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Heitkamp: Shining the SUN on dark money

March 24, 2017 When a toy company runs an ad on TV, we know the company's goal: to make the latest toy look irresistible, and to encourage us to buy it. (Or to encourage our kids to pester us until we do. more »»

Omdahl: Celebrate Norskies, the ‘old country’ is happy!

March 24, 2017 Rise up and celebrate, Norskes. The ‘Old Country’ may not have discovered the fountain of youth but it just won first prize as the happiest nation in the world. more »»

Mavec: First spring in North Dakota

March 24, 2017 As winter is coming to a close and spring seems to be more and more in sight, I am so excited to spend my first spring in North Dakota. more »»

Port: What did the university system do with the money?

March 17, 2017 "We got a truckload of money for the past several biennia with the same number of students so we should have made huge gains with the ones we had," a campus insider told me this week. more »»

Port: Cry me a river, liberals

March 10, 2017 After President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress this past week, Rep. Kevin Cramer insulted a group of Democratic women who wore white. more »»

Vindictive casino proposal born of vengeance

March 10, 2017 The proposal of House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) to launch six state-operated casinos is the most vindictive piece of legislation I have seen in 60 years of legislative tracking. more »»

Heitkamp: Reckless trade policies hurt ND farmers, ranchers

March 10, 2017 A barley field outside Rolla, N.D., just below the Canadian border, is as far from Mexico as it gets in this country. But don't let that distance fool you. more »»

Spring Fever workshops coming soon

March 3, 2017 For the fourth consecutive year, the NDSU Extension Service will host its series of garden forums to help families care for their gardens and landscape. more »»

Washington offers nothing new

March 3, 2017 “This is the first time this has ever ….” is the beginning of many statements around Washington these days as old-timers are struck by departure of the new administration from tradition. more »»

Cramer: Healthcare reform must encourage innovation

March 3, 2017 Within the next few weeks, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, will begin drafting the first legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. more »»

Progress in Education: growth model v. proficiency model Part 3

February 24, 2017 Welcome back to class everyone! Over the last two columns, I have talked about what the proficiency model is and what the growth model is. more »»

Dialogic questioning: A different approach to story time

February 24, 2017 I have four children under the age of 9 and both my wife and I work full time. I understand the “busyness” associated with raising children. more »»

Pierce Co. Ag Improvement Annual Meeting & Seed Increase Varieties Available

February 24, 2017 The Pierce County Ag Improvement Association held its annual meeting at Dakota Farms in Rugby last week. One new director, Dave Teigen, was elected. Brad Fritel and Larry Pieterick were re-elected. more »»

Heitkamp: How I'm working to make sure every North Dakotan is connected to high-speed internet

February 24, 2017 It's no secret that access to technology is now a key ingredient to the success of any student in any town from those living in rural communities in the middle of the country to cities on ou... more »»

Port: Hey Shailene Woodley, come back to North Dakota and clean up your mess

February 24, 2017 I don't doubt for a moment the sincerity of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. They're wrong, of course. Their concerns are overblown. more »»

Omdahl: Looking for a flawless president to honor

February 24, 2017 Which of the presidents did you honor on Presidents’ Day? Or maybe you didn’t honor a president on February 20 but made it a shopping instead of an honoring da. more »»

Schmidt: 2016 Wheat Midge Survey Results, 2017 Forecast

February 17, 2017 Results of the fall 2016 wheat midge survey are in and soil samples in North Dakota indicate low levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2017 season. more »»

Port: Measure 5 forgot to legalize medical marijuana

February 17, 2017 The medical marijuana measure which earned nearly 64 percent of the vote in November is a mess. It set out to legalize access to marijuana treatments, but its drafters forgot to legalize that access. more »»

Progress in Education: growth model v. proficiency model Part 2

February 17, 2017 Welcome back to class! In the last column I talked about the proficiency model through which schools are judged, and the ongoing debate among education professionals between proficiency models and... more »»

Omdahl: Economic fear drives shepherds to Sanhedrin

February 17, 2017 “Speaking for the shepherds in the Bethlehem area, we want something done about this Jesus person,’ Isaac, son of Methish, demanded of the Sanhedrin, governing body of the Jews, as shepherds crowded... more »»



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December 18, 2015 If you have an idea for a story that's in the Pierce County, ND area, please feel free to send it to us. You can send it to our reporters, Bryce Berginski at bberginski@thepiercecountytribune. more »

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