Category Archives: Community

Marking Time

By Sharon Carson

History Notes was on summer break last month, and it’s good to be back after driving across the Dakotas: Stopped to get a fast-flattening tire fixed in Hettinger (many thanks to “Steve’s Service Plus”!), waved along the way to the lovely bovine “Salem Sue,” and returned to the Red River Valley, a.k.a. The Valley of Didac­tic Billboards: “Smile!” “Be Kind!”

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Political Attack Ads

NorthDecoder.comBy Chet,

There’s an interesting, new, dis­honest TV ad out from slum­shark Rick Berg. I’ll describe the dishonest and hypocritical ad, first, and then give you some analysis.

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Gulleson Gulleson Attends Fargo Ag Forum

U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson joined U.S. Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp and Chair of the Senate Ag­riculture Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow at an agriculture forum in Fargo.

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Tribal Colleges Honor ND Higher Ed Leaders

Two lead­ers of the North Dakota University System were honored July 17 by the presidents of North Da­kota’s Tribal Colleges.

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Will Walmart Make Its Suppliers Stop Using Gestation Crates?

By John Michaelson, Prairie News Service

Walmart quickly is becoming the lone major corporation that still allows its pork sup­pliers to use gestation crates, according to an animal-advocacy group.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, says the video his group released last week shows the crates in use at a major supplier for Walmart.

“In the last few months, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Safeway (and) Costco have all started demanding that their pork suppliers phase out these in­herently cruel gestation crates that don’t even allow these animals to turn around or exhibit natural behaviors.”

R unkle says if Walmart hears from enough consumers who are against the practice, it would be left with no choice but to phase out the use of gestational crates.

“The writing is certainly on the wall that this is a practice that is out of step with most Americans’ values, which say that animals should be treated hu­manely.”

S ome say moving away from long-used techniques to ones considered more humane would lead to a rise in the cost of food, but Runkle says that isn’t necessarily the case.

“Many studies suggest that it’s actu­ally cheaper to raise pigs in ‘group hous­ing’ systems, so this is really just a mat­ter of the industry making a shift.”

Walmart says it already offers “crate-free” pork products in many U.S. stores and continues to work with suppliers to find ways to increase that number. The supplier in question, Minnesota-based Christensen Farms, says gestational stalls allow for the best individual care of sows and are within standard animal-welfare practices.

More information is online at chris­ and at walmartcru­

District 30 Candidates Support Taylor Property Tax Relief Package

District 30 legislative candidates Nancy Guy, Tom Decker and Daphne Ghorbani have come out in favor of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s property tax plan. The 2011 Republican controlled legislature failed to enact meaningful property tax reductions.

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BSC Ranked Nationally in Engineering-Related Graduates

Bismarck State College was ranked fourth among two and four-year institutions granting degrees in engineering tech­nologies and engineering related fields in the June 11th issue of Community College Week, an independent, national publication covering community, tech­nical and junior colleges.

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Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents

By Stacy Sturm

Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confi­dence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be diffi­cult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activ­ity, structure, and, for some, pressures as­sociated with school life.

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AARP Plans Public Meeting on Social Security, Medicare Reforms

AARP North Dakota will seek public input on Social Se­curity and Medicare reform proposals being debated in Washington and on the campaign trail at an August 16 meeting in Bismarck.

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AFL-CIO’s National President Says Union Escalating Campaign Against American Crystal Sugar

By PI Staff

We pledge to coordi­nate and support the efforts to highlight American Crystal Sugar’s total disregard for its employees and to make them a poster child for cor­porate greed and profit over employees.”

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