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Doug Bur- gum’s recommendation which popped into his mind earlier this year when one of the board’s members made a statement regarding a relationship with the North Dakota oil and gas industry. Among the conditions instituted under the new policy, the land com— missioner is expected to inform members of the board of any “signifi- cant” interactions she has with the media. It also specifies that she cannot make any policy statements to the press on issues before the board until its members have formulated an official position. The latter part is little more than stifling opposing views. Public boards don’t need a “unified voice.” What’s needed is open debate of important issues that impact all North Dakotans. That’s still possible, but members of the Board of University and School Lands will have to tiptoe around this new policy which will stay firmly on their mind during any attempt by the press to get feelings or reactions on a topic. The new policy a direct and now successful attempt to restrict pub— lic access to decisions made by this board. Strangely enough, one of the state’s most vocal allies of the free flow of information voted in favor of the new rule. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is a member of the board and said that the new policy is designed to protect board members from having to offer independent viewpoints an issues rather than the unified posi- tion of the board. Anyone who values the freedom of the press should feel a little chill down the spine after the attorney general’s opinion on this matter. “' All“ttiis"c’arire”"to fruition ever an issue involving the North Dakota oil and gas industry. That group just flexed is’ muscles again and not for the good of the state, but instead to quash all doubts about who is really run- ning things in Bismarck. This new rule sets a negative precedent for the free flow of informa- tion and the right of everyone, even board members, to protest public de- crsrons. How to contact your on‘h Dakota delegation Sen. John Hoeven G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building ' Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224—2551 Sen. Kevin Cramer B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 Rep. Kelly Armstrong 1004 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2611 North Dakota, a state comes of age When General Custer loft North Dakota he told us not to do any thing until he came back. We have done our best to respect his instruc— tions. ‘ It is true that he had political am- bitions. After all, General Grant got two terms for being a war hero. Custer decided to run as a DemoC— rat which would have been worse than going to the Little Big Horn. Even though he messed up in Mon- tana, we still think of him as a North Dakota hero because he is the best we could get. Not in the Civil War He was a genuine hero the Civil War. Minnesota had a unit the Civil War but North Dakota was unrepresented. We were just as . hawkish as Minnesota but we had one to go; People were scarce in the prairie state around the Civil War days. (Wars are never civil.) V. In fact, our cartographers cre— ated several western counties that, had‘ no people just to impress in- vestors and attract immigrants. Slope County is still hoping for.’ people \— even an orphan train. H ; We kept stealing more and'morei , of the‘land from the Indians ’bu't‘ they plan to get it all back. It may’ take a while but the reservation; casinos will eventually do it. ’ Seeing ND Clearly . There is still a strong feeling that; God did not intend for this flat: country to be used for anything but: raising bison. When Dave Barryi was here, he said there was nothing; to see for a hundred miles and your could see that pretty clearly. V Not only does winter try to kill. residents at least three times a year Other Views By Lloyd B. Omdahl but there is nothing to stop the con- stant wind except two miles of barbed wire fence east of Wash- burn. Yankton and Bismarck vied for the location of the state capitol with Bismarck eventually winning the challenge. we didn’t really need a capitol because our government for thé‘fir‘s‘t’de‘éh“ ” ' Divided east'& y‘vest So why was. the territory bound- ary drawn from east to west rather than north to south. First of all, all the wagon trails across the state were made by Minnesotans escap- ing to Washington. Then the North- ern Pacific already had rails laid east to west. After a good deal of maneuver- ing, a constitutional convention was'called for 1889 at which the delegates spent their time lobbying d'es Was in St? Paul. ' for institutions for their home dis- tricts. Promises were made for institu- tions of higher learning even in areas that didn’t want higher learn- ing. We’re still living with the con- sequences of this high stakes pork—barreling. To demonstrate the state’s prior- ities, more votes were cast on the issue of legalizing