for ...

Homeland committee takes on pandemonium

Chairperson Ork Dorken hadn’t even rapped his Coke bottle on the table when Old Sievert burst into the community ZCBJ hall to join the town’s 13 other electors for a meeting of the Community Homeland Committee. Pulling his mask down below his chin, he cursed in a string of 4-letter words ...