A Day For The Pulitzers

America’s best journalist—ever—Seymour Hersh, and North Dakota’s best journalist—ever—Mike Jacobs, will share a stage with the publisher and editor of America’s first “national newspaper”—Ben Franklin, at the North Dakota Humanities Council’s  “GameChanger Ideas Festival” this Saturday in Bismarck. It may be the most distinguished panel of writers gathered anywhere in America that day, and surely…
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Time To Just Shut Up

Boy, it’s confusing. I’ve tried to follow the events at Standing Rock pretty closely, and I’ve written about it a few times. Let me repeat what I said earlier: I think we need to build this pipeline because it is the safest way to move our oil, and it is the only pipeline project on…
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May YOU Live In Interesting Times

Today I am 69. It is a meaningless birthday, in a world and time when numbers that don’t end in 0 or 5 are of little consequence. But, it is significant in that I am still here. Males in my family don’t generally live this long. I kind of wish I had planned a little…
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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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