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North Dakota candidates for governor share a laugh while participating in a debate in Bismarck. From left are Marty Riske, Marvin Nelson and Doug Burgum. Photo by Will Kincaid / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Gubernatorial Candidates Marvin Nelson, Marty Riske Debate

Audio: Gubernatorial Candidates Marvin Nelson, Marty Riske Debate

On my radio show today I hosted a debate between the gubernatorial candidates. Or, at least, two of the candidates. Republican candidate Doug Burgum, who was all kinds of available back during the Republican primary, has become less accessible now that we’ve entered the general election portion of the contest. I sent an invitation to

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North Dakota Department of Health Tweets Anti-Trump Messages During Presidential Debate

Looks like someone at the North Dakota Department of Health forgot to look at which Twitter account they were using tonight as America watched the presidential debate. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton threw rhetorical jabs on our screens, a Department of Health employee was making fun of the Republican candidate’s hair and telling debate

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Protests looking to block work the the Dakota Access Pipeline stand at a work site on Sunday, September 25. Photo via the Morton County Sheriff's Department

Morton County Says Security Guard Was Assaulted by Dakota Access Protesters on Sunday

According to a press release sent out by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, some 200 protesters went to a Dakota Access Pipeline work site on Sunday where they assaulted a security guard. From the release: Mandan, N.D. –  At around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 law enforcement were notified of approximately 200 individuals at

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A sign for the Cannonball Ranch near the site of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Objections to Cannonball Ranch Sale Are Why North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Ban Needs to Be Scrapped

Last week rancher David Meyer, apparently fed up with protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline on his land, sold some 6,000 acres of the historic Cannonball Ranch to the pipeline company. “It’s a beautiful ranch, but I just wanted out,” he told the folks at KXNews. In response former Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel said the

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This Video of a North Dakota Deputy Getting Cursed at Is Why You Should Give Cops a Break

Over the weekend a reader sent this video to me showing a McLean County deputy pulling over a lady who didn’t seem to be interested in doing anything other than cursing the poor guy out. The stop apparently happened on the 4th of July – they reference the holiday during their discussion and you can actually

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Aerial photograph taken Saturday, August 20, 2016 over protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Camp shown is called the Seven Councils Camp or the Overflow Camp. There is another much smaller camp that has been occupied since April and called the Camp of Sacred Stones. The people who are in the camps are protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. A spokesperson for the protesters, community organizer Joye Braun, said there are more than 2000 people living in the two camps.
Aerial photograph taken Saturday, August 20, 2016 over protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Camp shown is called the Seven Councils Camp or the Overflow Camp. There is another much smaller camp that has been occupied since April and called the Camp of Sacred Stones. The people who are in the camps are protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

UPDATED: Landowner Sells Land Used for #NoDAPL Protests to Pipeline Company: “I Just Wanted Out”

The #NoDAPL protesters working to block the Dakota Access Pipeline haven’t camped on the land of the historic Cannonball Ranch (see this link for backstory on this property), but at least some of the protest activities have taken place there. Apparently land owner David Meyer is fed up with it. “It’s a beautiful ranch, but I

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)

A Solution for the Dakota Access Pipeline: Let’s Just Sell the Oil to Hobbits

I’ve found a solution for the #NoDAPL situation. Instead of building a pipeline, let’s just sell the oil to the hobbits. I’m serious. We could get Gandalf to ride Shadowfax to North Dakota once every week or so, then he could wave his magic staff about and transmogrify the oil into delicious crumpets which then could be sold

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education chair Kirsten Diederich and interim chancellor Larry Skogen talk about the results of the Higher Learning Commission Advisory Team Report at North Dakota State University’s Memorial Union on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in Fargo, N.D. 
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Kirsten Diederich, then the president of the State Board of Higher Education, stands alongside interim Chancellor Larry Skogen on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in Fargo. Skogen has since gone back to his position as president of Bismarck State College. Forum file photo

Audio: Democratic Legislative Candidate Says She’s Supporting Republican Gov Candidate, Wants Ethics Commission

Kirsten Diederich is a former president of the State Board of Higher Education and a long time contributor to Republican political campaigns in our state. She’s also running for the state House in District 46 as a Democrat. The District 46 races seem to be one Democrats are targeting, with Kasper seen as a vulnerable

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Kathleen Wrigley, chair of the Marsy's Law for North Dakota ballot measure, announces Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Fargo the measure for the November 2016 ballot with the sooty of area victims' rights advocates. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Marsy’s Law Committee Says Critics Are…Sexist?

Yesterday Robert Wefald – a former judge and North Dakota Attorney General – announced that he would be chairing a committee in opposition to Marsy’s Law which will be Measure 3 on your November ballots. I interviewed Wefald on my radio show yesterday (listen below) and he also has a guest post here on SAB

The UND Class of 2016 looks around as graduates process in for commencement Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
The UND Class of 2016 looks around as graduates process in for commencement Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

University Enrollment Declines Are Good if They’re Happening for the Right Reasons

Fall enrollment at the University of North Dakota is down slightly this year, but that’s not really a bad thing. Officials at the university say that why the enrollment number is down the quality of the students they’re admitting is up. Total enrollment at UND is down 2 percent, this year at 14,648 from last

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