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*Letter to the Editor

I’m writing in response to MSUM President Blackhurst’s article entitled “rededicating ourselves to the ideals of Dr. King”.

Dr. King indeed “believed that the purpose of education is to build character as well as intellect”, but I fail to see how “Equity by Design” will build character.

Character is an attribute of moral excellence that distinguishes an individual, produced by endurance and dedication.

Equality levels the playing field, so to speak, by providing equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or circumstances, and true education provides for a free, open exchange of ideas, allowing each one’s unique individuality to emerge, whereas equity (special treatment) suppresses one’s self-concept as a unique individual.

Equity is about indoctrination not education.  It’s about identity politics, group-think and pitting whites and non-whites against one another, without appreciating everyone’s uniqueness.

“Equity by Design”, though well-intended, actually contradicts the color-blind ideal at the core of the Civil Rights movement and Dr. King’s dream that all human beings should be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their personal character.

“Equity by Design” is “a comprehensive effort” meant to end bias, yet it is inherently biased because of its “equity lens”!


Janine Hanson

Moorhead, MN. 

HCSCC Museum Reopens

MOORHEAD – HCSCC reopened the museum at the Hjemkomst Center on Monday, February 1, following guidance in Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 21-01. The museum will operate daily from noon (12pm) to 5pm. The museum plans to reassess hours at the beginning of summer and will announce those changes when a decision has been made. HSCCC museum has been closed since November 20, 2020.

“As we open the Hjemkomst Center once again, we continue to require masks, appropriate social distancing, and accommodation of updated museum and gallery capacities. Our museum and galleries are currently limited to 25% of their usual capacity, and those limits are posted at museum doors and online. We ask for your support and compliance for the continued safety of our staff, members, and museum visitors.”

For ongoing updates and current visitor guidelines, please check the website:

Lake Agassiz Regional Library Announces 2020 Top Books 

MOORHEAD – Interested in knowing which books were most popular to locals? Lake Agassiz Regional Library is releasing its list of the books which were borrowed most frequently. 

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

The Guardians by John Grisham

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci

Blue Moon by Lee Child

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Bloody Genius by John Sandford

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Camino Winds by John Grisham

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

“The most popular book was This Tender Land, which is pretty exciting,” said Jeanne Anderson, Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s Collection Librarian. “The fact that it was written by a regional author like William Kent Krueger is reflective of the deep interest our customers have demonstrated in reading books by local authors that reflect our surroundings.” 

William Kent Krueger is scheduled to appear in a virtual presentation for Lake Agassiz Regional Library in which he will discuss the importance of books in a world of chaos, highlighting the profound and positive influence of books in his life. Krueger writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota in addition to standalone novels. The event can be watched live free-of-charge on February 16, 2021 at 7 p.m. by visiting, with a recording available at after the event. A Facebook account is not required for viewing. The event is made possible thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Virtual Brown Bag Event for Landlords, Tenants and Service Providers

MOORHEAD – The Successful Outcomes for Tenants and Landlords (SOFTL) committee is hosting a virtual brown bag event on Thursday, February 18, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, featuring Heidi Ueker with Legal Services of NW Minnesota and Adele Page with Legal Services of North Dakota.  Heidi and Adele will be discussing items from evictions to maintenance requests during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please use the Eventbrite link to register.  This is how you will receive your invitation to join the Zoom webinar.  You can also submit questions or topics you would like covered when you register. 

For questions about this event, please contact CAPLP Housing Coordinator Beth Bates:

SOFTL is a collaboration of CAPLP, community partners, and the FM Coalition to End Homelessness.

Fargo Cass Public Health Relocates Vaccine Operation to Shared COVID-19 Vaccination Center

FARGO – Beginning this week, Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) will relocate its COVID-19 vaccine operation to the COVID-19 Vaccination Center, which is located at 5100 14th Avenue South in Fargo, in the former Gordman’s building. FCPH will share this space with other enrolled vaccine providers, including Sanford Health and Essentia Health. Although this is a shared space, each provider will facilitate their own vaccination operation.  Vaccine is not yet available for the general public and only patients with a scheduled appointment with one of the vaccine providers will be allowed to enter the facility.

FCPH continues to distribute vaccine for priority groups identified by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in Phase 1B of the North Dakota COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Initial priority groups in Phase 1B include older individuals and those with underlying health conditions.

Residents are encouraged to watch for communication from their healthcare providers, and to visit provider websites for the most up-to-date information regarding vaccine availability. In situations where a resident does not have a healthcare provider, or if COVID-19 vaccine will not be available through their provider, Cass County residents are welcome to utilize the COVID-19 Vaccine – Phase 1B Resident Contact Form to share their information with FCPH. This will allow for future communication of vaccination opportunities to residents in Phase 1B priority groups, as those opportunities become available. FCPH is an enrolled provider for COVID-19 vaccine and follows NDDoH recommendations and guidance related to distribution of the vaccine.

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