Congrats on Oban’s election

Congrats on Oban’s election By KEVIN R. TENGESDAL Bismarck Nov 7, 2014 District 35, congratulations on electing Erin Oban to represent you in the North Dakota Senate. You have selected an outstanding citizen. Here are a few reasons for how I believe Oban will represent us properly: Oban’s history of respect speaks volumes to me, … Continue reading Congrats on Oban’s election

We’re neighbors, not new people

We’re neighbors, not new people By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Aug 31, 2014 In a Gallup article titled “North Dakota: Legendary among states,” in discussing if our state is a “Good place for gay or lesbian people,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple suggests, “There’s a tendency for people not being immediately comfortable with new people until they have … Continue reading We’re neighbors, not new people

Obama wouldn’t like what he’d find in N.D.

Kevin Tengesdal, Bismarck, letter: Obama wouldn't like what he'd find in N.D. By Kevin Tengesdal on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:48 a.m. BISMARCK -- Recently, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., issued a press release inviting President Barack Obama to make his first presidential visit to North Dakota. As a North Dakota resident, I'd like to write … Continue reading Obama wouldn’t like what he’d find in N.D.

Seeking forums for District 35

Seeking forums for District 35 By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Mar 17, 2013 I have taken notice of bi-partisan legislative forums being held across North Dakota as legislators return to their home districts on weekends during the legislative session, from Grand Forks to Fargo, to Minot to Dickinson, and many rural districts in between. I have … Continue reading Seeking forums for District 35

What is there to apologize for?

What is there to apologize for? By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Feb 28, 2013 Janne Myrdal’s letter of Feb. 24 states, “Concerned Women for America of North Dakota objects strongly to the recent ‘vigil’ outside a state senator’s home in Bismarck and suggests that a public apology is in order.” For what should the lesbian, gay, … Continue reading What is there to apologize for?

Trying to make sense out of law

Trying to make sense out of law By KEVIN R. TENGESDAL Bismarck Feb 8, 2013 House Bill 1253: A bill for an Act to amend and reenact sections 23-12-10.4 and 23-42-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to reimbursement of costs incurred in complying with smoking restrictions in public places and places of employment. … Continue reading Trying to make sense out of law

Being at peace with themselves

Being at peace with themselves By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Sep 17, 2012 In response to the article,“Gay North Dakota football player says kiss got him booted”: Yes, Jamie Kuntz lied. Why did he lie? Who knows his personal reasons. But how can young kids be comfortable with themselves in this state? Could it be that … Continue reading Being at peace with themselves

Minot continues to feel the river

Minot continues to feel the river By KEVIN R. TENGESDAL Bismarck May 28, 2012 Bismarck, let’s discuss your 2011 flood tragedy as a whole after driving through Minot and visiting friends living in FEMA trailers. I did that on a recent Sunday afternoon, a year after the sirens sounded and a summer of flooding inundated … Continue reading Minot continues to feel the river

Thanks for the repeal of DADT

Thanks for the repeal of DADT By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Dec 30, 2010 To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to the countless many who struggled for repeal, and to the 250 representatives on Dec. 15 and the 65 senators on Dec. 18 voting “Yea," for the passage of H.R.2965 (“Don’t ask, … Continue reading Thanks for the repeal of DADT

A candidate’s promise

A candidate’s promise By KEVIN R. TENGESDAL Bismarck Oct 11, 2010 During these final political campaign weeks, while the cacophony of caterwauling becomes overbearing, I have a simple request of the candidates: Please put down the mud, stop your bickering against your opponent, wash your hands, turn to us, look us in the eye, and … Continue reading A candidate’s promise