Details on Deer Season

Commentary, News: Details on Deer Season

While North Dakota’s 2018 deer gun season continues through Nov. 25, it still generates a fair amount of questions and conversation preseason, midseason and postseason. First off, this year’s deer hunting season did open later than what a lot of people think is normal. The traditional deer opener for more than three decades has been the Friday before Nov. 11. That means the range for the deer opener,...

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My Year Below Average Part III

Opinion: My Year Below Average Part III

Recap: I dared myself to see if we could keep our home energy consumption below an average of 500 kwh for an entire year.  Our house was pretty well-designed for a project like this, and the first few months turned out to be pretty easy.  When we finally crunched the numbers in the early part of September, I was a little worried that we would not hit our...

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My Year Below Average Part II

Opinion: My Year Below Average Part II

Let’s take a moment to recap in case you missed the last column: I am pretty average.  I was bored and felt inspired to do something to combat global climate change and I found a whole bunch of cool stats about home energy consumption by state on a website call EnergyLocal.  I set a goal of keeping our home’s average electricity consumption below 500 kwh per month aiming...

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My Year Below Average Part I

Opinion: My Year Below Average Part I

I would say that I am a pretty average person.  The two exceptions might be my intense love of Star Trek and my strong inability to bowl above a 180.  (I fully accept that those two things might be correlated…) This last year I set out on a quest to be decidedly below average in one particular category – home energy use. How did this topic and goal...

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Commentary: Are capricious state regulators contributing to ND’s child care shortage?

Childcare is and has been a continuing challenge in our communities. From a labor perspective, we’ve got a shortage of workers, and one key to entering the workforce is having confidence in where we leave our kids. In this commentary in the Grand Forks Herald, Rob Port argues that the State’s licensing and regulatory agency for childcare providers is setting arbitrary standards that are bottlenecking access to childcare...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: How America Will Turn Itself Around?

While a growing minority of us pick which side of the line (on any given issue) to stand on, there’s another group of people losing trust in all of it. Perhaps instead of choosing sides and, thus, who to distrust, we start listening to those who are watching our larger trends? What they’re seeing is a renaissance in civic revival. If you want to hear more, listen here.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: A Quiet, Country Life in the Middle of the City?

A home in the country — it’s a long-standing commonly held goal among many of us. We want the peace, tranquility, privacy. But it’s a desire in conflict with another common goal — vibrant, engaged, communities. It’s hard to have both. But in Savannah, Georgia, a set of colliding circumstances created a place that captures both. Is there a model here worth copying? Have a read at Strong...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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#GoodTalking Minot Flood Protection & History

Commentary, News: #GoodTalking Minot Flood Protection & History

The Wednesday editions of #GoodTalkMinot featured two keystone conversations — one focused on our future, the other, our past. Watch below as Jonah Lantto and I discuss the status of the region’s flood protection efforts with SRJB and Mouse River Plan Project Administrator, Ryan Ackerman. And for our afternoon session, we were joined be long-time Minot resident and former legislator Ben Tollefson. Have a watch below, and look...

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Commentary: More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

Many residents in Minot want to see citywide recycling, but before we invest big in the facilities and equipment, perhaps we should ask — what problem is it we’re trying to solve? One answer we’d expect to hear is we need to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. If that’s the case, then Matt Wilkins writing at Scientific American has a different proposal for dealing with the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future

How do you train someone for a job that doesn’t exist yet? Whether educators know it or not, this is their job. The world is changing and pace that’s increasing exponentially, and our students will need the tools and the know how to retool on the fly. Michelle Weise writing for EdSurge shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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