alcohol than on approving the constitution which the Territory needed become a state. That’s when more people started reading “Statehood for Dummies” in the Starbucks coffee shops. Socialists at work In the first part of the 19005, North Dakota had more farmers than any other professional gam- blers so they were a force to be reckoned with, something the Min- neapolis bankers, millers and rail- roads didn’t know until it was too late. That brought on the Nonparti— san League and its socialist advo— cates who invented the Bank of North Dakota and the State Mill and Elevator, a total embarrassment for a private enterprjise‘statie, ‘ ' Through the decades, free enter- prise legislators introduced bills to sell the Mill and/or the Bank until they both became prosperous and prominent across the whole coun- try. Russian trade teams would come and giggle all the way through their tours of the Mill. There isn’t enough space to dis- cuss the impact of the 19308 the psyche of average North Dakotans but a lot of us became unbalanced with our Checkbooks. Viewing the ConstitUtion for what it really is Americans typically consider‘ questions about the meaning of the‘ Constitution through the prism of their political views and values. As a. consequence, they tend to defend as i constitutional the acts of officials: whom‘they support, and criticize as; unconstitutional the acts of those rep- 1 resentatives whom they oppose. This approach implies that the meaning of the Constitution turns on whose ox is being gored. Politics, partisanship and 5 party affiliation are the controlling: levers of constitutional understand? ings. This method of constitutional in-2 terpretation, it is obvious, converts the Constitution, to borrow Thomas; Jefferson’s homespun phrase, “into a' thing of wax,” an object that is sub- ject to political manipulation, devoid of any intrinsic, objective meaning. In r this context, the Constitution can be made to mean anything the reader: wants it to mean. This is constitug tional nihilism, and it undermines the 1 very premise of American Constitu—fi tionalism and the rule of law..It pre~ ‘ cludes achievement among the , citizenry of shared understandings,1 about the meaning of the Constitution 1 'W e the David Adler, The Alturas Institute David Adler answers your Constitution questions. Send them to this newspaper. which, in turn, prevents consideration of the constitutionality of policies and laws apart from the deep division and polarization that characterize con- temporary America. There is a better way, that might help our nation overcome the deep polarization that besets us. Let me suggest that we think, constitu- tionally. _' Chief Justice John Marshall set forth this standard in 1819, in the landmark case of McCulloch v. Maryland: “The peculiar circum- stances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but can- not render it more or less constitu- tional.” A century later, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes similarly declared: “The criterion of constitutionality is not whether we believe the law to be for the public good.” The wisdom of Marshall and Holmes this score cannot be over- estimated. What it means for the pub- lic is that we should refrain from impulsive declarations of unconstitu— tionality simply because we object to the policy in question. Rather, we should distinguish the relative wis- dom of a measure from the question of whether or not it is constitutional. Such an approach lends itself to cri- tiquing and improving legislative pro- posals. That is, we might be inclined to embrace a bill as good public policy, but conclude, upon reflection, that it contains provisions that are inconsis- tent with the Constitution and require some improvement. If all Americans would embrace this approach we could, at a minimum; sit at the same common table, despite differences of politics and ideology, to fairly discuss Constitution (Continued on Page 5) The ‘social news’ was often more informative than the ‘regular news’ What several people called “social news” in the Turtle Mountain Star was a pretty big deal for a long, long time. For more than a century, newspapers all across the country would print the goings on of friends and neighbors who bothered to call or stop by. Some people called it the “who’s visiting who news,” and so it was, but it didn’t make it any less interesting. Only one person still pens . the social news for The Star. Peggy Schell talks about the people in the Mylo area and we ap- preciate it very much. I read it every week. Spoiler alert: There’s a new baby so turn to page 11 and find out the name. ‘ Wilhelmina Seghers wrote the Hansboro news for decades until her passing in 2005. She always added a few entertaining yarns, but none so much than what I came across in the “Dakota Datebook,” a statewide history lesson every week. It has news items from papers found in the state library, including publications that