Author Archives: Jim Fuglie

The Best Thanksgiving Meal Ever

When I left home on Thanksgiving Day 2001 I had a shotgun, a box of shells, a game vest, a gallon jug of water, a cooler, a propane stove with a small bottle of propane, a bottle of red wine … Continue reading

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A Canadian Shuffle: Keystone or Energy East?

“North Dakota oil producers were scheduled to feed the Keystone pipeline with 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day.”   –Jack Dalrymple, in the Republican response to the President’s weekly radio address, March 10, 2012 “The Keystone XL pipeline will move … Continue reading

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No. Yes. No. No. No. No. No No.

Here are the two best things the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party can say about Tuesday’s election: They picked up a seat in the North Dakota State Senate, and only one of their incumbents lost. The Senate seat was a big … Continue reading

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It’s Election Day; Have A Beer

It was a warm dry day, June 8, 1990. North Dakota was still in the grip of one of its most severe droughts, with little or no spring rainfall in most of the state and temperatures running well above normal. … Continue reading

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Why a Sesquicentennial Matters

Yesterday was North Dakota’s 125th birthday. Officially it is called a sesquicentennial. I am only going to try to spell that correctly once. There was a grand party at the state’s Heritage Center, which celebrated the grand opening of its … Continue reading

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Important Words From An Important Person

The departing Superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park says the state “needs to be honest about what is happening in western North Dakota and address the environmental and social problems” that have been created by the state’s oil boom. Valerie … Continue reading

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2014 Election Analysis–Part 2

Like I said yesterday: All the Republicans are going to win. All the ballot measures are going to lose. The election of statewide constitutional officeholders in North Dakota is a pretty ho-hum affair this year. All the Republicans will keep … Continue reading

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2014 Election Analysis–Part 1

All the Republicans are going to win. All the ballot measures are going to lose. If I were a betting man, and I could find someone to take the bet, that would be the one I’d make. Okay, not all … Continue reading

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Dis-ing Measure 5

Three words describe my feelings about the campaign the opponents of Measure 5 (the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Constitutional Amendment) have run this year: Disingenuous, Dishonest and Disgusting. “Disingenuous,” because they buffaloed the poorly-led farm organizations into opposing a … Continue reading

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Lining Up At The Federal Trough

In the 1970’s, when I was a reporter for The Dickinson Press, the coal boom was happening in western North Dakota, and there was a lot of power plant construction getting underway. Federal government largesse back then wasn’t what it … Continue reading

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