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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A State Champion Tree—In Our Yard!

Hello from Lillian AND Jim. We sat down this week and wrote about one of the coolest things that has happened to us in a long time, and we’re posting it on both our blogs—Wild Dakota Woman and The Prairie Blog. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed writing it. On…
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Let’s Hear It For John Hoeven, The Co-Op Guy! Huh?

An amendment co-authored by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven to the huge tax cut bill passed by Congress late last year, provides generous tax breaks to farmer-owned cooperatives and to farmers who sell grain to them. But it could create real problems for privately owned elevators. If it’s not fixed, somehow, there’s not a farmer…
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We’ll See You In Court

At the end of the meeting between Meridian Energy Group executives and the North Dakota Public Service Commission a couple weeks ago, Commission President Randy Christmann pretty much told William Prentice, Meridian CEO and the man who wants to build an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, that the next time they meet…
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Merry Christmas, And Billy Peeble, One More Time

It’s Saturday of Christmas weekend, and it feels like it’s Christmas Eve. If it seems like Christmas falling on a Monday (and Christmas Eve on a Sunday) seems unusual, it’s because it hasn’t happened for a while.  Because of a quirk in the calendar (a few leap years) we’ve gone 11 years without a Monday Christmas, the last…
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Some Questions For The Refinery People

NDCC 49-22.1-02  “Statement of policy. The legislative assembly finds the construction of energy conversion facilities . . . affects the environment and the welfare of the citizens of this state. It is necessary to ensure the location, construction, and operation of energy conversion facilities . . . will produce minimal adverse effects on the environment and…
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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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