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Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds
Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds. NICK SMITH / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Should Dakota Access Protesters Reimburse North Dakota Taxpayers for the Cost of Law Enforcement Presence?

Should Dakota Access Protesters Reimburse North Dakota Taxpayers for the Cost of Law Enforcement Presence?

Earlier this year bombastic presidential candidate Donald Trump visited North Dakota, addressing a conference in Bismarck put on by the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Trump, I don’t need to tell you, is a controversial figure, and with about 7,000 people in attendance at the conference and protests of the visit planned, local law enforcement put

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The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806.
The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Conspiracy Theories About State Response to Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Turn Out to Be Mostly False

As the state has struggled to respond to a very large, and often illegal, protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation there have been a number of unflattering rumors circulating about the state’s response. Some of the claims are: That the state has been using airplanes to inhibit cell phone

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A pickup hauls away state-owned water tanks from the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters' campsite on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, north of Cannon Ball.

North Dakota Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have to Subsidize Dakota Access Protest

One of the narratives which has developed around the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline which is that the State of North Dakota has committed some sort of foul by removing state-owned water tanks, and a state-owned air conditioned trailer, from the site of the protests. The folks at Amnesty International,

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

University System Should Get Open Records Exemption for President Applications

Over the years of writing this blog I developed something of a reputation as a strong supporter of open records and open meetings. So when the North Dakota University System – an organization with an unfortunate history of violating our state’s transparency laws – began making noises about getting an exemption from the state’s open

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North Dakota Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple listens to testimonies during the Economic Development and Commerce Committee meeting at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington,in this file photo from February 22, 2014. REUTERS / Mike Theiler

Audit Shows State Regulators Allowed Daycares to Operate Despite Evidence of Drug Use, Child Abuse

Earlier this month we saw the dismissal of criminal charges against Maggie Anderson, the director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and member of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s cabinet. Those charges were related to an investigation into the drowning death of a young girl while in the care of a daycare facility in Velva.

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck.
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“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo Democrat Kris Wallman May Be Delaying Official Resignation From Legislature for Political Reasons

During the legislative session earlier this month I reported that state Rep. Kris Wallman, a Democrat from Fargo’s District 11, was not in attendance on the first day. In fact, Wallman didn’t attend any of the three days of the special session in Bismarck. There may be a reason for that. For some time now

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Trygve Olson editorial cartoon Fargo Forum

Williston City Commission Renews Ban on Crew Camps With a Dollop of Hypocrisy

The City of Williston, epicenter of North Dakota’s now-faded oil boom, has been fighting a war on certain business models. Whether it’s food trucks or crew camp facilities serving workers who rotate into and out of the region, the city has been using the law to eliminate competition with more permanent business models. Like restaurants

Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)
Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

Are North Dakota Democrats Really Supporting Their Native American Candidates?

Mike Jacobs writes about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in his column this week. He notes that the protests illustrate what a political force the tribes have come, at least when it comes to obstructing pipelines, and points out that North Dakota’s Democrats have three Native American candidates on the statewide ballot this cycle. North

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