have long since expired from the small town across , the state. I came across one that I’m sure Wil- helmina would have enjoyed very much. late summer 1910, the Hansboro News reported: “[A] row started over a lot of boot— leg liquor which had been brought in by one Ben Crayton and peddled out rather freely dur— ing the day. Toward evening Ben...made his getaway from the now intoxicated bunch. When Ben could not be found and more liquor could be secured, Paddy Mayse, who has assisted Ben with his peddling for some time, rose to the occasion and...broke into the shack where Ben had the joy water stored... When Ben became aware of what had happened he went after Paddy. In a short time there was a general fight and. even those who were in con- time. stant attendance cannot tell just how many there were. Paddy Mayse asserts that he had six fights in twenty minutes and got whipped every hir‘. Pages from the past... 10 years ago August 29, 2011 Students headed back to school last week, and in some instances, more students than in years past are occupy- ing the halls. Nowhere is that more ev- ident than in Rolette, where enrollment numbers have increased by as much as 25 percent the last years. Enrollment in grades K—12 is approximately 155, up from the 140 last year. John Azure Jr. and Spencer Stew- art, both of Rolette, have a new ac- complishment under their belts. Both have passed the Firefighter 1 test, a certification through the North Dakota Firefighters Association. Stewart passed the test and was certified on July 30 and Azure Jr. August 7. New Head Coach Jeff Marty pi- loted the North Prairie Cougars to a 12—0 win over Des Lacs-Burlington, thanks large part to outright dom— ination in the trenches. Spencer Stewart, a senior for the North Prairie Cougars, and Kaylie Johnson, a senior for the St. John Woodchucks, were named Athletes of the Week. 30 years ago September 2, 1991 The yard of Bob and Lorraine DesRoches at 501 5th Avenue NE. was chosen last week as Rolla’s “Yard of the Week.” Kari Boucher has been accepted into the Mayo School of Health-Re- lated Sciences, Nurse Anesthesia Program. Boucher received a BSN degree from the University of North Dakota. She is the daughter of Elmer and Joanne Boucher of Rolette. Marine Pfc. Dennis P. Shipman has been promoted to his present rank upon graduation from recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego. A 1987 gradu- ate of Dunseith High School, he joined the Marines in February 1991. He is the son of Shirley Brunelle of Dunseith. Donna DuBois—Thomas received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , Steve Olson of Rolla has been ap— pointed to theposition of Field Un-- derwriter by the Fargo General Office of New York Life. Margaret Johnson of Rolla has been appointed as a regional judge for the 1991 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing. The Rolette Comets picked up where they left off last season as they moved towards defending their state Class B nine—man football title of a year ago by pounding the Bowden— Hurdsfield-Sykeston-Fessenden ' Bears 44-0 in Fessenden. . The St. John Woodchucks opened their high school football season with an exciting 14-12 win over Walhalla Friday night in St. John. 60 years ago August 31, 1961 Carla Hoffman, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hoffman of Cando and a student of Rolla baton twirling instructor Rose Lee Fagerlund, won second place in open national twirling competition recently in the event at Grand Forks and thus qualified for competition in the national championship contest in St. Paul, Minn. Dunseith is organizing a large motorcade to go' to the Minot Air Force Base, Sept. 2 as a tribute to a native son, Capt. William J. Hosmer, member of the Thunderbirds, US. Air Force official aerial acrobatic team which will provide the main feature at a show at the base. The project of putting a “new face” on the business building hous- ing Mongeon’s Ben Franklin Store in Rolla started Monday with the in- stallation of a false front and re- moval of the present front. Prairie Lanes were scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m., after a few days shut-down while factory workmen refinished the alleys, and other work in the es- tablishment was done. Both alleys and café are now open. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Scott will observe their 25th wedding anniver- sary Sunday, Sept. 3 at their home; Mrs. William Lipp of St. Paul, Minn., nee Rosalie Juntunen, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Walfrid Jun— tunen, graduated from the Anckers Schools of Nursing, Ankers Hospi- tal, St. Paul, Minn. Mary Ann Nolting, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Nolting, earned a place on the president’s list for the summer quarter at Minot STC. The Dana Wright home was the setting of the regular annual family get-together for Mr. Wright’s birthday, Sunday, Aug. 27, is 83rd birthday.