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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are seen with authorities in this Forum News Service file photo.

In Another Blow to North Dakota’s Wellbeing, Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown Citing Obama-Era Error in Federal Permitting

In Another Blow to North Dakota’s Wellbeing, Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown Citing Obama-Era Error in Federal Permitting

MINOT, N.D. — “The Court will nonetheless require the oil to stop flowing and 24the pipeline to be emptied within 30 days from the date of this Opinion and accompanying Order.” Those are the words of Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee who has been presiding over the long-running legal dispute over the Dakota Access

Are We Still Allowed to Love America?

MINOT, N.D. — This may be the strangest Fourth of July holiday in my lifetime. As we celebrate our nation’s founding, the federal government is mobilizing the National Guard to protect monuments in Washington, D.C., many of them dedicated to our founders, from violent protests. In recent weeks memorials to numerous American luminaries have been defaced and

Kipp Gabriel, a local rapper known as Kipp G, is seen in this 2014 photo. Gabriel died Sunday, June 28, at the age of 37. Raul Gomez / High Plains Reader

Social Media Justice Seems a Lot Like Mob Justice

MINOT, N.D. — I can’t stop thinking about Kipp Gabriel. Before I read Chris Hagen’s article about his death, I’d never heard of Gabriel despite his regional celebrity as a Fargo-based hip-hop performer. He was found dead this week just days after a group of women took to social media to accuse him of sexual assault, something

Lake Metigoshe State Park is located in the Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe near Bottineau, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

North Dakota’s State Parks Are a Treasure

MINOT, N.D. — “I don’t want to leave, Daddy.” Those were the words of my 4-year-old son, Cooper. He and I were in the process of packing up our tent on a recent Sunday after a weekend at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Though it’s more accurate to say that I was packing up the tent,

Former Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson describes the imbalance created by local police agencies focused more on enforcement than the community. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

We’re Not Going to Get Much Justice From Cops Investigating Themselves

MINOT, N.D. — In early June, Todd Osmundson, then a deputy chief with the Fargo Police Department, made the astoundingly poor choice to infiltrate, in plain clothes, a rowdy protest inspired by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As part of is ill-conceived cover, Osmundson chose to carry around what he initially claimed was

Andrea Olson, executive director of the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, talks during a virtual news conference Tuesday, March 31, during which local nonprofit organizations and faith groups repeated a call for North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to establish a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to aid people who are becoming financially vulnerable due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dave Olson/The Forum

Turns Out Burgum Was Right Not to Order a Moratorium on Evictions During Pandemic

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year, as our society grappled with the realities of a global pandemic, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL decided it was time to leverage the situation for political gain. They joined with several left-leaning groups, including the North Dakota chapter of the ACLU, in calling on Gov. Doug Burgum to issue an

President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Is Trump Losing Steam in North Dakota?

MINOT, N.D. — There is a growing national weariness when it comes to our president. RealClearPolitics.com runs a useful and widely-referenced aggregator of polling. Of the last 10 surveys it tracked in the 2020 presidential race, not one of them has President Donald Trump leading. Worse, more than half show former Vice President Joe Biden with

Latest Spat in the NDGOP Has Former Chairman Planning His Own State Convention for the Party

MINOT, N.D. — There are a lot of fractures in the North Dakota Republican Party, from Gov. Doug Burgum ruffling the feathers of many lawmakers with his big-money spending in the June legislative primary campaigns to the rump caucus Bastiat faction of the Legislature, the divides in North Dakota’s dominant political party have perhaps never been more palpable.

A screencapture of North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate Travisia Martin's campaign website, accessed June 24, 2020

The Defense for Democratic Insurance Commissioner Candidate Travisia Martin Is. . . Unlawful Voting?

MINOT, N.D. — Forgetting about the North Dakota constitution’s five-year residency requirement for statewide elected office is understandable. Lots of people forget about it. Late last year, I wrote a column about Fargo-based Republican Raheem Williams wanting to launch a campaign for treasurer. During my interview with him, he mentioned that he’d been living in North Dakota

Why Can’t Trump’s Critics Be Better Than Him?

MINOT, N.D. — I’ll not defend President Donald J. Trump’s numerous sins against the dignity of his office, not to mention basic human dignity. Trump’s insufferable bellowing on Twitter, his smug antics in front of the television cameras, are a foghorn blaring over a nation that seems to be coming apart at the seams. I