Musical Chairs Leaves Land Commissioner Without A Job

I really thought (and kind of hoped), when I read in the paper Friday morning that the State Land Board had said good-bye to its long-time North Dakota State Land Commissioner, Lance Gaebe, that the next story I would read about him would be his appointment as director of the USDA Rural Development office in…
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Refinery Near National Park Gets Preliminary Okay

Today’s announcement by the North Dakota Department of Health that it is preparing to issue an Air Quality Permit to Meridian Energy to build the Davis Oil Refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park should come as no surprise. Once again, the state of North Dakota rolls over to the energy industry, but this…
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Dan Rather: I See America

I’m wiping tears from my cheeks as  I copy Dan Rather’s post from his Facebook page today. When I see Dan Rather, I see America. I See America By Dan Rather When the time comes, and I hope it comes soon, to bury this era of moral rot and the defiling of our communal, social,…
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Anybody Want To Have A Fundraiser? Here’s A List.

This one is for North Dakotans, and those who follow North Dakota politics. I received an e-mail this week from some thoughtful person who thought I might be interested in a fundraising event for State Representative Al Carlson, the Republican Legislative leader. Turns out I wasn’t interested in the fundraiser, but I was interested in…
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Gov. Burgum Needs To Take Responsibility For His Own Actions, Not Pass It Off On A Commission

I don’t think North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has a disingenuous bone in his body. But sometimes political naivete can make someone appear disingenuous (actually, my definition of disingenuous is “fake naivete”). There’s still a bit of naivete in Burgum. The transition from the business world to government is not an easy one. He’s still…
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