Share This: How You Can Give Thanks to North Dakota’s Cops This Thanksgiving


Police and protestors scuffle Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Thanksgiving holiday is nearly upon us, but while most of us are feasting with friends and family in the comfort of our homes many of the men and women of law enforcement will be stuck babysitting the violent extremists who have assembled in our state to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

But there’s a way you can say thanks to them. SAB reader Wayne Papke has started a GoFundMe account to collect donations which are, in turn, used to buy things to help keep our cops comfortable.

The Morton County Hero’s Fund has collected over $42,000 in donations so far. Papke gave me an update on how some of those funds have been used so far:

  • $5000 worth of Hand, body, foot and tow warmers
  • $1000 worth of Jerkey
  • $1000 worth of Protein bars
  • Hats, gloves discounted to $5000
  • A second $ 5000 worth of hand, toe, foot and body warmers
  • Batteries $ 2000 worth of AAA and AA batteries

Papke has formed a board to oversee contributions and expenditures which includes the Morton County Auditor, so there is a degree of accountability.

You can rest assured that your donation will get to the right place.

If you have a couple of extra bucks laying around please consider sending them here. Our cops have gone through a lot in recent weeks, and there is still a long road ahead of them I’m afraid. A few small comforts will go a long way.