Sorting Out The Good Guys And The Bad Guys: Pipeline Project In Limbo

Note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted Friday evening. Late Friday, North Dakota’s governor, Jack Dalrymple, declared that a state of emergency existed in south central North Dakota, due to a large gathering, in temporary campgrounds, of opponents of the placement of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River on…
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Learning From History: No Bloodshed This Time

Here’s how Darrell Dorgan described the events on North Dakota Highway 1806 south of Mandan this afternoon: “140 years ago, the Sioux took down Custer and the 7th Cavalry. Today, the Sioux took down the North Dakota Highway Patrol. But this time, the Highway Patrol was smart enough to get the hell out of there…
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My Last Story Ever About Duane Sand (I Hope)

 (NOTE: I started writing this story back in March, when I learned about former U.S. Senate candidate Duane Sand’s lawsuit against Job Service North Dakota. I finished writing about that lawsuit then, and posted the story, but never finished the financial end of the story of Duane’s campaign. Well, here it is. It’s pretty long,…
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North Dakota’s Image: We Just Don’t Give A Damn

It’s not important whether you see a refinery stack from the highest point in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit. What’s important is what comes out of that stack. Meridian Energy’s publicity stunt the other night, hoisting a weather balloon from the site of their proposed refinery just three miles from the Park and proving…
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The End Of The Age Of Innocence

Dear Readers: I first wrote of James Henrikson in January of 2014, not long after the murder for hire of Doug Carlile, a crime for which he was recently sentenced to life in prison. I summarized the entire 2 1/2 years in an article for Dakota Country magazine which should be in the mail and…
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