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Twamley hall University of North Dakota. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

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Twamley hall at the University of North Dakota. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Mom Fights to Make College Campuses Safe for Young Men

North Dakota Mom Fights to Make College Campuses Safe for Young Men

In the Washington Post today is a lengthy profile about Families Advocating for Campus Equality, or FACE, a group founded by a Fargo mom after her son was falsely accused of sexual misconduct at the University of North Dakota. The mom is Sherry Warner-Seefeld, and her son is Caleb Warner. I’ve written quite a bit about Warner over

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple today signed House Bill 1087 into law, requiring North Dakota students pass a basic civics test for high school graduation. Joining Dalrymple were First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, legislators and other supporters of the civics bill. Special to the Forum

North Dakotans Are Fed up With the Status Quo

The headline above is not exactly breaking news, I know. Anyone who observed the results of Fargo businessman Doug Burgum’s upset, lopsided victory over Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in the Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this years knows it’s true. Burgum’s campaign focused mostly on fiscal accountability. He accused the state’s current leadership (a “good old boys

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?

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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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,

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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.

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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

A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D., moved into Williams County, bringing the statewide rig count to 30. Williams County, which once had as many as 48 rigs, was down to zero until this rig moved in last week. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Far From a Bust, They’re Still Hiring in the North Dakota Oil Patch

The end of North Dakota’s oil boom – which I was among the first to write about, I think, way back in 2014 – prompted no small amount of schandenfreude in some circles. Certain media types, always on the hunt for a negative story to tell, were quick to announce that the oil boom had

A service truck drives past an oil well on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, November 1, 2014.   REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
A service truck drives past an oil well on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, November 1, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Three Affiliated Tribes Should Keep in Mind That #NoDAPL Is Not Really a Pipeline Safety Protest

The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Forth Berthold Reservation have profited enormously from the oil boom in North Dakota. Roughly a third of the oil produced in North Dakota comes from their tribal lands, and that in turn has plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into tribal coffers. These numbers are a little out of

Doug Burgum listens as Ed Schafer is honored at his farewell reception at the Gorecki Alumni Center at UND Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Doug Burgum listens as Ed Schafer is honored at his farewell reception at the Gorecki Alumni Center at UND Wednesday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

A Campaign Trail Engagement for Doug Burgum

It’s been a big year for Fargo businessman Doug Burgum. In addition to winning an up hill battle in the Republican gubernatorial primary against popular Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, lining him up to be this deeply Republican state’s next governor (let’s face it, the general election is pretty much a formality at this point), he’s

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Doug Burgum addressed a receptive crowd of GOP faithful Tuesday at Bismarck Municipal Country Club. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

North Dakota Democrats Aren’t Going to Win Until They Stop Preaching to the Choir

In a recent article about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marvin Nelson’s fundraising woes (he’s still about $940 short of getting his campaign Cadillac fixed) the candidate himself complained the time he has to spend on the phone flogging supporters for money. But the way he phrased his lament struck me as interesting. “Frankly, there isn’t 3 or

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