Ben Hanson For Congress: A Good Idea

So it begins. North Dakota has its first official candidate in the 2018 election. Given all the weird shit (read: Trump) that’s been going on over the last 8 months or so, I’m eager for a fresh start, and my young friend Ben Hanson has provided that. Thank you, Ben. Ben sent me an e-mail…
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Somebody’s Finally Looking Out For The Little Missouri State Scenic River

A short report on last night’s first meeting of the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission in ten years. If I don’t report, you’ll probably never hear or read about it. Nothing happened. The meeting was chaired by State Engineer Garland Erbele, and was engineered by two state employees, Jon Patch, an engineer from the State…
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Halek Sentencing Delayed Again

  If you’ve been following the saga of Jason Halek on my blog for the last four years, you know that on July 31 he was supposed to be sent off to jail for dumping 800,000 gallons of poisonous oilfield brine down an abandoned well south of Dickinson. I last wrote about him on April…
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Van Hook Oil Pad Upate

A couple of months ago I wrote about an oil well pad at the top of the Van Hook boat ramp on Lake Sakakawea. I’ve learned a few things about it since then. First, the basics. There’s a little blue-collar resort community at the top of the Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea, a couple…
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The Little Missouri State Scenic River Commission Is Back In Business

When the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission meets next Wednesday in Dickinson, they could have a cake with ten candles on it to celebrate. It will have been just 20 days shy of ten years since the Commission last met—August 29, 2007. The newly-formed Commission, put together hastily this summer to comply with strict orders…
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