Whither The Measure 6 Coalition?

Word comes this week that the organizing committee for a group of North Dakotans who want to raise North Dakota’s Oil Extraction Tax back to the level it was at before the Legislature cut it in 2015 has decided to postpone its initiated measure campaign. Postpone, but not abandon. A wise choice, I’d say. Although…
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Donald Trump, Harold Hamm And Kevin Cramer

Most of my Democratic friends have a hard time understanding why I like Kevin Cramer. I think it’s because they’ve never been a part of a brotherhood. Let me explain. I’m thinking about this today because of Gary Emineth’s announcement yesterday that Kevin Cramer would run for the U.S. Senate against Heidi Heitkamp. Thanks for…
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A Short Message About Our National Park

This might be the shortest blog post I’ve ever written. Or will ever write. But it’s an important one, so if you are concerned about the possibility of an oil refinery being built next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, as I am, please take just one minute to read it. I had a chance encounter…
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Buying Newspapers From A Skunk

I’m about to break two rules. Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel. Never get in a pissing match with a skunk. This one’s a two’fer, because it’s the skunk that buys ink by the barrel. The skunk is The Bismarck Tribune, which has just pulled off the slickest “Bait and Switch”…
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Thoughts Of Spring, Tomatoes And Peppers On A Cold Winter Day

Note: I am reprinting (reposting?) below a story I first ran three years ago this week. It’s about tomatoes. I was thinking about it because today I am preparing my basement “greenhouse” for Spring. I’m getting ready to plant peppers, which need to be started indoors really early, because they take a long time to…
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Should A Governor Take Free Super Bowl Tickets?

I just read on The Forum’s website that Governor Doug Burgum is taking free tickets to the Super Bowl. “Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will be attending the game at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as guests of Xcel Energy, which leases a suite at the venue, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said.” “’So…
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Charlie Creek To Belfield – A History Lesson

A LESSON IN HOW RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC OFFICIALS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE The last major threat to the visual integrity of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP), at least that I can recall—though there have been many skirmishes with the oil industry—was in 1989, when the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) came really close to putting a…
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What Will Happen To The Newest Bridge Across The Little Missouri State Scenic River?

  Last summer I wrote an article about a North Dakota Bad Lands rancher who built himself a big bridge across the Little Missouri State Scenic River on federal land without getting permission. I wrote then, last July, “The folks at the BLM office don’t seem to know anything about the bridge or the road…
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Of Refineries And The Public Trust Doctrine

The official comment period has passed on that sleazy company Meridian Energy’s request for an Air Pollution Permit for an oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I’m guessing the State Health Department got an earful. Yesterday, on the last day of comments, my friend Sarah Vogel, our former State Agriculture Commissioner and one of…
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The Refinery Needs A Site Review

A pair of former Democratic-NPL State Senators challenged the North Dakota Health Department to demand a site review by the State’s Public Service Commission before issuing an air pollution permit allowing Meridian Energy Group to build a refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park at a marathon public hearing by the Department Wednesday night.…
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