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Litchville-Marion school team wins state LifeSmarts competition

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BISMARCK — Litchville-Marion Public School’s LifeSmarts team won the state LifeSmarts championship on Feb. 8 and will be representing North Dakota in the national competition in San Diego in April.

The Litchville-Marion team is The Money Hounds, and the state champion team members are Charlie Enger, Jesse Peddcord-Contrearas, Gracie Enger, Andrian Danilov and Riley Meyer. They are coached by David Handt.

The Nedrose Cardinals team took second place, and the Nedrose Tetris team was third.

Nine teams from Tioga, Burke Central, Tioga, Jamestown, Nedrose and Litchville-Marion competed in eight rounds of questions before the top three teams advanced to the final round.

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The competition was held at the North Dakota National Guard RJ Bohn Armory on Feb. 7 with support from state agencies including including the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions, North Securities Department, North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and the Bank of North Dakota and volunteers.

The state competition tests students in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and workforce preparation and consumer rights and responsibilities, according to lifesmarts.org.

Sponsors are being sought to help with the expenses for the Litchville-Marion team’s trip to San Diego. For more information, contact Handt at Litchville-Marion High School, 104 2nd St., Marion, or email David.Handt@litchvillemarion.com





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Omdahl: Poll clarifies opinion on Legacy Fund

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A new scientific poll underwritten by the North Dakota News Cooperative has finally cast some light on citizen opinions about this $10 billion Legacy Fund filled primarily by oil and gas money.

The money did not come from the backs of those “hard-working citizens” often used in political rhetoric but it is money owned by everyone in North Dakota. Therefore, everyone has a stake in the use of the fund.

Having taught polling at the University of North Dakota, I offer some cautionary advice. The reliability of polls – even though scientifically structured – can be affected to some degree by the nature of the subjects being polled.

In his narrative, Michael Standaert of the NDNC points out that 75% of the people polled admited a level of ignorance on the subject of Investment board activities. Of course, the board has not done much to close the information gap between the Investment Board and the people.

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Because the people have been in the dark, their judgment on some issues must be taken with a bit of cognitive salt.

An outcropping of North Dakota parochialism appeared when 60% said they want the Legacy Fund investing not in out-state or out-of-hemisphere, but in North Dakota development projects, with only 18% favoring investment any where we can get the best return.

Throw this on the biennial carousel and we will get political outriders exploiting the revenue losses resulting by investing in only North Dakota because it will be important money on the campaign circuit.

In the poll, 84% want more transparency of investments, primarily publication of the lists of investment. According to lead pollster Trevor Smith of WPA Intelligence, “this is an important governing board but it’s a mystery to most voters.”

When I chaired the Investment Board in the mid-80s, I found that investing was more complex than it appeared on the surface, with the board relying heavily on the professional advice of experienced consultants.

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Over the years, legislators have add their confusion to the administration of investments by putting themselves on the board, no doubt thinking that their imperial status would intimidate the non-legislative members of the Board.

As of now, the Legislature has wedged two members onto the board with efforts to expand its foothold in upcoming sessions.

It has forgotten that in our three-branch government the Legislature determines policy and the executive executes policy. The presence of legislators on this administrative board is a violation of separation of powers.

When so little information flows through the state about the Investment Board functions there is little political accountability for transgressions in the underbrush. Legislators can – and do – violate the basic tenets of the Republic.

Hopefully, the poll will lead to a greater state discussion of this wealth that has mortified us into inaction.

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UPDATED: Moorhead Chipotle pushes back opening date

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MOORHEAD — A new Chipotle restaurant that was set to open Thursday at the EasTen Shopping Center on the east edge of Moorhead has pushed back its opening date.

In an email sent late Wednesday, Annie Gradinger, a spokeswoman for Chipotle, said the restaurant will now open Tuesday, March 5. It is the first Chipotle location in Moorhead.

There are three Chipotle locations in Fargo: 1204 19th Ave. N.; 1680 45th St. S.; and 3061 25th St. S.

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Moorhead is getting its first Chipotle restaurant, known for its burritos and other Mexican themed cuisine.

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The new Moorhead Chipotle will feature the brand’s signature “Chipotlane,” a drive-thru pickup lane that allows guests to pick up digital orders without leaving their cars, according to Gradinger.

Store hours at the Moorhead restaurant will be 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Gradinger said Chipotle is still

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hiring at the Moorhead location

, adding that each location has about 30 positions.

Chipotle

announced last August

that Moorhead was getting a restaurant. The news came after

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a lawsuit was settled

that appeared to clear up signage issues involving the shopping center and the building of a restaurant in the area.

David Olson

Dave Olson is a reporter, photographer and occasional videographer. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications, and during his time at The Forum he has covered many beats, from cops and courts to business and education. Currently is writing business stories, but jumps on daily news as needed. He’s also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the dwarf planet Pluto. You may reach Dave at 701-241-5555, or by email at dolson@forumcomm.com.





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Join us at The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum for an exclusive showcase of Sherry Lee Short’s “Entwined” exhibit, running from January 12th to February 18th. Short’s artistic evolution unfolds through self-portraits, landscape explorations, and mesmerizing collages. This dynamic presentation captures the essence of her career, inviting you to witness the interplay between art and narrative. “Sherry Lee Short: Entwined” is on view during public viewing hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.



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