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A camper maintains his shelter as high winds and a blizzard hit the Oceti Sakowin camp while "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A camper maintains his shelter as high winds and a blizzard hit the Oceti Sakowin camp while "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 6, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Audio: Meet the Guy Who Thinks the Blizzard Was a Government Attack on #NoDAPL Protesters

Audio: Meet the Guy Who Thinks the Blizzard Was a Government Attack on #NoDAPL Protesters

The #NoDAPL movement is one built in no small part on half-baked legal reasoning and conspiracy theories. It seems as though not a week has gone by which hasn’t brought us some wild accusations from the protest movement against the pipeline company or law enforcement or the state government. One recent theory caught my eye,

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Governor Jack Dalrymple aknowledges the applause after he delivered his Budget Address to members of the North Dakota legislators and the public in the House chamber Wednesday morning 12-3-2014 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Behind Dalrymple is Speaker of the House Wes Belter, left, and Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley.
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Video: Gov. Dalrymple Delivers Final Budget Address, Credits Law Enforcement for #NoDAPL Response

In North Dakota state law requires that we convene a session of our Legislature every January in odd-numbered years, just weeks after the election. It also requires that lawmakers hold an organization session in December and that at this session the Governor delivers a budget address. But oddly, when we elect a new governor, the

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Oil tanker cars move through Casselton, N.D., in this Forum file photo

Congrats #NoDAPL: Thanks to Dakota Access Delays More Oil to Be Shipped by Train

“You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil.” That’s been one of the chants used most often by #NoDAPL protesters, and it undermines the idea that the protesters are just out to protect the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water. A faction of the protesters, if not all of them, don’t merely want a safer

A man stands near a burned out truck as Veterans and activists march to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man stands near a burned out truck as Veterans and activists march to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The #NoDAPL Protesters Should Have Heeded Warnings About the Weather

Back in the middle of last month, before winter descended on North Dakota with a vengeance, I warned #NoDAPL protesters that they should take warnings about the weather here serious. Winter in North Dakota is no joke. After that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, citing concerns over severe weather (among other things), asked protesters

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Video: #NoDAPL Crybully Attempts to Deliver Letter to North Dakota Attorney General

On Twitter a gentleman by the name of Dan Rolle, from Las Vegas, describes himself as a “justice warrior” and “progressive leader.” Yesterday he, along with his 14 year old son, to deliver a letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office alleging “human rights violations” committed by North Dakota law enforcement against #NoDAPL activists. What’s

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It Seems More Probable Than Ever That Kevin Cramer Will Join the Trump Administration

For some time now Rep. Kevin Cramer, an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, has been poo-pooing the idea that he would get a cabinet position in Trump’s administration. But check out these comments Cramer gave to reporter Sam Easter after his meeting with the President-elect today: Cramer recounted the discussion to the Herald by

North Dakota governor candidate Doug Burgum addresses supporters after winning the Republican vote in the primary election Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo.
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North Dakota governor candidate Doug Burgum addresses supporters after winning the Republican vote in the primary election Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Want to Sit by Doug Burgum at His Inauguration? That Will Cost You $25,000

On December 15 Fargo businessman Doug Burgum will stop being North Dakota’s Governor-elect and start being our state’s Governor. But his inauguration won’t happen until January, with his inaugural ball celebration happening January 4th. And that event will be pricey, at least per the flyer below advertising sponsorship opportunities for it. The document was sent

Protestors work to extinguish a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. 
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Protestors work to extinguish a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Siding With Lawless, Violent #NoDAPL Movement, Obama Helps Create More Republicans

There are a lot of reasons to think the Obama administration’s decision to decline an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline yesterday was a travesty, among the most prominent the fact that it was President Obama who made this decision. It’s worth keeping in mind that the pipeline’s current crossing of Lake Oahe was already

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

NDSU Speech by Breitbart Personality Canceled Due to #NoDAPL Protests

Milo Yiannopoulos, a Trump-supporting provocateur who works for Breitbart, was set to speak at North Dakota State University but apparently the event has been canceled due to security concerns with #NoDAPL protesters. Specifically, NDSU raised the security fee: The event which was scheduled for Friday, December 16th, was suddenly hit with a large security fee

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