Category Archives: Current Affairs

Political Attack Ads

NorthDecoder.comBy Chet, www.NorthDecoder.com

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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 chris­tensenfarms.com and at walmartcru­elty.com.

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

What’s in the Health Care Law For You – Today

By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health AARP Education & Outreach

Many families across the country already know how the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is helping them. They’ve been able to maintain coverage for their college-age children, or buy health insurance after being previously labeled “uninsurable.” Still millions more have discounts on expensive prescription drugs.

Continue reading

Local Residents Feel Unsafe Despite Low Crime Rates

By Melissa Gonzalez

As residents of North Dakota, many have felt the increase in population: congested roads, longer commutes, rent hikes and housing crunches. But the main change residents have seemed to notice, and are concerned about, is the per­ceived increase in crime.

Continue reading

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.”

Continue reading

History Alive! Features Yellowstone Vic Smith

Arch Ellwein entertains a crowd with his stories as Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith.

By the State Historical Society of North Dakota

Buffalo hunter Yel­lowstone Vic Smith will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in Medora on August 11 and 12, 2012.

Continue reading