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TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Deterring Crime Means Serving Serious Time

I was all set to hang Rick Santorum out to dry this week when, as usual, someone derailed my chain of thought and sent me in a new direction. This morning, it was Fargo Police Chief David Todd speaking on KFGO Radio. He expressed a concern that took courage to say out loud. And he is spot on. The state …


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MARTIN C. FREDRICKS IV: Four The Record — New Community Project Highlights ‘Extraordinary Ordinary’ People

I’m proud to announce “About Faces,” https://aboutfacesfargo.wordpress.com/ a new community project featuring images and stories of people who illustrate — we hope — the extraordinary in our ordinary, work-a-day lives. “About Faces” is a collection of portraits — in images and words — about people who make Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding communities what they have been, what they are and what they can be. Here …


NANCY EDMONDS HANSON: After Thought — Got An Awesome Idea? An Awesome Opportunity

The Awesome Foundation isn’t technically a foundation. Its monthly grants aren’t technically “grants” at all — not in the formal sense, with paperwork and budgets and boards and final reports. And yet the 8-month-old Cass County group is already making a difference … by presenting monthly $1,000 checks to projects so awesome they catch their fancy, one really good vision …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — ‘Shoebox Christmas’

The whole story started 10 years ago, at about this very time. I was at a meeting for Churches United for the Homeless, where I was serving my first year on the board. The executive director was bemoaning the fact that First Link, the organization in charge of distributing gifts to people at Christmas, had made some changes in their program. …